25 November 2016

"For the King Had Been Converted Unto the Lord," Alma 23:1-6

Alma 23:1-6

Verse 3 reads "for the king had been converted unto the Lord, and all his household;" There is a footnote on "household" that takes me to Genesis 18:19 where the Lord himself observes the following:
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
I've gone on to read in Genesis about the story of Lot, and how angels came into the city to warn him and his household to get out because the city of Sodom was to be destroyed. The scriptures say:
And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. (Genesis 19:14)
This is me!  Lot was saved from the destruction and wickedness of the people, but his family was not! Compare and contrast the two patriarchs: Abraham and Lot.

How do I get from being a Lot, to becoming an Abraham?
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This is an account of a mass conversion to the Lord. I am impressed by how they setup the church with teachers and priests to edify and solidify their conversion. As I think about the Lord Jesus Christ, how in His mortal ministry, He went about establishing the word of God, consecrating teachers and priests, encouraging obedience to the commandments of God -- these missionaries are true followers of the Lord Jesus. They did among the Lamanite people that which the Lord would have done had he been there with them.