Mosiah reads the accounts of both Zeniff’s people and Alma’s people. When he finishes, the people “were struck with wonder and amazement.” (7) They acknowledge the “immediate goodness of God, and his power in delivering Alma and his brethren out of…bondage.” (10)
God wants to bless us. Immediately. Whether it’s to lighten our load or to strengthen our shoulders, or to help us be cheerful during our afflictions, or to deliver us from our trials. When we turn to Him, He will immediately heal hearts and souls, even if He doesn’t cure us or deliver us physically from whatever our troubles may be. Sometimes He knows time spent enduring our trials will refine us. But He ALWAYS blesses us the instant we turn to him with repentant hearts. That spiritual healing is probably more important than the physical.
The people of Mosiah are overjoyed by the deliverance of their brethren, but when they think of their enemies without the truth and blessings of the gospel, they are “filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of their souls.” (11) There are children of Amulon and his brethren in this group that have escaped. They “were displeased with the conduct of their fathers, and they would no longer be called by the names of their fathers” and took upon themselves the name of Nephi.
After Mosiah finishes reading the records, he turns the meeting over to Alma. He reminds the people of Limhi that it was God that delivered them.
It’s important to always remember this truth. Satan would have us believe we deliver ourselves by our own power, wisdom, or skills. He wants us to ignore or dismiss God’s hand from our lives. But when we do that, we miss out on the immediate goodness of God—that spiritual cleansing and healing deep inside our hearts that only He can bring about.
Limhi desires to be baptized, and so do many of his people. Alma baptizes them. (18) Seven churches are established—but “they were all one church, yea, even the church of God; for there was nothing preached in all the churches except it were repentance and faith in God.” (22)
True conversion is a miracle that, in one way or another, needs to happen in all of us. When we are converted to God—changed by Him through Christ’s atoning power—we will work to be one. With Him. With others. Being one is a characteristic of God’s people.
- How can we be one with God?
- How can we be one with our family?
- How can we work to be one with our neighbors and friends?