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I Will Give Away All My Sins To Know Thee   1 comment

Ammon Defend Sheep Lamoni Mormon

Ammon Defend Sheep Lamoni Mormon (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

Brothers and Sisters,

I was reading my personal scriptures this evening (or early morning) and stumbled upon a scripture from which derived the title to this particular entry. In the book of Alma, 22nd chapter, 18th verse it reads:

O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead.

This particular person speaking is the father of King Lamoni, recently converted after a short melee with Ammon in which his arm was injured. The touching part to me, is the fact that Aaron, who is teaching King Lamoni’s father, has just recently been released out of jail and had attempted to become this Kings very servant. Aaron was willing to serve the very King who previously was his oppressor. After declining that Aaron could be his servant (Alma 22:3), the king instead petitions Aaron to explain the “…generosity and the greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon;”

The two items he refers to here, are the two conditions upon which Ammon had set upon the father of King Lamoni to agree to or suffer death. The first condition was arranged as such in the scriptures:


Behold, I will smite thee except th0u wilt grant unto me that my brethren may be cast out of prison.” (Alma 20:22) This particular request came to Ammon through direction of the Lord who previously warned Ammon not to go to the Land of Nephi, because the King there would seek his life, but to instead go to Middoni and free Aaron and his brethren. (See Alma 20:1-2)


…That Lamoni may retain his kingdom, and that ye be not displeased with him, but grant that he may do according to his own desires in whatsoever thing he thinketh, then will I spare thee;” (Alma 20:24) This I found was quite interesting, and the king later found it interesting enough that he even spoke of it and how it showed the good intentions of Ammon.

“Because this is all that thou hast desired, that I would release thy brethren, and suffer that my son Lamoni should retain his kingdom, behold, I will grant unto you that my son may retain his kingdom from this time and forever; and I will govern him no more—And I will also grant unto thee that thy brethren may be cast out of prison, and thou and thy brethren may come unto me, in my kingdom; for I shall greatly desire to see thee.” (Alma 20:26-27)

We were literally reading just how good service from willing Missionaries (both Ammon and Aaron), the good intentions of their hearts, and their desire to keep the commandments of the Lord could be deciding factors in helping others to have a desire to come to know the truthfulness of the gospel. In our own way, we all have some influence upon friends, neighbors, co-workers and other walks of life and will find that our living of the gospel, in all righteousness, our friends may have a desire to see us. The Lord will guide us in, to know just when to reach out to another.

Like we have chosen to do, they then will have a desire to pray unto the Lord in similar fashion and say in humble prayer,

“I will give away all my sins to know thee.”

May we all take the lesson that Aaron and Ammon have taught us, to be good examples- leading others to Christ– deep to heart, praying for an opportunity to be an instrument in the hand of the Lord.


** Please Note: The Blog Address Is Now **

These are all wonderful quotes worth review and they involve salvation, priesthood responsibility, and much more. The Church makes salvation available. It is the Lord’s organization through which all men are invited to do those things which they must do to enter the Eternal Presence. In almost all instances, the beginning processes of reactivation, at least, start with an approach by someone in a Church position—one elder, for instance, serving as a home teacher to another. It is neither our purpose nor our province to prescribe the details of Church participation in the reactivation processes. There are many approaches, and the spirit of inspiration must always attend the work, which should be done within the framework of priesthood correlation and using existing organizations and programs.

In the stake, the stake president is responsible for the reactivation of elders. He is the presiding elder in the stake and serves as chairman of the stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee. One of his counselors, to whom he may delegate a major responsibility for carrying the work forward, is the vice-chairman. The stake president has the help of the stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee, plus all the resources of the stake, at his disposal. He may use a high councilor to aid and work with two or three elders quorums. But specifically and paramountly, the stake president uses the bishops of wards and the presidents of elders quorums in the reactivation processes. (“Only An ElderBruce R. McConkie)

“I hope that home teachers and visiting teachers will experience two things: first, the challenge of the responsibility that is in their great calling, and second, the sweetness of results from their work, particularly with those among us who are less active. I hope that these teachers will get on their knees and pray for direction, and then go to work to bring these wandering prodigals back into the fold of the Church. If home and visiting teachers respond to this challenge, I honestly believe that they will taste the sweet and wonderful feeling which comes of being an instrument in the hands of the Lord in leading someone back into activity in His church and kingdom.

“I am making a plea for us to reach out to our brethren and sisters who have known the beauty and the wonder of this restored gospel for a brief season and then for some reason have left it.

“May all home teachers recognize that they have an inescapable responsibility to go into the homes of the people and teach them to live the gospel principles more faithfully, to see that there is no iniquity or backbiting or evil speaking, to build faith, to see that the families are getting along temporally. That is a very serious responsibility; it really is. But it is not a heavy burden—it just takes a little more faith. It is worthy of our very best effort.” (Instruments of the Lord,” Ensign, March 1997.)