“Book of Mormon | Insight into Satan’s Thoughts and Ways: Alma 8”
We learn from the Book of Mormon, Bible, and other scriptures, that Satan wants to bring every person down. But there is a better way…
In Alma 8 we read about one:
Alma 8:8 And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the city of Ammonihah he began to preach the word of God unto them.
9 Now *Satan had gotten great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonihah*; therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma.
11 …they hardened their hearts…
He leaves, and
14 … behold an angel of the Lord appeared unto him, saying:
16 …return to the city of Ammonihah, and preach again unto the people of the city… except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.
17 For behold, *they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy people*, (for thus saith the Lord) which is contrary to the statutes, and judgments, and commandments which he has given unto his people.
Satan had great hold on their hearts, but he didn’t try to bring them all down. He tried to use them to bring down as many others as possible with them. (When they didn’t repent, they did cause lots of pain to others, but in the end, due to the promises and conditions of the Lord, the unrepentant were all slaughtered by the Lamanites.)
This is the best plan: instead of bringing down each individual, bring down the entire structure.
This is the beauty of taking over government: take that down, and you can take down thousands or even billions of people in one fell swoop, without having to worry about each individual. It’s like trying to get 1,000 people to swim in dangerous circumstances and drown them all, one by one, versus just sinking a ship.
This is a reason the control and maintenance of government and freedom is so important.