Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, October 11

“Book of Mormon | Mosiah 7: Don’t Kill the Answers to Your Prayers” by grego

“Book of Mormon | Mosiah 7: Don’t Kill the Answers to Your Prayers”

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The Limhites are praying mightily for deliverance for a period of time:
Mosiah 21:13 And they did humble themselves even to the dust, subjecting themselves to the yoke of bondage, submitting themselves to be smitten, and to be driven to and fro, and burdened, according to the desires of their enemies.
14 And they did humble themselves even in the depths of humility; and they did cry mightily to God; yea, even all the day long did they cry unto their God that he would deliver them out of their afflictions.
15 And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.

Then this happens:
Mosiah 7:3 And it came to pass that on the morrow they (the Nephite group from Zarahemla that was sent to discover what had happened to the Limhites) started to go up.
6 And Ammon took three of his brethren…down into the land of Nephi.
7 And behold, they met the king (king Limhi) of the people who were in the land of Nephi, and in the land of Shilom; and they were surrounded by the king’s guard, and were taken, and were bound, and were committed to prison.
8 …they stood before the king, and were permitted, or rather commanded, that they should answer the questions which he should ask them.
9 And he said unto them: Behold, I am Limhi…
10 And now, I desire to know the cause whereby ye were so bold as to come near the walls of the city, when I, myself, was with my guards without the gate?
11 And now, for this cause have *I suffered that ye should be preserved, that I might inquire of you, or else I should have caused that my guards should have put you to death*. Ye are permitted to speak.

Wow! The answers to their many prayers of deliverance and freedom come, and the answers are almost slain before they can even say anything.

But Ammon clears it up:
12 And now, when Ammon saw that he was permitted to speak, he went forth and bowed himself before the king; and rising again he said: O king, I am very thankful before God this day that I am yet alive, and am permitted to speak; and I will endeavor to speak with boldness;
13 For I am assured that if ye had known me ye would not have suffered that I should have worn these bands. For I am Ammon, and am a descendant of Zarahemla, and have come up out of the land of Zarahemla to inquire concerning our brethren, whom Zeniff brought up out of that land.

King Limhi is happy:
14 And now, it came to pass that after Limhi had heard the words of Ammon, he was exceedingly glad, and said: Now, I know of a surety that my brethren who were in the land of Zarahemla are yet alive. And now, I will rejoice; and on the morrow I will cause that my people shall rejoice also.

Why did Limhi almost kill Ammon and the others? He imagined they were some of king Noah’s priests:
Mosiah 21:19 And the king himself did not trust his person without the walls of the city, unless he took his guards with him, fearing that he might by some means fall into the hands of the Lamanites.
20 And he caused that his people should watch the land round about, that by some means they might take those priests that fled into the wilderness, who had stolen the daughters of the Lamanites, and that had caused such a great destruction to come upon them.
21 For they were desirous to take them that they might punish them; for they had come into the land of Nephi by night, and carried off their grain and many of their precious things; therefore they laid wait for them.
23 And the king having been without the gates of the city with his guard, discovered Ammon and his brethren; and supposing them to be priests of Noah therefore he caused that they should be taken, and bound, and cast into prison. And had they been the priests of Noah he would have caused that they should be put to death.
24 But when he found that they were not, but that they were his brethren, and had come from the land of Zarahemla, he was filled with exceedingly great joy.

So, remember, don’t kill the answer to your prayers! When something comes up, and you start to get all flustered and upset about it, stop and think: is this/ might this be the answer to my prayers?

That happened recently with us. My wife was praying for service opportunities, and yup, we got a whole bunch. All of them seem to be because of families having problems. I wasn’t happy with some of them (like we babysit while a wife works because her excommunicated husband chooses to work at the same time because he doesn’t want to watch his children) and wanted to turn them down, but especially after my wife shared, I settled down and thought… So, we serve more.

I was praying about health, and then the water pressure dropped. I checked out our water source, and it was sick (literally and figuratively). I wasn’t very happy. I was going to get others to come fix it, but for some reason, I cleaned it up really well and sanitarily. Then I realized this big problem was actually a big answer to my prayer. We had been bathing, brushing teeth, washing hands, and washing clothes with this water.

The next week, the water filter guys messed up on it, and water was pouring out all over the kitchen floor (luckily we have tiles and a drain pipe there, no problems). I was upset at the non-professionalism of workers, etc., and wanted to call them up and have them come fix it; but it was a holiday; I could wait; but I knew we wouldn’t have water for a day, but that would be ok; then I saw the hose in a container with roach poison, and I knew they wouldn’t care… Ah heck, let’s take a look! I checked, and lo and behold, there was an abundance of mold, etc. in the water hoses. I cleaned everything up the best I could, and then I realized, that once more, this big problem was actually a big answer to my prayer.

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