Okay yesterday's post didn't really count.  But, it is what it is.  I think i'm doing tolerably well with my goal, so far.  I have made it past the half-way point in my first run of a two-month reading of the book of mormon.  Alma doesn't seem nearly so formidable at 9 pages a day.  He is a wonderful prophet.  He is so overcome with the salvation of souls at all times.  "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!" (29:1) Repentance.  It is seen on nearly every page of the Book of Mormon.  Why did I shy away from the word as a missionary ?  For truly repentance is the good news.  Because of Christ we can have the burden of sin relieved from our shoulders.  We never have to carry it around and as we repent, we are purified and perfected so our desire to do evil is washed away until we grow to feel as Alma does - with a desire to tell everyone that repentance is the key not only to our eternal salvation, but our present happiness, joy, and well-being.  In verse 4 of the same chapter we learn that, "...I know that [God] granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life; yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills, whether they be unto salvation or unto destruction."  We are free to choose.  We have always been free to choose.  God has offered us the greatest of gifts, but we are free to decide whether or not we are going to receive it. 
    Alma 30:44 - "...and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator."  I know this to be true.  I can see it.  God is manifested to me more and more each day as I learn and see the good and the evil (for I know the opposition that exists is more proof that there is a God and an eternal scheme of things) and as i see the beauty and love and wonders of this world. 
    In Alma chapter 30 we learn about Korihor who goes around telling everyone that there is no Christ so they should be able to do whatever they want without eternal consequence.  Alma gives him a sign showing him that he's way off the mark and in the end Korihor is struck dumb and has no means to provide for himself and is trampled to death.  Verse 60 teaches a valuable lesson:  "And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell."

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