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Success in Affliction

In my personal studies this week I have been in the middle of the book of Alma. Now, the titular prophet Alma has many great and inspired things to tell us in our time, but this week I was very impressed by the teachings of Ammon in Alma 26. As Ammon is preaching to his brethren, and recounts that they came into the wilderness to teach and to save souls. But, in the midst of doing all of these righteous things, Satan did not leave them alone. Yet, even in the midst of all these trials, Ammon’s teachings in verse 27 are very profound

27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.

Satan railed against them, and at their weakest moments when they felt about to be overcome and turn back, the Lord strengthened them and gave them comfort.

I love this scripture because it gives us a knowlege that the Lord is always there for us, and though we will be pushed further than we think we can be pushed, we will not be given trials beyond what we can bear with the help of the Lord.

This scripture is also highly applicable to modern missionary work. In this chapter Ammon has gone to teach his brethren, just as many latter-day saints are serving a mission today. Even in the darkest hours the Lord can and will strengthen us.