Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Alma 55

The thought of the Nephites on the offensive makes me a little nervous, because of the danger of that turning into a lust for power and goods.  But never fear!  Moroni is here!  Though he says in verse 3 “I will seek death among them…” he qualifies the threat with “…until they shall sue for peace.”  That he puts the peoples’ safety above his own ego is shown in a couple of places in this chapter.  First, he doesn't charge right out to attack the Lamanites, but spends a year using clever strategies to strengthen his army first.  Then, when it would have been really easy to kill the Lamanite guards when they were down and out drunk, he wouldn't, for “Moroni…did not delight in murder or bloodshed, but delighted in the saving of his people from destruction, and for this cause he might not bring upon them injustice, he would not fall upon the Lamanites and destroy them in their drunkenness” (v. 10).
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