Monday, March 27, 2017

Unwavering Courage

"Abinadi was a man of unwavering courage who stood for truth when it was unpopular to do so. As he courageously called the people to repentance, he knew his own life was in jeopardy. In your mind's eye, you can see the riveting scene of Abinadi, who has just had the death sentence pronounced upon him. He had an opportunity to save himself by denying his faith and testimony, but instead he fearlessly proclaimed, I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this people, for they are true."

                                                                   - W. Craig Zwick

"I remind all of us that we are Latter-Day Saints. We have made covenants with our Heavenly Father,
sacred and binding. Those covenants, if we keep them, will make us better fathers and mothers better
sons and daughters.

I believe that others will rally around us if we will do so. We can stand for truth and goodness, and we will not stand alone. Moreover, we shall have the unseen forces of heaven to assist us."

- President Gordon B. Hinckley

Sometimes we hear the quote from the scripture in 2 Kings 6:16, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." Sometimes I think we expect that since we have more people on the side of righteousness that nothing bad can or will happen to us. Lets look at Abinadi, Abinadi was a man of conviction and had the courage to stand up for what he believed, even after he was sentenced to death. The priests of King Noah took Abinadi and bound him (notice the angels did not help him escape), and lit him on fire (notice the angels did not protect him from death). I do want you to notice that when the flames began to scorch him, he prophesied unto the King and the priests that they would suffer death by fire just like him. I sometimes wonder if the angels made it possible for Abinadi to continue his prophesying and surrounded him while he testified of Christ and called them to repentance. Sisters, we are not alone. When we stand for what is right, we are never alone. There is an army of angels that stand with us. God's army will always be bigger than Satan's. Let us take courage as we stand for what is right and always remember that an unseen power will aid me and you in the glorious cause of truth."

Love, Sister Landers

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