Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Burying your swords

This is one of my favorite scriptures. It has made me think what do I need to bury that is keeping me from becoming closer to God?

15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.

16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.

17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.
Alma 24:15-18

As I was reading this I thought to myself what is my sword? What keeps me from having a better relationship with my Heavenly Father? What is keeping me from having a Stronger testimony? What is keeping me from feeling the spirit? For The Anti-Nephi-Lehies it was the swords that they used to kill there brethren. For me it was my attitude and the way I looked at life. As soon I buried the its all about me attitude I felt myself change for the better.
What is your sword that keeps you from coming to church, having a stronger testimony or having a better relationship with your Heavenly Father? Will you bury your sword and act in faith? I know that as you do you will feel his love for you.

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