“Remember the Captivity of Thy Fathers, Remember How Great Things He Has Done for Them and Seek to Destroy the Church No More”

The Lord answers the prayers of the people according to their faith. Therefore an angel is sent to convince Alma of the power and authority of God. We can have the blessings of God in our lives as we exercise our faith through prayer. Alma changes after this experience. Laman and Lemuel do not change after their angelic visitations. Agency is supreme—everyone can choose to obey or disobey. Let us realize that angels (messengers of God) can be in the form of mortals (see D&C 42:6) as well as from beyond the veil. President Thomas S. Monson has taught us that in our eternal roles and duties within the Church we can be inspired to be an answer to someone’s prayer. He said, “As we love the Lord, as we love our neighbor, we discover that our Heavenly Father will answer the prayers of others through our ministry” (Live the Good Life [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988], 114).

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen -

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1