“My Brethren Be of Good Cheer”

Bryan Richards

Robert D. Hales

“What did Ammon say? ‘Be of good cheer’ (Alma 17:31). Now, we may read this as a story about some shepherd trying to round up some missing sheep, but the message is much more powerful and significant than that….Ammon not only led the force to recapture the sheep, he drove away the evil men who caused the problems; and his heroic efforts persuaded the king to follow him and to follow the Savior. Ammon teaches us that no matter our circumstances, we can be an example to others, we can lift them, we can inspire them to seek righteousness, and we can bear testimony to all of the power of Jesus Christ.” (Ensign, May 1997. p. 82 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p. 283)

Carlos E. Asay

“All missionaries should be success-oriented, as was Paul (and Ammon). They should serve with resolve and determination, believing that their honest efforts will not be in vain. Feelings of doubt, defeat, and despair are satanic and must be dispelled. True ministers mirror the optimism and courage of these lines: ’Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory!’ (D&C 128:22.)” (The Seven M’s of Missionary Work, pp. 71-72)