Journey through the Book of Mormon: Josiah 28 (That any Soul Should Perish)

1 Now it came to pass that after the sons of Mosiah had done all these things, they took a small number with them and returned to their father, the king, and desired of him that he would grant unto them that they might, with these whom they had selected, go up to the land of Nephi that they might preach the things which they had heard, and that they might impart the word of God to their brethren, the Lamanites–2 That perhaps they might bring them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and convince them of the iniquity of their fathers; and that perhaps they might cure them of their hatred towards the Nephites, that they might also be brought to rejoice in the Lord their God, that they might become friendly to one another, and that there should be no more contentions in all the land which the Lord their God had given them.

3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.

Thes verses declare with great clarity the truth that if we are truly converted and have experienced the power of Christ’s atonement, then we will have a great Deidre and concern for the well being of others.

When we truly get the Gospel, our hearts will be filled  with a desire that others may also experience the joy that we feel. We want all to be saved and all to be exalted. If we do not have that desire, then that is an indication  that our understanding of the importance of the Gospel is lacking. Perhaps we appreciate the Gospel  for what it brings us, but if we do not have this burning desire then we do not truly get it.

Preach my Gospel has a quote from President  Howard W. Hunter which exemplifies this truth:

“Any time we experience the blessings of the Atonement in our lives, we cannot help but have a concern for the welfare of others. … A great indicator of one’s personal conversion is the desire to share the gospel with others.”

If we do not have that desire, it may be an indicator that our  conversion is only superficial.


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