Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 10 (Called Many Times)

Amulek is probably the Book of Mormon character I relate to most fully. I love his description of himself as one who was called many times but hardened his heart and refused to answer the call.

5 Nevertheless, after all this, I never have known much of the ways of the Lord, and his mysteries and marvelous power. I said I never had known much of these things; but behold, I mistake, for I have seen much of his mysteries and his marvelous power; yea, even in the preservation of the lives of this people.
6 Nevertheless, I did harden my heart, for I was called many times and I would not hear; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know; therefore I went on rebelling against God, in the wickedness of my heart, even until the fourth day of this seventh month, which is in the tenth year of the reign of the judges.

This description really resonates with me. Though I had felt called in my youth to learn of Christ, I was pushed away by the hardness of my heart and by pressure from family. I too had experienced the marvelous power of God in the preservation of my family and my people, but nevertheless turned away. I turned to doubt and skepticism.

But Amulek teaches that God does not give up on us. He keeps calling to us out of love. And this time, Amulek was ready to listen.

I imagine him taking Alma in out of duty, but then being struck with a testimony of the Gospel. I imagine his fervent desire that his wife, and other relatives would also come to know the truth. And I imagine the courage that he had to take as a recent convert to get up and preach to his whole town.

Amulek must have understood that he would possibly face rejection and loss of inheritance. But his testimony was strong enough that he could not contain his faith. 

I have felt like Amulek as well, knowing that my choice to bear witness of Chirst means possible rejection and scorn. And I have seen as my testimony grew from its tender origins, until I simply could not contain it.

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