Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 18 (He Looketh Down upon All the Children of Men)

32 And Ammon said: Yea, and he looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning.
I love this simple and profound explanation of the power of God. Ammon emphasizes a couple of comforting and essential truths. 1) God personally created all of us (by his hand. 2) He is an active presence in the world and knows what is happening (he looketh down) 3) he knows us intimately and personally (he knows our thoughts and intents). Ammon makes clear that God is not an aloof Great Spirit, but an active personal and loving deity. This is the foundational truth upon which all other gospel truth builds. This is why missionaries today always begin by emphasizing that God is our loving Heavenly Father. If that truth is not understood, everything else about the Gospel is incomprehensible.


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