Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Spider Incident

Something that struck me the other day while I was reading the Book of Mormon was something that was in Alma 53:5. At this point in the Book of Mormon, the Nephites (good guys) had captured a bunch of the Lamanites (bad guys). Instead of just guarding them or putting them in jails, they decided to put them to work. They began to make them build up their fortresses and fortifying them. Something that I found interesting in this verse is where it says, " was easy to guard them while at their labor..."
I always try to compare the Lamanites as sin and the Nephites as ourselves. If we are constantly on our guard and doing the things that God has commanded us; we can always be on alert. It is when we are busy doing righteous things that we can receive the most protection.
One more example. While I was serving my mission in the Philippines, I came across some pretty gnarly bugs, my favorite being the banana spider. These spiders can grow to be as large as my hand!
One morning, I found one of these spiders in our apartment. My companion got a plastic bag and used his hand to get the spider inside so it couldn't harm him (while I watched from the other side of the room). He turned on a fan, put it in front of a chair, and then set the spider on the chair. The wind generated by the fan was strong enough that if the spider was to let go, it would lose its grip and fall of the chair into the unknown. We would turn the fan on the lowest speed and the spider was able to move but as soon as we turned the switch to 'HIGH' the spider would have to use all eight legs to maintain his grip.
Now here is my question: How is sin like this spider? How is the fan similar to keeping the commandments? Think about it and let me know what you come up with.
I promise that if you will keep the commandments and be diligent in keeping them, you will be able to withstand any temptation that Satan throws your way.

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