So today Sister Smithson and I were doing some service for this excellent family that we are teaching. Seriously, I love them! But while we were doing so we were talking about what I had read earlier that day. It was AMMONNNNNN!!! (I’m sorry, but I cannot contain my enthusiasm about this though!!!) He is my hero and I absolutely LOVE reading this part in the Book of Mormon!
So let’s look a little bit at how Ammon was such a great missionary.
1. He’s a leader. And he encourages all his brethren who are traveling with him in Lamanite country (that’s how I’m referring to it as) to go and be diligent and work hard.
“Now Ammon being the chief among them, or rather he did administer unto them, and he departed from them, after having blessed them according to their several stations, having imparted the word of God unto them, or administered unto them before his departure; and thus they took their several journeys throughout the land.” (Alma 17:18)
What a great leader! Isn’t the best?… just going on and blessing all of them. Yeah, he’s pretty great! 🙂
2. He serves! He’s one of the greatest servants of the Lord, and here he goes into this kingdom and just serves these people who he doesn’t even know.
“And it came to pass that king Lamoni was much pleased with Ammon, and caused that his bands should be loosed; and he would that Ammon should take one of his daughters to wife.
“But Ammon said unto him: Nay, but I will be thy servant. Therefore Ammon became a servant to king Lamoni. And it came to pass that he was set among other servants to watch the flocks of Lamoni, according to the custom of the Lamanites.” (Alma 17: 24-25)
3. He is fearless. These big bad men try and scare away all these cute fluffy sheep.Not nice big bad men. But what does he do? He takes courage and takes all the sheep together and then fights off those mean men… And by the way there were A LOT of them.
“Therefore, they did as Ammon commanded them, and he went forth and stood to contend with those who stood by the waters of Sebus; and they were in number not a few.” (Alma 17:34)
4. He is strong!
“But behold, every man that lifted his club to smite Ammon, he smote off their arms with his sword; for he did withstand their blows by smiting their arms with the edge of his sword, insomuch that they began to be astonished, and began to flee before him; yea, and they were not few in number; and he caused them to flee by the strength of his arm.” (Alma 17:37)
Not only is he strong physically like the picture at the beginning of the post shoes, but also spiritually!
5. He is humble. Even after he does all of this, and cuts off people’s arms and is just an amazing example in every way, he continues to serve.
“Now when king Lamoni heard that Ammon was preparing his horses and his chariots he was more astonished, because of the faithfulness of Ammon, saying: Surely there has not been any servant among all my servants that has been so faithful as this man; for even he doth remember all my commandments to execute them.” (Alma 18:10)
6. He is just a powerful speaker and missionary, filled with the Spirit so that he knows what to say to those wanting to learn.
“Ammon said unto him: I am a man; and man in the beginning was created after the image of God, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true;
“And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge, and also power according to my faith and desires which are in God.” (Alma 18: 34-35)
” But this is not all; for he expounded unto them the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world; and he also made known unto them concerning the coming of Christ, and all the works of the Lord did he make known unto them.” (Alma 18: 39)
So this king Lamoni, who he is teaching the gospel, believes him! And then he prays, and then he knows it’s true. And then long story short, he is baptized. I love the example Ammon sets for us! Let us all be leaders in what we know is right, servants to those around us, fearless when it comes to sharing the gospel, strong or gain strength in our testimonies, humble and willing to submit to the will of the Lord, and learn how to help others know of this beautiful plan God has prepared for us. I know it’s true! And so did Ammon, and I would really take his word on it because he cut off people’s arms, people! He tried everything he could to help others come unto Christ and I know we can too!
Oh! and speaking of sheep….