Amulek, an Angel, & a Governor. The Middle!

Updated on August 16, 2018
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Leaders of integrity or infamy found in The Book of Mormon provide the fodder for spiritual growth and self-improvement. It was made for us.

With Great Responsibility

Being in the limelight does not always mean that the position if one of positive influence. President Trump is the leader of the free world, but his celebrity is so polarizing that it causes the things that he says to be taken out of context at best and in too much context at worst! He was a polarizing figure before he ascended the presidency. With the audience he has not, the world, he has the power to inspire billions for or against something.

If President Trump tells a group of people that they do not to put up with people who harangue them in public, some hearer may take that as an opportunity to protest and run down the opposition in a car. That is the extreme perspective to the negative, of course. Would the President actually support such behavior? Depending on who you talk to will determine that answer.

In Amulek, an Angel, & a Governor the Beginning, I wrote about the life of a man named Amulek who was visited by an angel of God. The purpose of this angel visiting was to get Amulek, a celebrity in his small community, to meet the most well-known person in his entire nation.

The only thing is: some changes had occurred in this special celebrities life. Just like Donald Trump, this celebrity was a polarizing figure in his community. His name was Alma; though his celebrity did not come about because he had a popular TV show and was a billionaire like President Trump, the sentiment can be similar. Alma started out as a wealthy priest working or a wicked king.

So yeah, he was not popular with some of the people. He changed his life and started a church before he was elected to the position equivalent to Present of the United States for his nation, Chief Judge of the Nephites. He then resigned to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is like he did a yo-yo with his career trying to figure out where he needed to be when he finally decided it was as a minister. By this time, enemies had grown all around him since he had his hands in so much during his life.

Alma went to the city of Ammoniahah to preach the gospel because he heard that they had fallen from the correct path. Imagine President Donald Trump knocking on doors trying to teach people about Jesus. That's just about where Alama was.

Go Back!

Alma had set his back against the city of Ammonihah after some of its citizens abused and cast him out. Severely sorrowing over the rudeness of the people and their unwillingness to receive him, Alma planned to move on when an angel appeared to him also! Despite the abuses he suffered, the angel told Alma to go back to Ammonihah and tell the people to repent or face destruction.

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Alma had set his back against the city of Ammonihah after some of its citizens abused and cast him out. Severely sorrowing over the rudeness of the people and their unwillingness to receive him, Alma planned to move on when an angel appeared to him also! Despite the abuses he suffered, the angel told Alma to go back to Ammonihah and tell the people to repent or face destruction.

Not only did the people live sinfully, but the angel revealed that the notable people of that city planned sedition against the Nephite nation. Plans to infringe on the freedoms of all Nephites had fertile ground among them. Freedom to worship God was a potential casualty. The angel informed Alma to go warn the people. His new mission was to save the people of Ammonihah from self-destruction because of Spiritual and political subversive activity.

Having both seen angels, Alma and Amulek met.

In preparation of his new assignment, Alma had prayed and fasted for many days for the insight and spiritual strength it would take to face his abusers. It took an extraordinary experience to provide Alma with the courage to return to the city. It took something extraordinary for Amulek to be prepared to meet Alma rather than visit his relative as he had determined to do as was his custom.

The angel told Amulek that he should receive a prophet of God into his home who would bless all that he had for so doing.

Several things became apparent to Amulek following this experience:

  1. God is real.
  2. Everything he learned about the scriptures is true.
  3. Keeping the commandments brings blessings.
  4. God speaks through prophets.

If this happened to me...

In Amulek's case, meeting up with the former leader of his nation is not the most fantastic thing that happened to him. Seeing an angel who introduces the fact that he would meet up with the former leader of his nations was the most awesome thing! Imagine getting an introduction like that from heaven.

ANGEL: Rodric, I am here to tell you that you will play host to the former president of the United States. He is tired and hungry. Go prepared.

Rodric: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

ANGEL: You must prepare for him. He is on the way.

Rodric: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

ANGEL: Yes, I am an angel. Peace and calm to you. Hurry, he is getting closer.

Rodric: Okay. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

ANGEL: Rodric.

Rodric: What? I meant, yes sir. Uh, should I say yes my lord?

ANGEL: I am your fellow servant of God. I am just here to let you know God wants you to help the former president of the US.

Rodric: I don't know. Which one will it be? If it is one of the rascals.... I don't know.

ANGEL: You will know when you see him. It is your responsibility to help those whom the Lord tells you to help.

Rodric: Fine! I don't have to like it, though!

I am not mocking in doing this, I hope (maybe a tiny bit). My purpose is to show that these are real people like you and I are having extraordinary experiences when all they expected to do was go about their normal day--specifically Amulek. Next, we will discuss the changes that occurred because of this meeting with Alma and Amulek.

© 2018 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks for responding Bill. I have to say that I am undecided on it. It depends on who the celebrity is and what change that celeb is asking me to make. In the case of the person in the article, the celeb was a former state official. It was established that the former official was also a religious leader also. It wasn't that hard for Amulek in the story to relate to the celeb.

      If Will Smith, my favorite male actor, were to ask me to change my faith to a different one or none at all, I would not listen. If he told me to be a vegan, I might consider it. If he claimed to be a prophet, I would think he was dosed with something. It is sad that I think like that since I believe in modern prophets. God would be hard pressed to convince me that Will Smith was one of them. And yes, it would take an act of God to convince me.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      To answer your first question No, I would not make a life change based on a suggestion of a celebrity. I'm not much for idolizing other men or women....but....I do have faith, and the suggestions of some "people" who are no longer with us have great importance to me.

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