What’s happening? Ammon is bearing his soul in gratitude, which may have been taken as bragging by his brother Aaron.
Why does it matter? We’ve read all the great trials and adventures Ammon and his brothers have been through, now this chapter is a pay off to see how Ammon feels about it.
Between the lines: Ammon is so overcome with happiness, he has to clarify his exuberance isn’t for his own efforts, but because of the great works of the Lord.
Quote of the day: “When we reach a point of consecration, our afflictions will be swallowed up in the joy of Christ. It doesn’t mean we won’t have afflictions, but they will be put in a perspective that permits us to deal with them.” ~ NA Maxwell
26:1 How can Ammon be so positive after all he and his brothers have been through?
26:4 How can we rejoice as the converted Lamanites did? See also D&C 18:15-16.
26:10-11 Are there different kinds of pride? How do the words rejoicing and boasting differ?
“Divine joy is available to all who are willing to serve the Lord with the same degree of commitment as Ammon and his companions.” ~ CJ Williams
26:11 When has your heart become “brim with joy”?
“With our steady pursuit of joy and with each increasing measure of righteousness, we will experience one more drop of delight—one drop after another—until, in the words of a prophet, our hearts are ‘brim with joy’.” ~ NA Maxwell
26:12 Why is it important to remember we’re nothing without the Lord?
“In our own strength we can do nothing as Ammon admitted to his brother. When we seek the praise of man more than the praise of God, it will become easy to fall.” ~ MJ Ashton
26:14-16 How can we communicate how we feel?
“In so many of life’s situations, do we not genuinely yearn to be able to connect, especially with those we love the most? Or with others who have played special roles in our lives? …The Holy Ghost will help us by transmitting our feelings, teachings, and testimonies to others….” ~ NA Maxwell
26:17, 20 What effect does the Atonement of Jesus Christ have on those who have repented?
“When memory of prior mistakes encroached upon Ammon’s mind, he turned his thoughts to Jesus Christ and the miracle of forgiveness. Then his suffering was replaced with joy, gratitude, and thanksgiving for the Savior’s love and forgiveness. Please, go and do likewise.” ~ RG Scott
26:21 Why do people fail to see the things of God? See also 1 Corinthians 2:14
26:22 What are “Mysteries of God”?
“Until it is understood, a simple truth may be a great mystery…. To understand spiritual things, a man must have spiritual discernment, that is, guidance by the Holy Ghost. For this reason we are confirmed and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” ~ JF Smith
26:27 What should you do if your heart is depressed?
“There are times when you simply have to righteously hang on and outlast the devil until his depressive spirit leaves you. …To press on in noble endeavors, even while surrounded by a cloud of depression, will eventually bring you out on top into the sunshine.” ~ ET Benson
26:37 How do you think Ammon’s mission strengthened his testimony that God is mindful of all people?