The Lamanites were a wicked and bloodthirsty people, disregarding the value of human
life, as they did not know the God who had created them, and who is the Father of
all mankind. When Ammon and his brethren converted a group of them, they wanted
to forever live in peace. Their king encouraged them to make a covenant with God:
“Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords
have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.”
Our swords are made bright, let us hide them away;
Our swords, let us stain them no more.
Our swords are washed clean through the blood of the Lamb,
After their years of trying and successful missionary labors, Ammon spoke enthusiastically
about all the Lamanites who had been brought into the fold of God. His brother Aaron
rebuked him, saying that he was carried away with boasting.
Ammon replied, “I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold,
my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.” He
goes on to praise God for all their success.
My heart is brim with joy; in my God I do rejoice.
Meanwhile, back in Zarahemla, Alma, as leader of the church, was experiencing challenges
as his people drifted in their faith and faithfulness. The Book of Mormon records
his heartfelt expression of longing to preach repentance to the whole world in such
a way that they would have to believe. But he immediately recognized how that plan
is not God’s way, and that God has given to each person sufficient information for
their time and place.
I’d speak with the trump, with the trump of our God,
Many scriptures use things we see around us every day as symbols of the Savior
and His gospel. I included scriptures within the landscape to visually connect the
Creator with His wondrous creations, as referred to in Alma 30:44: “All things denote
there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it.”
Alma said that “all things denote there is a God” (Alma 30:44). We believe that receiving
revelation is receiving truth that illuminates our understanding. Similarly, the
sun rising over the landscape in the morning illuminates our world, revealing the
truth around us. This painting reminds me of the hope we have now and the hope we
will have because of the greater light yet to come in this last dispensation of time.