|Comic of Alma & Amulek and there journey in |
This morning I was studying for an investigator of ours, she is such an amazing lady! and we truly love her a lot! She has a ton of concerns that we are trying to help her resolve. One of her questions I've thought about frequently! her question was "why do bad things happen to good people?" something we have been asked a lot... yes it's true that it is unfair to have bad things happen to good people, but God never said that this life would be fair, He only said it would be worth it!
As I was pondering about this question a story in the Book of Mormon came to my mind. Its in Alma 14 there is a story about Alma and Amulek, two very great missionaries! At this point in their mission, they are in the land of Ammonihah preaching to the people there that are willing to listen. Some believed and some where very hard hearted and confronted Alma and Amulek. These hard hearted people take them and threw them in jail, then take all the believers that haven't left from Ammonihah and there scriptures and burn them, they take Alma and Amulek to watch what was happening.. Its very hard for the both of them to watch. Amulek wanted to do something about it, To stop them from burning them and seeing the pain. Alma than said this:
"But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand; for behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts, that the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day."
Sister Beefelt and I talked about this subject during our companion study and came to the conclusion that just like these scriptures say. Even though bad things happen and Heavenly Father allows it to its only so he can punish the wicked. God doesn't punish someone for their thoughts. He judges us according to our actions.
So in conclusion; I know that God is always there for us, even when we have our trials. He always has his hands stretched out to us and we can choose to let him help us or not, the choice is ours! I know that God lives, and that he loves us!