In the opening chapters of Alma in the Book of Mormon, Alma and his people served each other and gave to the poor, generally living in peace. When individuals rose to disturb that peace, the majority rose up to restore it. Yet when these humble, soft-hearted people were faced with an army as numerous as ‘the sands of the sea,’ their enemies fled and fell before them.
There is just no way that a people who diligently seek God, truth, and serve others can ever permanently fall. That course is always up. I physically see that as I sit in this gallery and look out across this hard labored university. This principle means two things: God’s servants have very little to fear. However, they are always in danger because prosperity itself is the gateway to the greatest sin.
Brigham Young said, “The worst fear that I have about this people is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and his people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty, and all manner of persecution, and be true. But my greater fear for them is that they cannot stand wealth; and yet they have to be tried with riches, for they will become the richest people on this earth.”
People of God will always prosper and find joy, even while on this earth. The eternal question is if we can handle it and what we’ll do with it.
Camlyn Giddins, Gallery Educator