Alma 17:10-12, 26:26-27, LeGrand Baker, Mosiah’s Sons Comforted by the Lord.

 Alma 17:10-12, 26:26-27, LeGrand Baker, Mosiah’s Sons Comforted by the Lord.

There are two accounts of this event. Both quote the Saviour as though he personally spoke to them.

10  And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them: Be comforted. And they were comforted.
11  And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.
12  And it came to pass that the hearts of the sons of Mosiah, and also those who were with them, took courage to go forth unto the Lamanites to declare unto them the word of God.(Alma 17:10-12)

26  But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls.
27  Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success (Alma 26:26-27).

This account sounds remarkably like Moroni’s observation about the Saviour’s appearance to the Brother of Jared:

17 And now, as I, Moroni, said I could not make a full account of these things which are written, therefore it sufficeth me to say that Jesus showed himself unto this man in the spirit, even after the manner and in the likeness of the same body even as he showed himself unto the Nephites. (Ether 3:17)

That observation is reinforced by the fact that the Saviour not only spoke to them, but he also “comforted” them, implying that he administered an empowering ordinance. Empowering ordinances are associated with the word “comfort” in Isaiah 61, Psalm 23, and Isaiah 40:1-2,

I discussed “comfort” a short time ago under Alma 14:10-13, LeGrand Baker, Comfort: The power to transcend sorrow.

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