That Ye May Learn Wisdom – Mosiah 2:17, Alma 38:9

17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

9 And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.

King Benjamin and Alma the Younger both use the phrase “that ye may learn wisdom” as they encourage people to learn from their experiences:
  • King Benjamin wants his people to emulate his example of righteous service. He points out that, in serving them, he was serving God. If they will follow his example, they can experience the joy he has felt and can “answer a clear conscience before God” (Mosiah 2:15).
  • Alma the Younger, on the other hand, hopes that his son Shiblon will avoid the pain he has experienced. If Shiblon can learn that Christ is the source of our salvation, then he can quickly turn to the Savior instead of suffering as Alma did for a time, not knowing where to turn for help.
Today, I will remember the importance of learning wisdom from the experiences of others, both positive and negative. I will pay attention to the decisions of the people around me and will learn from the consequences they experience. I will seek to identify true principles from their lives which I can apply to my own.
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