The Story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5 was related.
Naaman was told that in order to be healed he had to bathe in the Jordan River. The river was dirty and far away. It may have also been that Naaman wanted some spectacular healing display, not a going off privately and getting into a dirty river.
Naaman’s servant asked him if he had asked him to do some great thing to be healed, would he not have gone and immediately done it. Naaman seems to have come to his senses of how ridiculous he was being and went and did as the prophet suggested.
How often are we asked to do the simplest thing and we just don't feel like doing it?
“Another priesthood calling that I have been thinking about came to me many years later, when I had my own family. We had moved back to Frankfurt, Germany, and I had just received a promotion at work that would require a great deal of my time and attention. During this busy season of my life, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin extended a call to me to serve as stake president.
“During my interview with him, many thoughts raced through my mind, not the least of which was the unsettling worry that I might not have the time this calling would require. Although I felt humbled and honored by the call, I briefly wondered if I could accept it. But it was only a fleeting thought because I knew that Elder Wirthlin was called of God and that he was doing the Lord’s work. What could I do but accept?
“There are times when we have to step into the darkness in faith, confident that God will place solid ground beneath our feet once we do. And so I accepted gladly, knowing that God would provide.” (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, “The Why of Priesthood Service”, General Conference April 2012)
2 Nephi 31:13
13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
Some reasons people don't accept or complete an assignment or a calling or a responsibility are they don't have the time, the skill, or the will to do it.
Do we slack off because we feel that what needs doing is someone else’s responsibility and not ours?
The ward is us individually and not just the building or the boundaries.
“An account of the sons of Mosiah, who rejected their rights to the kingdom for the word of God, and went up to the land of Nephi to preach to the Lamanites; their sufferings and deliverance—according to the record of Alma.” (Heading above this group of chapters)
The land of Zarahemla is north of the land of Nephi, but they always refer to it as going up to the land of Nephi. This is likely because the land of Nephi is uphill from Zarahemla.
It had been 14 years since Alma had seen the sons of Mosiah.
2 Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
Do we often see old friends post on Facebook and we think, "you are better than this" and are disappointed that they present themselves as not being valiant?
Are we overjoyed when we see other posts that make us feel like Alma does on seeing the sons of Mosiah?
The doctrines of the order of the Nehors was that they should pay people to preach to them and that everyone gets saved.