In these verses, Captain Moroni decided not to exchange prisoners with Ammoron because he realized exchanging would give the Lamanites more fighting force. He says,
. . .Behold, I will not exchange prisoners with Ammoron save he will withdraw his purpose, as I have stated in my epistle; for I will not grant unto him that he shall have any more power than what he hath got.
3 Behold, I know the place where the Lamanites do guard my people whom they have taken prisoners. . . (Alma 55:2-3)
Captain Moroni’s sentiments are a great lesson on taking back the parts of our lives where we have yielded to temptation and Satan. We can decide that we are not going to grant Satan any more power than he’s already gotten, and to take back with Christ’s help the parts we’ve lost. After all, just like Captain Moroni knew where Nephite prisoners were, we know where we have yielded to temptation, and we know what needs to be done to get those parts back – repent and then diligently keep the commandments and pray to resist temptation.
So ask yourself where has Satan taken over.
Is it idleness and time-wasting?
Is it inappropriate media?
Is it substance abuse and addiction? Taking our lives back will be harder, but it’s still possible and it’s very worthy worth it.
Is it complaining and whining?
Is it fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) that has discouraged us?
Is it giving in to peer pressure?
Is it selfishness?
Is it temper?
Today, let’s begin to take back more of our lives from Satan’s power.