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One Week of Studies
Abinadi, Alma, and Gideon
Recite 2 Nephi 28:7-9.
Read Mosiah 16.
Here Abinadi teaches the priests some very basic things, including the Plan of Salvation.
Recite 2 Nephi 32:3.
Read Mosiah 17.
Alma was the only one who believed what Abinadi said. Now the king will kill Abinadi. Was all this worth it for just one convert? As you will read, you will find out that Alma and his descendants will go on to convert many people and become great church leaders.
Verses 11 & 12: The kingís heart softened a little, but he liked his friends more than the Lord. He did what his friends wanted him to do rather than what the Lord wanted him to do.
Verse 13: A faggot is a burning stick.
Verse 20: Abinadi was put to death because he didnít deny the truth. Now his words can never be changed. Thus, his testimony is sealed and stands as a witness against the king and his priests. Is your testimony strong enough that you would be willing to give your life in defense of the truth? You should give your life for the truth every day, in every choice you make. Each day, you make choices, whether you will choose the right or fall to temptation.
Sing verse four of  (CS, p.119). Put Abinadi on the timeline and on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart. Tell the story of Abinadi to someone.
Recite 2 Nephi 32:8-9.
Read Mosiah 18:1-17.
Alma was brave to preach, knowing that if he were caught he would be killed.
Verses 8-10: These verses list eight promises me made when we got baptized and four things the Lord promises us when we are baptized. Underline these things. This would be a good time to write in your journal the things you remember about your baptism.
Verse 14: Itís interesting that Alma went under also. Why do you think he did that?
Recite Jacob 2:18-19.
Read Mosiah 18:18-35.
Underline the things that Alma said the people should do as priests and as members of the church.
Verse 26: The priests were supposed to have their own jobs to support themselves. Thatís how our church is today. Most other churches today pay their ministers to preach. What problems might arise from a paid ministry?
Verse 30: Where? Put this on your map.
Verse 34: Alma and his people ran off into the wilderness. We will read more about this group of people later.
Recite Mosiah 2:17.
Read Mosiah 19.
It seems like Gideon would have killed him anyway, but that is not how the king was to die. Do you remember Abinadiís prophecy? See Mosiah 13:10.
Verse 11: The king is a coward. He wouldnít even defend his family! King Noah would rather that his family die than himself. He is selfish and unfit to be king.
Verse 20: This is how Abinadi said the king would be killed. Put King Noah on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes Chart.
Recite Mosiah 3:19.
Read Mosiah 20.
This is the same Gideon that almost killed King Noah.
Verse 26: Whew! That was close!
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