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Alma's Preaching Continued

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite Moroni 10:4-5.
    Read Alma 4.
    • Verse 3: The Nephites humbled themselves and repented because of their trials. It would be better if they would be humble and repent without the trials first.
    • Verse 6: Here comes pride! Unless they repent soon, they are bound to get more trials!
    • Verse 12: This is bad. When the people don't take care of their poor, they are ready to be destroyed by the Lord.
    • Verses 15-20: Alma was the chief judge of the Nephites and also the high priest over the church. That's like being president of the country and prophet at the same time. Alma was a good, humble man. He gave up the power and authority the world gave him (chief judge) so that he could more fully exercise the power and authority the Lord gave him (high priest). There are not many people who would give up a popular position for one of humility. Actually, he could do more for the Nephites by encouraging them to repent so that the Lord won't destroy them.

  2. Recite the books in the Book of Mormon.
    Read Alma 5:1-13.
    • This is a very good chapter. This chapter is Alma preaching. It is a lot like our prophet speaking to us at General Conference. Alma asks 40 questions in this chapter. Underline each of them. Think about and answer each question as if Alma were talking directly to you.
    • Verse 6: Why was it important to remember the time when their people were in captivity? What event or circumstance do you think might be important for you to remember?

  3. Recite 1 Nephi 3:7.
    Read Alma 5:14-31.
    • Alma continues asking the questions. Remember to underline them and ask the questions to yourself.
    • Verse 14: The word countenance refers to a person's behavior or to the way a person expresses his or her character. What does it mean to have God's image in your countenance? Have you ever noticed how hard a person looks when they don't follow God's commandments? How can you know if you have been born of God? One way is that you no longer desire any evil thing.
    • Verses 16-21: Watch Can You Imagine on the Book of Mormon Video.
    • Verse 21: The garment is symbolic of your soul. When you sin, your garment (or soul) becomes stained. Fortunately, you can repent. Christ atoned for your sins so your garment can be clean through his blood. Your garment must be spotless to receive Eternal Life.
    • Verse 26: This relates back to verse 14. Draw an arrow from verse 14 to this verse.
    • Verse 30: Making fun of someone is not good fun, it is a bad sin.

  4. Recite Ether 12:27.
    Read Alma 5:32-44.
    • Still more questions. Remember to underline them and think of the answers as they apply to you.
    • Verse 40: Notice how the word good turns to God when you remove an o, and evil becomes devil by adding a d.
    • Verse 41: What are some examples of good works? What are some examples of evil works?
    • Verse 44: The holy order of God is the priesthood.

  5. Recite 1 Nephi 19:23.
    Read Alma 5:45-62.
    • There are only four more questions for you to find, underline, and answer.
    • Verse 55: True followers of Christ take care of the poor.
    • Verse 60: What things or people would be considered ravenous wolves?

  6. Recite Moroni 7:16-17.
    Read Alma 6.
    • Verse 3: Has pride ever kept you from repentance?

  7. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read Alma 7.
    • Verse 8: What is a mortal tabernacle?
    • Verses 11 & 12: Jesus not only suffered the pains of our sins, but he also suffered all the pains of our temptations, sicknesses and heartaches.

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