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Zeezrom is Converted
Recite Mosiah 3:19.
Read Alma 12:1-18.
Now Alma will provide his testimony to the things that Amulek said in the last chapter so that there are two witnesses.
- Verse 3: just as Alma and Amulek knew Zeezrom's thoughts by the spirit, the Holy Ghost can give you impressions regarding someone's character. This is a gift of the Spirit that you can use when you are choosing friends.
- Verse 5: Who is the adversary? See footnote 5a.
- Verses 9-11: A person with a hard heart is someone who is stubborn and proud. Perhaps they think they know everything. If we really want to know the mysteries of God, we must humble ourselves and become teachable.
- Verse 14: Wow! Not only will we be judged for the things that we do, but also for the things that we think! It is so important to control our thoughts.
Recite Mosiah 4:30.
Read Alma 12:19-37.
- Alma explained the plan of salvation. This was probably very deep doctrine for these people to hear.
Recite Moroni 10:4-5.
Read Alma 13.
The "holy order", or the "order of his Son" is the priesthood.
- Verse 3: When Alma says, "from the foundation of the world", he is talking about the time period during which the world was made, or in other words, the preexistence.
- Verse 12: To abhor something is to hate or despise it. Someone who is to be sanctified not only stops committing sins, but also despises sins.
- Verse 14: Melchizedek is the great Old Testament prophet whom the higher priesthood is named after.
- Verse 20: Wrest means to twist or distort.
- Verses 21-30: Alma is telling them to look forward to the day when the Savior comes. He was talking about Jesus' first coming - his birth and resurrection. We are now looking forward to the second coming of Jesus. Alma's counsel applies to us just the same.
Recite the books in the Book of Mormon.
Read Alma 14:1-17.
When someone is not ready to repent, they often get angry with the person who speaks truth to them. Because of this, we need to be careful when we call someone to repentance. We should let the Holy Ghost guide us to know when is the right time to speak hard truth to others. Also, do you ever get angry, for example, when your parents or others correct your behavior?
- Verse 6: Wow, do you remember who Zeezrom is (see chapter 11)? It is amazing that he is actually humbling himself.
- Verse 11: This is a good explanation of why God allows bad people to hurt good people.
- Verse 16: Do you remember Nehor? He was an evil man. Now we read that the people made their own religion based on Nehor's evil teachings. We call these evil teachings priestcraft.
Recite 1 Nephi 3:7.
Read Alma 14:17-29.
Alma and Amulek suffered lots of physical pain for their testimonies. They're a good example for us. We should stand up for what is right, even when it isn't popular.
Recite Ether 12:27.
Read Alma 15.
This is a good example of how your mental and spiritual health can effect your physical health.
- Verse 13: The people in Sidon are obviously very different from the people in Ammonihah.
- Verse 16: Would you sacrifice all that for missionary work?
- Verse 17: The word check in this verse is like saying stop.
Recite 1 Nephi 19:23
Read Alma 16.
Alma did warn them that they would be destroyed if they did not repent!
- Verse 6: Put the river Sidon on the map.
- Tell the story of Alma and Amulek in Ammonihah. Put this event on the timeline.
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