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Apostates

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite 2 Nephi 28:7-9.
    Read Alma 30:1-18.
    • Verse 6: This is the third Anti-Christ mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Would you recognize an Anti-Christ today?
    • Verse 7: In a free society (such as the United States) there are no laws establishing what a person should or should not believe.
    • Verses 12-18: The things that Korihor taught today are also taught today in one form or another. As you read these verses, try to apply them to our day and recognize how these things are being "preached".
    • Verse 15: If we see and know something then we no longer have faith in it. Heavenly Father wants us to develop our faith in Him.


  2. Recite 2 Nephi 32:3.
    Read Alma 30:19-29.
    • Verse 24: When a person preaches against truth he must use lies. Korihor says the people are not free, but he himself could not preach if they were not. Also, it is through sin that a person puts himself into a type of bondage. Truth and repentance are what truly liberates an individual. If they follow what Korihor is preaching, they will be in bondage.
    • Verse 25: To recognize another lie, recite the second Article of Faith.
    • Verse 29: When someone is talking like Korihor is, it is tempting to argue with him to prove the truth. The Holy Ghost will not accompany you if you argue, yet you need the Holy Ghost with you to testify of the truth. In cases such as this one, it is better to say nothing at all.


  3. Recite 2 Nephi 32:8-9.
    Read Alma 30:30-42.
    • Verses 31-33: The true gospel of Jesus Christ does not pay the priests or any of the Church leaders. Rather, they sacrifice a great deal to serve the Church and the Lord. It would seem selfish to make a profit from serving the Lord.
    • Verses 33-34: These verses describe the reward we receive through serving the Lord. Everyone wants to be happy. Some people think that "doing their own thing" (not keeping the commandments) will bring happiness to them. That is not true. Instead, it will bring greater sorrow. Next time you're feeling down, turn to the Lord and serve him. This is how to gain true and lasting happiness.
    • Verse 41: What does Alma mean when he says, "I have all things as a testimony that these things are true"?


  4. Recite Jacob 2:18-19.
    Read Alma 30:43-60.
    • Verses 43 & 44: Seeking a sign is not wise. Heavenly Father wants us to be humble and have faith in Him. "…if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen which are true (Alma 32:21)." Once a sign is given, you no longer need faith in that thing, because you know. Therefore, a sign seeker is a proud, unrepentant person who doesn't want to believe because they love their sins. However, Alma does point out the evidence that we all have - the world and everything in it. Take some time today or tomorrow to observe some of Heavenly Father's creations. Turn to Ether 12:6. Mark, copy, and memorize this verse. Write what it means to you.
    • Verses 52 & 53: Now we know that Korihor was lying for sure. He already has evidence that there is a god. His evidence is that God's enemy, the devil, had visited him. Any idea how Korihor know that the angel he saw was really the devil?
    • Verse 60: Mormon tells what you can learn from the story of Korihor. Put Korihor on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes Chart. Tell the story of Korihor to someone.


  5. Recite Ether 12:6.
    Read Alma 31:1-23.
    • Verse 3: Put Antionum on the map.
    • Verses 14-18. What's wrong with this prayer? The Zoramites believed in a god, but you will notice many of their beliefs are the same as what Korihor the Anti-Christ taught.


  6. Recite Ether 12:6.
    Read Alma 31:24-38.
    • Verses 26-35: Compare Alma's prayer to the Remeumptum prayer (verses 16-19).
    • Verse 36: Ammon, Aaron, Omner, Amulek, Zeezrom, Shiblom, and Corianton were set apart and sent on missions.



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