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Alma's Advice to his Sons

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite Alma 34:32-34.
    Read Alma 36:1-16.
    • This chapter and the next six are Alma's advice and commandments to his sons. In many ways, it is similar to Patriarchal blessings. Alma's advice applies to us as well.
    • Verse 2: When Alma talks about "the captivity of our fathers" he is probably talking about when the Israelites were captive in Egypt, but it is possible that he is talking about when his own father was captive by the Lamanites in Helam. Why is it important to remember the captivity? What things are important for you to remember?
    • Verses 12-16: Have you ever felt bad about something you did? It's not a good feeling. Alma suffered a lot for the bad things he did before his conversion.


  2. Recite Alma 34:32-34.
    Read Alma 36:17-30.
    • Verses 20 & 21: These feelings are available to all of us when we give up our sins.
    • Verse 30: Our nation has been blesses. Because of this nation's commitment to God, we have prospered. It is very important that we remain "One nation under God".


  3. Recite Alma 32:21.
    Read Alma 37:1-14.
    • Verses 2 & 3: Put Helaman on the Book of Mormon Record Keepers Chart.
    • Verses 6 & 7: To understand what Alma meant when he said, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass", read the scriptures in footnote 6b. Have you ever felt like a small and simple person in this great big world? Realize that the Lord can use you to do great things!! Mark, copy, and memorize these verses. Write what these verses mean to you.
    • Verses 8-10: Alma tells Helaman some reasons why the scriptures are important. How does this apply to you?


  4. Recite Alma 37:6-7.
    Read Alma 37:15-31.
    • Verses 21, 23, & 24: The stone and the interpreters are the Urim and Thummim.
    • Verses 25-31: This explains why those that live in this land must be good.


  5. Recite Alma 37:6-7.
    Read Alma 37:32-47.
    • Verse 35: Many people believe that teenagers are supposed to do dumb things, as a part of growing up. Alma teaches that a youth should be wise. Mark, copy, and memorize this verse. Write what it means to you.
    • Verse 36: Many people think that Sunday is God's day and the rest of the week is for themselves. What does Alma teach?
    • Verse 37: Compare your prayers to Alma's advice on prayer.
    • Verses 38-45: You don't have a Liahona to look at, but if you exercise faith, the Lord will guide you and even work miracles for you.


  6. Recite Alma 37:35.
    Read Alma 38.
    • Verse 6: What does it mean to be "born of God"?
    • Verse 12: What does it mean to "bridle all your passions"?
    • Verse 14: Why would Alma advise his son to acknowledge unworthiness before God?



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