Alma

Alma 63

Last one!   I am so thankful to say that for the week.  As soon as I finish this post, I will be able to complete one of my commitments to my online class and then do my putting it all together assignment.  I am so close to done for this week’s work that I might get up and do a little dance.

At the very end of Alma 62, Helaman passes away.  So, here, in Alma 63, we read that Helaman’s brother Shiblon “took possession of those sacred things which had been delivered unto Helaman by Alma.” So, Shiblon now has the plates of brass and the plates of Nephi and the Liahona.  And then we Moroni dies.  I think that just one sentence on Moroni’s death isn’t justice, but it is so.  He was a great leader and righteous man of God all of his days.

And there was a man named Hagoth and he was said to be curious and he built a ship and went out into the narrow neck of water that lead north.  Many Nephites went with him.  These many people left and were never heard from again, it was assumed that they drown.  Many, many people left in this fashion.

Next up is the death of Shiblon.  Alma’s youngest son, Corianton left to go north as well in an attempt to take provisions to those that had gone before him.  And since Corianton had left, Shiblon gave all of the sacred items to Helaman, the son of Helaman; in other words, his nephew.

Lastly, as the Book of Alma comes to a close, there is more war.  Some Nephites had dissented and joined up with the Lamanites and stirred them up.  Therefore an army came and lost.  The Nephites prevailed and we will move on to the Book of Helaman.

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FDREL 122

FDREL 122; L03 Putting It All Together

This week?  What have I learned?  What do I want to share with others?

I learned this week that preparation is necessary in life.  When one chooses not to be mindful of their obligations and not prepare for them, it makes it very difficult to maintain a balanced life.  I watched two different classmates this week stand to be lead student, one whom did not understand the material and ended up being a poor leader and another that did not even recall that they were supposed to be the lead student.  The latter ended up being a poorly presentation with lack of structure.  These were both great examples to me of why it is important to be prepared and knowledgeable.

Aside from these two reminders, I was able to have a sweet tender mercy this week from Heavenly Father.  He sent the Holy Ghost to me while in gathering last night to bring me peace.  I was struggling in class after I felt dismissed and was having a difficult time participating in discussion because of my own feelings.  This served as a reminder to me that Moroni was a prophet of God and that he was a great and fearless leader of both men of God and men of the sword.  I felt a sweeping sensation of the Spirit through my soul and was reminded that He loves each and every one of us that strive to live the commandments that he has given.

While we studied “the war chapters” this week in our scripture reading, I learned a lot of valuable information that includes: how to be persistent, how to be diligent, how to love others, how to be humble, how to be a child of God, how to wear the armor of God, how to put family and liberty at the top of my priority list, and most importantly why it is important to me to live a Christ centered life.   These war chapters have so much to teach even though we read about death and destruction throughout most of them.  The men leading the way for freedom before Christ was born, were men of honesty, integrity, family, and most of all they were men of God.

I don’t know how more to share my feelings of great love for my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ.  I have been sent the Holy Ghost this week to confirm and strengthen my testimony that He lives and that He is the head of His church of which I am a member.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is here on the Earth today for every human to learn of Christ and accept his invitation to come unto him.  I am very thankful for the missionaries that came into my home 15 years ago and offer His love to me.  I am grateful for my membership in the church and for all that I am given because of Christ’s love for me.

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Alma

Alma 62

2.

Exceedingly great joy.

Faithfulness.

Mourning.

Rebellion.

Gathering the flock.

Standard of freedom.

Battle.

Trials.

Executions.

Restoration of peace.

Fortifications.

Growing the flock.

Negative feelings from the adversary win.

War is over- The Nephites win!

Humility.

Sharing the gospel.

Repentance.

Baptism.

Established church.

Prosperity.

Remembrance.

Continual prayer.

And this is the way of Alma 62.  The only thing missing is all of the names.  Go and read, fill them in for yourself.  Empower yourself, go and learn.  Apply these lessons in your life.  How is it that you can fortify your home and strengthen the clan of Nephites that sleep within your walls each night?  How can you remember to repent, be humble, and have continual prayer?  I believe the answer is to put Jesus Christ in the center of your life each day.  First thing in the morning and just before sleep each night.  Jesus Christ will assist and He will help you combat the adversary if you but turn your life over to Him.

And I leave this with you in His name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Alma

Alma 61

There are a few tidbits that I love about this chapter, even though the chapter in its entirety hurts my heart.  Have you noticed that as you study the Book of Mormon that you love these men?  I have, I love them for what they stand for, I love them as brethren in the gospel, I love them as courageous leaders, I love them as prophets of God.

Recall that Moroni sent a very strong epistle to Pahoran regarding the lack of support from the government.  Here, in Alma 61, we read Pahoran’s return letter.  Very briefly, we learn that there is a civil unrest in the city of Zarahemla.  Pahoran has fled with as many men as he could and those that sought to usurp Pahoran from the judgement seat have proclaimed Zarahemla as their own.  These men are called king-men and they appointed a king over the land.  This king then went into contract with the Lamanites to retain Zarahemla so that they could have a better strategy to completely overpower the Nephites and rule all of the land.

Pahoran asks Moroni to strengthen Lehi and Teancum in God and leave them some troops while taking his own army and marching to the city of Gideon where Pahoran has fled to.  Pahoran asks Moroni this so that they can, as an army, march back to Zarahemla and reclaim the city and have provisions for the rest of the militia and win this war.

The things that I love about this epistle are that even though Moroni was not so nice in his letter to Pahoran, Pahoran just brushes off the harshness and in verse nine says: “it mattereth not, I am not angry, but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart.”  How many times do we get upset in this life, over something that isn’t such a big deal in the grand scheme of things?  Pahoran sets a great example here for all of us.  Next, as Pahoran closes his epistle, he states that Moroni is his beloved brother.  These men are not literal brothers, but he loves him as such and as I read this chapter, I really felt that love shining through.  I very much appreciate what Pahoran has to teach me.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Alma

Alma 60

4.

As a citizen of a free government and as a girl with a couple of opinions of my own, I love this chapter.  To sum it up quickly: Moroni tells Pahoran, the chief judge over the Nephites, that if he doesn’t do what he should be doing and immediately begin to provide for the army and the Nephite people that he, Moroni, will march his troops into Zarahemla and take the city by force.  I also particularly like that Moroni calls Pahoran out on his wrong doings and he does so in a plain and clear manner.  Moroni just doesn’t put up with anyone’s bull. Moroni is just an overall exceptional man that stands for righteousness and justice, and I love that he was a prophet of God.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Alma

Alma 59

I’m on a countdown. 5.

Here in Alma 59 we learn that Moroni is pretty unhappy with the government of the Nephites.  Have you ever been unhappy with how the government leaders are behaving?  I know that I have.  What if you were Moroni, and the leader of all of the soldiers and you asked the government to send more supplies and more troops because we are going to lose this war if they didn’t help… and the government just didn’t seem to care one way or the other.  I bet you would be pretty cranky too.

The other big piece of information that we get from this chapter is that Moroni realizes that the reason that the war is going in favor of the Lamanites is that the Nephites are not living righteously.  After everything that has happened and all of the battles that have been fought, the blessings of Heavenly Father are not present because the people aren’t keeping their covenants.  Prophecy has been given that the Nephites would prosper in the land as long as they kept their covenants and lived by the commandments.

I leave this short post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Alma

Alma 58

Only six chapters left for the week! This make me feel like I am actually getting something done.  I like it.  Please remember that we are using substitution this week, I don’t think that I have done an excellent job doing so and now that I am thinking about it, I should have used this when I was reading Moroni’s epistle.  I think that would have done a lot of good for studying purposes.  I shall go back and do this personally after I get a couple of these posts knocked out.  I pray that you are learning a little bit from your studies this week too.

In Alma 58 we continue to read of the battles that Helaman and the stripling warriors are fighting.  Helaman is a great strategist and does all that he can with the few number of soldiers that he has to regain possession of land without the shedding of blood.  Here we read that the army was depleted and thinly dispersed because the Nephites had regained many cities.   The army waited for a long period of time for reinforcements and provisions from Zarahemla and when they arrived, it just wasn’t enough.  The army continued daily to pray and to rely on God to provide for and protect them.  And so they were delivered and successful in their trials.

I have two verses in this chapter that really spoke to me and they are verses 10-11 which read: “Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people. Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.”

As I read those two verses, the Holy Ghost swept over me and filled my heart.  This was a reminder to me that if and when I pour out my soul to God in prayer that he will strengthen me and deliver me out of the hands of my enemies…. it doesn’t matter that the enemy isn’t holding a cimeter, an enemy is an enemy even if it is myself.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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