The next 18 chapters, starting with Alms 45 and continuing through Alma 62 will be about war during the time of Helaman, the eldest son of Alma. Helaman, who received the plates from his father is the recorder of these chapters.
This chapter begins with Alma speaking to Helaman and confirming that he believes in the prophesies that have been given. Helaman declares that he does believe and that states that he will follow the commandments given. Alma promises Helaman that if he does indeed follow commandments that he will prosper in the land. This is a great spot to use the substitution study skill. Verses six through eight could read something like this: “And Alma said unto her, Samantha, again: Will ye, Samantha, keep my commandments? And she, Samantha, said: Yea, I will keep thy commandments with all my heart. Then Alma said unto her, Samantha: Blessed are thou; and the Lord shall prosper thee in this land.”
After this exchange between father and son, Alma declares that Christ will come and after 400 years the people will no longer believe and there will be more wars and the people of Nephi will be obliterated from the earth. Lamanites only will remain in the land and a few of them will become disciples of the Lord. Alma then proclaims a curse upon the land from God in regards to those who do wicked works. Alma then blessed the church and departed from Zarahemla and was never heard from again. I love verse 19. I don’t know how to say it any better than the scriptures do, Alma was taken up to the Lord, by the hand of the Lord.
Alma 45 continues to tell us that there are little battles here and there and because of all of the disturbances throughout the land, Helaman declared that the church needed to be established and he went about ensuring that the Nephites were settled in the church. Priests and teaches were set apart and then they began to argue one with another and grew pride in their hears and they would not walk righteously before God.
This saddens my heart, as does looking at the world as a whole today.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.