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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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 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 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 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 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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Alma 57

The city of Anitparah that was in Lamanite control falls into the hands of the Nephites and Helaman because the people knew that the Nephites were coming to war against them.  Therefore they fled and the city was now in Nephite possession.

Helaman then led the stripling warriors to battle against the city of Cumeni.  The crew camped out at night surrounding the city and sleeping on their swords to defend themselves as the Lamanites would attempt to kill them in their sleep, and each time they tried, they were killed instead.  Finally provisions arrived in Cumeni for the Lamanites and Helaman and his sons were able to take the provisions for themselves because they were staying just o9utside the city.  The Lamanites then were without food and eventually surrendered to the little army so they didn’t die of hunger.  Now, there were so many prisoners that they had to use the entire army to keep watch over them and there were little skirmishes with so many prisoners.

Helaman had to send the prisoners away and part of his army to lead them to Zarahemla with the remainder staying behind in Cumeni.  The following day, the warriors who had left for Zarahemla returned, without the prisoners, and this ended up being a very good thing.  Ammoron had sent a large army and there was a great battle in Cumeni.  Had the warriors not returned, the outcome could have been much different.  With them returning, they defeated the Lamanites with many of them fleeing before the stripling warriors.  With this great battle, still, not a single of these 2,000 boys had died, all of them  were injured , but none died.   1,000 other Nephite soldiers died, but not one of the stripling warriors.  This is attributed to their faith.  Helaman states in verses 26-27 : “And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain.  And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which hey had bee taught to believe – that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power. Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.”

Can you use substitution in those verses?  Make yourself a stripling warrior.  “And now, Samantha’s preservation was astonishing to the whole army, yea, that she should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren slain…… Now this was the faith of Samantha…” If we can’t say this, we should be able to.  I will work on it, and allow my faith to grow (and pray that I never have to stand and defend a city).

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

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