Alma, FDREL 121, Mosiah, Uncategorized

L11 Putting it all Together

Well, this week has proved to be hectic and there’s more of that in the moments to come.  I haven’t yet finished blogging the rest of the chapters in the Alma that I have studied this week, but maybe tomorrow I will have time to get that caught up.  That being said, this was a great week of study!

What did I truly learn this week?  I learned how to say the word chiastic and I learned what that meant.  This is a word of Greek origin and means that something has the same patter forward and backward such as “1234554321” or “ABCDDCBA.”  The Book of Mosiah within the Book of Mormon is a chiasmus.   The pattern for this particular chiasmus is lengthy, but nevertheless, present; and is set forth in this manner:

1.Mosiah 1:1-8 King Benjamin exhorts his sons

2.Mosiah 1:10 Mosiah is chosen to succeed his father

3.Mosiah 1:16 Mosiah receives the records

4.Mosiah 2:9-5:15 King Benjamin’s speech and the words of the angel

5.Mosiah 6:1 People enter into a covenant

6.Mosiah 6:13 Priests are consecrated

7.Mosiah 7:1-6 Ammon leaves Zarahemla to preach in Lehi-Nephi

8.Mosiah 7:15 People are in bondage and Ammon is put in prison

9.Mosiah 8:9 24 Gold plates

10.Mosiah 9:1 The record of Zeniff begins as he leaves Zarahemla

11.Mosiah 9:14-10:20 Defense against the Lamanites

12.Mosiah 11:1-15 Noah and his priests

13.Mosiah 11-12 Abinadi persecuted and imprisoned

14.Mosiah 13-14 Abinadi reads old law and and prophecies to priests

14.Mosiah 15-16 Abinadi prophecies of Christ

13.Mosiah 17:5-20 Abinadi persecuted and slain

12.Mosiah 18:32-20:5  Noah and his priests

11.Mosiah 20:6-26 Lamanites threaten the people of Limhi

10. Record of Zeniff ends as he leaves Lehi-Nephi

9. Mosiah 21:27, 22:14 24 gold plates

8. Mosiah 23 People of Alma in bondage

7. Mosiah 24 Alma leaves for Zarahemla

6. Mosiah 25:14-24 The Church is organized

5. Mosiah 26:1-4  Some refuse to make covenants

4. Mosiah 26-27 The words of Alma and the words of an angel

3. Mosiah 28:20 Alma the Younger receives the records

2. Mosiah 29:5-32 Judges chosen instead of a king

1. Mosiah 29:5-32  Mosiah exhorts his people

This is a fantastic pattern and the story that goes along with it is simply amazing.  I love the stories found inside of the Book of Mosiah is fascinating.

At the center of the chiasmus we find Abinadi, a prophet of God being persecuted, sharing old prophesy and prophesying himself of the coming of Jesus Christ.  Prior to this and again after this, there are wars and good men, also prophets of God preaching repentance and calling on the people that are in their circle of influence to follow Christ in righteousness.  There are, of course, other events that occur within the book and the chiasmus, but these are the ones that stick out to me and really struck me this week as having the utmost importance.  Repentance is key to follow Christ in his footsteps and these men cried repentance all of their days, some were able to leave their mortal lives in peace and know that they had done all that they could and another cried repentance to the wicked and was persecuted and slain for his actions.  He dared to stand, even though he was standing alone, this was Abinadi.  Without his courage and strength, we would not have the Book of Mormon as we know it today and we would never have had the opportunity to read of Alma the Younger or the Sons of Mosiah.  I am so grateful for this lesson this week and to have been able to deepen my understanding of this complex gospel.

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

 

 

 

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Mosiah 29

What a time to be alive in the land of the Nephites!  Who? Where? When?  The chapter of Mosiah 29 takes place in approximately 92 BC and was a really fascinating chapter to me.  I like history, but not super dry and boring to read history, and this was what I like.  Mormon did an excellent job at abridging this record.  He kept the information to the pertinent points and kept the story line moving.

Who?  Mosiah, the king of the Nephites in the land of Zarahemla and the Nephites.

Where? Zarahemla

When?  About 92 BC in a time of peace

Throughout this chapter, Mosiah continually warns the people of Zarahemla of the pitfalls of having a king reign over them.  He explains tot he people in a written document that he desires that they should appoint judges among them to judge the people according to the law.  He explains how this judging system should work and tells them that if they could guarantee that they would have a righteous king, then that would be great, but there is no guarantee of this.  Mosiah convinces the people to choose their own judges throughout Zarahemla and they appoint Alma the younger to be their chief judge.  Keeping in mind that Alma is also their high priest as he was appointed as such by his father.  Mosiah stresses his thoughts to the people on how they should live righteously and warns them of iniquitous behaviors.  As this chapter wraps up, the land is full of peace and the love that the Nephites have for Mosiah is full.  The Nephites recognize that he was a great man that took care of his people and did his best by them.

Alma (senior) passes away at the age of 82 and then Mosiah passes away at the age of 63.  And the reign of judges begins with Alma the younger.

I really like the very last line in this chapter, as it got me thinking.  “And thus ended the days of Alma, who was the founder of their church,” this got me thinking back to Mosiah 17 where Abinadi is sentenced to death.  If Abinadi had not had strength and courage to call out the bad deeds of king Noah and his priests, then Alma would not have heard his words.  Had Alma not heard and believed on Abinadi’s words, there would have been no church and the entire Book of Mormon would be completely different today.  I know that we would have gospel today, and I know that we would be striving to live by God’s commandments and light, but would we have ever heard of Mormon or Moroni or Alma or ….. ?

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

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Mosiah 28

Setting…. who, when, where?

The five young men are traveling about Zarahemla proclaiming the truth and attempting to repair the damages that they have done before they were visited by an angel of God.

Mosiah 28 opens with the four sons of Mosiah (Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni) going to their father Mosiah (hence the Sons of Mosiah) wid th some others that they had gathered and petitioning to be able to go back to the land of Nephi to preach to the Lamanites.  Mosiah was uncertain about this, but the boys expressed to their father that they wanted every human to know of God and that the “very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.”  These young men had a great change of heart and soul when the angel of the Lord came to visit them.  Mosiah retired to prayer to find out for himself if he should allow for his young sons to go and preach among the Lamanites.  What is God’s plan?  Of course, Mosiah was told to let his boys go and was promised from the Lord that they boys will be delivered out of the hands of the Lamanites.

Mosiah then moved on to great works.  He set about translating the plates of the Jaredites and in order to do this, he had to use the seers that had been passed down with the plates since the time of Lehi.  We learn just a little bit of the Jaredites at this time, and that is that they were a people that were scattered about at the Tower of Babel.

Mosiah then desires to confer the kingdom upon the head of another, and since his sons were out in the mission field, he chose to confer the kingdom to Alma the younger.  He gave Alma the younger all of the plates including those recently translated.

And so the second to the last chapter of Mosiah concludes.

Setting?  Within the walls of Zarahemla.  King Mosiah, Alma the younger, the Sons of Mosiah. When?  At the dawn of the Sons of Mosiah’s mission to the land of Nephi…

Let’s take a look and see how the book of Mosiah closes.

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

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Mosiah 27

A day off was lovely.  I am going to start this week off less busy than last week, and thankfully there is less assigned study this week as well.  With that, this week I am going to be using the setting study skill set.  This will entail asking who, where, and when for portions of the reading.  I pray that you will study along with me as I dig in this week.  I will be starting here at Mosiah 27 and continue through Alma 7.

Can you put yourself back 2100 years?  Can you see yourself being evil and telling people that God isn’t real and that the Messiah will not come?  Can you see an angel coming to call you by name and call you unto repentance?   Can you feel the earth tremble beneath your feet as the angel tells you of your wrong doings?  Can you see yourself lying in a coma for days while your father sings the praises of God for answering his prayers and allowing you to see that angel and know for a surety that The Savior will come?  Can you see yourself changing 180 degrees and telling everyone and anyone that you meet about the gospel and trying to repair damages you’ve done across the land?

I can put myself in some of these places, but it’s hard to imagine all of them.  This is the beginning of the story of Alma the younger and four of the sons of Mosiah whose names are: Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni.

Go and read!  This is a fantastic story and it is just starting.  Go on!

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

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Mosiah 26

Last chapter for this week.  I am so excited to be done with blogging for the week, but I’ve still got five other assignments to get done before tomorrow night, so say a little prayer for me.

Okay, I have just read through Mosiah 26, and my words here will be very brief.  As I read this chapter, my heart was full.  I testify to you that Alma was a prophet of God and that today, Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet over the church of God.  I exhort you to take the time to pray, and then read and study this chapter.  I testify that each person that repents of his or her sins and comes unto Christ, will be numbered among the people of Jesus Christ, who takes upon himself the sins of the world.  I know that today, on earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is where I belong and I am so very thankful for the restored gospel in my life.  Please, pray and read.

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

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Mosiah 25

Mosiah 25 condenses what I’m sure was quite a few days, if not weeks or months into a neat little bundle.

In the land of Zarahemla are gathered a bunch of new folks.  People from the land of Helam, people from the land of Nephi, and mixed in with them are some of the people of Amulon and some of the daughters of the Lamanites that had been kidnapped.  A good mix of people from different backgrounds, races and languages.

Mosiah reads all of the plates to the people, they are in awe and wonder.  The people are grateful to God for their deliverance.  The people who came from shady backgrounds understood where they came from and chose to walk in the light.  All of these people were then known as Nephites.  When Mosiah finishes his reading, he has Alma speak to the people.  Alma preaches repentance and faith unto the people and ensures that they know that they have been delivered out of the hands of the Lamanites by the Lord.  King Limhi, who is among this group, wants to be baptized and so do all of his people.

Alma begins to perform baptisms.  Each person that was baptized now belonged to the church of God.  King Mosiah asked for Alma to establish the church all throughout the land of Zarahemla and then so it was.  Alma ordained priest and teachers to maintain the church.   Because of the faith of the people, the Spirit was poured over them abundantly and they prospered in Zarahemla.

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

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Mosiah 24

Mosiah 24 is of redemption and answered prayers.

So…. the Lamanites had Amulon and the others with them go all over the Lamanite territories and teach the language of Nephi.  They also taught them in the ways of commerce and to keep written records.  The Lamanites then began to prosper, but they were only kind to other Lamanites, and were still horrible towards all others.

Back in the land of Helam, Amulon was “king” and he remembered Alma from being a priest on the court of king Noah.  Amulon then made life really hard for those that belonged to the Lord.  He wouldn’t allow them to pray aloud and he placed heavy burdens upon them.  Alma and his people did not stop praying though, as they knew the ways of God and knew that they could have a prayer in their heart and that Heavenly Father would hear them.  And so it was.  Heavenly Father let them know that he would ease their burdens, and He did.  The Lord then came to Alma and let him know that the people would be delivered from bondage.  And so it was…. go and read the end of the chapter, I’m not spoiling this great story for you.

This chapter concludes with the people of Alma reaching the land of Zarahemla and king Mosiah rejoicing with their arrival.

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

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