Alma 15

15:3-5 What was wrong with Zeezrom? Can someone be sick spiritually and physically?

“There is another part of us, not so tangible, but quite as real as our physical body. This tangible part of us is described as mind, emotion, intellect, temperament, and many other things. Very seldom is it described as spiritual. But there is a spirit in man; to ignore it is to ignore reality. There are spiritual disorders, too, and spiritual diseases that can cause intense suffering. The body and spirit of man are bound together. Often, very often, when there are disorders, it is very difficult to tell which is which.” ~ BK Packer, 1977, The Balm of Gilead

 ~ President BK Packer

15:6-12 How can a spirit be healed?

“The atoning sacrifice of the Christ, and our full acceptance of it, is the spiritual antidote that heals the wounded soul. It is such an antidote that replaces despair with hope, darkness with light, and turmoil with peace. It was this antidote that worked for Zeezrom. He lay sick with a burning fever. He recounted his many sins, believing there was ‘no deliverance’ for what he had done. Then Alma posed the tide-turning question, ‘Believest thou in the power of Christ unto salvation?’… The response was positive. The healing that followed was not only physical but spiritual as well. The prerequisite was a belief in the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” ~ TR Callister

15:15 What is the consequence of a hard heart? See also 2 Nephi 33:1.

“Please notice how the power of the Spirit carries the message unto but not necessarily into the heart.” ~ DA Bednar

15:16 Why did Amulek have to give up so much?

“A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation…. It is in vain for persons to fancy to themselves that they are heirs with those… who have offered their all in sacrifice, and by this means obtain faith in God and favor with him so as to obtain eternal life, unless that, in like manner, offer unto him the same sacrifice.” ~ Joseph Smith

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