What’s happening? Alma recounts being stopped by an angel to his son Helaman.
Why does it matter? This is one of the most dramatic conversion stories recorded.
Between the lines: We understand what it’s like to repent from serious sin.
Quote of the day: “Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.” ~ ET Benson
Read the following verses then ask yourself the questions. If there are any corresponding quotes, read them and see how they relate to the verses above it.
36:1,30 What is prosperity and is it really as simple as keeping the commandments? Compare deliverance in Omni 1:6-7; Mosiah 2:31; 7:29, 33; Alma 9:9, 13; 36:29-30.
36:3 What is the key to overcoming troubling times?
36:5 How did hearing the angel more than seeing him impact Alma?
36:14 In what way does Alma mean he’d committed murder?
36:17-18 Why do you think Alma’s father’s teachings about Jesus came to him at the right moment?
36:19-21 Can you think of any comparable times in your life when your joy has been like Alma’s?
“God did not promise that we would not remember our sins. Remembering will help us avoid making the same mistakes again. But if we stay true and faithful, the memory of our sins will be softened over time. This will be part of the needed healing and sanctification process.” ~ DF Uchtdorf
36:22-26 Why did Alma sacrifice so much to teach the gospel?
“Only those who have significantly developed the taste buds of the soul will even be partially prepared for the incredible beauties of the world ahead.” ~ NA Maxwell
36:27-29 Why is it good to recognize the times you’ve trusted in the Lord as well as the times people throughout history have (especially our ancestors, as Alma does)?