Alma 22

22:13 What do we understand about our need for the Jesus’ Atonement?

22:15 What do we learn about Lamoni’s father’s spiritual growth? Compare Alma 20:23.

22:17 What role does humility play in gaining a testimony and doing the Lord’s will?

“Many of us live or work in an environment where humility is often misunderstood and considered a weakness. Not many corporations or institutions include humility as a value statement or desired characteristic of their management. Yet as we learn about the workings of God, a power of all humble submissive spirit becomes apparent. In the kingdom of God, greatness begins with humility and submissiveness. These companion virtues are the first critical steps to opening the doors to the blessings of God and the power of the priesthood. It matters not who we are or how lofty our credentials appear. Humility and submissiveness to the Lord, coupled with a grateful heart, are our strength and our hope.” ~ R Edgely

22:18 Why is it necessary to give away all our sins?

“The denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him.” ~ NA Maxwell

Alma 21

21:3 Why do former believers react so strongly against the gospel?

“[In] the words of the Savior: ‘If the light which is in you becomes darkness, behold how great is that darkness.’ Look at the dissenters. Again, ‘If you were of the world, the would love its own.’ …But they speak all manner of evil of us falsely, for no other reason than that we have been endeavoring to teach the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” ~ Joseph Smith

21:11-12 What should we do when people refuse to listen to a gospel message?

“Remember that your business is to preach the Gospel in all humility and meekness and warn sinner to repent and come to Christ. Avoid contentions and vain disputes with men of corrupt minds, who do not desire to know the truth… If they receive not your testimony in one place, flee to another… cast no reflections, nor throw out any bitter sayings. If you do your duty, it will be just as well with you, as though all men embraced the Gospel.” ~ Joseph Smith

21:13-15 Why are there so many examples of bondage in the Book of Mormon?

“Bondage often seems to be necessary to prepare a person for conversion or salvation. After Aaron is freed, he and his brothers are tremendously successful.” ~ RD Rust

21:16 How does the Spirit direct missionary work and other components of the gathering today?

“Have faith you will receive personal revelation to guide you from day to day. The Holy Ghost will help you in every aspect of your work.” ~ Preach My Gospel

Alma 20

20:2 Who can hear the voice of the Lord?

“It belongs to and should be operative in the life of every man, woman, and child who reaches the age of accountability and enters into sacred covenants. Sincere desire and worthiness invite the spirit of revelation into our lives.” ~ DA Bednar

20:10-13 How do false traditions lead people astray?

“The imperfect traditions delivered a treacherous blow to the Lamanites for they therein became the victims of their own degraded beliefs.” ~ Reynolds and Sjodahl

20:26 What was Ammon’s most effective weapon?

“It was the great love Ammon showed for Lamoni, even being willing to defend him from physical harm, which so deeply affected Lamoni’s father… Love has the effect of opening the hearts of individuals. In the Lord’s instructions through the prophet Joseph Smith, we are taught that love is among those characteristics which qualify one for the work of teaching the gospel (D&C 4:5). The more we allow love to permeate our service to the Lord the more successful our efforts will be.” ~ CJ Williams

Alma 19

19:6 What is the “light of the glory of God”?

“There is really no excuse for men to reject the gospel message. When they do so, it is because of spiritual blindness or because their deeds are evil and they love darkness rather than light. If they would but hearken to the voice of conscience, to the voice of the light within them, to the voice of the Spirit, they would come unto Christ and receive the Holy Ghost.” ~ BR McConkie

Alma 17

17:1-3 How were the sons of Mosiah prepared to teach the Lamanites? Why are fasting and prayer still asked of us today?

“There are certain blessings obtained when one searches the scriptures. As a person studies the words of the Lord and obeys them, he or she draws closer to the Savior and obtains a greater desire to live a righteous life. The power to resist temptation increases, and spiritual weaknesses are overcome. Spiritual wounds are healed. …Some individuals falter because they fail to open the books, others because they read causally.” ~ MJ Bateman

17:5 Why do the faithful sometimes suffer big trials?

“So often in life a deserved blessing is quickly followed by a needed stretching. Spiritual exhilaration may be quickly followed by a vexation or temptation. Were it otherwise, extended spiritual reveries or immunities from adversity might induce in us a regrettable forgetfulness of others in deep need. The sharp, side-by-side contrast of the sweet and the bitter is essential until the very end of this brief, mortal experience. Meanwhile, even routine, daily life provides sufficient sandpaper to smooth our crustiness and polish our rough edges, if we are meek.” ~ NA Maxwell

17:9 How can we become instruments in God’s hands like the sons of Mosiah?

17:13 How do we trust in the Lord?

“This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning (see Proverbs 3:5-7). To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.” ~ RG Scott

17:14 Where did the philosophies of murder for gain originate? See Moses 5:31-33 also. Where in our day do you see people or entities willing to cause or allow harm for gain? What can we do to not be a part of it?

17:15 How important is it for us to understand Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation and Jesus’ role in it?

“The center of the plan is the Lord Jesus Christ. Reject or ignore Him, and the great plan of happiness cannot function in your behalf.” ~ LA Porter

17:28-29 What can missionaries and members do to have gospel teaching moments?

“The servants of the Lord pray and petition the heavens for teaching moments, for those special occasions when the power and goodness of God and His word can be manifest. The spirit of readiness and receptivity must be had by those outside the faith before the message of truth can be delivered and accepted.” ~ McConkie and Millet

Alma 16

16:5-6 What is the ‘spirit of prophecy’ and is it available to us today? What does it look like in your life?

16:9-11 Why was Ammonihah destroyed? Why do you think Alma recorded it?

16:16 Why does the Lord require unity and equality among His people? What would this look like today? See also John 17:11, 20-22; 4 Nephi 1:2-3, 15-16; D&C 78:6-7.

16:21 How does the destruction of Ammonihah and the way the spared saints act apply to us?

“The righteous exemplified in these chapters by Alma and the Ammonihahite believers; the temporarily distracted but decent people like Amulek; and even the enemies to the cause of truth, whether they will repent as did Zeezrom, or reject the invitation as did most of the people of Ammonihah. Everyone is accountable for how they respond to the Spirit.” ~ LE Dahl, 1987, “The Plan of Redemption – Taught and Rejected.” Essay. In Studies in Scripture, Volume 7: 1 Nephi to Alma 29, edited by Kent P. Jackson, 316. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book. Co.

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

Helaman 1

Helaman 1

What’s happening? Three of Pahoran’s sons want the chief judge seat when Pahoran dies. One is condemned for treason and secret combinations enter back into the politics of Zarahemla.

Why does it matter? Internal, civil unrest leaves the people open to Lamanite occupation.

Between the lines: Moronihah (Captain Moroni’s son) is able to take back possession of Zarahemla but at a huge cost that would have been unnecessary if they weren’t dealing with internal strife rather than watching for outside invaders.

Quote of the day: “Where there is contention, the Spirit of the Lord will depart, regardless who is at fault.” ~ JE Faust, 1996, What I Want My Son to Know before He Leaves on His Mission

1:1-6, 18-20 What happens when leaders refuse to accept the will of the people? See also 3 Nephi 11:29-30.

“The sins of corruption, dishonesty, strife, contention, and other evils in this world are not here by chance. They are evidences of the relentless campaign of Satan and those who follow him. He uses every tool and device available to him to deceive, confuse, and mislead. He has many followers who do anything for money without regard for the effects of their misdeeds.” ~ JB Wirthlin, 1994, Deep Roots

1:7-8 Why was Paanchi tried “according to the voice of the people”?

“Standing for truth and right is not solely a Sunday thing. Every day our neighborhoods and communities are in desperate need of our support and our commitment to safety and law and order. Crime, in all its pervasive manifestations, is a serious worldwide evil and a moral problem about which Church leaders have great concern.” ~ MR Ballard, 1997, Standing for Truth and Right 

1:9-11 Why do wicked men swear oaths? See also Numbers 30:2 and the etymology of the word ‘assassin’.

1:15-16 Why did Coriantumr and King Tubaloth work together against the Nephites?1:33 Why were prisoners allowed to leave? See also Matthew 5:44 and 3 Nephi 12:44.

Alma 63

Alma 63

What’s happening?  Thousands migrate out of Zarahemla, including Hagoth, and the sacred records pass hands to new prophets.

Why does it matter?  We end the war chapters with progression and peace, but most of all a record of God’s hands in the lives of His people.

Between the lines: Too much speculation exists about indigenous New Zealanders descending from Hagoth. Their lineage and how it came to be doesn’t matter as much as the truth that now the people have the gospel and its ordinances available to them today.

63:5-9 Who was Hagoth and what happened to him?

“You brethren and sisters from New Zealand, I want you to know that you are from the people of Hagoth.” ~ Joseph F. Smith, as quoted in Book of Mormon Student Manual

63:11-13 Why were the prophets so careful about the sacred records and who was in charge of them?

“Daily immersion in the word of God is crucial for spiritual survival, especially in these days of increasing upheaval. As we feast on the words of Christ daily, the words of Christ will tell us how to respond to difficulties we never thought we would face.” – RM Nelson, 2020, Hear Him