Sunday, November 30, 2008

Scripture Study Insights - week seventeen

Alma 34
Notice the progression of Amulek’s subjects: the Atonement (justice and mercy), faith and repentance which leads to prayer, we’re giving this time in mortality to prepare and to develop Christ-like attributes – humility, holiness, reverence, gratitude, patience.

Alma 35

Alma speaks to each of his sons individually, teaching them according to their specific needs.

Alma 36

You can find a lot of commentary for this chapter, Alma’s retelling of his conversion story. In particular, I am reminded of the power of the Atonement and its ability to change us. Read the beginning of this article. Kelly was my sister’s best friend, and the example of her family after her death is still powerful to me. . In addition, I really liked this article, which helps explain the difference between remembering the pain of sin and the sins themselves. Here’s a short excerpt: “Those experiences—and Alma 36—have made it clear to me that when we sincerely repent and exercise faith in the Lord and in the Atonement, we are forgiven. While the memory of our past sins may come to our minds from time to time, if we will also remember the reality of the Atonement, we will remember our pains no more. We will no longer be “harrowed up” by the memory of our sins.”

Alma 37
More wisdom: small things bring about great things, remember-remember-remember, we’re blessed for keeping the commandments, abhor wickedness, preach faith, repentance, humility, good works, meekness, etc., “learn wisdom in thy youth,” “counsel with the Lord in all thy doings,” give heed to prophets and leaders, don’t be slothful just because things seem easy, “look to God and live.”

Alma 38
One of a parent’s greatest joys is to see their children choosing the right. In fact, it really may be the greatest joy. The only way to find peace is through the Lord Jesus Christ. Be diligent and temperate, bridle your passions, and refrain from idleness.

Alma 39
Parents have a responsibility to command their children to do good.

Alma 40
When we don’t understand something, we should inquire of the Lord. He’ll tell us what we need to know. Remember the talk "You Know Enough" from last conference.

Alma 41
“That which ye do send out shall return unto you again.”

Alma 42
Great Plan of Salvation, Plan of Restoration, Great Plan of Happiness, Plan of Redemption, Plan of Mercy – which name do you like the best?

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