Monthly Archives: February 2014

Alma 36 – Analyzing the Text

Alma 36 is a wonderful example of chiasmus. What is chiasmus, you ask? chi·as·mus – kīˈazməs/ noun: chiasmus; plural noun: chiasmi 1. a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the … Continue reading

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Alma 36-40: The epistles of Alma- principles of parenting

In Alma 36-42 we read the advice of Alma to his sons Helaman (Alma 36-37), Shiblon (Alma 38), and Corianton (Alma 39-42). These chapters are an excellent source of information to those who want to practice principles of effective parenting. … Continue reading

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Evidence of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon

Evidences for the Book of Mormon Occasionally I have conversations with skeptics who ask, “What evidence do you have that the Book of Mormon is really true? How can this really be another testament of Jesus Christ?” Evidence that the Book…

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Alma 30 – Alma Confronts Korihor

I teach young people from the Book of Mormon on a regular basis. When I was a young person, anti-Mormon literature was difficult to come by. Today, in the age of the internet, even a member of the Church of … Continue reading

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Alma 29 Life is what you make it

Alma 29 begins with Alma wishing to be an angel. He says, “O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a … Continue reading

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Alma 19 & 22: Trances in the Book of Alma

Trances in the Book of Alma I remember the first time I read the story of Lamoni in Alma 19 going into a “trance-like” state and thinking, “This is different! What is going on here?” Later we read that Lamoni’s … Continue reading

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Alma 21: What Didn’t Work

Aaron’s experience in Alma 21 is an illustration that can be used as a comparison to Ammon’s missionary work in Alma 17. While Ammon seeks first to serve, and to understand the people that he is sent to teach, Aaron … Continue reading

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Alma 14: The Problem of Evil

Alma 14 takes us to the situation faced by Alma and Amulek in Ammonihah – they are bound as those that believe in Jesus Christ are gathered and executed by the wicked leaders of the community. Amulek asks Alma if … Continue reading

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