January 6, 2014 by FHElessons
Now that Christmas is over, I am back to working on my blog, which means I have another Book of Mormon story for you today! To view where it falls in the whole timeline, go HERE. To view the story that comes before this one, go HERE. If you would like to use the following image for your lesson, just click on it, and you will be taken to lds.org where you can download and print it.
(found in Mosiah 18 in the Book of Mormon)
from lds.org media library
Alma had been a priest in the court of wicked King Noah. Because Alma believed the words of Abinadi and pleaded with the king for Abinadi’s life, King Noah sought to kill him. But Alma fled and hid, and thus, escaped. While in hiding, Alma repented of his own sins and then began to teach Abinadi’s words to others. Specifically, he taught about Christ and how He would suffer and die and thus bring resurrection and redemption to all.
Because King Noah still sought Abinadi’s life as well as the life of any who believed on Christ, Alma had to teach in secret. He taught in a place called Mormon which had a fountain of pure water as well as a thicket of trees in which Alma could hide during the king’s searches. Many of the people came to this place to hear Alma’s words, and many believed those words and desired to “come into the fold of god and be called his people” (vs. 8).
Alma let them know what would be expected of them if they entered into the covenant of baptism. They would:
- Bear one another’s burdens
- Mourn with those that mourn
- Comfort those that stand in need of comfort
- Stand as a witness of God at all times and all places, even unto death
- Serve God
- Keep His commandments
He also let them know what blessings they would receive if they were baptized. They would be:
- Redeemed of God
- Numbered with those in the first resurrection
- Have eternal life
- Have God’s Spirit poured out on them abundantly
What was the people’s reaction to this offer? They clapped their hands for joy! They exclaimed that this was the desire of their hearts.
The first person Alma baptized was a man named Helam, and when Alma baptized him, he also baptized himself at the same time. After that he continued to baptize more people, 204 people that first day. From that time forth, those people were called the Church of Christ, and more people would continue to be baptized and added to the Church as time went on.
Alma continued to organize the Church. He ordained priests, one for every 50 people, and commanded the priests to teach repentance, faith in Christ, and the words of the prophets. Alma also taught the church members to live in love and unity, to avoid contention, to keep the Sabbath Day holy, and to gather together one day each week to worship God. It also appears that this group tried to live the law of Consecration. They were all to “impart of their substance of their own free will and good desires towards God” (vs. 28). Those who had more should give more, and those that had less should give less. All would receive according to their needs and wants (vs. 27-29).
When there were about 450 people in the church, King Noah started to suspect what was going on. He sent his spies to find the people and then sent his army to destroy them. But Alma and his people were “apprised” of the army’s coming, so they “took their tents and their families and departed into the wilderness” (vs. 34).
Points to Ponder:
· Once Alma learned the truth about Christ and His gospel, he wanted to share it with others. How does his story make you feel about doing missionary work in your own life?
· What would it be like to live in a society where it was forbidden to worship Jesus Christ? Are there countries in the world today who live like this?
· If believing in Christ meant that your life was in danger, would you have the courage to do it?
· How do the promises and blessings outlined by Alma as part of the covenant of baptism compare to what we covenant when we are baptized and when we partake of the Sacrament?
· Do you think the covenant is a good deal? Do the blessings outweigh the requirements?
· Do you think it would be hard to live the law of consecration or would it be a blessing?
· Today when we go to the temple, we promise to obey the law of consecration. In what ways do we live that law today?
· If you had to flee with your family to avoid religious persecution, what would you take with you?
· One of the themes of the Book of Mormon is deliverance. Alma was saved from King Noah, and then his people were also saved from destruction. How will the Lord protect us today?