Alma 5 is meaty, so will be broken into several parts. This first part teaches the importance of remembering God’s goodness in the past, in order to move confidently into the future.
King Mosiah foresees a problem. None of his sons want to rule in his stead, but he wonders if they might later reconsider and cause war trying to take the kingdom from someone else. So he is wise and considers how to maintain long-term peace. Am I wise enough to consider problem that could arise from my actions, and solve them before they happen?
In this chapter, the sons of King Mosiah desire to share the gospel with their enemies, the Lamanites. These once “vilest of sinners” were spared by Christ to become powerful missionaries that cared about others more than themselves.
This chapter is one full of hope. Alma the younger had willfully rebelled against God and his father, yet his father never gave up praying for him, and neither did God. We are always in the process of becoming in this life–becoming closer to our God, or becoming separated from Him. But Christ is always ready to embrace us when we turn back to Him. What am I becoming right now?
The rising generation don’t believe or understand the words of their fathers. But believing in God and having faith comes down to a choice they make. What do you choose to believe?
All the different branches of the Nephites and Mulekites are back together, in one. And they are struck by the immediate goodness of God. Have you felt God’s immediate goodness in your life lately?
These chapters show 2 different groups of people (Limhi’s & Alma’s) and how they handled the trials that came their way. What lessons can you learn from these chapters on how to face your own trials?
Limhi’s people are in bondage to the Lamanites, but it takes them a few hard knocks and lessons before they finally are humbled by degrees. What phase of humility are you in at the moment?