The Nephites build walls to keep their prisoners inside, so they can’t turn against them. We must build spiritual walls of safety to protect us from temptations and weaknesses that can destroy us. This chapter explores things we can do to be like the stripling warriors that step up to protect the Nephites in these dangerous circumstances.
Moroni shows us the power that comes from layering protective measures one over the other around the Nephite cities. We can layer spiritual protections in our lives to keep us safe from the adversary.
We learn more about some strong and mighty men in this chapter–both for good and evil. Some stand in the limelight, such as Moroni, but we can be “no less serviceable” in God’s kingdom as we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, even when we receive no fanfare or attention. Strong and mighty doesn’t only apply to those whose names are recorded in the history books.
This chapter is one of my favorites. It shows how one evil man brought so much pain to two whole nations. He did it by subtle tricks and flattery that the devil uses with us today. We can learn how not to leave the high ground of safety and light by studying Lehonti’s and Amalickiah’s story.
In this chapter, it talks about a wicked man named Zerahemnah, who was determined to preserve hatred for the Nephites and destroy them. Do we preserve hatred or love in our lives? Do our actions uplift or tear down others?
Alma counsels his son Shiblon to endure to the end in keeping God’s commandments and to always bridle his passions and be temperate in all things. What does it mean to bridle our passions?
Alma talks to Helaman about how important the small and simple things we do are. What small and simple things am I doing in my life to draw closer to God?
In this chapter, Alma finally spells out what the saving word of God is that we must plant in our hearts. It is powerful and life-changing.
Now we get a glimpse into the pride of the Zoramites. Alma knows their souls are precious, even if they despise their own brethren, and he wants to bring them back to Christ. Faith is the tool he needs to use to accomplish that. Same with us.
The converted Lamanites lay down their weapons of rebellion and have a change of heart. What are the weapons of rebellion that I hold onto, that distance me from God? Where can I find courage to lay them down?