Moroni had built strong fortifications around each city to protect them from their enemy. But we see in this chapter that they lose 7 strong cities all at once to the Lamanites. What caused this great loss? Can we be susceptible to the same weaknesses that Moroni’s people were today?
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.
Captain Moroni builds strongholds around every city in their land, to protect them from their enemy. What kind of strongholds have I built about my testimony of Jesus Christ, to keep the enemy from chipping away at it or destroying it completely?
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.
Captain Moroni unfurls the title of liberty in this chapter, prepared to fight for their families, their religion, and the cause of Christians. What are we willing to do to fight for these blessings, so they aren’t stolen by leaders with wicked designs?
In this chapter, we see how quickly the Nephites turn from righteous gratitude to wiillful turning away from God and His prophets. What can we do to keep from having this quick turn-about in our own lives?
In these battle chapters of Alma, we can glean many tactics to use in our own fight against evil. Captain Moroni wants to end the conflict, but he refuses to compromise with evil. How can we do this in our own lives?
In the second part of this chapter, we see how Captain Moroni prepares his people to defend themselves against their enemies, who are coming to battle against them. We are also in a spiritual battle for our souls. We can learn lots from Moroni on how to prepare to fight for righteousness today.
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?