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.
Alma gives up the judgment seat to more fully devote himself to things of an eternal nature. What can I do to more fully commit myself to God’s side?
The Amlicites cause a lot of misery in this chapter, but for a time they experience no troubles. We all will have troubles in life, but do we savor and thank God for the times where there is no conflict?
War breaks out when a man named Amlici tries to seize power and make himself king over the Nephites. Alma and his people fight back, being exercised with much faith. How does one gain that level of faith to have physical power over our enemies?
A man named Nehor enters the history at this point and brings pride and priestcraft into play. These things happen when we turn inward to our own understanding instead of outward to God. Which way are you facing?
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.