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.
Alma preaches about resurrection truths he has had revealed to him in this chapter. I’ve outlined nine truths about the resurrection. Study them, and answer the question: Am I prepared to stand before God in a resurrected body to be judged of my works in this life?
This begins Alma’s talk to his son, Corianton, who had grievously sinned. Alma’s message to him is to repent…and be saved. There is hope for even the vilest sinner. How do I secure that hope in my own life?
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?
Alma talks to his son, Helaman, and gives him three principles to do to stay converted unto the Lord. How are you doing with these three principles in your own life?
The poor of the Zoramites are cast out of their land and become refugees. The Nephite’s accept them and care for them. Do we side on Mercy’s or justice’s side with the poor and needy?
In this second half of Amulek’s speech, he talks about the fruits of repentance. Which of these do you already have? Are you seeking the Spirit with you to help you bear good fruit, not bad fruit?
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 to Alma’s experiment upon the WORD he had mentioned earlier. Planting seeds takes word to prepare the soil with nutrients to allow a seed to grow. The word of God we plant in our hearts must have a soul prepared to let it grow. Am I prepared?