Book of Mormon
Is Pained No More”
Limhi's and Alma's people join Mosiah's people in the land of Zarahemla.
Many Church members are led into sin by unbelievers.
Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah are visited by an angel.
Alma and the sons of Mosiah dedicate themselves to preaching the gospel.
A study of this lesson will inspire us to continually apply the principle of
repentance, become converted, and share the gospel.
Scripture references for study:
25–28; Alma 36
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Lesson 20 Handout (PDF)
The various Nephite groups assemble in Zarahemla.
Mosiah caused that all of the people should gather (another great General
Conference). Groups included:
The Nephites that continued to live in the land of Zarahemla, including
the people of Zarahemla (Mulekites) that joined the Nephites.
The people of Limhi, newly returned from the land of Nephi.
The people of Alma (those who fled the land of Nephi during the reign of
Records of the lost peoples.
Mosiah reads the records to the people.
The records included:
The account of Zeniff and his people down to the time of their return to
The account of Alma and his brethren.
The reaction of the people.
This must have been a tremendous conference and gathering. Consider
the feeling and emotion of the people.
Mosiah translates the records found by the people of Limhi when searching
WHAT WAS THE CONTENT OF THIS RECORD?
The Jaredite record.
DO WE REACT TO OUR HISTORY LIKE THESE PEOPLE? ARE WE BOUND TO OUR
HERITAGE IN SUCH A MANNER?
Alma speaks to the people.
"And he did exhort the people of
Limhi and his brethren, all those that had been delivered out of bondage,
that they should remember that it was the Lord that did deliver them."
THE QUESTION FOR US: HOW CAN WE BETTER REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
President Spencer W. Kimball: "Those who keep
a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in
their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and
of leaving an inventory of those blessings for our posterity."
(Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p349)
DO WE KEEP JOURNALS? HAVE THOSE JOURNALS BEEN OF VALUE IN CAUSING
US TO REMEMBER OUR GREAT BLESSINGS AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES?
DO WE KEEP "SMALL PLATES" OR THAT WHICH CONTAINS THOSE THINGS OF GREATEST VALUE?
The organization of the church in Zarahemla.
Alma baptized Limhi and his people.
Mosiah authorized Alma to establish churches throughout Zarahemla.
When this occurred Mosiah was separating church government from civil government. Until this time, King Mosiah had held both secular and ecclesiastical authority
over the Nephites and Lamanites.
I think that it is safe to say that Mosiah continued to hold the priesthood
keys for this group of people, even though he delegated the operation of
the church to Alma.
Alma ordained priests and teachers over the churches.
The designation of priest and teacher is somewhat different here than in
the contemporary church.
A priest is a minister who holds the priesthood and is not a reference
to an particular office in the priesthood.
Teachers were those appointed to serve as instructors in the organizations of the
Joseph Fielding Smith: "...the Nephites
officiated by virtue of the Melchizedek Priesthood from the days of Lehi
to the days of the appearance of our Savior among them. It is true that
Nephi 'consecrated Jacob and Joseph' that they should be priests and teachers
over the land of the Nephites, but the fact that plural terms priests and
teachers were used indicates that this was not a reference to the definite
office in the priesthood in either case, but it was a general assignment
to teach, direct, and admonish the people." (Answers to Gospel
WHY DID MANY OF THE YOUTH IN MOSIAH'S TIME FAIL TO BELIEVE THE WORDS OF KING
They were children and did not comprehend what was said.
"...they did not believe the tradition of their fathers" (v1).
Because of their "unbelief" they did not "understand" the words.
Thus, their hearts were hardened.
Their parents had great testimonies. Was it possible they were negligent
in teaching their children?
DOES THIS HAPPEN TODAY? EVEN IN THE MOST RIGHTEOUS AND FAITHFUL HOMES,
SUCH AS THOSE OF MOSIAH AND ALMA?
- HAVE WE DONE ALL THE THINGS WE KNOW WE OUGHT TO DO TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN
- How can we help them gain testimonies of Jesus Christ and his gospel?
- How can we help them feel God's love?
- How can we help them understand the Atonement?
The rebellious and their call before the church.
"For it came to pass that they did
deceive many with their flattering words, who were in the church, and did
cause them to commit many sins; therefore it became expedient that those
who committed sin, that were in the church, should be admonished by the
church." (Mosiah 26:6)
They were first brought before the priests and then before Alma.
Alma was troubled by this problem and wasn't sure what to do and caused
these people to be brought before King Mosiah.
WHAT WAS MOSIAH'S RESPONSE?
"But king Mosiah said unto Alma: Behold, I judge
them not; therefore I deliver them into thy hands to be judged"
WHY DID MOSIAH REFUSE TO JUDGE THESE PEOPLE?
They had sinned, they had not broken civil law.
WHAT DID ALMA DO?
"...he went and inquired of the Lord what he should
do concerning this matter..." (v13).
He received a answer from the Lord "...after
he had poured out his whole soul to God..." (v14).
WHAT WAS THE ANSWER FROM THE LORD?
He was blessed by the Lord because of his great faith and the good that
he had done.
Alma judged these people according to the instructions from the Lord.
Those that repented were returned to full fellowship in the church.
Those that refused to repent were cast out from the membership of the Church.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CHURCH LEADERS TODAY IN HELPING MEMBERS WHO HAVE COMMITTED
SERIOUS SINS? WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah.
Numbered among the unbelievers.
Became wicked and idolatrous men.
Spoke with much flattery to the people and led many to do after the manner
of his iniquities.
Caused much dissension among the people.
Going about secretly to destroy the church.
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE ALMA, THE SON OF THE FOUNDER AND LEADER OF THE CHURCH,
WAS AMONG THE MOST REBELLIOUS AND A PERSECUTOR OF THE CHURCH?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALMA THE YOUNGER? (Have someone summarize the story)
As he and the sons of Mosiah were going about, an angel of the Lord appeared
Alma was asked why he persecuted the members of the church.
The angel said that the Lord had heard the prayers of the people and of
The angel then instructed him: "Now I say unto
thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam,
and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for
them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now
I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more,
that their prayers may be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself
be cast off" (v16).
Alma and his brethren fell to the ground so great was their astonishment.
Alma lost his voice and became so weak that he could not move his hands.
He was carried by those with him and laid before his father.
The elder Alma rejoiced, for he knew that what had happened was intervention
by the power of God.
He and the priests fasted that his son's strength would return and
that he could speak.
After two days Alma (the younger) received strength and stood before them and began to
A few of his words:
"For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and
have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit"
"Nevertheless, after wading through much tribulations,
repenting nigh unto death, the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me
out of an everlasting burning, and I am born of God. My soul hath been redeemed
from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest
abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked
with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more"
After these events, Alma and the sons of Mosiah went about preaching the
gospel and attempting to repair the havoc and damage they had created.
"And thus they were instruments in the hands of
God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge
of their Redeemer" (v36).
The power of Alma's (the elder) prayer.
HOW CAN WE HELP LOVED ONES WHO HAVE STRAYED?
Howard W. Hunter: "Our first parents knew the
pain and suffering of seeing some of their children reject the teachings
of eternal life. Centuries later Jacob came to know the jealousy
and ill feelings of his older sons toward his beloved Joseph. The
great prophet Alma, who had a son named Alma, prayed at length to the Lord
regarding the rebellious attitude of his son and no doubt was overwhelmed
with concern and worry about the dissension and the wickedness his son
was causing among those who were within the Church. Our Father in
Heaven has also lost may of his spirit children to the world; he knows
the feelings of your heart....
"Don't give up hope
for a boy or a girl who has strayed. Many who have appeared to be
completely lost have returned. We must be prayerful and, if possible,
let our children know of our love and concern." (Ensign, Nov
HOW CAN WE BEAR THE PAIN OF SEEING A LOVED ONE STRAY?
Elder Orson F. Whitney: "You parents of the wilful
and the wayward: Don't give them up. Don't cast them off. They
are not utterly lost. The shepherd will find his sheep. They
were his before they were yours--long before he entrusted them to your
care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them. They have
but strayed in ignorance from the Path of Right, and God is merciful to
ignorance. Only the fulness of knowledge brings the fulness of accountability. Our Heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than
even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting gospel is mightier in
power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend."
(CR, Apr 1929, p110)
- HOW CAN THIS KIND OF ADVERSITY HELP US GROW?
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
Record your thoughts on events discussed in this lesson. What principles
can be applied to your life?
Resources Used In This Lesson
Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 1, by Joseph Fielding Smith.
Conference Reports (CR).
Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding Smith.
Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.
Gospel Doctrine Class
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