Book of Mormon
Lesson 21
Alma Did Judge Righteous Judgments


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand righteous principles of government and avoid priestcraft and pride.

Scripture references for study:  Mosiah 29; Alma 14
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Lesson 21 Handout (PDF)


Mosiah 29

Mosiah sent an inquiry to the people to discover their will concerning his successor.

Mosiah sent a written proclamation to his people:

The people relinquished their desire for a king and assembled to vote for judges.

Observation:  Isn't it interesting that we study the Book of Mormon each four years, the years in which we, in the United States, elect a president, as well as many senators, governors, and other representatives. Hopefully, our study of this great work of scripture will cause us to seriously ponder those who we choose to elect to represent us. 


Alma 1

In the final chapter of Mosiah, we read about the formation of a new form of government among the Nephites.

During the first year of the reign of the judges a "man who was large, and was noted for his much strength" (v2) began preaching false doctrines among the Nephites.

 Nehor encounters Gideon (the same who sought to slay wicked King Noah).

The influence of Nehor continues.

There arose a period of persecution against members of the church. Even some of the members participated in that persecution.


Alma 2

The events of this chapter sound a somber warning.

Amlici came among the people.

There was a campaign and an election.

DID AMLICI AND HIS KING GROUP GIVE UP THEIR CRUSADE AND GO AWAY?

ARE THERE MODERN PARALLELS?


Alma 4

There is much wickedness in the world today. It affects:

WHAT WICKED TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES DO WE SEE IN THE WORLD TODAY?

DOES ANY OF THIS AFFECT THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH?

WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO ALL OF THIS?

AS WE LIKEN THIS SCRIPTURE UNTO OURSELVES, HOW MIGHT WE APPROACH THE WICKEDNESS WE SEE IN THE WORLD AROUND US?


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the doctrines discussed in this lesson. What is your role in civic matters? What can you do to rearrange your priorities to make sharing the gospel more important?
 


Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Messages of the First Presidency, Volume 3, compiled by James R. Clark.

Minnesota Family Council website.

Newsroom.LDS.org.

Prophets, Principles, and National Survival by Jerreld L. Newquist.

Time Magazine Archive.


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