Book of Mormon
Lesson 31
“Firm in the Faith of Christ”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us see how the Nephites’ attitudes and actions in times of war can serve as a pattern for dealing with our earthly conflicts and the battle against Satan.

Scripture references for study:  Alma 43–52
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 31 Handout (PDF)


Introduction

Sister Kathleen S. McConkie in an Ensign article wrote: "The morning was dark and cold, the children were half-asleep, and our reading in the Book of Mormon seemed endless. We were mired somewhere in the last half of the book of Alma and, frankly, we weren't getting much out of it.
    "Whenever we got into those detailed accounts of the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites, our enthusiasm for daily scripture study waned. Mormon's extensive treatment of the subject of war, though informative and even inspiring at times, just did not seem to apply to us personally. Even in the remote event that our family was charged with planning the defensive strategy against an enemy invasion, of what value would the knowledge of pre-Columbian defenses be in an age of nuclear weapons?
     "And so, as the sleepy voices droned on, my mind began to wander. Why? Why did Mormon include so much detail about the wars? With all the wonderful spiritual events that must have taken place, why would he use so much valuable space on the plates to record military intrigue and battle strategy?"

In her article, Sister McConkie continues by discussing her search for an answer and then shares this: "Then it hit me. That was it! This was the war that applied to me--not a war of swords and spears, but the eternal war for my soul and those of my family. Satan is waging an all-out war against truth and righteousness. His forces are everywhere, and we are involved in that war whether we like it or not. The danger is real, and the stakes are high. All around us we see the battle casualties, their lives ruined and their souls scarred. If we expect to avoid becoming casualties ourselves, we desperately need the Lord's guidance--and there is no better place to find it than in that book of scripture prepared specifically for our day: the Book of Mormon!" (Ensign, Jan 1992, p19)

As you study these chapters, particularly within your family, you may wish to approach them with this theme.


Inspired By A Better Cause

Quick overview of the Book of Mormon:

WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE MORMON GAVE EMPHASIS TO THIS PARTICULAR PERIOD OF TIME?

Motivations for War.

The Fight for Liberty.


Civil Disturbance & War

A new leader.

Civil rebellion. The wars continue.

 


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the events recorded in Alma 43-52. How do the teachings in these chapters teach me how to deal with the eternal war against evil?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Ensign.

George Washington by Douglas Southall Freeman.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 8, edited by Kent P. Jackson.


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