“Have Ye Experienced This Mighty Change in Your Hearts?”


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How are you in planning for the future? Is it something you think about?  We plan for retirement, we plan for college, we plan for activities, we are a planning society.  So, how are your plans coming for spiritual growth?

Its not a question we expect to hear, for it seems in a sense that we sometimes take for granted our spiritual welfare.  We assume we are fine and doing our best and push ourselves along; so this is not a question we expect to hear.  How’s your spiritual growth planning coming?  However, this is certainly a question we should justly consider.  Are we evaluating our spiritual growth as individuals and families, with the same priority as our retirement and activities?  Do we have the means to do so?

Spiritual rebirth has been our current theme in the gospel doctrine study.  The book of Mosiah gave us strong instruction on how to become born again and spiritually grow, and also why its needed.  Now as we move to  the book of Alma, particularly Alma 5–7, we find guidance to continue evaluating ourselves, our families, and our current spiritual situations.

As we study let us think about our own personal progresses, and formulate plans for advancing and procuring our our spiritual future.  For this ranks far more important than any other planning we might consider.

History and Background Alma 5–7

When the Church was threatened by internal contention and wickedness Alma 4:9–11, Alma gave up the judgment seat so he could focus his efforts on strengthening the Church. He embarked on a mission to reclaim the people of Nephi by “bearing down in pure testimony against them” Alma 4:19. Alma began his mission by reminding the people of Zarahemla that the Lord had delivered their ancestors from physical and spiritual bondage. He encouraged them to prepare for the final Day of Judgment by believing in the word of God and evaluating the spiritual condition of their hearts.

As Alma continued preaching in Zarahemla, he warned the people that the decision to follow or reject his words held serious consequences. Alma also compared Jesus Christ to a good shepherd who called after them and desired to bring them back to his fold. He encouraged the people to repent and avoid the unclean things of the world so they could inherit the kingdom of heaven.

After setting the Church in order in Zarahemla, Alma went to the city of Gideon. He found the people there to be more faithful than those in Zarahemla had been. Therefore, his message in Gideon was different from his message in Zarahemla. He encouraged the people to continually rely on the Lord and seek to apply His Atonement in their lives. He testified that the Savior would take upon Himself death and our sins, and that He would also take upon Himself our pains, afflictions, sicknesses, and infirmities, that He might know how to help us.

Part 1: Alma 5:14–33 We must experience—and continue to feel—a mighty change of heart.

The word change, in the context that we are speaking, by definition means: make or become different; the act or instance of making or becoming different. (Microsoft bing search dictionary)

Have you ever or do you have a desire or prompting for change in your life? Why can it sometimes be difficult to make the changes that the Lord would like us to make in our lives? Alma taught about how we can change to become what the Lord would like us to become and why it is important for us to change in these ways.

14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

17 Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?

18 Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?

19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?

20 I say unto you, can ye think of being saved when you have yielded yourselves to become subjects to the devil?

21 I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved; for there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white; yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins.

22 And now I ask of you, my brethren, how will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? Behold, what will these things testify against you?

23 Behold will they not testify that ye are murderers, yea, and also that ye are guilty of all manner of wickedness?

24 Behold, my brethren, do ye suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?

2I say unto you, Nay; except ye make our Creator a liar from the beginning, or suppose that he is a liar from the beginning, ye cannot suppose that such can have place in the kingdom of heaven; but they shall be cast out for they are the children of the kingdom of the devil.

26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?

27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?

28 Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.

2Behold, I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? I say unto you that such an one is not prepared; and I would that he should prepare quickly, for the hour is close at hand, and he knoweth not when the time shall come; for such an one is not found guiltless.

30 And again I say unto you, is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions?

31 Wo unto such an one, for he is not prepared, and the time is at hand that he must repent or he cannot be saved!

3Yea, even wo unto all ye workers of iniquity; repent, repent, for the Lord God hath spoken it!

33 Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you.

After Alma taught that the word of God had led his father and others to experience a mighty change of heart, he asked the people questions that would help them evaluate the condition of their own hearts.

Which of these questions from these verses were most meaningful to you?

What do you think it means to receive the Savior’s image in your countenance? *in this context the word countenance refers to “the general appearance of a person’s face, which often reflects spiritual attitude and state of mind” ([Guide to the Scriptures, “Countenance,” scriptures.lds.org].)

While serving as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Theodore M. Burton observed that those who follow Heavenly Father appear more like Him: “If we truly accept God in our lives and live in accordance with his commandments, God will work a mighty change in our appearance and we will begin to appear more like our Heavenly Father, in whose image we have been created. Could it be this appearance we recognize when we meet men and women who are trying to live close to the Lord?” (Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 151; or Ensign, Jan. 1974, 114).

President James E. Faust recounted an experience in which an associate of the Church remarked concerning light in the countenance of Latter-day Saint students: “I recently recalled a historic meeting in Jerusalem about 17 years ago. It was regarding the lease for the land on which the Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies was later built. Before this lease could be signed, President Ezra Taft Benson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, then president of Brigham Young University, agreed with the Israeli government on behalf of the Church and the university not to proselyte in Israel. You might wonder why we agreed not to proselyte. We were required to do so in order to get the building permit to build that magnificent building which stands in the historic city of Jerusalem. To our knowledge, the Church and BYU have scrupulously and honorably kept that nonproselyting commitment. After the lease had been signed, one of our friends insightfully remarked, ‘Oh, we know that you are not going to proselyte, but what are you going to do about the light that is in their eyes?’ He was referring to our students who were studying in Israel” (Conference Report, Oct. 2005, 19; or Ensign, Nov. 2005, 20).

Which two future events did Alma want the people of Zarahemla to think about? The Resurrection and the Final Judgment.

How does the counsel in Verse 14 above, help us prepare for the final judgement? By experiencing a change of heart, we prepare ourselves to stand before God to be judged.

What did Alma suggest the Day of Judgment will be like for those who have repented and experienced a change of heart? 5:16–18, 22

16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

17 Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?

18 Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?

What did Alma suggest the Day of Judgment will be like for those who have not repented or experienced a change of heart?

What does it mean to experience a change of heart through the Savior and His Atonement?

President Marion G. Romney described conversion—experiencing a mighty change of heart—as a transformation process involving and affecting every aspect of one’s life: “The verb convert means ‘to turn from one belief or course to another,’ [and] conversion is ‘a spiritual and moral change attending a change of belief with conviction.’ As used in the scriptures, converted generally implies not merely mental acceptance of Jesus and his teachings, but also a motivating faith in him and in his gospel, a faith which works a transformation, an actual change in one’s understanding of life’s meaning and in one’s allegiance to God—in interest, in thought, and in conduct. While conversion may be accomplished in stages, one is not really converted in the full sense of the term unless and until he is at heart a new person” (Conference Report, Oct. 1975, 107–8; or Ensign, Nov. 1975, 71).

President Ezra Taft Benson shared some characteristics of those who have experienced a mighty change of heart:“When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed. …“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature. …“Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world.“Men changed for Christ will be captained by Christ. Like Paul they will be asking, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ (Acts 9:6). Peter stated, they will ‘follow his steps’ (1 Peter 2:21). John said they will ‘walk, even as he walked’ (1 John 2:6).“Finally, men captained by Christ will be consumed in Christ. To paraphrase President Harold B. Lee, they set fire in others because they are on fire. (See Stand Ye in Holy Places [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974], p. 192.)“Their will is swallowed up in His will. (See John 5:30.)“They do always those things that please the Lord. (See John 8:29.)“Not only would they die for the Lord, but more important they want to live for Him.“Enter their homes, and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians.“They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. (See Mosiah 18:9.)“They have Christ on their minds, as they look unto Him in every thought. (See D&C 6:36.)“They have Christ in their hearts as their affections are placed on Him forever. (See Alma 37:36.)“Almost every week they partake of the sacrament and witness anew to their Eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of His Son, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. (See Moroni 4:3.)” (Conference Report, Oct. 1985, 4–6; or Ensign, Nov. 1985, 5–7).

Elder Russell M. Nelson described how conversion leads to being born again: “Conversion means ‘to turn with.’ Conversion is a turning from the ways of the world to, and staying with, the ways of the Lord. Conversion includes repentance and obedience. Conversion brings a mighty change of heart [see Mosiah 5:2Alma 5:12–14]. Thus, a true convert is ‘born again,’ [see John 3:3–7Mosiah 27:24–26] walking with a newness of life [see Romans 6:3–4].“As true converts, we are motivated to do what the Lord wants us to do [see Mosiah 5:2–5] and to be who He wants us to be [see 3 Nephi 27:21, 27]” (Conference Report, Oct. 2005, 90; or Ensign, Nov. 2005, 86).

The Prophet Joseph Smith stated that “being born again, comes by the Spirit of God through ordinances” (History of the Church, 3:392).

Elder Bruce R. McConkie described what a true miracle it is to be born again: “Perhaps the greatest miracle … is the healing of sin-sick souls so that those who are spiritually blind and deaf and diseased become again pure and clean and heirs of salvation. Perhaps the greatest miracle of all is that which happens in the life of each person who is born again; who receives the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit of God in his life; who has sin and evil burned out of his soul as though by fire; who lives again spiritually” (The Mortal Messiah, Book 4 [1981], 3:269).

How do we maintain a change of heart throughout our lives? Alma 5:26

26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?

A cardiogram is a chart that doctors sometimes use to evaluate or monitor the functioning of our physical hearts. It helps them identify problems or conditions that need treatment. The following is a scriptural cardiogram. Ponder the scripture passages listed at the top and mark the boxes in the chart that best describe how you feel you are doing in regard to the questions in these verses to help evaluate and maintain your spiritual change of heart.

AnswerAlma 5:27Alma 5:28Alma 5:30Alma 5:31
Always
Almost always
Usually
Sometimes
Seldom, if ever
*Answer the question in Alma 5:29 as though it read, “Are you stripped of envy?”

Part 2: Alma 5:44–51 We can gain our own witness of the Savior and His gospel through the Holy Ghost.

After Alma declared the importance of following the voice of the Good Shepherd, he spoke about his responsibility as a priesthood leader to testify of Jesus Christ and to preach repentance. He also explained how he knew his message was true. Like Alma, we each have gained our own testimonies of the Savior and His gospel. To help us learn what Alma did to receive his witness through the Spirit, consider the word Testimony and the “recipe” given to us to gain and strengthen.

44 For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of God, which is in Christ Jesus; yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people the things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come.

45 And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?

46 Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.

47 And moreover, I say unto you that it has thus been revealed unto me, that the words which have been spoken by our fathers are true, even so according to the spirit of prophecy which is in me, which is also by the manifestation of the Spirit of God.

48 I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name.

49 And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land; yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free; yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged, and the rising generation; yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again.

50 Yea, thus saith the Spirit: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand; yea, the Son of God cometh in his glory, in his might, majesty, power, and dominion. Yea, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, that the Spirit saith: Behold the glory of the King of all the earth; and also the King of heaven shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men.

51 And also the Spirit saith unto me, yea, crieth unto me with a mighty voice, saying: Go forth and say unto this people—Repent, for except ye repent ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of heaven.

What did Alma say was the source of his testimony?

What had Alma done to receive this witness from the Holy Ghost?

What do we learn about what we can do to learn truth? Through fasting and prayer, we can invite the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to us.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave the following scriptural pattern for “receiving a personal testimony rooted in the witness of the Holy Ghost”:

First: Desire to believe. The Book of Mormon encourages us: ‘If [you] will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, … even if [you] can no more than desire to believe’ (Alma 32:27). … God promises us divine help even if we have only a desire to believe, but it has to be a true and not a pretended desire.

Second: Search the scriptures. Have questions; study them out; search in the scriptures for answers. Again, the Book of Mormon has good advice for us: ‘If [you] give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart’ through diligent study of the word of God, the good seed ‘will begin to swell within your breasts’ if you will not resist with unbelief. This good seed will ‘enlarge [your] soul’ and ‘enlighten [your] understanding’ (Alma 32:28).

Third: Do the will of God; keep the commandments. … We need to come to Christ and follow His teachings. The Savior taught: ‘My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine’ [John 7:16–17; italics added]. …

Fourth: Ponder, fast, and pray. To receive knowledge from the Holy Ghost, we must ask Heavenly Father for it [see Alma 5:45–46Moroni 10:3–4]” (“The Power of a Personal Testimony,” Ensign Nov. 2006, 38–39).

Even though Alma had seen an angel, he attributed his knowledge and testimony of truth to revelation he had received through the Holy Ghost.

President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “When a man has the manifestation from the Holy Ghost, it leaves an indelible impression on his soul, one that is not easily erased. It is Spirit speaking to spirit, and it comes with convincing force. A manifestation of an angel, or even of the Son of God himself, would impress the eye and mind, and eventually become dimmed, but the impressions of the Holy Ghost sink deeper into the soul and are more difficult to erase” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith Jr. [1958], 2:151).Why is revelation we receive through the Holy Ghost more influential than the things we learn solely through our physical senses?

Why do you think it is important for each of us to receive a testimony of Jesus Christ by revelation through the Holy Ghost? Alma had seen an angel, but he testified in Alma 5:46–47 that his testimony of the redeeming mission of Jesus Christ was strengthened through the Holy Ghost, after much fasting and prayer.

President Heber J. Grant said, “Many men say: ‘If I could only see an angel, if I could only hear an angel proclaim something, that would cause me to be faithful all the days of my life!’ It had no effect upon these men [Laman and Lemuel] that were not serving the Lord, and it would have no effect today” (Conference Report, Apr. 1924, 159).

President Harold B. Lee emphasized there is a witness more powerful than sight: “I can say that more powerful than one’s sight is the witness that comes by the power of the Holy Ghost bearing testimony to our spirits that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee [2000], 216–17).

What are you doing to invite the Holy Ghost to testify of truth to you?

Part 3: Alma 6 We gather as Saints to hear God’s word and do His work.

Alma ordained priesthood leaders to preside and watch over the Church in Zarahemla. Their responsibilities included baptizing those who had repented of their sins and removing from the records of the Church the names of those who would not repent of their wickedness. The Church leaders ensured that all people had the opportunity to gather and “hear the word of God” and Church members joined together “in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God” After Alma set the Church in order in Zarahemla, he went to the city of Gideon.

Imagine or think of someone you know feels that belonging to a church is not necessary.

What could you share from Alma 6 to teach this person about some of the blessings of belonging to a church?

How can we better accomplish the purposes of gathering that Alma described?

Part 4: Alma 7:7–16 The Savior took upon Himself our sins, pains, and afflictions.

Alma told the people of Gideon about his great joy in knowing that the people of Zarahemla were once again living righteously, and he expressed his hope that he would also have joy because of the people of Gideon. He told the people there that of all things to come in the future, one thing was “of more importance than they all” After teaching the people of Gideon about Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Alma explained what the people needed to do in order to inherit the kingdom of heaven.

7 For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.

Behold, I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle; for behold, the Spirit hath not said unto me that this should be the case. Now as to this thing I do not know; but this much I do know, that the Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to his word.

But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people, saying—Repent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth.

10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

1Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.

15 Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism.

16 And whosoever doeth this, and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth, the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said unto him, he shall have eternal life, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which testifieth in me.

According to Alma, what was the “one thing of more importance” than anything else that was to come? Alma 7:7 Alma declared that the coming of the Redeemer “is of more importance than” anything else.

7For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.

What verses from Alma 7 would they share to support Alma’s claim in verse 7?

Why do you think the coming of the Savior is the most important event of all time?

What counsel did Alma give his people that can help us prepare for the Savior’s coming?

What did Alma testify the Savior would take upon Himself for us? 7:11–13.

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

Why did Jesus Christ take our infirmities upon Himself? **succor means to give relief or to go to someone’s aid.

Based on Alma 7:11–13, how would you state a doctrine summarizing what Jesus Christ has done for us? Jesus Christ suffered to save us from sin and death and to help us through the challenges of mortality.

What did Jesus Christ suffer?

How does Jesus Christ succor us?

In what other ways has Jesus succored us?

President Dallin H. Oaks: “Our Savior has revealed that He ‘descended below all things’ (Doctrine and Covenants 88:6). … We might even say that having descended beneath it all, He is perfectly positioned to lift us and give us the strength we need to endure our afflictions. We have only to ask” (Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, Nov. 2015, 64).

Conclusion

What do you think it means to experience a “change of heart”? We are taught in the Book of Mosiah that if we have sincere change of heart “we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” Thus if we have the desire to do good continually, we must cultivate our change of heart that it becomes imbedded in us and we are even new people. This is what Alma is teaching us in these chapters. We should examine ourselves on a continuous basis to see where we are, what we need to improve on and unite stronger with the Holy Spirit and grow our testimonies. We need to plan for our spiritual future even more so than any other planning we can think of. Why is that? Alma teaches us again because of Jesus Christ.

Resources

Book of Mormon Student Manual

Conference Reports

Ensign

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church

History of the Church

Mortal Messiah Bruce R McConkie

Guide to the Scriptures

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