- President Marion G. Romney
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So, what similarities do you find between these two conversations?
What differences do you notice?
How can we follow the counsel Alma gives?
Oh, and what are your thoughts on verse 4? I have some, but as you can tell, I'm struggling to get my thoughts together here. I'll share in the comments section tomorrow if I can get it together.
And for your reference...we'll be in chapter 38 for Thursday and 39 for Friday.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What has the Lord commanded us to do for "a wise purpose?" (vs. 14) What purpose do our own personal records serve?
What can we learn from vs. 33 regarding our sharing of the Gospel -- with our families and with others?
What are your thoughts about the Liahona analogy Alma makes?
What do you want your children to know you know? What can you do to ensure that happens?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today, we read his testimony to Helaman.
Alma shares his coversion with Helaman in verses 5-24. How does sharing our own stories of conversion affect our children? When and how can we do this?
What are other verses are catching your eye today?
Also, for further study, go to the Class Member Study Guide for a chain of scriptures referencing parents' counsel to their children.
Friday, July 25, 2008
We'll finish up this week with Alma 35. It's a short chapter, but sets the stage for the next big "story" in the Book of Mormon -- Helaman and his stripling warriors. Also, it introduces the next couple of chapters where Alma c0unsels his sons.
Before we get to those chapters, though, as I read over chapter 35 today, I was struck by how much good doctrine, example, etc. there was even in this brief chapter. One thing in particular was the people of Ammon's immediate compassion and response to the newly converted Zoramites.
What things are you learning in chapter 35 today?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
True confession: I haven't even looked at Alma 34 yet today. But it's a good one. Since I'm off to a doctor's appointment and have just spent my time in other ways this morning, please pick up the slack (as you typically do in the comments anyway!) and share your thoughts on this chapter.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
As you study Alma 33 today:
*What does verse 2 teach us about the importance of having the Spirit present when we study the scriptures?
*What do these verses from Zenos remind you of or teach us?
*I love verse 14. It's so straightforward. It is the very essence of Moroni's challenge in Moroni 10:3-5, don't you think?
*Alma uses the children of Israel as an example in verses 19-21 -- how are we like them? How can we avoid being like them? What are some of the simple things Alma is talking about?
*I just love the promise in verse 23 -- makes the whole experiment worthwhile, doesn't it?
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Which verses in these chapters illustrate ways to do that?
Alma 27:28-30 describe the way the people of Ammon viewed their past sins. What does this teach us about repentance?
Thoughts on Alma 28?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Alma 25 recounts the fate of the seed of Amulon and the priests of king Noah. What consequences did they suffer for their actions?
Also, how can we relate verses 15 & 16 to our day and time?
As you read Alma 26, the rejoicings of Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni after the end of their mission, think about your own success in life. These verses, I think, can be attributed not only to missionary success, but all aspects of our lives. Who is the ultimate author of every good thing? Who wants us to succeed both spiritually and temporally?
What can we learn from Ammon's recitation of their mission?
Monday, July 7, 2008
For today, let's read chapters 23 & 24. I loved the questions about these chapters from the Class Member Study Guide, so I'm going to shamelessly use them to guide our discussion today. At least I'm giving credit, right?!
• The Anti-Nephi-Lehies “were converted unto the Lord” (Alma 23:6). Why is it essential that Jesus Christ be at the center of our conversion?
• Despite their afflictions, what were the Anti-Nephi-Lehies grateful for? (See Alma 24:7–10.) How can gratitude to God help us face trials and afflictions?
• The Anti-Nephi-Lehies “took their swords … and they did bury them up deep in the earth” (Alma 24:15–17). Why was it significant that they buried their weapons rather than simply promising not to use them? What can we do to bury our “weapons of rebellion”?
Friday, July 4, 2008
We'll end with Alma 22 today -- the conversion of king Lamoni's father. As you read this chapter, think about what you are willing to give up to know Christ.
What is the level of conversion we should be seeking?
When we share the Gospel with others, what should be our goal?
I know this will be an eventful day for everyone. Just try to get these chapters read during the weekend -- they're too good to pass up!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Why is love such an important element in sharing the Gospel? TaLaisa, I liked your thoughts about this from yesterday.
We begin to see the change in the king's heart in chapter 20 -- what causes these first changes to happen?
Vs. 3 -- Why were the Amalekites and Amulonites more hard than the Lamanites? What effect do we have on those who haven't been taught the Gospel?
Vs. 7-10 -- What are your thoughts about these scriptures?
Vs. 13-17 -- What can we learn about sharing the Gospel from these missionaries and their experiences?
Vs. 19 -- I just noticed this this time reading -- Ammon went back to his duties as a servant to the king! Isn't that neat? Of course, Lamoni at this point knew Ammon would be much more useful preaching the Gospel and so allowed him to do that. But Ammon's intention was still pure and filled with love -- he would continue serving king Lamoni for all his days, just as he had promised in chapter 17. What do you feel about this?
Vs. 20-23 -- What happens when people are truly converted? Are we "zealous for keeping the commandments of God?"
Any other thoughts or feelings about these chapters?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Vs. 1-3 -- Ammon waits until the queen summons him. Why?
Vs. 9-10 -- What does this teach us about the power of personal testimony and of bearing testimony?
Vs. 16 - Wouldn't you love a record of that vision?
What does Abish teach us?
Vs. 22-23 -- Another reminder to us as parents, right? What do we learn here?
Vs. 24-36 -- What are your thoughts? How can our missionary efforts improve?