Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Alma 34:1 - 34:5

Alma 34: 1 And now it came to pass that after Alma had spoken these words unto them he sat down upon the ground, and Amulek arose and began to teach them, saying:

Alma was finished with his part of the preaching to the Zoramites and now Amulek took over.

Alma 34: 2 My brethren, I think that it is impossible that ye should be ignorant of the things which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ, who is taught by us to be the Son of God; yea, I know that these things were taught unto you bountifully before your dissension from among us.

Amulek’s first says that he cannot believe just ignorant the Zoramites are to the doctrines of Christ. After all, they were living among the Nephites before they left to settle the land they now occupy. Amulek knows that these and other doctrines about the gospel were well known by all the Nephites.

Alma 34: 3 And as ye have desired of my beloved brother that he should make known unto you what ye should do, because of your afflictions; and he hath spoken somewhat unto you to prepare your minds; yea, and he hath exhorted you unto faith and to patience—

Now since the Zoramites that approached Alma wanted to know what to do because of their problem with getting in the synagogues to worship, Alma has tried to prepare their minds by encouraging them to center their faith and trust in the Lord and to have patience until thing get better.

Alma 34: 4 Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to plant the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness.

Amulek encourages them to try and do what Alma has said about planting the seed of faith and see its effects in their lives.

Alma 34: 5 And we have beheld that the great question which is in your minds is whether the word be in the Son of God, or whether there shall be no Christ.

Alma and Amulek have both noticed that the crowd was in question as the reality of the coming of the Messiah and the atonement of Christ.

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