Compensatory blessings! Twinkled in the millennium to live 1,000 years with our families and other believers with God! Surround yourself with your wise! Be patient and look to become more who He needs us to be- the reward is the next life!
Adversity- trials come 1- we’ve sinned and need correction 2- others have and we suffer along with them 3- THIS IS THE ONE WE FORGET, God has greater blessings than we can imagine waiting for us! This life is but a small moment- if we endure it well the joy comes in the next life!
We get a choice- honor our covenants, or break them and be cut off. Great examples of men who covenanted and then broke those covenants and others who honored them over and over, going from place to place honoring and giving their all to God. For an EVERLASTING INHERITANCE. "They will be my people and I will be their God." What a reward that will be.
Jesus Christ is Heavenly Father’s only begotten son. He came and stoned and will come again. No man knows when that will take place. Lemon Copley called on a mission to correct the Shakers misconceptions
The prophet is the mouthpiece of God! He only receives revelation for the Church! We are preparing for the Saviors second coming- His voice is as a trump through all the natural disasters and Covid! We look forward to the Millennium when Satan will be bound for 1000 years!
Importance of marriage- not something to enter in lightly or get out of quickly! Importance of church courts! The love God reveals in those- He truly wants all! The importance of taking people privately and fixing our grievances.
Edward Partridge called as the first bishop of the church! What a heavy load. How important was his personal revelation from god to guide this growing church with so many different, human people! Love that the lord knows his pure heart
The story of James Covill, a Methodist minister, is heart breaking! Does God come first in our lives? When we covenant to follow Him would we give all to do just that? To me the definition of Hell is going back and realizing the Lord had so much more in store for us if we just would have been willing to sacrifice what we thought mattered!
The church is called to gather in Ohio! What a huge sacrifice and yet- God is gathering and taking His growing church further and further West to be His people! Temple blessings await and that is far greater than any sacrifice made!
Edward partridge the first bishop of the church - comes to meet Joseph smith and joins the church; At significant cost to him financially and family relationships. Another great example of someone who gave everything to build Gods kingdom and benefit all of us!
Sidney Rigdon called as a scribe for the translation of the Bible. He Elvis called to stand by Joseph and to watch over him, which he does! He brings so many great leaders into the church! These people he has gathered seeking for truth! They find it and embrace it
Orson Pratt was amazing!! So much like Joseph smith- searching and praying for truth from a young age! Finally being taught it by his brother Parley! He embraced it with all his heart at 19. He was a missionary and an apostle for 60 years!
Two other men, Ziba Peterson and Parley P Pratt, join Oliver and David Whitmer in their mission to the lamanites. 300 miles through trackless snow. Expelled from the Lamanite territory (after teaching the Shawnees and Delewares and having some success) they could view this as extremely hard and unsuccessful. However They taught Sidney Rigdon and many others in his congregation and in a matter of 2-3 weeks baptized and confirmed 127 new members of the church. The largest congregation up to this point. I love that the Lord tells them He will be with them!
Thomas is called to be a missionary! HE is promised his family will be watched over and provided for. He has just joined the church and leaves 3 boys, the oldest of whom is 9. Much like Joseph Smith, he has to put his trust in God's caring for his family and go and do God's work. Love that HE is called a physician. Much as the Savior was called. He was sent to heal those who needed healing through the gospel word.
Three things stood out as the Lord has Oliver go and tell Hiram he is wrong 1-take him privately 2-Oliver has a relationship with him, someone he loves correcting him. 3- Oliver was deceived too- chastening coming from someone else who also needed to repent. God is a God of forgiveness and love.
How grateful we all should be to this revelation- we are entitled to receive our own! For ourselves and anyone we preside over (our families) but never for anyone over us! And never for the church! The prophet alone holds the keys to do that.
Huge awesome Sacrament meeting with the Savior in the millennium! All who choose to follow the Savior will be included! Along with Moroni,John, Joseph, etc ... the prophets we so long to meet! If we do our all- God does His!
Continue to study the scriptures! This man just translated the record and is told to continue studying! All things done in common consent- we sustain one another, support one another! Forgive weakness and faults and trust god will help us all become more than we are on our own.
How blessed we are to have the priesthood power! God’s power on earth again! I did want to mention Joseph and Oliver were given the Melchizedek priesthood after by Peter James and John. I just meant we have no account that I can find of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, we just know they are filled with it after their baptism.
When you feel condemned, guilty- remember we were sent to be tried and tested, to learn! When we humble ourselves and repent man the miracles that await! The love god has for us and oh how He wants to use us in His army! I love Joseph Smith’s example of this!!
What a gift! We have the priesthood we have ordinances, covenants that tether us to God! He lives to make our life easier! To help us back to Him! Our joy is in helping others find the truth of what we have! What was restored!
Hyrum is told for now his job is to study and gather truth to be ready to stand and teach it when you are called. He is also told for now to be Obedient to the Lord with all his heart. I think this so parallels what we are asked right now in Covid. Study, gather truth, be obedient with all our heart and be ready when we are called!
God will manifest the truth of all things in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses! A witness born of the spirit is the greatest witness we can receive. How good is God to offer Martin Harris a chance to repent and be one of those witnesses
“You are good enough, you are loved, but that does not mean that you are yet complete!” This life is the opportunity to become more like Him! What a gift. The Book of Mormon is true! Pray and ask but then be prepared to act because your life will never be the same! It will be so much better!
God offers refuge. The scriptures teach us it is by the wicked the wicked are destroyed. If we turn from God we are left to Satan and how quickly the destruction comes. Satan leaves everything He touches desolate.
Even Moroni was humbled thinking his writing was not good enough, not like the brother of Jared! The Lord tells him it mattereth not! Thy garments shall be made clean- our covenants in the temple, The Savior’s atonement makes us clean! Have faith, have hope- we will dwell with them eternally.
Sometimes the Lord gives us an answer and we work to do what He asks, sometimes He tells us to figure it out and then come and ask if what we have come to is the right or acceptable solution, and sometimes His answer is to trust Him implicitly and let Him direct our life.
It is all about Jesus Christ! When’s the last time you remember Him answering your prayers. Try Him, take Him at His word! From the beginning prophets and saints have prayed for us to believe in Him and come home
Awful scene of wickedness. So sad the hard hearted ness of the people, sacrificing women and children and burning cities. This continual scene of war in stark contrast to captain Moroni’s title of liberty and the wars which describe there never was a happier people. It’s all about who we rely on and go through our trials with.
Nephites have victory over the Lamanites and boast in their own strength. They then swear by the Heavens and God that they will now go seek out war and avenge the deaths. That is definitely taking Gods name in vain and God declares, “vengeance is mine!”
FINALLY the day has come, The entire earth mourns for 3 days, their great creator has been crucified. God will cause to be preached a sermon of fire, earthquakes, floods, etc....that all may know He is the Lord!
There was not a living soul among the Nephites who did doubt the words of the prophet! And yet 4 years after destroying the gadianton robbers, secret combinations are back! How do we remain steadfast and immovable
Wife and mother! Joseph had the first vision and leaned on the mantle and said “all is well!” Like the Liver this is a chance for us to rid ourselves of all the things that are not good and decide what to take that will build and make us healthier, wiser, and better human beings.
“Satan did get great hold upon the hearts of the people on all the face of the land.... notwithstanding the signs and wonders which were wrought among the people......”. where is our focus? Signs and wonders or fear?
Oh that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem..... If you could pick any time to live, when would it be? Would it be today? Our days? The winding up scenes before the Savior comes to rule and reign
When have your prayers been the most heartfelt and sincere? When have they been the most casual? We were sent to be tried and tested, to learn and become more! What is happening to you during all of this adversity- are you being humbled and coming closer to god?
Aminidab and 300 prisoners are in jail with Nephi and Lehi who are encircled with fire. They are in darkness but “turn them about and look!” They become God’s missionaries and convert thousands of lamanites!
We have Helaman (Helaman’s son) as prophet and chief judge and the gadianton robbers. It tells us the blessings of god were so great the leaders were astonished beyond measure! What does god’s prosperity look like?
Moroni chosen at 25 to lead the nephite army (Alma 43 details why) vs coriantumr who is chosen to lead the lamanites. What a difference. His pride leads to his destruction and the loss of thousands of lives on both sides
Is all that is going on in our world right now- hardening our hearts or humbling us and refining us? Gratitude, remembering what God has done for us, praying are key to becoming who God needs us and wants us to be
“And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government.....”. Out of anger comes this letter of accusations, threats, lecturing.... what can we learn from this?! Anger is absolutely a voice of Satan and oh the hurt it causes!
“What will happen as you more intentionally hear, hearken, and heed what the Savior has said and what He is saying now through His prophets?.....I promise miracles in your marriage, family relationships, and daily work!” This is illustrated so clearly through this army of Helaman
We may be inspired how to act, but that does not mean the outcome or response will be what we hope it is! God uses us for our strengths and knows we can overcome our weakness’. Moroni was not perfect! But he was a warrior for God and he did not mince words.
A bitter fountain can not bring forth good water, a good fountain cannot bring forth bitter water. By their fruits you shall know them! Amalikiah’s desires and intents never changed!!! Just as Satan’s never change!
“The central message of the Book of Mormon is to restore the true knowledge of the essential role of Jesus Christ in the salvation and exaltation of mankind.” He is the power the protected and saved the Nephites. He is who walks with and helps us- if we do our part!
“As followers of Christ we are not spared challenges and trials in our lives. We are often required to do difficult things that if attempted alone would be overwhelming! As we accept the Saviors invitation to come unto me- He will provide the support, comfort, and peace that are necessary.”
“Only the gospel will save the world from the calamity of its own self destruction. Only the gospel will unite men and women if all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family.” Elder Holmes March 2020 conference
Alma shares praying to know what happens to us after we die and while we wait for the resurrection. This goes so well with Joseph f smiths vision D&C 138- praying to know what those spirits are doing! What a treasure to have these! I got cut off at the end- hope you know the Savior loves you!
Why is corianton’s sin (sleeping with the harlot) next to murder or denying the Holy Ghost? Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry where with thou wast entrusted! Come to the tree, partake the fruit!
Alma turns the records over to Helaman. By small means (keeping the record of god’s hand in their lives) great things are brought to pass! Anti Nephi Lehi’s brought to a knowledge of the truth. Confounding the wise- zeezrom also brought to a knowledge of the truth! Are we using these “small means” to work miracles in our lives?
Alma shares with his son Helaman his conversion! It’s been 26 years since the angel came. He testifies if we are obedient god prospers us! And he testifies he knows when he dies he will dwell with God! This vile sinner knows repentance and change!! It is all about becoming!
Amulek teaches and is another witness to the prophets words! The converted Zoramites are cast out to Jershon! This awful trial they think they are going through is a huge blessing as the join with the anti Nephi Lehi’s and get to live with these giants in the gospel!
Alma opens the scriptures to testimonies from Zenos, Zenock, and Moses all of whom testify of prayer and of the atonement of Christ! If you believe in the scriptures as you say you do, then you have to know there is a Christ!
Are you a seeker of happiness? Have you experienced incomprehensible joy? When? I love how the anti Nephi lehis honor their covenants and I love how the nephites welcome them in, give them lands, protect them and love them as their brothers and sisters in Christ.
God fulfills every word of the prophet! Abinadi’s prophecies are fulfilled. “Who can glory too much in the Lord?!” I love Alma’s rejoicing! Sis reeves conference talk in oct 2015 echos this! “Was that all that was required?!”
Is it better to find the truth later in life- to be converted and have our sins washed away? We have conference talks that witness of converts words- oh how I wish I would have known these truths! It would have spared me so much heartache! We are so blessed to know these truths! Now we need to pattern the anti Nephi Lehi’s and be valiant!!
Can you imagine the damage the prophets son could do pulling people away from God’s teachings! How heartbreaking for Alma and yet his prayers, his faith, his goodness bring the miracle of the angel turning the heart of his son! Love the truths taught in this story! God wants us all! Even a wicked sinner like the prophets son Alma the younger
Alma receives revelation that we use as our church court system today! The most important thing we can teach our children is who Christ is and that He loves them! But if they will not believe and repent then they will be cut off. Which is a kindness from god so they aren’t accountable
Alma, limhi, and mosiah’s people are unified as covenant children of god! We can learn so much from each other as we share our own witness of how we have seen the hand of God in our lives and truly strive to become one - mourning with those that mourn and glorying in others triumphs!
Compare and contrast Limhi and his people escaping their bondage to the lamanites and Alma and his 450 who are now covenant followers of Christ and their escape from Amulon and the Lamanites and their bondage! God will try and test and prove His people. He will make of us far greater people than we can ever make ourselves!
What trials are happening in your life that God may be waiting until you cry to Him to deliver you? How is He easing your burdens, prospering you, protecting you? Are we waiting upon the Lord and trusting in His timing, His plan, His deliverance?
The lamanites come to battle looking for their missing 24 daughters! I love king limhi listens to Gideon! I love that they have such faith they meet the lamanites without weapons trusting their king will pacify his people
What a perfect Easter lesson! Abinadi’s martyrdom so mirrored the Saviors! Sealing his testimony with his death. How blessed we are to have the Savior as our redeemer and advocate with the Father! To be on His team! To be His
We need to be careful vs casual in our commitment to god! Was zeniff casual? Did his casual commitment to god contribute to Noah his son being so wicked? We need to be intentional as our prophet and apostles have taught! Pres. Russell M Nelson- Intentional parenting.
“Sometimes our needed growth is achieved better by suffering and adversity than by comfort and tranquility”. Pres Oaks April 2020 conference
****ALMA not AMMON! about minute 14 Alma escapes with the believers! Sorry About that
No matter what our situation is, no matter where we are in our life, we can hear the word of the Lord to us through the scriptures! How grateful I am for the scriptures! They have brought me such peace through the death of my father!
2:41 “and moreover I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold they are blessed in all things both temporal and spiritual: and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with god in a state of never ending happiness. I remember, remember that these things are true; for the lord god has spoken it.”
My day was spent in the hospital with my dad. We don’t know if it’s covid19 or pneumonia but he is super sick. Again and again I have been So grateful for a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of our Savior Jesus Christ! For a prophet of God! There is truly peace In Christ!
5.7 earthquake in Salt Lake City Utah today. With coronavirus it truly feels as if the Lord is begging us to listen, to come to Him, to prepare for His 2nd coming! I hope to say as Jacob did- and I could not be shaken!
We are living a pruning of the vineyard- coronavirus has given us all an opportunity to realize how blessed we are to gather at church, at conference, even at seminary and school, to examine our preparations. The biggest message to me in these chapters is the love of the Lord of the vineyard- the Savior loves us and His arm is stretched out still!
Always be worthy of a temple recommend. So grateful for the gift of the gospel and a knowledge that being sealed in the temple to our families and the lord is the greatest gift the lord gives us! What joy and happiness! Nothing greater
We were asked to teach the law of chastity- to be very clear and plain. To leave no room for question or doubt. It was awesome to go to the temple, to pray, to fast, to be a partner with the lord and talk to these amazing kids about chastity, I loved it and look forward to part 2!
If you knew you were dying and could only say one sentence what would it be? Nephi prayed for us, he cried for us! He so badly wanted us to believe in Christ (and all that means)! I’m sure our prophets and apostles do the same today!
What is the most important decision you made today, this week, this year, so far in your life? Who helped you make that decision? Loved listening to them share how they hear the word of the Lord in their lives!!
The kids read parts of 3 talks and interviews given by pres Nelson, pres oaks, and elder Wickman on “truth and tolerance”, “love and laws of god.” And the interview from the public affairs committee on same gender attraction. It was awesome to hear the share what they learned, what they loved.
I so loved learning over the last two weeks, the message God wanted delivered today- our job is to love as HE loves and leave judgement to Him. Love. That’s it. That sure simplifies things! These kids... they get it! And they loved this message!
What was the curse? Being cut off from the spirit. Where are laman and Lemuel now? Adam and Eve cut off, Nephi saw in a vision the entire destruction of his people and the wicked lamanites, laman and Lemuel want you kill the prophet! 3rd Nephi those who were destroyed- they who killed the prophets.
Choice and accountability- sometimes we fail, we fall, we hurt... but we try again and we succeed and have joy. Sometimes we do everything we possibly can and it doesn’t work! And yet we know god is with us and is aware and we just have to trust him.
Loved the opportunity to talk about the fall and why choice, trial, hardships are necessary. Love that we paired that with mental illness and suicide. Such a beautiful spirit- witnessed gods love, His plan...choose to stay
What 1 thing do you love most about your family, what 1 thing drives you most crazy? We are placed in families to learn and become a better version of ourselves! So fun to testify of the gift of eternal families and the proclamation to the world.
Picnic game, priests of Baal, Henry Moyle- so amazing how the spirit prompts and guides and all of the sudden this lesson becomes a powerful starting point for students to commit to learn for themselves the Book of Mormon is true. Loved how it fit together
God’s plan is always the best plan! Nephi and his brother’s 3 attempts to get the plates. What in your life are you working towards? Marriage, mission, college, etc. might that be harder than you think, might it take a different path than you planned?