Alma 23 to 29 – They “Never Did Fall Away”

June 29, 2020 to July 5, 2020

These chapters show how people’s lives are dramatically changed when they convert to Christ.

“Instruments in the Hands of God: The Message of Alma 17-27,” Clyde J. Williams, The Book of Mormon: Alma, the Testimony of the Word
The story of the mission of the sons of Mosiah among the Lamanites is full of principles that will help missionaries and members be more successful in their work of sharing the gospel.

“‘To Stir Them Up in the Ways of Remembrance”: Lamanites and Memory in the Book of Mormon,” J. B. Haws, Religious Educator 6, no. 3
The Anti-Nephi-Lehi community affected the Nephite church for a generation. It began with the way in which Nephite perceptions of the Lamanites were changed by the missionary success of the sons of Mosiah.

“With the Assistance of the Holy Prophets,” Brent D. Fillmore, Religious Educator 6, no. 3
The people described in Alma 23 had been taught the “records” and the “prophecies which were handed down even to the present time.” That mixture of teaching that included records and prophecies was a key piece of their teachings.

“The Testimony of Alma: ‘Give Ear to My Words,” John W. Welch, Religious Educator 11, no. 2
Welch identifies ten points in Alma 29 as Alma bears open testimony of his deepest spiritual desire and of vital eternal truths.

“Anti-Nephi-Lehies,” Kevin Barney, By Common Consent Blog
Kevin Barney summarizes various translation and transliteration theories on the etymology of “Anti-Nephi-Lehi” and proposes his own opinion on the strange name’s meaning.

“Were the Ammonites Pacifists?” Duane Boyce, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 18, no. 1
The actions of Ammonites included not objecting to the Nephite war in their defense, providing Nephite soldiers with food and supplies, and sending their own sons into battle, indicating that their personal opposition to war stemmed from the covenants they made during repentance.

“Exemption from Military Duty,” John W. Welch, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Welch explores various possibilities rooted in Jewish law that might enable the people of Ammon to be exempt from military service.

“‘They Were Moved With Compassion’ (Alma 27:4; 53:13): Toponymic Wordplay on Zarahemla and Jershon,” Matthew L. Bowen in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 18
These place names have meaning including inheritance and compassion.

Chart 30: “Flashbacks in the Book of Alma,” from Charting the Book of Mormon
Alma 21-27 is the second flashback in the book of Alma. This chart explains the history.

“Alma’s Conversion: Reminiscences in His Sermons,” S. Kent Brown, The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word
Alma uses his conversion experience as a persuasive teaching tool.