3 Nephi 1-7—Signs appear marking the Savior’s birth. The Gadianton robbers surround the Nephites, and many Nephites fall into pride and wickedness in the ramp-up to the crucifixion of the Lord. How can we protect ourselves from spiritual robbers and pride? Dustin Homer is with us.
Helaman 13-16—Samuel the Lamanite preaches repentance to the Nephites, foretelling their destruction if they do not turn to the Lord. He also discusses the signs of Christ’s birth and death, setting in motion the climax of the Book of Mormon. Mackenna Gallacher is with us.
Helaman 1-5—Internal strife weakens the Nephites and the Church. Do we se parallels to that in our day? How can we avoid contention in our wards and stakes and promote unity? How is Christ our rock as described in Helaman 5? Brad Lammi is with us.
Alma 53-58—Stripling warriors! Basically, the armies of Helaman provide us with a pretty awesome case study in the exercise of faith against a backdrop of calamity and bellicosity. How is it that not one of the 2,600 Ammonite warriors perishes? What do we learn from the great faith of these young men?
Alma 40-42—How does a failure to understand the plan of salvation make us weaker in the face of temptation? How did understanding death and resurrection help Corianton? How will it help you? How does understanding the atonement change our course? Also, an attention activity we actually like! Bill Doolittle is with us.
Alma 36-39—Alma sits down with his three sons, Helaman, Shiblon, and Corianton, to bear testimony and offer encouragement before he disappears. What can parents learn from Alma’s counsel? Too often we lean solely on Corianton’s experience to inform our view of parenting, but even parenting “untroubled” kids requires tact and finesse. Brad Lammi joins us to talk about these great passages.
Alma 30 & 31—It’s a lesson on some of the darker corners of the kingdom! Korihor comes and stirs up trouble. What exactly is an anti-Christ? Alma leads a delegation to the Zoramites. While we harp on Rameumptom and the like, what about how the Zoramites do not speak of the things of God unless they are at church? That’s a very interesting bit of their theology that we don’t talk about. Dustin Homer is here to make sense of all of it for us. He’s smarter than Geoff.
Alma 23-29—The sons of Mosiah teach thousands of Lamanites and witness great changes in heart, becoming the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. They put down their weapons, sacrificing themselves rather than shed blood. How do we become truly converted? What is implied by “truly” vs plain ol’ “conversion”? Bill Doolittle is back!
Mosiah 25-28 – Loren Thomas joins us to talk primarily about Alma the Younger’s wickedness and subsequent conversion. How can people be led into sin by unbelievers? What caused Alma to change? Can we expect the same in our own lives? How does the Lord send help in response to the prayers of the righteous?
Mosiah 18-24 – Alma teaches the baptismal covenant. Think about how radical a proposition it was for the people at the time – learning the importance of living with others not like them, mourning with them, and standing with them. Alma and Limhi’s people are both taken captive by the Lamanites, then delivered by the Lord.