Dustin Homer joins us for a discussion on how missionary work functioned among the early saints, and how missionary work can benefit us today. Were it not for the missionary work and sacrifices of the era, the Church would likely have been unable to carry on.
This lesson is somewhat of an outlier in that while the Doctrine and Covenants certainly deals with the plan of salvation, this lesson goes into many other scriptures to talk about God’s plan for us, which is fitting since the plan is not restricted to what was revealed to Joseph Smith. Patricia Auxier joins us to talk about how knowing the doctrines of Heavenly Father’s plan is crucial to the growth of our faith and testimony.
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 43-52—War chapters! Why did Mormon dedicate so much of the Book of Alma to chapters on the atrocities of war? What do we learn of attrition and liberty? Don’t miss Captain Moroni and the title of liberty! What makes a good leader? There are some surprisingly interesting lessons here given the current election climate in the United States. Joseph Peterson is with us.
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.
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.
Mosiah 4-6 – After King Benjamin concludes his sermon, the people are left to choose whether or not to apply his counsel. Great parallels there to our day, eh? These chapters focus on how the people of Zarahemla experienced a “mighty change” in their hearts and how we can do the same. Mackenna Gallacher is with us.