Know the Pres. Benson statement about the two ways that the Book of Mormon brings us to Christ.
First, it tells in a plain manner of Christ and His gospel.
The Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ.
What is the repeated word or adjective which Korihor uses to denigrate (put down) true religion?
What does Korihor see as the real source of truth?
Belief in your own abilities
What is the great irony of Korihor’s argument and his eventual confession?
He knew that there was a God and that he was acting for the devil
A philosophy which down-plays the divine or supernatural and stresses the capacity of humans through their own effort.
Gain knowledge by five physical senses.
No absolute truth. Truth is how one perceives the world.
Three judges have to deal with Korihor. What do the majority do as a response?
Carried him out of the land
How does Alma respond to Korihor and what is the sequence of his prophetic rebuttal?
1) Attempt to reason / refute
2) State the truth / evidence
3) Bear personal testimony
4) Leave the rest in God’s hands
When Alma mentions “all things” what three aspects does he list under this category as God’s witnesses to us?
What was even better than force with respects to changing people?
Preaching the gospel
What is Pres. Packer’s statement about behavior?
The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior… behavior. That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel.”
What is epistemology?
How you know something.
What might be the Lord’s epistemology?
Faith and the spirit’s revelation
What might be Satan’s epistemology?
You have to see it to know it
What was the great question over which the Zoramites were struggling and Alma’s sermon addressed?
How and where to worship.
Alma 32:21 goes hand in glove with which verse in Ether and Hebrews?
What is the paradox found in Alma 32:21?
What does this mean about our faith projects?
We can only have faith in true things, but to know they are true we must go through the faith process.
We need to listen to the Spirit.
Know the 5 steps in the order that Alma outlines.
1. Hope, belief, invest
2. Experiment…walk forward towards your hope
3. Feedback from the spirit
4. Nourish…walk forward again (except with confidence that it is a right pursuit)
5. Knowledge, revelation about your faith project
Which step of the faith process resolves the paradox in 32:21?
Know Pres. Packer’s statement about faith and which step in the faith process it points to.
“There are many who struggle and climb and finally reach the top of the ladder only to find that is is leaning against the wrong wall.”
Know E. Maxwell’s statement about the two different types of hope.
Our everyday usage of the word hope includes how we “hope” to arrive at a certain destination by a certain time. We “hope” the world economy will improve. We “hope” for the visit of a loved one. Such typify our sincere but proximate hopes....
Ultimate hope is a different matter. It is tied to Jesus and the blessings of the great Atonement.... Real hope is much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine. Hope is serene, not giddy, eager without being naive, and pleasantly steady without being smug. Hope is realistic anticipation which takes the form of a determination–not only to survive adversity but, moreover, to “endure... well”
everyday hope and ultimate hope
What are the manifestations within us that the spirit (seed) will exhibit?
What was Joseph Smith’s statement about faith and godliness?
“All things which pertain to life and godliness are the effects of faith.”
What was the main thrust or focus of Zenos’ prayer verses in chap 33 and Amulek’s in chap 34?
“Prayer is worship in both its simplest and most powerful form, as Zenos taught. It is the soul’s sincere desire.”
Amulek - pray about everything and always
Where is the scriptural support for the statement that Jesus had to be a God in order to offer the atoning sacrifice?
Alma 34:10-12 - It was an infinite and eternal sacrifice; not animal or human.
Where is our classic verse on procrastination in the Book of Mormon?
Alma 34:33 - Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance.
Does the Lord specifically withhold or supply intellectual evidence for the Book of Mormon?
What was E. Maxwell’s statement about evidence?
Yes, he may withhold some.
“It is my opinion that all scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, will remain in the realm of faith. Science will not be able to prove or disprove holy writ. However, enough plausible evidence will come forth to prevent scoffers from having a field day, but not enough to remove the requirement of faith.”
What is a chiasmus and what is its structure?
Pattern of writing where ideas are presented as an "X", with the key point in the middle.
What is the center point of the chiasmus in Alma 36?
I remembered Jesus Christ, a son of God
Why does Alma employ a chiasmus?
Helps the mind organize it and supports the key point both ways.
Alma taught Helaman that there were 4 or 5 reasons why the scriptures were important.
1. Enlarge memory
2. Convince of error of ways
3. Bring to a knowledge of God
4. Missionary work
What was the theme which we developed for Alma 37? (Verses 6-7)
Name some examples of that theme in Alma 37.
Small and simple things bring great things to pass.
Is there a time frame educationally for when the Gospel is best taught and learned?
In Alma’s great prayer verses 37:36-37, does he differentiate between morning and evening prayer? In what way?
Evening - counsel with the Lord
Morning - full of thanks
What was the shadow or type for the Liahona in our lives?
How does it work?
Small acts of obedience really do matter, and read the scriptures because they are the compass of our lives. The path is laid out for you just have to stay on course
What is Alma’s closing counsel to Helaman and the symbolism in his statement?
Be not slothful because of the easiness of the way; stay on course.
As Alma counsels Shiblon in Chapter 38, he uses such phrases as bridle all your passions, and be diligent but not overbearing. To which group in the Church today might his words be most relevant?
Denying the Holy Ghost
This person will never reverse the sin and its punishments.
Shedding Innocent Blood
This sin can be reversed, but must be paid for by the transgressor.
This sin can be reversed by accepting Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
Be able to rank the three most serious sins and the consequences for each one.
Denying the Holy Ghost - Unpadonable
Shedding Innocent Blood - Unforgivable
Adultery - Forgivable
What did E. Holland mean in his talk when he said that chastity involves the very soul of the individual?
Body is part of the soul and by exploiting the body we desecrate the soul.
What were E. Holland's main points of remaining sexually pure?
Soul - We desecrate the body
Symbol - It is a sign of union
Sacrifice - Mocks the Atonement by desecrating another body which was purchased with Christ's blood.
What was the metaphor that the prophet Joseph Smith used for the unpardonable sin?
He has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it.
Apart from his own personal spirituality, what has been Corianton’s impact on the missionary thrust of the Church?
"When they saw your conduct they would not believe my words."
Alma covered a lot of territory with his son Corianton. As he spoke about the Spirit world, the resurrection, the consequences of sin, mercy and justice, and the power of our intentions his basic theme was...
What Christian doctrine is restored by Alma 40?
Does the Christian world believe solidly in the doctrine of the resurrection?
How about a physical resurrection?
No, only Spiritual
How is the Book of Mormon the keystone of the doctrine of the resurrection?
More fully explains the doctrine, in the correct order.
What was an in-line mistake/correction and who was most likely responsible for it?
An error that is corrected in the same sentence.
What was the law of retaliation, where do you find it in the Book of Mormon and how does it compare with D&C 98: 33-48?
When you could fight back against those attacking.
Alma 43:46 - 2nd time
D&C - 3rd time
Pres. McKay gave a talk shortly after WWII began in which he outlined 3 reasons for why a righteous person would enter into war ( but not start a war).
The other 3 were:
(1) An attempt [by someone] to dominate and to deprive another of his free agency
(2) Loyalty to his country.
(3) Defense of a weak nation that is being unjustly crushed by a strong, ruthless one.
Mormon sets up a splendid comparison/contrast of two wartime leaders in the Book of Mormon
Moroni - fights for family and liberty, not for the shedding of blood
Amalickiah - prideful, wanted to rule over the people, enjoyed the shedding of blood.
After Mormon lauded his “white knight” he then referred to those who quietly serve in the trenches with the phrase:
They were no less serviceable.
What is your take on why so much war is chronicled and detailed in the BoM?
There is a lot in our time.
It is what Mormon knew.
It is a representation of our fight.
What is a naturalistic explanation for the Book of Mormon?
It was written from Joseph's experiences.
What are the three explanations for the Book of Mormon's origin?
It was as is taught.
Joseph created it.
Joseph copied it.
Three or four times during the war chapters, big examples of honoring your word surface. Perhaps the biggest is the Ammonites and the 2000 sons.
What are two other great examples?
Zerehemnah refuses peace because he knows he will break it later.
The Lamanites must attack the city they promised to, though it looks impossible.
Helaman fears that if the Ammonites go back on their oath they would...
Loose their souls
What are two deep doctrinal messages that surface in the account of the stripling warriors?
Performed every command with exactness
Taught by their mothers
Which of the two messages is the most unique or difficult to find in other scriptural passages?
The influence of mother figures
Pertaining to obedience what is the phrase that Mormon uses to describe their brand?
Are the stripling warriors on the edge of being blindly obedient?
Is there a place for that concept within the Restoration?
Know E. Packer’s statement on blind obedience.
“Those who talk of blind obedience may appear to know many things, but they do not understand the doctrines of the gospel. There is an obedience that comes from a knowledge of the truth that transcends any external form of control. We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see. The best control, I repeat, is self-control.”
In a classic forgiveness passage, Pahoran demonstrated Christ-like forgiveness by modeling three profound responses. They were:
1. It mattereth not
2. I am not angry
3. I do rejoice in the greatness of your heart
What might have been a couple of factors that would have made it more difficult for Pahoran?
He was doing what was right.
Moroni wasn't his leader.
He had been thrown out of his city.
War often drives individuals to two extremes in terms of belief in God. What verses demonstrates this truth?
Alma 62:41 - Some are hardened and some are softened.
Who was Hagoth and what is he known for in modern times?
He was a ship builder who traveled north and was never heard of again.
In modern times he is known for being the ancestor of the people of New Zealand (established by Joseph F. Smith)