Archive | May, 2013

#BOMTC Day 54, May 30~Alma 53-55 or Pages 343-349: Follow the Prophet!

30 May

“If we want to know how well we stand with the Lord then let us ask ourselves how well we stand with His mortal captain—how close do our lives harmonize with the Lord’s anointed—the living Prophet—President of the Church, and with the Quorum of the First Presidency”. READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

“But behold, it came to pass they had many sons, who had not entered into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies; therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time, as many as were able to take up arms, and they called themselves Nephites. And they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites, yea, to protect the land unto the laying down of their lives; yea, even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty, but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage. Now behold, there were two thousand of those young men, who entered into this covenant and took their weapons of war to defend their country. And now behold, as they never had hitherto been a disadvantage to the Nephites, they became now at this…

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#BOMTC Day 53, May 29~Alma 51-52 or Pages 336-342: “A Little Kingdom I Possess”

29 May

Mormon described Teancum’s stand against the Lamanites using such words as defend, fortify, secure, and strengthen (Alma 52:5-10). We can follow their example by building our spiritual strength now so that we will have the strength we need in a time of difficulty. READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell,
And very hard I find the task
Of governing it well;
For passion tempts and troubles me,
A wayward will misleads,
And selfishness its shadow casts,
On all my will and deeds.

How can I learn to rule myself,
To be the child I should,
Honest and brave, nor ever tire
Of trying to be good?
How can I keep a sunny soul
To shine along life’s way?
How can I tune my little heart,
To sweetly sing all day?

Dear Father, help me with the love
That castest out my fear!
Teach me to lean on Thee and feel
That thou art very near.
That no temptation is unseen,
No childish grief too small,
Since Thou, with patience infinite,
Dost soothe and comfort all.

I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try…

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#BOMTC Day 52, May 28~Alma 48-50 or Pages 329-335: “No Less Serviceable”

29 May

Tens of thousands of unseen people make possible our opportunities and happiness every day. As the scriptures state, they are “no less serviceable” than those whose lives are on the front pages of newspapers. READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

“Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men. Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God. Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni; for they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken unto their words. And thus they went forth, and the people did humble themselves because of their words, insomuch that they were highly favored of the Lord, and thus they were free from wars and contentions among…

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#BOMTC Day 51, May 27~Alma 46-47 or Pages 322-328: STANDards Help Us WithSTAND Evil

27 May

We each have Captain Moroni’s and Amalickiah’s in our lives. The Captain Moroni’s show us that standing with out STANDards will help us to enjoy “liberty”. The Amalickiah’s in our lives seek to overthrow us by persistently persuading us to “come down” from our STANDards so that they can destroy us by “degrees”. READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

Helaman and Captain Moroni became the Nephites spiritual and military leaders. Some people who were angry with Helaman and his brethren chose to leave the Church and follow a wicked man named Amalickiah, who wanted to be king. Amalickiah selfishly pursued his unrighteous desires to become king using tactics that resembled those of Satan.  To help defend the liberty of the people, Moroni, who was the chief captain of the Nephite armies, tore his coat and used a piece of it to make a “title of liberty” to rally the people in defense of liberty (see Alma 46:10-36). Captain Moroni used Title of Liberty as a STANDard (see Alma 46:36) to help his people to be faithful to God and withSTAND evil during those perilous times. The Nephites who joined with Captain Moroni captured the army of Amalickiah. However, Amalickiah and a few others escaped and joined the Lamanites.

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#BOMTC Day 50, May 26~Alma 43-45 or Pages 315-321: More Than War!

26 May

The “war chapters” of the Book of Mormon can teach us MORE THAN WAR if we will study them in faith and act in doctrine. READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

As Alma and his sons continued to preach the gospel, the Zoramites joined with the Lamanite armies to attack the Nephites. Mormon began to write about many wars between the Lamanites and Nephites in Alma 43. Even though they were outnumbered, the Nephite army’s preparation and their faith in Jesus Christ gave them the advantage. Captain Moroni demonstrated faith and wisdom in defending the Nephites against the Lamanites. When the Lamanites faced certain defeat, they made a covenant of peace and departed out of the land for a season.

In the chapters that follow (Alma 43-63) we will read a lot about war. However, if we are “quick to observe” we will have eyes to see “MORE THAN WAR”. We can then “liken” the situations that we read about to the spiritual war that continues in our lives today (see Revelation 12).

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#BOMTC Day 49, May 25~Alma 40-42 or Pages 308-314: “True Doctrine, Understood, Changes Attitudes and Behavior”

25 May

President Boyd K. Packer gave a wonderful talk which used these chapters as an outline to teach the doctrine of repentance (“I Will Remember Your Sins No More”). I invite you to read, watch, or listen to his talk in its entirety and see what changes in “attitudes and behavior” you begin to make! READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

President Boyd K. Packer has said, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior” (“Little Children,” Ensign, Nov. 1986)

As Alma warned his son Corianton about the consequences of sin (Alma 39), he also taught about the doctrine of life after death (Alma 40). He explained that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ (doctrine), all mankind will be resurrected (doctrine). He taught about the spirit world (doctrine), where the dead, depending on their choices in mortality, wait in either paradise or prison until the resurrection. Alma also taught that the plan of restoration (doctrine) includes not only physical resurrection but also a spiritual restoration (doctrine) in which our eternal state reflects our mortal actions and desires (Alma 41). Alma emphasized the principle that wickedness can never lead to happiness (see Alma 41:10). Alma concluded his counsel to his son Corianton by explaining…

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#BOMTC Day 48, May 24~Alma 37-39 or Pages 301-307: “The Lord’s Side of the Line”

25 May

There are many decisions we can make that are neither good nor evil (such as what color to paint our house, what to have for breakfast, and so forth). But when it comes to the Lord’s commandments, there is a line between the Lord’s territory and Satan’s territory. READ MORE…

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

George Albert Smith’s grandfather George A. Smith served for many years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and in the First Presidency as a counselor to Brigham Young. George Albert Smith often repeated the counsel his grandfather used to give to his family: “There is a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory. If you will stay on the Lord’s side of the line you will be under his influence and will have no desire to do wrong; but if you cross to the devil’s side of that line one inch you are in the tempter’s power and if he is successful, you will not be able to think or even reason properly because you will have lost the Spirit of the Lord.

George Albert Smith said that he used this counsel throughout his life to guide his choices: “

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