After preaching to responsive audiences in Zarahemla and Gideon, Alma traveled to Ammonihah, where he was rejected (Alma 8:6-13). But as he was leaving, an angel told him to return. This time, he had help from a resident of the city named Amulek.
Here is a summary of the sermon they jointly taught: Alma and Amulek’s Sermon in Ammonihah – Alma 9-13.
This week, we are studying the first half of Alma and Amulek’s ministry in Ammonihah. Here is an outline of the key events:
- Alma and Amulek meet and prepare to preach together (Alma 8).
- Alma warns the people to repent (Alma 9).
- Amulek affirms that Alma is a prophet of God (Alma 10).
- Amulek is questioned by Zeezrom and testifies of the Savior (Alma 11).
- Alma answers two follow-up questions about the resurrection (Alma 12).
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from these chapters:
Humility is a prerequisite for learning.
- Dismantling the walls around our hearts: He That Will Not Harden His Heart – Alma 12:9-11
- Learning to receive personal revelation: What Are the Mysteries of God?
- Overcoming willful ignorance: Alma 10:5-6 I Knew…Yet I Would Not Know
- Conquering barriers to belief: Because of the Traditions of Their Fathers – Alma 9:14-17
- Recognizing God’s messengers: He Sent Angels – Alma 12:28-30
An understanding of the Savior’s Atonement can give us confidence and peace.
- Permanence and durability: What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About the Resurrection?
- Deliverance from physical, mental, and spiritual limitations: What Does the Book of Mormon Add to Our Understanding of the Resurrection?
- The breadth of the Savior’s gift: Redeemed, Reunited, Restored, Resurrected – Alma 11:40-45
- The universality of the resurrection: The Loosing of the Bands of Death – Alma 11:40-41
- Finding rest through repentance: He Shall Have Claim on Mercy – Alma 12:33-35
- The power of a preposition (“from” vs. “in”): To Redeem Them From Their Sins – Helaman 5:10
This life is a time to prepare.
- God gave Adam and Eve the gift of time: What Is a “Probationary State?”
- Cherubim and a flaming sword: Why Did God Prevent Adam and Eve from Partaking of the Tree of Life?
- Curbing our impatience: Having No Preparatory State – Alma 12:26-27
- Overcoming our separation from God: What Are the Two “Provocations” Discussed by Alma?
- Learning to acknowledge our weaknesses and failings: We Must Come Forth and Stand Before Him – Alma 12:14-15
Serving others can be difficult, but it’s worth it.
- Love and sadness: Weighed Down with Sorrow – Alma 8:14-16
- Providing nourishment: What Does It Mean to Be “an Hungered?”
- Enduring adversity: That the Lord Might Show Forth His Power in Them – Alma 8:30-31
- Praying diligently on behalf of other people: Wrestling with God in Mighty Prayer – Alma 8:10
We should be responsive to God, just as He is responsive to us.
- Responsiveness to God: Return to the City of Ammonihah – Alma 8:14-16
- God’s responsiveness to us: Quick To Hear…and to Answer – Alma 9:26
- A remarkable pair of divine attributes: Alma 9:26 Full of Patience…Quick to Hear