Sixteen Cities

After the destruction which coincided with the death of Jesus Christ, while the survivors sat in darkness and pondered what had happened, they heard the voice of the Savior. He listed sixteen cities that had been destroyed, and explained why this had happened. There is a lot of repetition in this passage, including a refrain... Continue Reading →


As they grappled with "signs and wonders" which called into question their unbelief (Helaman 16:4, 23), many of the Nephites, and even some of the Lamanites, resorted to high-pressure arguments to rationalize their inflexibility. Here are some of those arguments: "Some things they may have guessed right, among so many" (Helaman 16:16). If you predict... Continue Reading →


Jesus said, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign" (Matthew 12:39). (See also Matthew 16:4, Luke 11:29.) On two occasions in the Book of Mormon, antagonists of the church are rebuked for requesting signs (Jacob 7:13-14, Alma 30:43-45). We might reasonably conclude from these passages that signs are a bad thing. Except that there... Continue Reading →

How to Plant the Seed – Alma 33:1

When the poor Zoramites first approached Alma, they had a simple question: How can we worship God when we are not able to go to church? In response, Alma taught them about humility and faith. He also shared an elaborate analogy, comparing the word of God to a seed and saying that, if they planted... Continue Reading →


In Alma's analogy of the seed, we plant the word of God in our hearts. As it starts to grow, we recognize that it is good, because it begins to enlarge our soul, enlighten our mind, and be delicious to us (Alma 32:28). This is a good sign, but it is not the final goal.... Continue Reading →

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