Zeezrom

When Amulek stepped forward to affirm the words of Alma in the city of Ammonihah, a number of people criticized him. One of them, a lawyer named Zeezrom, questioned him extensively. But Amulek's testimony made Zeezrom tremble and Alma's subsequent words convinced him "more and more of the power of God" (Alma 11:46, Alma 12:7).... Continue Reading →

Belief and Understanding – Mosiah 26:1-3

Which comes first: understanding or belief? As background for a serious challenge which faced Alma as the high priest over the church, Mormon describes some of the young people in the land of Zarahemla: Now it came to pass that there were many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of king... Continue Reading →

“I Will Praise Thee” – 2 Nephi 4:30

In the middle of Nephi's psalm, after lamenting his susceptibility to temptation and after commanding himself to do better, Nephi begins to talk directly to God. To me, this is the turning point in the psalm—the moment when he acknowledges that he can't do this on his own, that he needs help. Notice how his... Continue Reading →

“The Only Sure Foundation” – Jacob 4:15-18

In the 118th psalm, there is an interesting passage which highlights the disconnect between popular opinion and intrinsic value: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:22-23) During the Savior's mortal ministry, He referenced this passage... Continue Reading →

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