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What Does It Mean to “Refrain from Idleness?”

Alma counseled his son Shiblon to “refrain from idleness” (Alma 38:12). But he had just praised Shiblon for his “steadiness,” “faithfulness,” and “diligence.” Why would he give this counsel to a son who was clearly hard-working? One possible answer: Shiblon … Continue reading

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Why Is Steadiness Important?

Alma praised his son Shiblon for his “steadiness and…faithfulness” (Alma 38:2). He later urged another of his sons, Corianton, to observe Shiblon’s “steadiness…, his faithfulness, and his diligence in keeping the commandments of God,” and to follow his example (Alma … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Be “Temperate in All Things?”

The prophet Alma told the people in the city of Gideon that he wanted them to be “temperate in all things” (Alma 7:23). He later gave the same counsel to his son Shiblon (Alma 38:10). To be temperate is to … Continue reading

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How Can I Teach the Gospel More Effectively in My Home?

The Book of Mormon contains many sermons. Some were delivered to hostile audiences, some to congregations of believers, and some to audiences of one. The interesting point to me is that the sermons to very small audiences, generally a father … Continue reading

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How Can I Be Bold Without Being Overbearing?

Near the end of his remarks to his son Shiblon, Alma gave him the following advice: Use boldness, but not overbearance (Alma 38:12). To be bold is to be “confident, courageous, and willing to take risks.” To be overbearing is to … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Be Saved “In and Through” the Grace of God?

A friend pointed out to me today that the phrase “in and through” appears seven times in the Book of Mormon, always in reference to Jesus Christ. He wanted to know the significance of the phrase. Here are the seven … Continue reading

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How Can I Find Peace?

The Hebrew word shalom (שָׁלוֹם) appears 237 times in the Old Testament. It is usually translated as “peace,” but it is sometimes rendered “safety,” “welfare,” “good health,” or “prosperity.” For example, when the sons of Jacob made their second trip to Egypt … Continue reading

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