Skip to main content

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 45

There are a few things in this chapter that I find interesting. The first is that even after experiencing the horrors of war, the Nephites rejoiced and praised God. How easy would it have been for them to be bitter or complain?  I need to work on giving thanks after difficult events.

Then, in verses 2-7 Alma the Younger has essentially a Priesthood interview with his son, Helaman. Even though he knew his son well, in order to qualify him for the blessing he was about to receive (a prophecy of the demise of their people) he had to have been found worthy. Here Alma was not only acting as a father, but also as Helaman's Priesthood leader. There is order in God's church, even among family members.

How sad it must have been for Alma and Helaman to see the wickedness and inevitable destruction of their people. Nevertheless, they did not let that knowledge keep them from fighting for what is right.

In this chapter we learn, once again, that there are penalties for wickedness, and blessings for righteousness. The Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.

Who's on the Lord's side, who?

ME!  Well... at least I am giving it my best effort.

It is also interesting to me how quickly the Nephites were lifted up in pride and began to rebel (vs 24) soon after the church was again established by Helaman and his brethren. It was their riches and prosperity that gave them a false sense of value and entitlement.

I see that a lot in the world today. As a parent, I am always reminding my children where they value comes from, and where their faith and gratitude should go.  I sure wish I felt it wasn't falling on deaf ears.  No one escapes pride.  We all have to concur that demon.

It's amazing how simple it is. Humility = righteousness. Pride = wickedness.

What did you get out of it today?


Popular posts from this blog

Book of Mormon Study... Title page and testimony of the witnesses

According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).

That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.

I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.

I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code

I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say... get over it.  
A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens.  Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world." Every profession has some kind of dress code.  Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code.  Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do.  School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn.  Th…

Once-a-Slightly Over Month Cooking

Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house.  Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day.  The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month.  Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now.  The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer.  Weekend we cook from scratch.  However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner.  Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget.  Plus, we had much healthier meals!

After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon.  We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00.  In that time we made 35 dinners.  We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals.  We …