14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
Alma escaped from King Noah’s court and began to secretly teach people the things Abinadi had taught. Alma and the people he taught made covenants to keep the commandments, and they were baptized. The Lord warned Alma that King Noah was trying to find them, so they moved to a new place they called the land of Helam.
They lived in peace for several years, until the Lamanites found them. The king of the Lamanites put Amulon (one of King Noah’s wicked priests who had joined with the Lamanites) in charge of Alma’s people, and Amulon made them slaves. He threatened to kill them if they prayed, but the people kept praying in their hearts that the Lord would deliver them.
Although they were not freed immediately, the Lord strengthened the people because of the covenant they had made, making their burdens light.
Eventually, the Lord miraculously delivered the people by causing a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites, allowing Alma and his people to escape to Zarahemla.
If we turn to Jesus Christ, He promises to help us to bear our burdens. Even if our burdens are not taken away, we can trust the Lord to fulfill His covenant to bless us if we keep His commandments and remember Him.
Learn to find blessings in hard situations and trials.
“Making and keeping sacred covenants yokes us to and with the Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, the Savior is beckoning us to rely upon and pull together with Him, even though our best efforts are not equal to and cannot be compared with His. As we trust in and pull our load with Him during the journey of mortality, truly His yoke is easy and His burden is light.” David A. Bednar
What did Alma and his people do when they were captured and told not to pray? (They kept praying in their hearts)
How did the Lord help Alma and his people while they were slaves? (Discuss ideas)
What burdens do we have that are hard to bear? (Discuss ideas)
Who can make our burdens lighter? (Discuss ideas)
Immersion is the dipping of something in liquid so that it is completely covered. When we are baptized by immersion we are completely covered with water. When eating “Immersion Cookies” completely immerse (dunk) cookies into a cold glass of milk. YUM!
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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