5 And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.
In these chapters, Alma confronts people who are teaching false doctrine and deceiving the people. One man named Korihor arrived in the land of Zarahemla, and he began to preach against the prophets and against Christ. He deceived many people, but the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and the people in the land of Gideon cast him out. Eventually Korihor was sent to see Alma. Korihor argued with Alma, saying that there was no God, and that there was no sin. He taught that the commandments and ordinances were silly traditions, and that people should use their minds and strength to get ahead in life. Korihor repeatedly demanded a sign from Alma to prove that there was a God. He was struck dumb (he could no longer speak) as a sign.
In Antionum, the leader of the Zoramites was teaching the people to worship idols and say the same prayer once a week on a tall stand to show how “holy” they were. Their pride and wickedness made Alma sad, and he prayed to God in faith that he and his brethren would be able to help the people come unto Christ.
“The Holy Ghost will protect us against being deceived, but to realize that wonderful blessing we must always do the things necessary to retain that Spirit. We must keep the commandments, pray for guidance, and attend church and partake of the sacrament each Sunday. And we must never do anything to drive away that Spirit. Specifically, we should avoid pornography, alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and always, always avoid violations of the law of chastity. We must never take things into our bodies or do things with our bodies that drive away the Spirit of the Lord and leave us without our spiritual protection against deception.” Dallin H. Oaks
What evidences do we have that God is real? (Discuss ideas)
How can we avoid being deceived by false teachings? (Discuss ideas)
How is the word of God more powerful than the sword (Alma 31:5)? (Discuss ideas)
How can we avoid vain repetitions when we pray? (Discuss ideas)
During this prayer activity object lesson your children will learn how they can prepare to pray to their Heavenly Father in order to show Him love, honor and respect. Discuss ways your family can be more sincere and less repetitive in prayer.
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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