40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
Alma went to preach throughout the land. In some cities he was welcomed, and many accepted the Gospel. But when he started preaching in Ammonihah, the people wouldn’t listen. They yelled at Alma, spat on him, and told him to get out. Alma left the city and he prayed for the people. An angel told him to go back to the city another way, and try again. This time Alma met Amulek. The Lord had prepared Amulek to help Alma. Alma was hungry and asked for some food. Amulek fed Alma and told him that an angel spoke to him, telling him that Alma was coming. Alma blessed Amulek and his household. When Alma went back to Ammonihah to preach, Amulek went with him.
The people of Ammonihah still wouldn’t listen. Their hearts were hardened. They sent their lawyers to try to find reasons to put Alma and Amulek in prison. Amulek explained that his heart had also been hardened in the past and he knew the power of God, “yet [he] would not know” (Alma 10:6.) Amulek taught the people about the plan of redemption, reminding them that Jesus Christ will come to overcome death for all men. Christ will also redeem us from our sins, but only if we repent and believe in Him.
“Remember this, that forgiveness can never come without repentance…The great and wonderful and miraculous benefit of the Savior’s atonement cannot have its full saving impact on us unless we repent. This, the Master lovingly yet candidly lets us know in unmistakably clear detail: ‘Therefore, I command you to repent—repent, lest…your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not. For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit. (D&C 19:15–18.)’” Spencer W. Kimball
What ways might Heavenly Father help us fulfill our callings? (Discuss ideas)
How can we help the missionaries in our area? (Discuss ideas)
What does it mean to “harden our hearts”? (Discuss ideas)
How can we keep our hearts from being “hardened”? (Discuss ideas)
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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