35 O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.
Alma was saddened because of the wars and contentions that were among the people. He had tried many times to teach the people and help them turn to God, but again they were hardening their hearts. This time his focus turns to his own sons. Alma testifies to his son Helaman of Jesus Christ and His Atonement, encouraging him to trust God in his trials. Alma tells Helaman about his conversion when an angel came to stop him from attempting to destroy the church. He describes his anguish over his sins, and the joy he felt when he repented and called upon Jesus for mercy. Alma gives the records to Helaman to take care of, and he testifies of the power of the scriptures. Then Alma speaks to his son Shiblon. Shiblon has been faithful in teaching the gospel to the Zoramites, even though they were unkind to him. He encourages him to continue to teach, and warns him not to be lifted up unto pride.
Alma’s counsel to his sons is still applicable to us. If we learn in our youth to keep the commandments, love the Lord, and seek His will, it will be easier to make good choices now, and when we are older.
“Sometimes we are asked by our young people why we stress so much the commandments of God. As one little person put it to me just the other day, ‘Why do you have to be so churchy?’ I would like to share a feeling or two concerning that inquiry. It is because, young people, we love you, are concerned about you, your well-being, and your ultimate welfare. It is important to know that we as parents have taken upon ourselves a very sacred oath and covenant to bring you up in the ways of the Lord, and that is very, very important to us, as it is to Him.” Paul H. Dunn
How can we learn wisdom in our youth? (Discuss ideas)
How can parents help their children learn wisdom? (Discuss ideas)
What are some things Alma taught his sons? (Discuss ideas)
Why are these teachings important to us today? (Discuss ideas)
Alma taught his son Shiblon a few key principles which can be summarized in 7 B’s, similar to President Gordon B. Hinckley's B's. Match the B's to their corresponding scriptures.
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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