24 For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit.
25 And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters;
The people of Alma and Limhi joined the Nephites in Zarahemla. Alma established the Church of God among the Nephites, and many people were baptized. However, many of the rising generation didn’t believe the things their parents taught. Alma’s son, Alma the Younger, and the sons of Mosiah were some of the young people who went about trying to destroy the church.
One day, an angel suddenly appeared to Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah saying, “Alma, arise and stand forth, for why persecutest thou the church of God?” (Mosiah 27:13) Alma and the sons of Mosiah were so astonished that they fell to the earth. Alma couldn’t speak or move. He was taken to his father, and his family and friends fasted and prayed for him for two days. Alma received his strength again, and said, “I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit” (Mosiah 27:24). Alma the Younger bore testimony of Jesus Christ.
From that day forward, Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah tried to fix the damage they had done to the church. They went forth preaching the gospel to the people, bringing many “to the knowledge of their Redeemer” (Mosiah 27:36).
“What relief! What comfort! What joy! Those laden with transgressions and sorrows and sin may be forgiven and cleansed and purified if they will return to their Lord, learn of him, and keep his commandments”
Spencer W. Kimball
When you sin (do something wrong) how does it make you feel? (Discuss ideas)
How does sin affect our relationship with Heavenly Father?(Discuss ideas)
How do you feel after you have truly repented? (Discuss ideas)
Why is the Atonement of Jesus Christ so important? (Discuss ideas)
What change did Alma and the sons of Mosiah experience? (Discuss ideas)
We all experience the bitterness of sin in our lives. How does repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ turn bitter to sweet? Use this object lesson to help children better understand the gift of repentance.
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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