#BOMTC Day 39, May 15~Alma 12-13 or Pages 238-244: A Tale of Two Cities–Which One Are You?

#BOMTC Day 39, May 15~Alma 12-13 or Pages 238-244 (2)

Click graphic to read Alma 12-13

After Amulek’s words brought Zeezrom “to tremble under a consciousness of his guilt” (Alma 12:1), Alma stood to expound upon what Amulek had taught. Because the people in Ammonihah had become so wicked, Alma focused on truths that would help them to repent of the hardness of their hearts and other sins. He emphasized the subtle snares of Satan, the judgments that befall the wicked, and the plan of redemption, which makes it possible for those who repent to be forgiven of their sins.

When Alma first taught the rebellious people of Ammonihah, they contended with him, asking, “Who art thou?” and questioned his authority (see Alma 9:1–6). They were in a state of full-blown apostasy, having embraced the order of Nehor—priestcraft, with its goal of personal gain (see Alma 1:2–1515:1516:11). In contrast to Nehor’s teachings, Alma taught the people about “the high priesthood of the holy order of God,” with its goal to help others repent and enter into the rest of the Lord (see Alma 13:6). Alma also taught about premortal existence and foreordination. He cited the example of the great High Priest, Melchizedek, who had preached faith and repentance and helped his people live in peace. Alma tried to teach the people of Ammonihah to have faith and hope and encouraged them to change so they could prepare to enter into the rest of the Lord.

In Alma 13:17 we see how Alma described the people in Salem (who’s meaning comes from the Hebrew word for “Peace”) when Melchizedek became their king. These words also describe the people of Ammonihah (see Alma 8:99:28). It appears that Alma’s hope is that the people of Ammonihah will hearken to Amulek the same way that the people in Salem did as a result of Melchizedek’s efforts (See Alma 13:18).

It’s “A Tale of Two Cities”. So, which city will you be: Salem (the city that found “Peace” through following the Lord’s prophet and repenting) or Ammonihah (the city destroyed in just one day for rejecting the Lord’s servants and resisting repentance)?

ON THIS DAY IN 1829: Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist. Joseph proceeded to baptize Oliver, after which Oliver baptized Joseph. Joseph was then instructed to ordain Oliver to the Aaronic Priesthood, after which Oliver ordained Joseph.

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2 responses to “#BOMTC Day 39, May 15~Alma 12-13 or Pages 238-244: A Tale of Two Cities–Which One Are You?

  • midgetaylor143

    Good morning. I just wanted to let you know that I choose my city a long time ago. I walk with the Lord each and every day. However, I can also see the times around us. I know that as long as i live and follow the Saviour, all will be well. We might be at war in the coming months or years, nonetheless, the Lord will come and that will solve that problem.

    While many at this time are either afraid or laughing, many of us are at peace knowing that we are being proven. He asked in days past, “Do you love me?” Many of us have stepped up and repented and are able to tell Him “yes”, not just by our words, but also by our actions.

    Thank you for helping me in my walk down this path. I love these discussions and lessons. They mean the world to me, and I hope you know that you bless many of us. I share what you send with my neighbor and he in turn shares them with his son.

    Should anything happen, or we are not able to function as we have in the past, I pray that the good Lord will continue to be with you until we meet again. Hugs, from a distance. Your elder sister.



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