Wed - Oct 29, 2008 : 12:13 pm
Mosiah : 27
Reading the beginning of this chapter, it's interesting that Mosiah put laws into place which made voicing anything which could be interpreted as "persecutions" against the church, illegal - and it seemed to work. There was "peace" for a number of years due to that law. The church even began to grow and prosper more because of it. I find that interesting.
Continuing on, it's hard to get anything else from the story of Alma because it's generally hashed so much in church meetings.
However, in verse 16, I found in very interesting that the first thing the angel said to Alma in the form of a commandment was this: "Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam..."
I've been noticing the various spots in scripture where the Lord tells us the importance of remembering the trials of our fathers.
I suppose in my time, remembering the trials of the pioneers would be equivalent. Even the ever-so-popular exhortation by Moroni in Moroni 10:3-5 includes a reference to remembering the captivity of our fathers.
There's got to be more to "remembering the trials of your ancestors" than meets the eye.
Anyway... On with the reading...
The rest of the chapter deals with the story of Alma, which we're all familiar with.
One point I thought about this time which I hadn't considered before is that Alma was Alma's son. He was the prophet's son, and he was going around secretly trying to destroy the church. Anyone with a fragile testimony might be convinced by a prophet's son who is eloquent and flattering - thereby doing a lot of damage to otherwise spiritually healthy people.
I guess I always wondered why the damage he seemed to do was so great. I guess this might explain a little bit of it.