“May 18–24. Mosiah 25–28: ‘They Were Called the People of God,’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“May 18–24. Mosiah 25–28,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2020
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After nearly three generations of living in separate lands, the Nephites were one people again. Limhi’s people, Alma’s people, and Mosiah’s people—even the people of Zarahemla, who were not descended from Nephi—were now all “numbered with the Nephites” (Mosiah 25:13). Many of them also wanted to become members of the Church that Alma had established. So all those who “were desirous to take upon them the name of Christ” were baptized, “and they were called the people of God” (Mosiah 25:23–24). After years of conflict and captivity, it seemed that the Nephites would finally enjoy a period of peace.
But before long, unbelievers began persecuting the Saints. What made this especially heartbreaking was that many of these unbelievers were the believers’ own children—the “rising generation” (Mosiah 26:1), including the sons of Mosiah and one son of Alma. Then a miracle happened, and the account of that miracle has given hope to anguished parents for generations. But the story of Alma’s conversion is not just for parents of wayward children. True conversion is a miracle that, in one way or another, needs to happen in all of us.
Those who heard King Benjamin’s sermon experienced a marvelous conversion (see Mosiah 5:1–7), but conversion is a personal experience that cannot be passed along like an inheritance to one’s children. We all must experience our own conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As you read in Mosiah 26:1–6 about “the rising generation” of unbelieving Nephites, note the consequences of their unbelief. You might also think about people whom you wish you could bring to Christ. While you can’t give them your conversion, the Spirit may whisper things you can do to help them find faith. As you read in Mosiah 25–28 about how Alma and other Church members helped the rising generation, additional thoughts might come to you.
See also Doctrine and Covenants 68:25–29.
Sometimes we might think that a Church leader like Alma always knows the right thing to do. In Mosiah 26 we read of a problem in the Church that Alma had never dealt with, and “he feared that he should do wrong in the sight of God” (Mosiah 26:13). What did Alma do in this situation? (see Mosiah 26:13–14, 33–34, 38–39). What does Alma’s experience suggest about how you might approach difficult problems in your family or your Church service?
It might also be interesting to list the truths that God revealed to Alma, found in Mosiah 26:15–32. Notice that some of these truths were not in direct response to Alma’s question. What does this suggest to you about prayer and receiving personal revelation?
It was obvious that Alma the Younger needed a spiritual rebirth, for he and the sons of Mosiah were “the very vilest of sinners,” who went about “to destroy the church of God” (Mosiah 28:4; 27:10). But soon after his conversion, Alma testified that conversion is available—and essential—for everyone: “Marvel not,” he said, “that all mankind … must be born again” (Mosiah 27:25; italics added). That, of course, includes you.
As you read about Alma’s experience, found in Mosiah 27:8–37, you might try putting yourself in his place. You aren’t trying to destroy the Church, but you can surely think of things about yourself that need to change. Who, like Alma’s father, is supporting you and praying for you “with much faith”? What experiences have helped “convince [you] of the power and authority of God”? (Mosiah 27:14). What “great things” has the Lord done for you or your family that you should “remember”? (Mosiah 27:16). What do you learn from Alma the Younger’s words and actions about what it means to be born again? Questions like these might help you evaluate your progress in the process of being born again.
Maybe you know a parent in Alma the Elder’s situation, whose son or daughter is making destructive choices. Or maybe you are that parent. What do you find in Mosiah 27:14, 19–24 that gives you hope? How might these verses influence your prayers in behalf of others?
As you read the scriptures with your family, the Spirit can help you know what principles to emphasize and discuss in order to meet the needs of your family. Here are some ideas.
How did Mosiah’s people feel after he read to them the records of Zeniff’s people and Alma’s people? Has your family kept any records you could read from? Maybe you could add to your records or start keeping your own. What would you include that might help your family (including future generations) be “filled with exceedingly great joy” and learn about “the immediate goodness of God”? (Mosiah 25:8, 10).
Why was it important for Limhi’s people to remember that the Lord had delivered them out of captivity? What has the Lord done for us that we should remember?
According to these verses, what must a person do to receive forgiveness?
As you read these verses, consider someone your family could pray and fast for.
To help your family visualize the accounts in these chapters, you might invite them to draw pictures of the people involved and use the pictures to retell the story. Or they might enjoy acting out the story; how could they portray the change that Alma and the sons of Mosiah experienced?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.