Understanding the Scriptures
|Resort (vv. 5, 8)||Safety, refuge|
|Fortifications (v. 9)||Structures used for defense|
|Serviceable (v. 19)||Helpful, useful, effective|
|Reluctantly, reluctance (vv. 21–22)||Hesitantly|
|Barbarous (v. 24)||Savage, brutal|
Alma 48:19—“No Less Serviceable”
When we read about great heroes in scripture, we might sometimes feel that we do not measure up to their high standards or will not accomplish much to help build the kingdom of God. President Howard W. Hunter, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “Not everyone at school is going to be the student body president or the Relief Society president, or the teacher of the elders quorum. Not all of you are going to be like Moroni, catching the acclaim of your colleagues all day every day. No, most will be quiet, relatively unknown folks who come and go and do their work without fanfare. To those of you who may find that lonely or frightening or just unspectacular, I say you are ‘no less serviceable’ than the most spectacular of your associates. You, too, are part of God’s army” (“‘No Less Serviceable,’” in Brigham Young University 1990–91 Devotional and Fireside Speeches , 2).
© 1988 Merrett T. Smith
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 48.
Compare the Preparations
Both Moroni and Amalickiah had a plan for winning the coming war.
Review Alma 48:1–10 and compare what each leader did to prepare their people.
What did Captain Moroni do first to prepare his people? What does that teach you about his wisdom and faith?
In what ways can you apply what Moroni did to the challenges you face in your life?
Write an Introduction
Using the ideas from Alma 48:10–13, 17–18, write a paragraph that could be read if you were asked to introduce Moroni as a youth fireside speaker.
What Did They Believe about War?
Suppose your history teacher asked the class members to research what different religions or cultures believe about war.
Study Alma 48:14–16, 23–25 and write a paragraph explaining the beliefs of the Nephites.
What difference do you think it would make in the world if everyone believed that?