Understanding the Scriptures
|Holy writ (v. 5)||Scripture|
|Confound (v. 6)||Confuse|
|Forbear (v. 11)||Stop|
|Interpreters (v. 21)||The Urim and Thummim (see Bible Dictionary, “Urim and Thummim,” pp. 786–87)|
|Gazelem (v. 23)||Apparently a name given to an unknown seer|
|Peradventure (v. 27)||Perhaps|
|Abhor (v. 29)||Hate|
|Curious (v. 39)||Carefully made, detailed|
|Slothful (vv. 41, 43, 46)||Lazy|
|Bliss (v. 44)||Great joy|
|Vale (v. 45)||Valley; symbolic of mortal life|
Alma 37:21–31—The 24 Plates and Secret Combinations
Alma warned Helaman to protect the Jaredite record (the 24 gold plates) so that the oaths, signs, and covenants of the secret combinations that destroyed the Jaredites might not be known among the Nephites. Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “Down through all succeeding ages there have been groups, organizations, churches, and governments having similar secret oaths and objectives—all inspired by Satan” (Mormon Doctrine, 471).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B and activity C as you study Alma 37.
Scripture Mastery—Alma 37:6–7
Some people seem to think that the scriptures are just writings of the past and could not be of any help to them today.
Scripture Mastery—Alma 37:35
Think about Alma 37:35 and how you would teach it to a five-year-old child. Write an outline of what you would say, supporting your ideas with the information in verses 36–37.
In Alma 37:38–47 Alma compared the Liahona, or director, with the scriptures, or the “words of Christ.”
Review those verses and write a set of directions on how to use the Liahona.
Explain how those directions can also help you better use the scriptures.