Understanding the Scriptures
|Grievous unto me (v. 3)||Distressing, disturbing|
|Harlot (v. 3)||Immoral woman, prostitute|
|Harrow up (v. 7)||Torment, pain, in deep sorrow|
|Forsake (v. 9)||Give up, abandon|
|Cross (v. 9)||Deny, stop|
|Refrain from (v. 12)||Keep yourself from doing, abstain|
|Tidings (v. 15)||News|
Alma 39:5–6—How Serious Are Sexual Sins in the Eyes of the Lord?
The First Presidency, in a message read during the October 1942 general conference, declared:
“Sexual sin … stands, in its enormity, next to murder. …
“… You cannot associate in non-marital, illicit sex relationships … and escape the punishments and the judgments which the Lord has declared against this sin” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1942, 11).
Alma 39:6—In What Sense Is Murder Forgivable?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught: “Murderers are forgiven eventually but only in the sense that all sins are forgiven except the sin against the Holy Ghost; they are not forgiven in the sense that celestial salvation is made available to them” (Mormon Doctrine, 520).
Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained:
“John wrote that ‘no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.’ [1 John 3:15.] The murderer denies himself salvation in the celestial kingdom, and in this sense he cannot be forgiven for his crime. …
“Of course, the laws both of the land and of God recognize a great difference between murder or wilful slaughter and manslaughter which was not premeditated. Likewise men unfortunately must take others’ lives in war” (The Miracle of Forgiveness , 127, 129).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity B and activity A or C as you study Alma 39.
Why Was Alma Sorrowful?
Write a Letter
President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “The plaguing sin of this generation is sexual immorality” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 4; or Ensign, May 1986, 4). Review Alma 39:3–9 and write a paragraph in your notebook to strengthen someone against the temptations of immorality.