Understanding the Scriptures
|Contend (v. 1)||Argue, debate|
|Stiffnecked (vv. 5, 31)||Stubborn, prideful|
|Perverse generation (v. 8)||Evil people|
|Consigned to a state (v. 11)||Assigned to a condition|
|Verified (v. 14)||Proven to be true|
|More tolerable (vv. 15, 23)||Better|
|Prolong their existence (v. 16)||Extend their time|
|Is nigh at hand (v. 25)||Will soon come|
|Equity (v. 26)||Fairness, justice|
|Suffer (v. 33)||Allow|
Alma 9:26–27—The Healing Process of Repentance
President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “All of us have made wrong turns along the way. I believe the kind and merciful God, whose children we are, will judge us as lightly as He can for the wrongs that we have done and give us the maximum blessing for the good that we do. Alma’s sublime utterance [in Alma 9:26] seems to me an affirmation of this” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1996, 75; or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 53).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B or activity C as you study Alma 9.
What Can We Learn from History?
Count the times Alma used the phrases “do ye not remember” and “have ye forgotten” in Alma 9:7–14.
List the examples he used from Nephite and Lamanite history to show the necessity of repentance.
Write your ideas about how each of these examples would help the people in Ammonihah to repent.
In what ways do his examples help you have a greater desire to repent?
Take an Inventory
Alma lists the many blessings the Nephites experienced in Alma 9:18–22.