Understanding the Scriptures
|Holy order (v. 2)||Priesthood|
|Subjection (v. 7)||Control|
|Usurp (v. 8)||Take unjustly or violently|
|Obliged (v. 14)||Required|
|Girded about their loins (v. 20)||Fastened around their waists|
|Secreted (v. 27)||Concealed, hidden|
|Stratagem (v. 30)||Careful plans|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A and activity B or C as you study Alma 43.
Identify the Motivations for War
Read Alma 43:4–8 and list the Lamanites’ reasons for starting a war.
Read verses 9–12, 26, 30 and list the Nephites’ reasons for fighting a war.
Read verses 18–21 and list how the Nephites prepared for war.
What can you learn from the Nephites about preparing yourself to overcome the temptations of mortality? (see also D&C 27:15–18).
Read Alma 43:16–17, 23–26, 53–54 and write a description of Moroni, the great Nephite military leader.
Describe a person you know who has some of Moroni’s characteristics.
Identify two traits that Moroni had that you would most like to have.
Draw a Map
Review Alma 43:22–53 as if you were studying military history and do the following:
Compare what inspired the Lamanites to fight with what inspired the Nephites, and explain why the Nephites won (see vv. 43–50).
Write a paragraph about what you think is the most important lesson learned from that battle.
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