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Alma 36-38 n Alma 36-37 Alma counsels Helaman n Alma 38 Alma counsels Shiblon
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The Pain: The Angel Delivers his Message (Alma 36: 11-15 )
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Why was this pain necessary for Alma? n For those who have strayed, the Savior has provided a way back. But it is not without pain. Repentance is not easy; it takes time-painful time! You deceive yourself if you believe you can break the promises you have made with Heavenly Father and suffer no consequence. n Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Keeping Covenants,” Ensign, May 1993
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What was the purpose of “ harrowing up ” and racking ” Alma’s soul? n After plowing, farmers used harrows to break up large clumps of dirt to level the field. The harrow had a wooden frame and metal teeth. These "teeth" did the work of breaking up the clumps of soil. Alma’s soul was being prepared for planting. n The rack was a torture device [used in interrogation] consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame, slightly raised from the ground, with a roller at one, or both, ends, having at one end a fixed bar to which the legs were fastened, and at the other a movable bar to which the hands were tied. The victim's ankles are fastened to one roller, and the wrists are chained to the other → Alma needed to acknowledge his sins.
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What does the term “ eternal torment ” mean? Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless torment. Again, it is written eternal damnation ; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my name’s glory. Wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know even as mine apostles. I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest. For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name . Wherefore— Eternal punishment is God’s punishment . Endless punishment is God’s punishment .
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The Peace: n Alma remembers his father’s prophecy n (Alma 36: 17-22 )
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What was the purpose of the peace, “the exquisite joy” that Alma felt? n “[It] is … important that men should have the idea of the existence of the attribute mercy in the Deity, in order to exercise faith in him for life and salvation. n
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course REL A 234 taught by Professor Penniger during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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