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1 { Helaman 1-4

2 “Excusing transgression with a cover-up may appear to fix the problem, but it does not. The Tempter is intent on making public your most embarrassing acts at the most harmful time.” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Finding Forgiveness,” Ensign, May 1995, 77).

3 “Sins do not take care of themselves or simply fade away. Sins do not get ‘swept under the rug’ in the eternal economy of things. They must be dealt with, and because of the Savior’s atoning grace, they can be dealt with in a much happier and less painful manner.” (Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “To Always Remember Him,” Ensign, Apr. 2011, 53).

4 CHARACTERISTICS OF SECRET COMBINATIONS Hel 1: Hel 2: Hel 2: Hel 2: Hel 3:34 (second part of the verse) Hel 6:17, Hel 6: Hel 6:23 (last part of the verse) Hel 6: Hel 6: Hel 6:39

5 SECRET COMBINATIONS Hel 1:11They require covenant making-usually in the name of God Hel 2:5They maintain freedom only for themselves. Hel 2:8Their main purpose is to get gain and power. Hel 2:13They self-terminate through internal wars. Hel 6:17, 30They use violence, plunder, bribery, vice and flattery to further their cause. Hel 6:21,31,38They require general wickedness to survive. Hel 6:21-22They thrive on secrecy-enforced with the death penalty. Hel 6:23They operate outside the law. Hel 6:26Satan is the grand conspirator. Hel 6:37The gospel is the only power that can extinguish Hel 6:39They seek to control the government. Ether 8:21They cause the destruction of nations.

6 { Helaman 1:9 Kishsuman

7 { Quetzals are strikingly colored birds and are found in Central America whose 3’ tailfeathers were used by Mesoamerican royalty. "King Kish_U-Kish Kan" was an ancient king of the Misoamerican Olmec culture. His name can be translated as, “He of the feathered serpent."

8 { Helaman 3:7, 9-11 Cement

9 { In 1929, Heber J. Grant (former President of the Church) told the story of a man with a doctorate who had ridiculed him for believing in the Book of Mormon. That learned man cited the mention of cement work as an obvious lie "because the people in that early age knew nothing about cement." President Grant, who was a young man at the time of that conversation, said: "That does not affect my faith one particle. I read the Book of Mormon prayerfully and supplicated God for a testimony in my heart and soul of the divinity of it, and I have accepted it and believe it with all my heart." I also said to him, "If my children do not find cement houses, I expect that my grandchildren will." He said, "Well, what is the good of talking with a fool like that?" (April 1929 Conference Report, p. 128 ff.)

10 { No one in the nineteenth century could have known that cement, in fact, was extensively used in Mesoamerica. One of the most notable uses of cement is in the temple complex at Teotihuacan, north of present-day Mexico City. Although exposed to the elements for nearly two thousand years, they still exceed many present-day building code requirements. This is consistent with the Book of Mormon record, which treats this invention as an important new development involving great skill. After this important technological breakthrough, cement was used at many sites in the Valley of Mexico and in the Maya regions of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Cement was used in the later construction of buildings at such sites as Cerro de Texcotzingo, Tula, Palenque, Tikal, Copan, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza.

11 Cement Houses and Cities “And thus they did enable the people in the land northward that they might build many cities, both of wood and of cement.” (Helaman 3:11) (Photo by Val Brinkerhoff)

12 An artist’s reconstruction of El Mirador, a Mayan City of the Petèn (300 BC- AD 250). Peak population was 100,000+ people by AD 150. Built Large Cities

13 An artist’s reconstruction of Tikal, a Mayan City of the Petèn (300 BC-AD 250). Peak population was 90,000 people with 425,000 people living within a 25 mile radius of the city.

14 (300 BC-AD 250) Temple at Lamanai, Belize. Temples

15 Palenque Temple of the Inscriptions (AD 692) Teotihuacán Temple of the Sun (AD 300) Temples

16 Masonry roof combes, Chiapas. Cement Houses and Cities

17 { Helaman 3:14 “And”

18 { Sister Nelson and I have a close friend and former neighbor, Sami Hanna, who was born in Egypt. He is a scholar with special expertise in Semitic languages. As a linguistic exercise, he translated the Book of Mormon from English into Arabic. The exercise converted him to the divinity of the Book of Mormon. Among the many linguistic features that convinced him of the book’s divinity was this unusual sentence in Helaman 3:14. Sister Nelson and I have a close friend and former neighbor, Sami Hanna, who was born in Egypt. He is a scholar with special expertise in Semitic languages. As a linguistic exercise, he translated the Book of Mormon from English into Arabic. The exercise converted him to the divinity of the Book of Mormon. Among the many linguistic features that convinced him of the book’s divinity was this unusual sentence in Helaman 3:14.

19 { That single sentence has eighteen ands. Now, if you were a teacher of English you might tend to downgrade the composition of that sentence. Yet my scholarly Egyptian friend said that every one of those ands was an important element in the construction of that sentence, allowing his translation to flow smoothly back to a Semitic language. (Elder Nelson, “A Treasured Testament,” Ensign, Jul 1993, p. 61, adapted from an address given 25 June 1992 at a seminar for new mission presidents, Missionary Training Center, Provo, Utah.)

20   Despite the secret combinations, look for the blessings that came to the faithful and how they qualified to receive them): Helaman 3:24–30  “The man of Christ”  Helaman 3:29 “The man of Christ”

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29 { Who was the manliest man ever?

30 { I F C HRIST WAS ONE OF THE MANLIEST MEN EVER, THEN WHY DID HE POSSESS SO MANY FEMININE ATTRIBUTES ?

31 { UNDERSTAND For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. Share something you know is true about this verse…

32 Overcoming the Natural Man (Elder Eyring)

33 Galatians 5:17 “The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other” Spent time with Heavenly Father. Wants to get back to His presence. Has not been with Heavenly Father. Naturally desires fleshy things.

34 { H ELAMAN 3:35

35 An act contrary to what I feel I should do for another is unbecoming of a man of Christ Example: Not letting the signaling car into your lane.

36 When I do things unbecoming of a man of Christ, I begin to see the world in a way that justifies my choices. You now try to minimize the effect of your choice by rationalizing your behavior. You may conjure up all sorts of excuses and reasons for your action.

37 My view of reality becomes distorted. You make it to be the other person’s fault. What happened was his mistake. You, on the other hand, didn’t do any misbehavior at all.

38 When I do things unbecoming of a man of Christ, the Natural Man takes over. You amplify others’ “flaws”; you boost your own value and mock other people.

39 Over time, these habits become your character. Eventually, this may become part of your “reality”, part of who you have become.

40 You then provoke others to listen to their Natural self. You tend to see people as threats. You elicit an equally negative reaction from the people surrounding you

41 H ELAMAN 3:35 Cleansing power—Jesus has the power to cleanse us and make us pure. Healing power—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Restoring power—Jesus has the power to make things right. Identifying power—Jesus has the power to understand and empathize. Strengthening power—to give us strength beyond our natural ability. Transforming power—Jesus has the power to change our very natures.

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43 The Natural Student is an enemy to God

44 The Natural Basketball player is an enemy to God

45 The Natural Cheerleader is an enemy to God

46 The Natural Brother is an enemy to God

47 The Natural Parent is an enemy to God

48 The Natural Teenager is an enemy to God

49 When and how have you been blessed by Jesus’ ability to empathize with you and understand what you are going through? When and how have you felt the Atonement of Christ heal you, physically, emotionally, or spiritually? When have you been given specific, inspired instructions or directions from God to overcome and/or meet your needs? When have you been strengthened by Christ to do good works? In what ways and how has the Atonement of Jesus Christ changed your attitude, desires, or character— transformed you?

50 Helaman 4:23-24, 26 Physical strength doesn't last long without God's help. What can you do today to more fully “become a man of Christ”?

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