Presentation on theme: "Help me, dear Father, to freely forgive All who may seem unkind to me. Help me, dear Father, to truly repent, Making things right, and changing my ways."— Presentation transcript:
» I have a backpack here that I need someone to lift. » It’s a little heavy…
» Does anyone else want to lift the backpack?
» Let’s take each object out, one at a time, to see what is inside. » Each of these represents a sin.
» When all the “sins” are removed, the “burden,” or heavy load, becomes light.
»J»J»J»Jesus told us that if we come unto Him through faith, repentance, and baptism, our burdens will be lightened. »R»R»R»Repentance is being sorry for committing a sin, not doing it again, and then trying to live more like the Savior.
» In this lesson we will see how Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah discovered the burden of sin and the happiness that comes when that burden is lifted through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance.
“Lesson 14: Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah Repent,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, (1997),47 “Alma the Younger Repents,” Book of Mormon Stories, Ch. 18, p
» King Mosiah made Alma the leader of the Church in Zarahemla. » Alma then chose other men to help him teach the Nephites.
» Alma and King Mosiah worried because unbelievers were making Church members suffer because of their beliefs.
» Alma had a son named Alma. » Alma the Younger did not believe the teachings of his father and became a wicked man.
» Alma the Younger and the four sons of King Mosiah fought against the Church. » They persuaded many people to leave the Church and become wicked.
»A»A»A»Alma prayed that his son would learn the truth and repent. »A»A»A»Alma the Younger and the sons of King Mosiah continued trying to destroy the Church.
» One day an angel appeared to them. »T»T»T»The angel spoke in a loud voice that shook the ground.
» The five young men were so frightened that they fell down. » At first they could not understand what the angel was saying.
» The angel had come in answer to the prayers of Church members. »T»T»T»The angel asked Alma the Younger why he was fighting against the Church.
» The ground shook as the angel told Alma the Younger to stop trying to destroy the Church.
»T»T»T»They had seen an angel, and they knew the power of God had shaken the ground. » Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah fell down again.
» Alma the Younger was so astonished that he could not speak. » He became so weak that he could not even move his hands.
» The » The sons of Mosiah carried Alma the Younger to his father and told him all that had happened to them. » Alma was happy. He knew that God had answered his prayers.
» Alma called many people together to see what the Lord had done for his son and for the sons of Mosiah.
» Alma, along with other Church leaders, fasted and prayed and asked God to help Alma the Younger become strong again.
» After two days and nights, Alma the Younger was able to speak and move. »H»H»H»He told the people he had repented of his sins and God had forgiven him.
»H»H»H»He also told of the great pain he had suffered because of his sins. » He taught that everyone must become righteous in order to enter God’s kingdom.
» Alma the Younger was happy because he had repented and God had forgiven him. » He knew God loved him.
»A»A»A»Alma the Younger and the sons of King Mosiah began to teach the truth throughout the land, telling everyone what they had seen and heard.
» They tried to undo the wrong they had done. » They explained the scriptures to the people and taught them about Jesus Christ.
» God blessed Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah as they taught the gospel. »M»M»M»Many people listened to them and believed.
» What does it mean to be persecuted? » What were the unbelievers doing to the members of the Church? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:1, 8–10 Mosiah 27:1, 8–10Mosiah 27:1, 8–10
» Why do you think these people persecuted members of the Church? » In » In what ways might members of the Church be persecuted today?
» Who prayed for Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:14 Mosiah 27:14 Mosiah 27:14 » For what did they pray?
» What do you think your parents pray about when they pray for you?
» How must we pray in order to receive answers? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:14 Mosiah 27:14 Mosiah 27:14 » Have you received answers to your prayers?
» How did Alma and his four friends experience Heavenly Father’s power? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:11, 15, 18 Mosiah 27:11, 15, 18 Mosiah 27:11, 15, 18
» What happened to Alma because of this spiritual experience? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:19 Mosiah 27:19 Mosiah 27:19 » How was this a great blessing in Alma’s life?
» What did Alma the Elder do when he heard what happened to his son? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:20–23 Mosiah 27:20–23Mosiah 27:20–23 » Why do our parents want us to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments?
» How did Alma feel after the angel spoke to him? » Let’s read Alma 36:11–17 Alma 36:11–17Alma 36:11–17 » Why is it important for us to feel sorry for our sins?
» How did Alma’s knowledge of Jesus Christ’s atonement help him repent? » Let’s read Alma 36:17–18 Alma 36:17–18 Alma 36:17–18
» What did Alma do when he remembered the Savior? » Why is it important to confess our sins and pray for forgiveness when we repent?
» How did Alma try to make up for the wrong he had done? » Let’s read Alma 36:24 Alma 36:24 Alma 36:24
» As part of repentance, why is it important for us to change and try to make up for the wrong things we have done?
» When Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah had repented and changed from their evil ways, what did they want to do to help others? » Let’s read Mosiah 27:32, 35; 28:1 Mosiah 27:32, 35 28:1 Mosiah 27:32, 35 28:1
How can we be examples for good among our families and friends?
» How is a baby like a person who has repented? Enr. Act. 1
We have a special guest who is a recent convert to share some of the ways repentance and baptism have affected their life and happiness. Enr. Act. 2
»T»T»T»This bottle of clear water represents a person free from sin. »N»N»N»Now, I’ll add a little food coloring to the water. »T»T»T»This represents sin. »D»D»D»Do you see how the color spreads throughout the water? Enr. Act. 3
»N»N»N»Now, I’ll add a few drops of liquid bleach to the water. »T»T»T»This shows how repentance cleanses us from sin.
I bear testimony that it is only through repentance and the atonement of Jesus Christ that our burdens of sin can be lightened and we can receive forgiveness and a fullness of joy.
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