The Land Northward

In Helaman 3, it says there were an exceedingly great many who departed out of the land of Zarahemla, and went forth unto the land northward to inherit the land. And they did travel to an exceedingly great distance, insomuch that they came to large bodies of water and many rivers. Helaman 3:3-4 It then goes on to describe all about what they did there. But how would they know? Well, that’s not the first time people went to the land northward. And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they also […]

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King-Men

Yea, had it not been for the war which broke out among ourselves; yea, were it not for these king-men, who caused so much bloodshed among ourselves; … yea, if we had gone forth against them in the strength of the Lord, we should have dispersed our enemies. Alma 60:16 Why is he talking about the king-men? Pahoran can’t send help due to the king-men, but how would Moroni know that? Well, he doesn’t. But why mention them then? He’s reminding Pahoran of the last time the king-men attacked. He’s saying “the Lord gave us these afflictions because we were […]

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Alma 58:13-30 Visual Representation

Verses 13-15 Helaman and his army gather outside of Manti. They are spotted by the Lamanites. Verses 16-17 Two portions of Helaman’s army, lead by Gid and Teomner hide in two different places. Verses 18-19 The Lamanites chace Helaman without noticing Gid and Teomner. Verses 20-23 Gid and Teomner capture Manti easily anfter the Lamanite have left. The Lamanites continue chasing Helaman towards Zarahemla. Verses 24-26 The Lamanites are afraid because Zarahemla is too big of a city for them to take without being destroyed. They turn around and pitch their tents as night falls. Helaman passes them in the […]

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Alma 52:21-40 Visual Representation

Verses 21-23 Jacob the Zoramite and his army do not know that anything is happening yet. Moroni hides on the west of Mulek and Teancum on the east, with their armies. Lehi waits in Bountiful with his army, guarding it. Verses 24.25 Teancum lets the Lamanite guards see them. Jacob chases them towards the seashore. After they leave, Moroni takes control of the city. Verse 26 Moroni starts chasing Jacob. Jacob continues chasing Teancum without noticing Moroni. Verses 27-30 Jacob runs into Lehi and company. Teancum continues towards the seashore. Verses 31-40 Jacob turns back, scared for the safety of […]

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Pull Down And Level

And it came to pass that Moroni commanded that his army should go against those king-men, to pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth, or they should take up arms and support the cause of liberty. Alma 51:17 What does “to pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth” mean? Pull down their pride means to take off their pride; to stop them from being proud. They are proud because their parents are important people. They are proud because that means that they would be kings. Now those who […]

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Mind-Reading

Alma 49 follows what the Lamanites were doing. But how would the Nephites, who wrote this all down, know what the Lamanites were doing? Did the Nephites invent remote mind-reading? That seems pretty unlikely, but I have a few, more probable, ideas. Maybe the Lamanites kept their own record which eventually fell into Nephite hands. But the Brief Explanation says the only plates used were The Small Plates of Nephi … The Plates of Mormon … The Plates of Ether … [and] The Plates of Brass. Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon Maybe the Nephites were just guessing what […]

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Ammonihah

And behold, the city had been rebuilt, and Moroni had stationed an army by the borders of the city, and they had cast up dirt round about to shield them from the arrows and the stones of the Lamanites; for behold, they fought with stones and with arrows. Alma 49:2 Why did the city have to be rebuilt? Well, remember back in chapter 16, when the Lamanites destroyed it? For behold, the armies of the Lamanites had come in upon the wilderness side, into the borders of the land, even into the city of Ammonihah, and began to slay the […]

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Offense

Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies. Alma 43:46 What does the Lord mean here? “Inasmuch as” means “As long as” “ye are not guilty” means “you were not the cause” “of the first offense” means “of the Lamanites coming the first time” “neither the second” means “or the next time, or any of the times” “ye shall not suffer yourselves” means “you will not” “to be slain by the hands of your enemies.” means “be killed by your enemies.” […]

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Corrupt

Behold, I say unto you, that there is no resurrection—or, I would say, in other words, that this mortal does not put on immortality, this corruption does not put on incorruption—until after the coming of Christ. Alma 40:2 What does that mean? Well, it means that we are corrupted, and until we resurrect, we will be still corrupted. But how are we corrupted? 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 […]

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Seek Not

Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you. Alma 39:14 What does Alma mean when he says that? I think that there are a few meanings. First, they probably just can’t carry them with them. They might not have room to bring treasure. When Nephi and his family left Jerusalem, they probably knew that they weren’t staying in the area, so they probably brought a lot. But they didn’t have room for their treasure. Alma and his sons were just going on a little mission. I don’t think they […]

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Light, Life, Truth, and Righteousness

Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness. Alma 38:9 How is Jesus Christ all that? Well, here are some ways he can be those things. He is the life of the world: Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: John 11:25 The death he’s talking about isn’t physical. It’s spiritual. Further spiritual death comes as a result of our own disobedience. Our sins make us unclean and unable to dwell […]

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Curse

For behold, there is a curse upon all this land, that destruction shall come upon all those workers of darkness, according to the power of God, when they are fully ripe; therefore I desire that this people might not be destroyed. Alma 37:28 What curse is Alma talking about? This one: Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which […]

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Murder

Yea, and I had murdered many of his children Alma 36:14 Wait, what? Alma was a murderer before he repented? No, see what he says next? or rather led them away unto destruction Alma 36:14 So no, he did not kill their bodies. But he did lead them away from the truth. He led them off of the path. He led them towards hell. He removed any righteousness in them. He killed their soul. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both […]

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Brothers and Brethren

My brother has called upon the words of Zenos, that redemption cometh through the Son of God, and also upon the words of Zenock; and also he has appealed unto Moses, to prove that these things are true. Alma 34:7 That’s what Amulek says after Alma talks about Zenos and Zenock. But Alma and Amulek aren’t brothers! Well, they kinda are brothers. As children of our Heavenly Father, all men and women are spiritually brothers and sisters. In the Church, male members and friends of the Church are often addressed as brothers. Brethren, Brother – Guide to the Scriptures Just […]

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Korihor

And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor, (and the law could have no hold upon him) began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ. Alma 30:12 Why couldn’t the law do anything about him? Well, their law is God’s law, aka the commandments and scriptures. And the commandments say And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but […]

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Trumpet

O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Alma 29:1 What’s the trump of God? Trump is an old word for trumpet. Trumpets are very loud, so God’s trumpet will be heard by everybody. The people are wicked, so Alma wants to borrow God’s trumpet and blow it so everybody hears it, aka everyone hears the gospel. Where else is a trump or trumpet mentioned? Here are some: at […]

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Wars or Ministry?

And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nephites, and also the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites; and the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges is ended. Alma 28:9 But… And now, as I have spoken concerning these plates, behold they are not the plates upon which I make a full account of the history of my people; for the plates upon which I make a full account of my people I have given the name of Nephi; wherefore, they are called the plates of Nephi, after mine own name; and these plates […]

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Field

Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted. Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven […]

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Angels

therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels Alma 24:14 When did King Lamoni see angels? I think he’s referring to when Ammon converted Limhi’s family. After Lamoni fell into a trance, he woke up, then fell into a trance again with the Queen this time as well. Once they woke up, their whole household falls into a trance And behold, many did declare unto the people that they had seen angels and had conversed with them; and thus they had told them things of God, and of his righteousness. Alma 19:34 There’s no footnote, so I […]

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Wicked Nephites, Righteous Lamanites

Now, these are they who were converted unto the Lord: The people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Ishmael; And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Middoni; And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the city of Nephi; And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Shilom, and who were in the land of Shemlon, and in the city of Lemuel, and in the city of Shimnilom. Alma 23:8-12 In Alma 23, the Lamanites start being converted. That’s a good […]

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Conversion

Compare: And now the astonishment of Alma was so great that he became dumb, that he could not open his mouth; yea, and he became weak, even that he could not move his hands; therefore he was taken by those that were with him, and carried helpless, even until he was laid before his father. Mosiah 27:19 And he began to cry unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, have mercy; according to thy abundant mercy which thou hast had upon the people of Nephi, have upon me, and my people. And now, when he had said this, he fell unto […]

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Faith and Belief

Therefore, if this is the case, I would that ye should go in and see my husband, for he has been laid upon his bed for the space of two days and two nights; and some say that he is not dead, but others say that he is dead and that he stinketh, and that he ought to be placed in the sepulchre; but as for myself, to me he doth not stink. Now, this was what Ammon desired, for he knew that king Lamoni was under the power of God; he knew that the dark veil of unbelief was […]

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Servant

And Ammon said unto him: Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time; yea, and perhaps until the day I die. And it came to pass that king Lamoni was much pleased with Ammon, and caused that his bands should be loosed; and he would that Ammon should take one of his daughters to wife. But Ammon said unto him: Nay, but I will be thy servant. Therefore Ammon became a servant to king Lamoni. Alma 17:23-25 Why did Ammon want to be a servant? Well, he helped the Ishmaelites to learn of God, through the Holy […]

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Sons of Mosiah

And now it came to pass that as Alma was journeying from the land of Gideon southward, away to the land of Manti, behold, to his astonishment, he met with the sons of Mosiah journeying towards the land of Zarahemla. Alma 17:1 Who’s that again? Well, do you remember Mosiah 28? Now it came to pass that after the sons of Mosiah had done all these things, they took a small number with them and returned to their father, the king, and desired of him that he would grant unto them that they might, with these whom they had selected, […]

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Nehors

Nevertheless, after many days their dead bodies were heaped up upon the face of the earth, and they were covered with a shallow covering. And now so great was the scent thereof that the people did not go in to possess the land of Ammonihah for many years. And it was called Desolation of Nehors; for they were of the profession of Nehor, who were slain; and their lands remained desolate. What does that mean? So, there were dead bodies lying everywhere in Ammoniah, and it smelled really bad. It was called the “Desolation of Nehors”. What does that mean? […]

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Paul’s Coding

Lately, I have been learning the programming languages PHP (server-side scripting) and JavaScript (client-side scripting). I’ve already learned HTML5 (web pages) and CSS (web formatting). Soon, I’ll start learning MySQL (databases) and jQuery (compressed JavaScript). I’m going to put all my work on a new subdirectory to my photo gallery site. I already have some things on there, although none of them competed other than The Periodic Table of Elements. You can access the new directory by clicking here or on the new “Paul’s Coding” link in the header.

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Melchizedek

  And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed. Alma 13:15 Why did Abraham pay his thing to Melchizedek instead of God? Well, Genesis 14:18 says And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine so maybe it was more of a tax as he was the King. Or, the same verse also says: and he was the priest of the most high God. So maybe he was just the person to collect tithing, like how the Bishop collects our tithing today. […]

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World

  And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him. And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until […]

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Money

  The first 19 verses of Alma 11 explain the monetary system of the Nephites. Why do we need to know that, though? I’m not sure. Maybe it is so we can know, that when Zeezrom said unto [Amuek]: Behold, here are six onties of silver, and all these will I give thee if thou wilt deny the existence of a Supreme Being. we would know that that is a lot of money. But Mormon could have just written Zeezrom said unto Amulek: Behold, here are six onties of silver, and all these will I give thee if thou wilt […]

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Numbers

At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. We see the words in Deuteronomy 17:6 come true in Alma 9-14. When Alma comes, the people say: Who art thou? Suppose ye that we shall believe the testimony of one man, although he should preach unto us that the earth should pass away? But when Alma and Amulek both come, Now when Alma had spoken these words, Zeezrom began to tremble more exceedingly, for he […]

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Axe

And again I say unto you, the Spirit saith: Behold, the ax is laid at the root of the tree; therefore every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be hewn down and cast into the fire, yea, a fire which cannot be consumed, even an unquenchable fire. Behold, and remember, the Holy One hath spoken it. What tree and axe is Alma talking about? Remember Jacob 5, the parable of the vineyard? God will get rid of all the bad trees. He will cut them down. The axe is already at the tree, so the Lord is getting […]

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Ideas

Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. In Judges 2:16, a system of judges was started. In Mosiah, the same thing happened among the Nephites. I think that the Nephites might have got the idea from the Israelites. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/alma/4?lang=eng&verse=#p

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Aware

Therefore the people of the Nephites were aware of the intent of the Amlicites, and therefore they did prepare to meet them; yea, they did arm themselves with swords, and with cimeters, and with bows, and with arrows, and with stones, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons of war, of every kind. How were they aware? The scriptures don’t tell us, but I have some ideas: 1: The Nephites had a spy that told them. 2: The Amlicites mistakenly did all that in plain sight. 3: The Amlicites accidentally told the Nephites. 4: The spirit told them. […]

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Wonderful

And it came to pass that the people assembled themselves together throughout all the land, every man according to his mind, whether it were for or against Amlici, in separate bodies, having much dispute and wonderful contentions one with another. Contention is not of God: For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another. But “wonderful contentions” sounds good! How can anything that is of […]

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Gideon

Alma 1:7-9 reads: And it came to pass as he was going, to preach to those who believed on his word, he met a man who belonged to the church of God, yea, even one of their teachers; and he began to contend with him sharply, that he might lead away the people of the church; but the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God. Now the name of the man was Gideon; and it was he who was an instrument in the hands of God in delivering the people of Limhi out of bondage. Now, because […]

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Conversion

In Mosiah 27, Alma the Younger is being very wicked. But then, only two chapters later, in Mosiah 29, And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the first chief judge, he being also the high priest, his father having conferred the office upon him, and having given him the charge concerning all the affairs of the church. Look at the dates. Mosiah 27 takes place About 100–92 B.C. And Mosiah 29 happens About 92–91 B.C. Only 9 years at the most, and right away at the least! That just tells us how strong his conversion was, […]

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Judges

Now I say unto you let us be wise and consider these things, for we have no right to destroy my son, neither should we have any right to destroy another if he should be appointed in his stead. What does Mosiah mean, “destroy his son”? How would being king destroy him? Well, read the previous verse: … I fear there would rise contentions among you. And who knoweth but what my son, to whom the kingdom doth belong, should turn to be angry and draw away a part of this people after him, which would cause wars and contentions […]

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Transgressor

And because thou hast inquired of me concerning the transgressor, thou art blessed. reads Mosiah 26:19-39. But why does that matter? Why should we pray for the wicked? Well, we want to get back to heaven. And for that, we need to be like Jesus. If Jesus looses something, he will search until it is found, as he says in the following parables: And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which […]

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Tests

And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage. And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of […]

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Lamanite Daughters

Remember in Mosiah 20, when Noah’s priests stole the daughters of the Lamanites? They battled against Limhi’s people, but then realized that it was the priests of Noah, not Limhi. So what happened to the Lamanites? Now the armies of the Lamanites, which had followed after the people of king Limhi, had been lost in the wilderness for many days. So after leaving Limhi, they got lost. And behold, they had found those priests of king Noah, in a place which they called Amulon; and they had begun to possess the land of Amulon and had begun to till the […]

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Priests

And now the priests of king Noah, being ashamed to return to the city of Nephi, yea, and also fearing that the people would slay them, therefore they durst not return to their wives and their children. And having tarried in the wilderness, and having discovered the daughters of the Lamanites, they laid and watched them; And when there were but few of them gathered together to dance, they came forth out of their secret places and took them and carried them into the wilderness; yea, twenty and four of the daughters of the Lamanites they carried into the wilderness. […]

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Oath

In Mosiah 20, Limhi mentions an oath with the Lamanites. Behold, my people have not broken the oath that I made unto you; therefore, why should ye break the oath which ye made unto my people? When was that oath made? And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites made an oath unto them, that his people should not slay them. And also Limhi, being the son of the king, having the kingdom conferred upon him by the people, made oath unto the king of the Lamanites that his people should pay tribute unto him, even one […]

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Reduced

And it came to pass that the army of the king returned, having searched in vain for the people of the Lord. And now behold, the forces of the king were small, having been reduced, and there began to be a division among the remainder of the people. And the lesser part began to breathe out threatenings against the king, and there began to be a great contention among them. How was the army “reduced”? Somehow, the army just had less people than when they left. How? The scriptures don’t tell us. The above scripture, Mosiah 19:1-3, does say that […]

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Alma

Mosiah 17 talks about Alma and the believers fleeing from Noah. But what happens to them? Chapter 18 is talking about Noah! Where’s Alma? Well, right now we are reading the record of Noah’s people. We’re going to finish reading about Noah and Limhi, then we’ll go back and learn about Alma, in Mosiah 23-24. How do you know? Every now and then, at the top of the chapter, it says something like “An account of Alma and the people of the Lord, who were driven into the wilderness by the people of King Noah. Comprising chapters 23 and 24.” […]

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Fire

Abinadi’s last prophesy came true: “Behold, even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire; and this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.” But where did it come true? It must be after he makes it, so after Mosiah 17:15. The “Noah will die by fire” part must come true before Zeniff’s record ends, because by the time it ends, Limhi’s the king. That part comes true just 2 […]

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Commandments

Abinadi recites the commandments in Mosiah 13:12-24. Where else are they located in the scriptures? Ezekiel 20 was where they were reveled for the first time. The other times were all people being reminded, because they sinned! In Deuteronomy 5, Moses reminds the people; Abinadi was just reminding Noah, The people are reminded by Paul in Romans 13, and the Lord reminds Israel in Leviticus 19. Just goes to show how often the people go wicked!

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Zeniff

At the beginning of Mosiah/end of Omni, King Benjamin’s people were driven out of their land by the Lamanites. Then some guys decide to go back. Why on earth would they do that? The Lamanites just tried to kill them! “I, Zeniff, having been taught in all the language of the Nephites, and having had a knowledge of the land of Nephi, or of the land of our fathers’ first inheritance, and having been sent as a spy among the Lamanites that I might spy out their forces, that our army might come upon them and destroy them” Ok, so […]

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