“Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Proverbs 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.” – Elder Richard G. Scott
1. In your scripture study journal, explain what you think it means to submit patiently to the will of the Lord during a time of trial and how doing so can prepare you to receive the strength and blessings He will provide to help you through that difficult time.
I think that submitting patiently to the will of the Lord is allowing His will to take over our own. That means being patient and allowing Him to help us in His own time, even when we want to get through things quickly. It is looking for positives within the negatives you may be facing. When we do so, the Lord sees fit to give us strength and blessings to help us get through the hard times we may be facing.
1. For each of the four verses in Mosiah 25:8–11, record in your scripture study journal the people’s response when they heard the account of their brethren. For example, in Mosiah 25:8, when they saw those who were delivered from Lamanite bondage, the people “were filled with exceedingly great joy.”
2. Write short answers to each of the following questions in your scripture study journal:
- a. In what ways did the Nephite Church resemble the Church today?
- b. Why do you think it is important that the leaders were called by Alma, who had authority from God?
- c. Why is it important for leaders to teach the same truths to all members of the Church throughout the world?
A- There were many bodies of people, they all had teachers and priests who taught the lessons, and all that was taught was the same in every body.
B- It is important because Alma used the spirit and was able to choose those whom God would have appointed to teach His people.
C- This is important because it shows that this church is the same everywhere. Also, if we teach the same things, there won’t be any problems or unauthorized teachings within the church. The Gospel is one truth, and since this church is founded on it, that is why the Gospel is the one thing that is taught.
3. Write answers to the following questions in your scripture study journal:
- a. How do the phrases in Mosiah 25:23–24 that describe Nephite members of the Church also apply to members of the Church today?
- b. How can remembering that you have taken upon yourself the name of Jesus Christ make a difference in your thoughts and the daily choices you make?
A- The members of the Church today also take upon them the name of Christ, and are called people of God. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
B- If we remember that we are members of Christ’s church, then we can try to keep our thoughts clean and make choices that would make Christ happy.
4. Answer the following questions in your scripture study journal:
- a. In what ways does your participation in the Church of Jesus Christ help you to feel the Spirit?
- b. What can you do to increase your faithfulness and righteous actions so that you can feel even closer to the Spirit?
A- It helps me feel the Spirit because I learn the things I need to do to keep myself worthy of the Spirit, and I learn how to feel it.
B- I can try to choose to be a better person. I can try to remember Christ, and think of whether I would do certain things, and think if Christ would approve of them or not.
“Testimony requires the nurturing by the prayer of faith, the hungering for the word of God in the scriptures, and the obedience to the truth we have received. There is danger in neglecting prayer. There is danger to our testimony in only casual study and reading of the scriptures. They are necessary nutrients for our testimony. … Feasting on the word of God, heartfelt prayer, and obedience to the Lord’s commandments must be applied evenly and continually for your testimony to grow and prosper.” – President Henry B. Eyring
1. Answer the following questions in your scripture study journal:
- a. In your experience, why is it important to have a believing attitude as you pray, read the scriptures, and strive to obey the commandments?
- b. Describe an experience when faithful prayer, scripture reading, or obedience to the commandments has strengthened your testimony.
A- If you don’t have a believing attitude, you won’t get much out of your scripture study, and your prayers and your efforts to follow the commandments will be in vain. If you don’t have an attitude of belief, then you won’t see the point in doing the things the Lord has asked us to do, and you will start to lose your testimony.
B- Well, scripture reading has strengthened my testimony right now. I have been reading for 47 days straight (got a little behind in my blog posts), and I have seen things change. Now, it hasn’t been an over night change, but I have noticed that I am becoming stronger in my testimony, and am able to get through hard things with my head held higher than before.
2. Write in your scripture study journal why it is important for us to know that priesthood leaders seek and receive the Lord’s guidance when helping those who have sinned.
It is important to know that priesthood leaders seek and receive the Lord’s help because it shows that the things they choose, or the route that they present to those who have committed serious sins to return to good standing, comes not from them but from God. God knows the best route for us to take to repent and become clean again, and bishops, when they go to the Lord for help, will be shown what to do. Some may find the route difficult, but what they should remember is that the bishop doesn’t choose it out of thin air. Bishops ask the Lord for help, so it comes from Him (most of the time).
3. Read Mosiah 26:29–30. Then respond to one or both of the following:
- a. Explain why you think the following principle is essential for everyone to understand, including anyone who may have committed serious sin: The Lord will forgive those who repent in the sincerity of their hearts.
- b. Write your testimony of the following principle: The Lord will forgive those who repent in the sincerity of their hearts.
B- I know this principle to be true wholeheartedly. As I was a teenager, I didn’t really repent with sincerity. I tried to become better, but failed basically every time. I then gave up repenting, because I didn’t see the good that could come from it, especially when nothing was changing. Then, as I got older, I realized that I needed to repent, and not fall into the same traps I had been throughout the last years of my teenage life. I had sincerity, I tried my hardest to be better, and I succeeded. Because of that, I know that the Lord forgave me of the sins I committed. When I was sincere, I was forgiven. That is what made the difference.
4. To help you analyze what you read in these verses, answer two or more of the following assignments in your scripture study journal:
- a. How would you summarize the Savior’s words in Mosiah 26:23? Why do you think it is important for us to realize that the Savior Himself paid for our sins?
- b. What phrases in Mosiah 26:21–31 show the Savior’s confidence and trust in Alma as a priesthood leader? How could having the help of a priesthood leader assist those who struggle with difficult sins or temptations?
- c. What do you think it means to repent “in the sincerity of [one’s] heart”? (Mosiah 26:29).
- d. Why do you think we must forgive others to receive the Lord’s forgiveness? (see Mosiah 26:31).
A- I would summarize those words by saying that it is Christ that took upon himself all the sins of the world, it is He who created us, and it is He who, if we believe in Him, will give us a place in heaven. It is important to realize that the Savior paid for our sins because that is the only way we can be saved, through Him. He is the one who died for us, who suffered for us, and who chose to do that for our sake. There is no other way that we will be saved, and there is no other person who has done that for us.
D- I think we need to forgive others because all people make mistakes, and if we hold on to grudges, or remember the mistakes others have made against us, we aren’t allowing the Lord’s spirit to take those burdens away from us. If we hold on to the pain, we aren’t allowing the Lord’s forgiveness to work in ourselves and in those who have already repented. We need to be willing to let the Lord’s presence be with us and help us, and that happens when we choose to forgive others.
5. To help you analyze these principles, read the following case studies. Select one case study and write in your scripture study journal how the verses and principles you have studied today may help people in the situation described:
- a. A young woman has committed a serious sin, but she is afraid to speak with her bishop.
- b. A young man has a desire to repent, but he does not know how.
- c. A young woman repeats a sin she has previously committed, and she worries that the Lord will no longer forgive her.
- d. A young man decides to repent, but he refuses to forgive someone who has offended him.
D- This young man needs to understand that if he doesn’t forgive someone, the Lord cannot forgive him. The Lord will have no place in our hearts if we can’t forgive others, and so repenting won’t be as successful. If we want to truly repent, and receive the Lord’s forgiveness, we must first share that forgiveness with those who have hurt or offended us.
6. Pick one of the principles identified in this lesson and ponder how you could apply it to your own efforts to repent. Write in your scripture study journal how you will apply this principle.
I will try to be better at forgiving others, especially those who hurt me immensely.