Alma teaches his son about how a missionary for Christ should conduct him- or herself.
“…Now, as ye have begun to teach the word even so I would that ye should continue to teach; and I would that ye would be diligent and temperate in all things. See that ye are not lifted up unto pride; yea, see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom, nor of your much strength. Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness. Do not pray as the Zoramites do, for ye have seen they pray to be heard of men, and to be praised for their wisdom. Do no say: O God, I thank thee that we are better than our brethren, but rather say: O Lord, forgive my unworthiness, and remember my brethren in mercy—yea acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times. And may the Lord bless your soul, and receive you at the last day into his kingdom, to sit down in peace. Now go, my son, and teach the word unto this people. Be sober. My son, farewell.” (Alma 38:10-15)
-How does bridling one’s passions open the way for a person to be filled with love?
-What does it mean to be sober (in the more general sense of the word)?
Aaron, a Nephite missionary, teaches the Lamanite king about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
“…Since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance…and…[Christ] breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory…” (Alma 22:14)
-What can be merited through the Atonement of Jesus Christ?
-Can anything be merited without it?
-Is Christ’s Atonement an invitation to good works, since nothing can be merited without the Atonement, but much can be merited (your good works can be magnified by God) with it?
-Are you willing to accept the victory of the grave? Or, do you choose to believe in the testimony of Aaron that death isn’t the end, but has been conquered by Jesus Christ?
Ammon, a Nephite missionary, teaches that God created men and women in His image.
“…Man in the beginning was created after the image of God.” (Alma 18:34)
-How can a person make his or her spiritual posture a reflection of being made in the image of God?
-Is it possible to stand as tall, spiritually speaking, as God wants us to if we don’t internalize this gospel truth?
-Do many aspects of physical and mental health emanate from spiritual health?
Ammon, a Nephite missionary, teaches that God sees clearly and deeply into each person’s soul.
“…[God] looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning.” (Alma 18:32)
-Is it comforting to know that God looks on the heart with perfect clarity?
-How often do mortals, who don’t have the ability to clearly see the thoughts and intents of the heart, misjudge others?