Skip to main content

"That Ye Also May Be Partakers of the Fruit of the Tree of Life," Alma 5:50-62

Alma 5:50-62

In the first three verses of this grouping, Alma testifies of things which he has heard of the Holy Spirit.

All of these verses suggest that there is a literal division between the righteous and the wicked. The Kingdom of God is coming quickly, wherein the righteous will dwell. Therefore, one ought to repent of his sins and bring forth works of righteousness if he desires to be a part of this kingdom.

How will the righteous be distinguished from the wicked? Or in other words, what type of person will inherit the kingdom of heaven. Also I ask myself, amongst what type of people do I want to enjoy of their friendship and company?

In the kingdom of heaven, there are the penitent. They are they who desire to follow the voice of the Good Shepherd. (vs. 57) They are they whose names are written in the book of life. (vs. 58) And it will be God who will separate the wicked from among the righteous. (vs. 59)

I am impressed by this thought: that in the kingdom of God, there will not be those mock or laugh at others. There will not be those that wear costly apparel (expensive clothing). There are not those that trample under their feet the Holy One of Israel. There will not be those that are puffed up in the pride of their hearts. There will not be those that deny the poor or the needy. Nothing impure can dwell in the presence of God, and "The names of the wicked shall not be mingled with the names of my people;" (vs. 57).

And those that won't repent, they are bound and thrown into a fire. Alma also explains that this fire is eternal, or unquenchable. (vs. 52) There is not much emphasis on this point, but it is taught as an eternal truth, nonetheless.

Now, I feel that I better understand the teaching of the Savior concerning the sheep and the wolves. I feel that I better relate with the idea that the wolves are the tendencies within myself that I ought to remove because they will destroy the sheep, or the good works that could exist within me. That this is given by way of commandment simply means that if I allow wolves amongst the flock, then surely one sheep or more will die. It is not a probability. It is not a good suggestion. Something, somewhere will die, when there are wolves lurking about. That is why, for those who do not want to die, the prophets give commandments for their safety and well-being. (see vs.60-61)


Popular posts from this blog

"If we had not," Alma 26:8-16

Alma 26:8-16

Verse 9 is a statement that stands opposite to the "if-only" sentiment. And it starts with this phrase: "if we had not". It is a phrase and a statement that is encased in gratitude and recognizes the inherent value of hard work. But the thought that is engendered here is a sober one: 
For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God. (vs. 9, emphasis added)What is so miraculous about this particular account was that thousands of Lamanites were brought to the light. Without such unprecedented faith in God, this would have never been realized. They sought to do something that had never been done before, and succeeded.


The Book of Mormon is an exceptional text for illustrating the challenges that arise from success or prosperity. In verse 10, as Ammon is making note of this nev…

"To behold the marvelous light of God!" Alma 26:1-7

Alma 26:1-7

This chapter represents the end of 14 years of missionary labors for Ammon and his brethren, though it doesn't expressly say so at the beginning of the chapter. Rather, this chapter starts immediately with the remarks of Ammon as he is reflecting back upon their labors.

His remarks begin with a series of questions:
"...Could we have supposed when we started from the land of Zarahemla that God would have granted unto us such great blessings?" (vs. 1)"...What great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?" (vs. 2)  Ammon proceeds to answer for himself with this statement first:
...Our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God!  (vs. 3) And then he points to the blessing:
And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work. (also vs. 3) Ammon'…

"Now This Is What He Meant," Alma 25:1-12

Alma 25:1-12

The Lamanites that had yet to be converted by verse 6 came to believe in the Lord and that He had given great power unto the Nephites. Does my faith in Christ enable me to the point that I am given great power?

Verses 9 - 12 focus on the words of Abinadi as a prophet. It's not as black and white, "you're all going to die if you don't obey," as we tend to think of prophetic admonitions. It's that human-nature tendency within myself to take only at face value the words of prophets. Perhaps this is because this is the natural tendency to do so with all communication -- get to the point quickly, what do I need to learn, then let's move on. But this particular explanation of Abinadi's prophecy is worth a deeper understanding.

First, what was it that Abinadi actually said?

In Alma 25:10, Mormon records, "What ye shall do unto me shall be a type of things to come."  There is a footnote in the quote that goes back to the original statement …