Alma 15:1-16:21

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The relationship of Chapters 15-16 to the rest of Chapters 8-16 the book is discussed at Chapters 8-16.

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  • Alma 15:13. This group being baptized likely included the men that fled from Ammonihah (see 15:1). As mentioned in the commentary for Alma 14:1, there is no record of the people in Ammonihah being baptized, even though they "began to repent." It is suggested on that page that there wasn't enough time for the baptisms to be performed. Perhaps here in verse 13 we finally have a record of their baptisms.

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  • Alma 15:2: Mosiah 19:22 reads in part, "And the men of Gideon told them of all that had happened to their wives and their children." What other textual/thematic connections might there be between this story and the Abinadi-Noah story?
  • Alma 16:16: This verse states that "the Lord poured out his Spirit ... to prepare ... the children of men ... to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming." The footnotes indicate that this was ~80 years before Christ's birth, and over 100 years before His visit to the Nephites. If the timeline is correct, it seems unlikely that any of these individuals were still alive at the time of his coming. Why, then, was the Lord preparing them for this event? Are we being similarly prepared to receive the word which should be taught at the time of his next coming?
  • Alma 16:16-17: These verses indicate that the Spirit was preparing the minds and hearts of the people so they would not be hardened against the word. Does this mean that no one can/will receive the word without first receiving the Spirit? If so, why?

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