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Relationship to Alma. The relationship of Chapters 59-63 to the rest of Alma is discussed at Alma.
Story. Chapters 59-63 consists of ___ major sections:
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 59-63 include:
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- Alma 62:14-16: Take. This passage employs three different definitions of the word "take."
- Alma 62:41. This verse tells us that because of the war many were softened. Interestingly, Mormon points out that it was not the war directly that resulted in softening people. But rather, the war caused afflictions and afflictions caused people to soften. In contrast Mormon says that because of the war many were hardened without identifying any intermediate causes. It isn't clear from the context exactly Mormon means by hardened and softened but it is clear that hardened is negative while softened is positive. Hardened could mean that their heart was hardened, that they were proud, or that they were unfeeling.
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- Alma 61:9: Choosing to not be offended. David A. Bednar, "And Nothing Shall Offend Them," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 89–92. Elder Bednar said: "Pahoran might easily have resented Moroni and his message, but he chose not to take offense. Pahoran responded compassionately. ... One of the greatest indicators of our own spiritual maturity is revealed in how we respond to the weaknesses, the inexperience, and the potentially offensive actions of others. A thing, an event, or an expression may be offensive, but you and I can choose not to be offended—and to say with Pahoran, 'it mattereth not'" (emphasis added).
Prompts for further study
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- Alma 60:1: Governor. The Nephites also refer to their chief judge a "governor" (see Alma 2:16)? What is the difference between a king and a governor?
- Alma 61:14: Resist evil. How should we view Pahoran's exhortation to "resist evil" in light of the Savior's teaching to "resist not evil" (Matt 5:39)? Do Christ's teachings during his mortal ministry constitute a "higher law" than the Nephites were currently living in respect to dealing with their enemies?
- Alma 62:44: Regulation. What is the meaning of the word regulation in this context? (See also verse 47)
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- Alma 60:23: Inward vessel first as a theme throughout Alma. For a discussion of the "inward vessel" as the main source of problems throughout the book of Alma (Alma's narratives in particular), see "Alma's Enemies: The Case of the Lamanites, Amlicites, and Mysterious Amalekites" by J. Christopher Conkling in the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, v. 14(1) (Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 2005. Pp. 108–17).
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