Alma 28

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The converted Lamanites, now known as the people of Ammon, settled in their new lands.  They established a church, and the Nephites surrounded them with armies of protection.  This was a good thing because just as feared, the non-converted Lamanites attacked (verse 1).

“And thus there was a tremendous battle”, and many of the non-converted Lamanites died (verse 2).

Many of the Nephites also died, but the non-converted Lamanites were scattered and sent back, and the Nephites were able to return to their homes (verse 3).

The Nephites mourned with “the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning for their sons, and the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father; and thus the cry of mourning was heard among all of them, mourning for their kindred who had been slain” (verses 4-5).  This was a “sorrowful day… and a time of much fasting and prayer” (verse 6).

This, Alma, Jr, says, has been the story of the mission of him and the sons of Mosiah (verse 8), and the account of the wars among the Nephites, and the wars between the Nephites and Lamanites (verse 9).

War brought bloodshed and destruction (verse 10), and it was all because of contention.  Bodies are buried, and the mourners fear for those who had not chosen the Lord and hope for those who had (verses 11-12).  But all of this ugliness and destruction and war was “because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men” (verse 13).  Thus we are called to be diligent, both in testifying of the atonement to others, and to fighting Satan in our own lives (verse 14).


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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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