Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, Trial of Abinadi, BYU Museum of Art, Not for commercial use.


Mosiah 18

For Younger Missionaries


  • Why did Alma teach in secret? How does this apply to us?
  • Can you say, “O Lord, pour out thy Spirit upon thy servant, that he may do this work with holiness of heart”? Note how that declaration brought the “Spirit of the Lord” upon Alma.
  • How had the listeners been prepared to receive the words of Alma? In verse 22, what is the connection between preaching the word of God and becoming the children of God?


The Lord has given us guides to know what to do to receive the blessing and joy of ever-increasing unity. The Book of Mormon recounts a time of success. It was in the days of Alma at the Waters of Mormon. What the people did in those difficult and dangerous circumstances gives us both a guide and encouragement.

Everything Alma and his people were inspired to do was pointed at helping people choose to have their hearts changed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That is the only way God can grant the blessing of being of one heart….

And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.

And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God (Mosiah 18:17, 19–22).

That is why Alma commanded the people to teach faith and repentance. That is why my children came to expect in every lesson in family night that I would find a way to encourage someone to testify of the Savior and His mission. Sometimes the parents did it. On our best nights we found a way to encourage the children to do it, either by presenting the lesson or answering questions. When testimony about the Savior was borne, the Holy Ghost verified it. On those nights we felt our hearts being knit together (Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign, Nov. 2008).


Abinadi Converted
One Soul


Stand As a Witness


  • How do you use your talents to fulfill your baptismal covenants?
  • Are you preparing your life to serve a mission?
  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel that you had used every opportunity to share the gospel?


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