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Thursday, December 13, 2007

50 Questions of Alma 5 - compiled by John W. Welch and J. Gregory Welch

(Questions are numbered, and followed by the number of the verse in Alma 5 in which they are found.)
Remembering God's Acts for His People
1. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers? 6
2. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance God's mercy and long-suffering towards your fathers? 6
3. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell? 6
4. Were your fathers destroyed? 8
5. Were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled your fathers about, were they loosed? 9
Knowing the Essential Logic of the Gospel
6. On what conditions were your fathers saved? 10
7. On what grounds had they to hope for salvation? 10
8. What is the cause of your fathers' being loosed from the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell? 10
9. Did not my father Alma believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? 11
10. Was Abinadi not a holy prophet? 11
11. Did Abinadi not speak the words of God? 11
12. Did my father Alma believe them? 11
Being Personally Converted
13. Have you spiritually been born of God? 14
14. Have you received his image in your countenance? 14
15. Have you experienced this mighty change in your heart? 14
16. Do you exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? 15
17. Do you look forward with an eye of faith? 15
Imagining the Judgment Day
18. Do you view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body? 15
19. Can you imagine to yourself that you hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me you blessed, for behold your works have been works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? 16
20. Or do you imagine to yourself that you can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say - Lord, my works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth - and that he will save you? 17
21. Or otherwise, can you imagine yourself brought before the tribunal of God with your soul filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that you have set at defiance the commandments of God? 18
22. Can you look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? 19
23. Can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenance? 19
24. Can you think of being saved when you have yielded yourself to become subject to the devil? 20
25. How will you feel if you shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? 22
26. What will these things testify against you? 22
27. Will they not testify that you are a murderer? 23
28. Will they not also testify that you are guilty of all manner of wickedness? 23
29. Do you suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white? 24
Assessing One's Spiritual Condition
30. If you have experienced a change of heart, and if you have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can you feel so now? 26
31. Have you walked, keeping yourself blameless before God? 27
32. Could you say, if you were called to die at this time, within yourself, that you have been sufficiently humble? 27
33. Could you say that your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ? 27
34. Are you stripped of pride? 28
35. Is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? 29
36. Is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions? 30
Identifying with a "Fold"
37. If you are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are you? 39
38. The devil is your shepherd, and you are of his fold; and now who can deny this?
Obtaining Spiritual Knowledge
39. Do you not suppose that I know of these things of myself? 45
40. How do you suppose that I know of their surety? 46
Refusing to Repent
41. Can you withstand these sayings? 53
42. Can you lay aside these things and trample the Holy One under your feet? 53
43. Can you be puffed up in the pride of your heart? 53
44. Will you still persist in the wearing of costly apparel and setting your heart upon the vain things of the world, upon your riches? 53
45. Will you persist in supposing that you are better than another? 54
46. Will you persist in the persecution of your brethren, who humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of God, wherewith they have been brought into this church having been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and they do bring forth works which are meet for repentance? 54
47. Will you persist in turning y our back upon the poor and needy, and in withholding your substance from them? 55
48. The names of the righteous shall be written in the book of life, and unto them will I grant an inheritance at my right hand. What have you to say against this? 58
49. What shepherd is there having many sheep doth not watch over them, that the wolves enter not an devour his flock? 59
50. If a wolf enter his flock doth the shepherd not drive him out? 59

4 comments:

Sara said...

great resource....what a neat site you have

JeMM said...

Thank you - this will help me with Personal Progress.

Nicona Broadus said...

I dont understand this at all...help. How do I answer these quesstions?

Nicona Broadus said...

I dont understand this at all...help. How do I answer these quesstions?