Thurl Bailey soloist, Marvin Goldstein on the piano
text by Grace Noll Crowell; music by Phillip Landgrave
Not long after some Book of Mormon people had been rescued by God from a life of
captivity, the prophet Alma reminded the people of that history, and how joyful they
were at that time, as they sang redeeming love.
The prophet Alma asked some searching questions in the Book of Mormon: “Have you
received the image of God in your countenance? Have you spiritually been born of
God? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your heart?”
In the Book of Mormon, Alma emphasized the importance of living a clean life, repenting
of sin to keep it clean, and relying upon the Redeemer to cleanse us through His
blood, because the day will come that we will meet with God to give an accounting.
Alma encouraged the people of the Book of Mormon who had strayed from God’s ways
and were wandering about as sheep with no shepherd to come back. There is a Good
Shepherd calling after you - hearken to His voice!
Alma taught: “Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea,
and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will
not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called,
behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.”
Alex Boye, Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, and Zion’s Youth Choir
words and music by Will L. Thompson
Book of Mormon prophet Alma was rejected by the people of Ammonihah. But God knew
He wanted His message delivered to that city, so He sent an angel to tell one of
the prominent citizens, Amulek, “Thou shalt feed a prophet of the Lord; yea, a holy
man, who is a chosen man of God.”
words by Marylou Cunningham Leavitt; music by Darwin K. Wolford
Alma taught the Book of Mormon people in Ammonihah that God was sending angels to
declare the glad tidings of great joy, that the Only Begotten Son would soon come
to earth. God told the Book of Mormon people, as He told the people of ancient Jerusalem,
because he loves all people upon the earth.
Basilica of the Nationa Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C
words by Henry Van Dyke, music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
God’s people in the Book of Mormon knew that His Son would be born in the land of
Jerusalem. Alma said, “And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto
us by the outh of angels of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon.
Would to God that it might be in my day, but let it be sooner or later, in it I
Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson (The Piano Guys), Peter Hollens, David Archuleta,
and The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, along with a Live Nativity
words by James Montgomery; French tune
“Over A Thousand People Came Together To Break a Record And Bring This Moving Christmas
Hymn To Life”
Book of Mormon prophet Alma taught the people: “Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted
above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble,
meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering.”
Jeannine Goeckeritz on the flute and Tamara Oswald on the harp
words by Joanne Bushman Doxey and Norma B. Smith;
music by Joanne Bushman Doxey and Marjorie Castleton Kjar
After Alma preached the word of God to the people of Ammonihah, a part of them believed
and repented, and chose to follow the Lord. The others, however, were angered. They
drove out some of the believers, and burned others.
The Book of Mormon people of the city of Ammonihah have had a second chance to hear
the gospel, and once again have firmly rejected the Lord. This time, in addition
to rejecting the words of the prophets, they have burned the faithful women and children
in a fire. Amulek was concerned that they, too, would be burned, but Alma assured
him that they had not yet finished their message. And after that, they would trust
God with whatever happened.
words by Frederick W. Faber; music by Henri F. Hemy; refrain by James G. Walton
In the Book of Mormon, Alma and Amulek were imprisoned under cruel conditions. Finally
Alma cried to God for help, for strength according to their faith in him, for deliverance.
They then broke the bonds with which they were tied, and their persecutors fled
words by Martin Luther; music attributed to Martin Luther
King Lamoni explained a major political shift which his people experienced: “He
did also declare unto them that they were a people who were under him, and that they
were a free people, that they were free from the oppressions of the king, his father;
for that his father had granted unto him that he might reign over the people.”
People must be able to freely choose their associations and their level of devotion
The Lamanites of the Book of Mormon lived without God for generations. Then some
brave missionaries entered their lands and began teaching them, suffering much in
the process. The king was so impressed by the missionaries’ demeanor and love that
he requested they visit him, so Aaron did. Aaron began with the basics. The king
said he didn’t know if there was a God or not, but “If now thou sayest there is a
God, behold I will believe.” He kept this humble and teacheable attitude and was
able to come to know God, with many of his people.
“If you say that God lives, I’ll believe, I’ll believe,”
Cried the king as he bowed to the ground.
“I’ll believe what you teach, I’ll believe, I’ll believe;
I was lost, I was lost, now I’m found.”
As a result of faithful missionaries’ work, many Lamanites in the Book of Mormon
were converted to Christ. But not all. Those who did not convert took it upon themselves
to kill those who did. The new converts made a vow not to shed anyone’s blood, and
they buried their swords to keep them bright.
Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment wrote “Our Swords Are Made Bright,” published in
their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon.
Our swords are made bright, let us hide them away;
Our swords, let us stain them no more.
Our swords are washed clean through the blood of the Lamb,
Now bury them deep, I implore.
The Book of Mormon Lamanite King Anti-Nephi-Lehi encouraged his people, “I thank
my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent, and
also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins, and taken away the guilt from
our hearts, through the merits of his Son.”
In the Book of Mormon, Lamanite King Anti-Nephi-Lehi taught his people about God’s
love: “He hs made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls
as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his
angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future
generations.” (The angels he mentions were actually missionaries.)
The Christian convert Lamanites of the Book of Mormon who had buried their sword
and make a covenant not to take them again, even to defend themselves, were attacked
by their enemies. They praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword,
which caused many of their enemies to cease the attack and join the believers.
The missionaries, serving for over ten years among the Lamanites, have had wonderful
success. Their leader, Ammon, praised God: “Let us glory, yea, we will glory in
the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God
“Amazing Grace” words by John Newton; “My Chains Are Gone” Chris Tomlin
In the Book of Mormon, missionary leader Ammon encourages his fellow-missionaries:
“Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks
to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.”
Book of Mormon missionary leader told his companions, “I know that I am nothing;
as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast
of my God, for in his strength I can do all things.”
Ammon praises the Lord in the Book of Mormon: “Behold, who can glory too much in
the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of
his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I cannot say the smallest
part which I feel.”
words by Penelope Moody Allen; music by Newel Kay Brown
The Book of Mormon records that the Lamanites who converted to the Lord “were distinguished
for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest
and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the
words by William E. Hickson; music by Ernst Moritz Arndt
Alma spoke of a faithful group of people and their hope: “They never did look upon
death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection;
therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.”