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Christ takes on infirmities, we take on one another’s infirmities


Notes from tonight’s study group:

Alma 7:12 Christ takes upon him death, and infirmities…

Why “take upon”? Looked all over scripture, lots of tangents and thoughts.

But just now, we thought about how Christ’s taking upon himself something means he is in charge of taking it on (it’s his choice) but also he might take upon him authority over that thing. A mantle?

And then further, we can’t take upon ourselves mortality or infirmities, they are given to us. We feel ashamed. But in the covenant Alma’s people make, they covenant to bear one another’s burdens, mourn with those who mourn, and so forth. We can’t take upon us our own mortality, but we can take on someone else’s, and in that, we are Christlike.


Alma 7 – word, words


Hi! I have read Alma 7 twice in the past two days and been struck by the many times Alma talks about word, words, what the spirit saith, etc. For example:

“I attempt to address you in my language” v.1

“first time that I have spoken unto you by the words of my mouth” v.1

“I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle; for behold, the Spirit hath not said unto me that this should be the case” v.8

“this much I do know, that the Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to his word” v.8

“the Spirit hath said this much unto me…” v.9

[Note that the Spirit told him to prepare for God to come on the earth, and Alma knows that will be fulfilled, but what he doesn’t know is whether that means that God will come to them while he is on the earth or not. That is, I think verses 7 and 8 are dependent what he’s heard from the Spirit, which he lays out starting in verse 9.]

“for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven” v.14

“the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said unto him, he shall have eternal life, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which testifieth in me” v.16

“the way that I know that ye believe them is by the manifestation of the Spirit which is in me” v.17

“I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word…” v.20

“I have spoken these words unto you according to the Spirit which testifieth in me” v.26


Alma 7:10 (Mary in the Book of Mormon)


Note: I woke up rather tired and my thinking feels rather clouded this morning. But here are some notes nonetheless:

Last night for Study Group, we looked at places in the Book of Mormon that talk about Mary. We started with Alma 7 and that became our center point as we talked about various passages.

Mary’s name

  • Why does the Book of Mormon give us Mary’s name?
  • We noticed that it was only given in two places: here and to King Benjamin’s people. Both people were especially righteous and prepared.
  • In both cases, the name of Mary was given within a quotation. King Benjamin quotes an angel, and Alma quotes the Spirit.

Origin of her name?

  • We wondered about the name Mary.
  • Does it mean “exalted”? Is it a proper name at all? His mother shall be called exalted?
  • Is it the same as Miriam? (Jesus is the same as Joshua.)
  • If so, what interesting connections might there be between the two women? Miriam watched over the vessel (basket) when Moses was in the river. Mary is the vessel which carries the child?
  • No consensus on the Hebrew meaning of Miriam. Might even be Egyptian! (We noticed that Alma in verse 1 says he is going to “attempt to address you in my language.” But we don’t know what language that is 🙂 )

How is Mary symbolically a temple?

  • “at Jerusalem”
  • precious “vessels” in temple
  • Ark holds word of God, she holds God
  • temple overshadowed by cloud by day, she is overshadowed
  • temple shadowed by smoke from incense
  • also, overshadowed idea comes up on Mount of Transfiguration, Mary, and 3 Nephi before Christ visits Nephites,

Alma 19/women in general:

  • When Lamoni wakes up, he says to his wife “blessed art thou … he shall come forth, and be born of a woman.”
  • Perhaps talking about a woman, a mother, and especially a name of a mother, makes Christ’s birth literal. They can comprehend that he actually will come to earth when we get a name of a literal mother
  • Mosiah 3:5-8, Christ comes in tabernacle of clay (in Alma 7, simply mortal tabernacle), but Mary is a “precious and chosen vessel.”
  • She was already precious before Christ came to her? It sounds like it.
  • Nephi sees she is fair and beautiful – before the Holy Ghost comes (1 Nephi 11:18-20)
  • This isn’t a sense of condescending to come into a broken, corruptible, mortal woman, but coming to something holy and beautiful
  • Mary was already chosen and precious before Christ came – that’s a beautiful thought

Mothering:

  • womb = bowels = womb in Hebrew (verse 12)
  • Chapter 19, when Lamoni wakes up he says “Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou. For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name.” When his wife (“the woman” and later “the queen”) wakes up, she says, “O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this people!” She has a very motherly reaction