Helaman 1-4
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“Excusing transgression with a
cover-up may appear to fix the
problem, but it does not. The Tempter
is intent on making public your most
embarrassing acts at the most harmful
time.” (Elder Richard G. Scott,
“Finding Forgiveness,” Ensign, May 1995, 77).
“Sins do not take care of
themselves or simply fade away. Sins
do not get ‘swept under the rug’ in the
eternal economy of things. They must
be dealt with, and because of the
Savior’s atoning grace, they can be
dealt with in a much happier and less
painful manner.” (Elder D. Todd Christofferson,
“To Always Remember Him,” Ensign, Apr. 2011, 53).
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CHARACTERISTICS OF
SECRET COMBINATIONS
Hel 1:11
Hel 2:5
Hel 2:8
Hel 2:13
Hel 3:34 (second part of the
verse)
Hel 6:17, 30
Hel 6:21
Hel 6:23 (last part of the verse)
Hel 6:26
Hel 6:38
Hel 6:39
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Helaman 1:9
Kishsuman
Quetzals are strikingly
colored birds and are found
in Central America whose 3’
tailfeathers were used by
Mesoamerican royalty.
"King Kish_U-Kish Kan" was an
ancient king of the Misoamerican
Olmec culture. His name can be
translated as, “He of the feathered
serpent."
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Helaman 3:7, 9-11
Cement
In 1929, Heber J. Grant (former President of the Church) told the story of a man
with a doctorate who had ridiculed him for believing in the Book of Mormon.
That learned man cited the mention of cement work as an obvious lie "because
the people in that early age knew nothing about cement." President Grant, who
was a young man at the time of that conversation, said:
"That does not affect my faith one particle. I read the Book of Mormon
prayerfully and supplicated God for a testimony in my heart and soul of the
divinity of it, and I have accepted it and believe it with all my heart." I also said
to him, "If my children do not find cement houses, I expect that my
grandchildren will." He said, "Well, what is the good of talking with a fool like
that?" (April 1929 Conference Report, p. 128 ff.)
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(Photo by Val Brinkerhoff)
Cement Houses and Cities
“And thus they did enable the people in the land northward that they
might build many cities, both of wood and of cement.” (Helaman 3:11)
Built Large Cities
An artist’s reconstruction of El Mirador, a Mayan City of the Petèn (300 BCAD 250). Peak population was 100,000+ people by AD 150.
Built Large Cities
An artist’s reconstruction of Tikal, a Mayan City of the Petèn (300 BC-AD
250).
Peak population was 90,000 people with 425,000 people living within a 25
mile radius of the city.
Temples
(300 BC-AD 250) Temple at Lamanai, Belize.
Temples
Teotihuacán
Temple of the Sun (AD 300)
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions (AD 692)
Cement Houses and Cities
Masonry roof combes, Chiapas.
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Helaman 3:14
“And”
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Sister Nelson and I have a close friend and former neighbor, Sami Hanna, who
was born in Egypt. He is a scholar with special expertise in Semitic
languages. As a linguistic exercise, he translated the Book of Mormon from
English into Arabic. The exercise converted him to the divinity of the Book of
Mormon. Among the many linguistic features that convinced him of the book’s
divinity was this unusual sentence in Helaman 3:14.
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That single sentence has eighteen ands. Now, if you were a teacher of English
you might tend to downgrade the composition of that sentence. Yet my
scholarly Egyptian friend said that every one of those ands was an important
element in the construction of that sentence, allowing his translation to flow
smoothly back to a Semitic language. (Elder Nelson, “A Treasured Testament,” Ensign, Jul
1993, p. 61, adapted from an address given 25 June 1992 at a seminar for new mission presidents,
Missionary Training Center, Provo, Utah.)
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Despite the secret
combinations, look for the
blessings that came to the
faithful and how they
qualified to receive them):
Helaman 3:24–30
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Helaman 3:29
“The man of Christ”
What
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Who was the
manliest man ever?
IF CHRIST WAS ONE
OF THE MANLIEST
MEN EVER, THEN WHY
DID HE POSSESS SO
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ATTRIBUTES?
Share something you know
is true about this verse…
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and
has been from the fall of Adam, and will be,
forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings
of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man
and becometh a saint through the atonement of
Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child,
submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love,
willing to submit to all things which the Lord
seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth
submit to his father.
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Overcoming the Natural Man (Elder Eyring)
Review
Galatians
5:17
“The flesh lusteth
against the Spirit,
and the Spirit
against the flesh:
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HELAMAN 3:35
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HELAMAN 3:35
• Cleansing power—Jesus has the
power to cleanse us and make us
pure.
• Healing power—physically,
mentally, emotionally, and
spiritually.
• Restoring power—Jesus has the
power to make things right.
• Identifying power—Jesus has the
power to understand and
empathize.
• Strengthening power—to give us
strength beyond our natural ability.
• Transforming power—Jesus has the
power to change our very natures.
The Natural Student
is an enemy to God
The Natural Basketball player
is an enemy to God
The Natural Cheerleader
is an enemy to God
The Natural Brother
is an enemy to God
The Natural Parent
is an enemy to God
The Natural Teenager
is an enemy to God
• When and how have you been blessed by
Jesus’ ability to empathize with you and
understand what you are going through?
• When and how have you felt the Atonement
of Christ heal you, physically, emotionally,
or spiritually?
• When have you been given specific, inspired
instructions or directions from God to
overcome and/or meet your needs?
• When have you been strengthened by Christ
to do good works?
• In what ways and how has the Atonement of
Jesus Christ changed your attitude, desires,
or character— transformed you?
What can you do today to more fully
“become a man of Christ”?
Helaman 4:23-24, 26
Physical strength doesn't
last long without God's help.
Helaman 1-4
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