Men of Truth and Soberness… Taught to Keep the Commandments of God

Alma 53

This is the part of the Gospel of Christ that I do not understand, I do not know it. I don’t know how a group of converts to the Church can effectively teach their children principles that would cause their young men to be “men of truth and soberness”. This thing seems nearly impossible to me. (I would have better luck raising stones up to be my children, it seems.)

But to see that an entire group of converts were able to teach their sons to keep the commandments of God suggests to me that this isn’t a game of chance, and that it isn’t a personality disorder, and that it’s not so much about every child having their own agency. The group understood the power of the doctrine and were converted to it. How?

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