Lessons from the Book of Mormon as taught by S.J. Hollist, in
“Lesson 21: The Zoramites and the Rameumptom,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, 71
Empty worship does no more good for our spiritual nourishment than eating cardboard does for our physical nourishment. In this lesson you will learn about appropriate and sincere ways to worship God.
Read Alma 31
; 34:1–30, 38–41
; and 35:1–9
"the Zoramites were perverting the ways of the Lord . . . the Zoramites were dissenters from the Nephites; therefore they had had the word of God preached unto them" (Alma 31:1–3, 8
). "for they would not observe to keep the commandments of God" (Alma 31:8–11
"they had a place built up in the center of their synagogue . . . the top thereof would only admit one person . . . whosoever desired to worship must go forth and stand upon the top thereof . . . from this stand they did offer up, every man, the selfsame prayer unto God, thanking their God that they were chosen of him" (Alma 31:13–18, 21–23
This type of self centered, repetitive, and open worship draws more attention to our selves then it does our hearts towards God. Many of the things the Zoramites believed were wrong. Is it important to know who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ really are and what they are like, so that we know how to worship them appropriately.
The Repetitive nature of the Zoramites’ prayers and their lack of worship outside of their synagogues show that they were insincere (Alma 31:23, 27
). How can we make our prayers more sincere?
The Zoramites also thought they were better than others (Alma 31:24–25, 27–28
). In what ways might we sometimes feel we are better than others? Pride is a serious sin as it leads us away from God.
Alma and the other leaders "were astonished beyond all measure" when the Zoramites (Alma 31:19, 24, 30–31
The Zoramites’ hearts were set on "their costly apparel . . . all their precious things" (Alma 31:28
). What are some worldly things that people today set their hearts on? When we set our hearts on worldly things, we become prideful and forget about God.
Alma prayed for himself and for his companions that they "may have success in bringing [the Zoramites] again unto . . . Christ." (Alma 31:31–35
). Praying for specific things, help make Alma's prayer more sincere. How has praying helped you with a problem?
Amulek testify that Jesus Christ "shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world" (Alma 34:8
"ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness. Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you." (Alma 34:18–27
). We can worship Heavenly Father every day of the week by praying every day.
"after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and . . . [don't] impart of your substance . . . [then] your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith" (Alma 34:28
The people of Ammon (the Anti-Nephi-Lehies) "did receive all the poor of the Zoramites that came over unto them; and they did nourish them, and did clothe them, and did give unto them lands for their inheritance; and they did administer unto them according to their wants." (Alma 35:9
). How should we treat a stranger or those who are poor among us? How is this showing love for Heavenly Father? (see: Matthew 25:40
; Mosiah 2:17
If we humbly and sincerely worship Heavenly Father, he will bless us, and we will receive answers to our prayers.
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