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Friday, May 05, 2006

What's so bad about Helaman?

In Alma 50:37-38 we read that Alma was hesitant to bestow the records on his son Helaman, or at least that he had wanted to bestow them upon Nephihah first. Did he not trust Helaman? Judging from the Alma chapters 36-42 Alma seemed to trust Shiblon more then his other two sons. Why didn’t he confer the records into Shiblon’s hands?

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Blogger jimcalkins said...

I don't see how you came up with "hesitant" from the verses cited, but if that is the case, I would assume it's for the same reason the office of the prophet is not patriarchal. Alma probably thought that the safest place for the records was with the Chief Judge, and when Nephihah wouldn't take them, his next thought was with his son (also, I don't see why you think Shiblon was favored more than Helaman).

5/15/2006 7:52 AM  

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