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Question #45261 posted on 05/26/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Alma 12:37, what are the "second commandments"? And what are the first ones, then?

- pyloric

A: Dear pyloric,

The second commandments are those pertaining to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and therefore the commandments to which we are now subject. In verse 31 we learn that the first commandments are those that Adam and Eve transgressed in the Garden of Eden, "becoming as Gods." In this enlightened but fallen state they and their posterity needed a new set of commandments to guide them to salvation through the Redeemer, hence "the gospel began to be preached, from the beginning, being declared by holy angels sent forth from the presence of God" (Moses 5:58). To emphasize the change caused by the Fall, Alma calls this gospel the "second commandments" in his discourse to the people of Ammonihah.

--Fear and Trembling