“The State of Dilemma”

Brant Gardner

Once again Alma compares Gideon (favorably) to Zarahemla. It is interesting that he characterizes those in Zarahemla as being in a “state of dilemma.” This would appear to indicate that Alma understands that there are multiple options of how these people might lead their lives, and that he also understands the attractiveness of the other option. Of course he would do so, because at one time he himself elected that other path. He himself succumbed to the dilemma. Just as forcefully as he can see their dilemma, however, he also forcefully sees the better choice.

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