After Alma taught Zeezrom and others in Ammonihah about the plan of redemption, he testified of the priesthood and the doctrine of foreordination. Read the following quotations in connection with your study of Alma 13:1–7:
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith , 365).
President Spencer W. Kimball taught: “Before we came here, faithful women were given certain assignments while faithful men were foreordained to certain priesthood tasks. While we do not now remember the particulars, this does not alter the glorious reality of what we once agreed to. You are accountable for those things which long ago were expected of you just as are those we sustain as prophets and apostles!” (“The Role of Righteous Women,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 102).
After being persecuted in prison for many days, how were Alma and Amulek finally delivered? (See Alma 14:26–29; Ether 12:12–13.) What are some things from which we need to be delivered? Why must our faith be centered in Christ to lead us to deliverance? (See Mosiah 3:17; Moroni 7:33.)
What does Alma 15:3–5 reveal about Zeezrom’s trust in Alma and Amulek? In whom did Zeezrom need to place his trust in order to be healed? (See Alma 15:6–10.) What do you learn from Zeezrom’s actions after he was healed? (See Alma 15:11–12.)
Suggestion for Family Discussion
After reviewing all or part of Alma 13–16, ask each family member to share something that he or she has learned from the account.