Alma and Nehor

Alma the Younger chosen as chief judge

Before King Mosiah died, the Nephites chose judges to lead them. Alma the Younger became the chief judge. He was also the leader of the Church. Mosiah 29:41–42, 46

Nehor told lies

A large, strong man named Nehor went about teaching lies. He said that everyone would be saved, whether they were good or bad. Alma 1:2–6

He preached against God's church

When Nehor preached against God’s church, a righteous man named Gideon stepped forward to defend it. Nehor argued with Gideon. Alma 1:7–8

Nehor killed Gideon

Because Gideon answered him with the words of God, Nehor drew his sword and killed Gideon. Alma 1:9

Nehor before Alma to be judged

Nehor was brought before Alma to be judged. Nehor boldly defended himself. Alma 1:10–11

Nehor guilty of killing Gideon

But Alma said that Nehor was guilty of trying to destroy the people by teaching them to be wicked and of killing Gideon, a righteous man. Alma 1:12–13

He must die

Alma said that Nehor must be punished for killing Gideon. According to the law, Nehor must die. Alma 1:14

Nehor put to death

Nehor was taken to a nearby hill and put to death. But many people remembered the evil teachings of Nehor. Alma 1:15–16

Some people didn't obey God

These people loved the riches of the world and would not obey God’s commandments. They made fun of Church members and argued and fought with them. Alma 1:19–20, 22

The righteous obeyed the commandments

The righteous people continued to obey the commandments. They did not complain even when they were hurt by Nehor’s followers. Alma 1:25

God blessed them for sharing

They shared with the poor and cared for the sick. They were blessed because they obeyed the commandments of God. Alma 1:27–31

[illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Thompson