The Zoramites and the Rameumptom

Print Share

    The Zoramites had once belonged to God’s church but had become wicked and were worshipping idols. Alma 31:1, 8–10

    Alma preaches to the Zoramites

    The Nephites did not want the Zoramites to join the Lamanites, so Alma took missionaries with him to preach the word of God to the Zoramites. Alma 31:4–7

    The Zoramite way of worship

    The missionaries were surprised and upset at the way the Zoramites were worshipping in their churches, called synagogues. Alma 31:12

    The Rameumptom

    They had built a high platform, called the Rameumptom, in the center of the church. There was room for only one person to stand at the top. Alma 31:13, 21

    A set prayer

    The Zoramites took turns standing there, reaching toward heaven, and crying out loudly a set prayer. Alma 31:14, 20

    Zoramites didn’t believe in Christ

    In this prayer, the Zoramites said that God was only a spirit and had no body and that there would be no Christ. Alma 31:15–16

    They thought they were the favorite people

    They believed that God had chosen only them to be saved in the kingdom of heaven; they gave thanks for being his favorite people. Alma 31:17–18

    They only thought of God once a week

    After all the Zoramites had prayed, they went home and did not speak of their God or pray again for a whole week. Alma 31:23

    Alma was sad because of the Zoramites

    The wealthy Zoramites loved gold and silver, and they boasted about their worldly treasures. Alma was very sad to see how wicked they were. Alma 31:24–25

    He prayed for the missionaries

    Alma prayed for his missionaries and himself to have strength, comfort, and help in their work. Alma 31:26, 32–33

    Missionaries filled with the Holy Ghost

    After asking to be able to bring the Zoramites back to the truth, Alma and the other missionaries were filled with the Holy Ghost. Alma 31:34–36

    God blessed them

    The missionaries went out separately to preach. God blessed them with food, drink, and clothing, and with strength in their work. Alma 31:37–38; Alma 32:1

    Poor Zoramites not allowed in the churches

    Poor Zoramites were not allowed inside the churches to worship God. They began to listen to the missionaries. Alma 32:2–3

    They asked Alma what they should do

    Many came to ask Alma what they should do. Alma told them that they did not need to be inside a church to pray or to worship God. Alma 32:4–5, 9–11

    Alma taught them about faith in God

    Alma taught them to have faith in God. Then Amulek told them about Jesus Christ and about God’s plan for all people. Alma 32:17–21; Alma 34:1, 8–9

    Believers were thrown out of the city

    The missionaries left, and the Zoramites who believed were thrown out of their city. They went to live in the land of Jershon. Alma 35:1–2, 6

    They traveled to Jershon

    Although the wicked Zoramites threatened the people of Ammon, who lived in Jershon, the people of Ammon gave the righteous Zoramites food, clothing, and land. Alma 35:8–9

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Thompson