Keep in mind the following statement by President Ezra Taft Benson as you study Alma 30–31:
“The Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. … The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time” (“The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1988, 3).
When Korihor asked for a sign of God’s existence, what signs did Alma put forth as evidence that God lives? (See Alma 30:44.) How have these evidences helped strengthen your faith?
As you study Alma 31, contrast the Zoramites’ prayer with Alma’s prayer. You may want to note the differences you find.
Suggestion for Family Discussion
Explain that ideas similar to Korihor’s teachings are sometimes presented by people today. Then discuss the following questions:
What can we do to withstand the influence of people who try to destroy our faith? (Answers may include that we can study the scriptures; pray; avoid contention; and talk with parents, the bishop, or other trusted friends.)