Lesson 28: The Word Is in Christ unto Salvation

Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 17–18


  • Alma compared the word of God to a seed (Alma 32:28). What can you do to “give place” in your heart for the word of God? (Alma 32:28).

  • Read Alma 32:28–35. What do you think it means to feel the word “swell within your breasts”? How do the scriptures enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding, and expand your mind? In what ways has the word of God been delicious to you?

  • After hearing Alma’s discourse, the people desired to know “in what manner they should begin to exercise their faith” (Alma 33:1). Alma responded by citing teachings of the prophets Zenos, Zenock, and Moses. What was the central message of these teachings? (See Alma 33:3–22.)

After you study Alma 33:19–22, read Numbers 21:4–9, John 3:1–16, 1 Nephi 17:41, Alma 37:46, and Helaman 8:13–15. Look for ways that the combination of these passages gives you more insight than any of the passages could give on its own.

Suggestion for Family Discussion

To help family members visualize Alma’s message about nourishing the word of God in our hearts (Alma 32:28–43), give each family member a seed and a small container of soil. Invite family members to plant their seeds and nourish them adequately with water and sunshine. Over the next few weeks, observe how the seeds grow.