“Lesson 94: Alma 37,” 2017 Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2017)
Alma continued his counsel to his son Helaman and gave him charge over the sacred records. Alma instructed his son about what to teach the people. Comparing the words of Christ to the Liahona, he impressed upon Helaman the importance of looking to them for guidance.
Note: This lesson provides an opportunity for three students to teach the class. To help prepare these students to teach, provide each student with a copy of the section he or she is to teach a day or two in advance. Or you could choose to teach these sections yourself.
Alma entrusts Helaman with the records, counsels him to keep the commandments, and reminds him that the Liahona worked through faith
Copy the following diagram on the board:
Ask students to list on the board some small and simple things that have made a big impact for good in their lives. You may want to ask them to explain their responses.
Explain that Alma 37 contains Alma’s counsel to help his son Helaman prepare to be the next keeper of the sacred records. Alma taught him about the role of small and simple things in the Lord’s work.
Invite a student to read Alma 37:6–7 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for truths Alma taught about the value of “small and simple things” (verse 6).
What truths do we learn from these verses about the value of “small and simple things”? (Students may identify several truths, including the following: By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. The Lord works by very small means to bring about the salvation of many souls.)
Invite students to read Alma 37:1–5 silently, looking for an example of something that can have a big impact in people’s lives.
What did Alma speak of that can have a big impact in people’s lives? (The holy scriptures. Write The scriptures on the board under “Small and simple things.”)
Have students search Alma 37:8–10 for ways the scriptures influenced the people of the Book of Mormon. As students report what they find, you may want to write their responses under “BIG IMPACT.”
In what ways have the scriptures had an impact on your life?
Summarize Alma 37:11–32 by explaining that Alma taught Helaman that the Lord would show forth His power in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. He charged Helaman to follow the Lord’s commandments and carefully keep the records. He also instructed Helaman to use the records to teach the people and to avoid revealing all the details of the Jaredites’ wickedness.
The rest of this lesson is designed to be taught by three students. The student teachers may take turns teaching the entire class, or you could divide the class into three groups and invite the student teachers to take turns teaching each group. In either case, the student teachers should take about seven minutes to present their lessons and guide discussion.
Provide one of the following handouts to each of the three student teachers to help him or her prepare and present a portion of the lesson.
After students finish teaching their portions of the lesson, thank them. Conclude by inviting the class to follow along as you read Alma 37:46–47 aloud. Share your testimony of the principles students learned today, and encourage them to “look to God and live” (Alma 37:47) by applying these principles in their lives.
Learn in Thy Youth(3:02)—President Gordon B. Hinckley shares a story about the effects of neglecting a young tree. Consider showing this video instead of reading President Hinckley's account of his misshapen tree.