Understanding the Scriptures
|Kindreds, kindred, kinsfolk (vv. 4, 7, 11)||Family members|
|The hand of my industry (v. 4)||My hard, honest work|
|Mysteries (v. 5)||Truths that can only be known by divine revelation|
|Preservation (v. 5)||Saving|
|Manifest (v. 10)||Known|
|Cunning devices (v. 13)||Devious and misleading ways of asking questions and speaking|
|Pervert (v. 18)||Change, corrupt|
|Pestilence (vv. 22–23)||Disease or plague|
|Revile against, reviled against (vv. 24, 29)||Criticize, insult|
|Foremost (v. 31)||First in rank or importance|
Alma 10:22–23—“The Prayers of the Righteous”
President Spencer W. Kimball, then Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Many voices of seducing spirits advocate carnal pleasures and unrestrained physical satisfactions. Our world is now much the same as it was in the days of the Nephite prophet who said: ‘… if it were not for the prayers of the righteous … ye would even now be visited with utter destruction. …’ (Al. 10:22.) Of course, there are many many upright and faithful who live all the commandments and whose lives and prayers keep the world from destruction” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 7; or Ensign, June 1971, 16).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 10.
Interview a New Convert
Talk with a recent convert to the Church about his or her conversion and testimony. Compare this convert’s experience with Amulek’s in Alma 10:1–11. Answer the following questions:
Make a Word List
As you read Alma 10:12–32, list the words that describe the lawyers and judges in Ammonihah.
Why do you think those learned, rich, and influential people were so concerned with Alma and Amulek’s words?
In Alma 10:22–23, Amulek taught an important doctrine. Study those verses and answer the following questions:
What protected the city of Ammonihah from destruction?
What are some examples that show how this principle is true today?
What comfort and reassurance does this principle give you?