Alma 12: Alma Teaches the Plan of Salvation

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 106–107

You may have many opportunities during your life to share the gospel with others and to teach those who are not members of the Church. Alma 11 is a record of Amulek’s experience with Zeezrom. Alma 12 is a record of Alma teaching Zeezrom and the people round about. As you read chapter 12, think about how missionaries today might use these teachings or doctrines during their discussions.


Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 12

Consciousness (v. 1)Knowledge, recollection
Spake on this wise (v. 2)Spoke in this way
Subtle, subtlety (v. 4)Clever, sly, cunning
Revile (v. 4)Criticize, insult
Snare (v. 6)Trap
Laid (v. 9)Put
Impart (v. 9)Give
Heed and diligence (v. 9)Obedience and faithfulness
Fain be glad if (v. 14)Wish, be willing
Cherubim (v. 21)A kind of angelic being
Void (v. 23)Useless
Probationary state, preparatory state (vv. 24, 26)Time of testing
From the foundation of the world (v. 25)In the premortal life
Remission (v. 34)Forgiveness
Provoketh, provocation, provoke (vv. 36–37)Provide a reason for another person to be angry; the “first provocation” can refer to the Fall of mankind or to the time when the children of Israel murmured and chose wickedness after being delivered by the Lord from Egypt (see footnote 36c).

Alma 12:9–10—How Can I Come to “Know the Mysteries of God”?

Modern revelation clarifies that we progress step by step. We receive more light and truth as we keep God’s commandments and live true to the light and truth we already have. (See D&C 84:44–47; 93:20, 27–28.)

Alma 12:16–18, 32—What Is the Second Death?

Elder Boyd K. Packer, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained: “The Atonement was absolutely essential for men to cleanse themselves from sin and overcome the second death, which is the spiritual death, which is separation from our Father in Heaven. For the scriptures tell us, seven times they tell us, that no unclean thing may enter the presence of God” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1988, 82; or Ensign, May 1988, 70; see also number 5 in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Alma 5:9, p. 101).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 12.

Activity A iconDefine a Term

  1. 1.

    Read Alma 12:6 and list three phrases that identify Satan’s intentions.

  2. 2.

    For each phrase you listed, write down one method Satan uses to drag youth down today.

  3. 3.

    Study Alma 12:9–11 and write a definition for the term “chains of hell.”

Activity B iconWrite a Talk

Imagine being assigned to speak in sacrament meeting on the subject “The Final Judgment.” Write a short talk using Alma 12:12–18 as your reference. Use at least two quotations from those verses.

Activity C iconAn Upward Fall

Adam and Eve

Read Alma 12:19–27 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What happened when Adam partook of the forbidden fruit?

  2. 2.

    What would have happened if Adam had partaken of the tree of life after he had partaken of the forbidden fruit? (see v. 23).

  3. 3.

    Why is a “probationary state” necessary before our resurrection and judgment? (see Alma 42:4–5).