Alma 16: The End of the City of Ammonihah

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 109

Alma warned the wicked people of Ammonihah that they would be destroyed if they did not repent (see Alma 8:16–17; 9:4). Alma 16 tells how that prophecy was fulfilled. Ironically, the rest of the land was enjoying great blessings from the Lord as the Church grew under Alma’s teaching and leadership. As you read this chapter, think about what Mormon wanted us to learn by contrasting the story of Ammonihah with the description of the blessings that came to the righteous.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 16

Sufficient (v. 3)Large enough
Desolate (vv. 10–11)Uninhabited
Carcases were mangled (v. 10)Dead bodies were torn
Synagogues (v. 13)Churches, places of worship
Grafted into the true vine (v. 17)Joined with Christ and His Church

Grafting is joining the branch of one plant with the stem of another. It is a symbol for how we are joined to Jesus Christ.

Strifes (v. 18)Contentions, arguments
Malice (v. 18)Desire to hurt others, hatred
Revilings (v. 18)Criticisms, insults
Lasciviousness (v. 18)Lustful actions

Studying the Scriptures

Do one of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 16.

Activity A iconDraw a Map

  1. 1.

    In your notebook, draw a simplified version of the map of the Book of Mormon lands found on page 203. Label the map with the places mentioned in Alma 16:1–8. Then, with arrows and explanations, show what happened in verses 1–8.

  2. 2.

    What lesson do you think Mormon wanted us to learn from this story?

Activity B iconImagine Yourself in This Story

Review what life was like in Zarahemla after “the establishment of the church became general throughout the land” (Alma 16:15; see vv. 15–21). Describe two things you would have liked most about living there then.

Activity C iconDescribe the Benefits

Search Alma 16 and describe at least three benefits that would come to your community if everyone lived the gospel.