Alma 17: A Mission to the Lamanites

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 110

In Mosiah 28, the four sons of King Mosiah desired to serve a mission rather than one of them serve as king. Alma 17 begins the account of their missions to the Lamanites, showing wonderful examples of what it means to be a missionary. As you read the next few chapters, pay special attention to what you learn about the preparation, actions, and teachings of successful missionaries. Remember, you do not have to be a full-time missionary to begin applying what you learn.
Ammon, Aaron, Omner, Himni

Ammon, Aaron, Omner, Himni

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 17

Waxed (v. 2)Grown
Fatigue (v. 5)Tiredness
Baseness (v. 9)Wickedness
Indolent (v. 15)Lazy
Stations (v. 18)Assignments

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Alma 17.

Activity A iconIdentify the Pattern

  1. 1.

    Make a simple diagram, like the one below, in your notebook. Then search Alma 17:2–3 and list in the boxes the pattern the sons of Mosiah followed for obtaining spiritual power.

What they did to prepare:


What the result was:

  1. 2.

    Which of those spiritual blessings would you especially like to receive? What will you have to do to receive it?

Activity B iconApply the Scriptures

Consider the following situation: Elder Brown and Elder Wilson are the first missionaries assigned to a small, isolated town. The mayor of the town found out that the elders had arrived and sent a message to them that they were not welcome in his town. In their morning gospel study the elders read Alma 17. They both felt that they should apply what they learned to their modern situation.

  1. 1.

    Write an ending to this story that includes what you think these two elders might do to apply the principles they learned in Alma 17. Try to include as many principles of effective missionary work as possible.

  2. 2.

    At the end of your story, list the principles they applied and the verses in which you found each principle.