Understanding the Scriptures
|Endeavor (v. 2)||Try|
|Voice (vv. 3–4)||Vote|
|Deprive them of (v. 4)||Take away|
|Dispute (v. 5)||Argument, debate|
|Wonderful (v. 5)||Astonishing, surprising|
|Distinguished (v. 11)||Known by, identified|
|Ravenous (v. 37)||Very hungry|
|Trodden (v. 2)||Trampled, stomped|
|Shorn (v. 4)||Shaved|
|Girded (v. 5)||Wrapped or tied|
|Mingle his seed, mingleth his seed (vv. 9, 15)||Marry and have children with|
|Called under that head (v. 10)||Identified by that name|
|Condemnation (v. 19)||Punishment, sentence|
|Listed, listeth (vv. 26–27)||Desired, listened|
Alma 3:6–12—Who Are Lamanites and Who Are Nephites?
At this time in the Book of Mormon account, the identity of a Nephite and a Lamanite was not so much a matter of actual bloodline as it was a matter of belief. Those who were “led away by the Lamanites” (Alma 3:10) were called Lamanites regardless of their actual family line. Those who believed in the records of the Nephites and who “believed in the commandments of God” (v. 11) were known as Nephites regardless of their lineage.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity B and activity A or C as you study Alma 2–3.
Describe the Problem
Amlici was a talented and cunning man. Alma knew that he presented a real threat to the Nephite society.
Study Alma 2:1–4 and describe what Amlici planned to do.
How do verses 5–10 show that Alma’s concerns about Amlici were accurate?
Find an Application
Alma 2:12–38 describes the preparation and the battles that occurred in the war between the Nephites and the Amlicites and Lamanites. As you ponder these events, think of how these battles are like the battles you must fight against wickedness. Respond to the following questions:
How was Amlici’s plan for the Nephites similar to Satan’s plan for you?
Describe at least two things Alma did to defeat Amlici that are like what you could do to defend yourself against Satan’s attacks.
Give a Modern Example
Review Alma 3:4–10 and explain the reason for that curse.
What promise did the Lord make to those who joined with the Lamanites and fought against the Nephites? (see verses 9–17).
What did the Amlicites do to fulfill that promise themselves?
How do people “mark themselves” as unbelievers today?