Alma 23: The Anti-Nephi-Lehies

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 114–115

Do you know anyone who was converted to the Lord and His gospel through missionary work? How did they change when they accepted the gospel? In what ways has studying the Book of Mormon influenced your life? As you read Alma 23, notice how the gospel message changed the people Ammon taught. Look for the covenant they made and consider how it would affect their future.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 23

Decree (v. 2)Law, order
Free access (v. 2)Freedom to come and go as they wanted
Plunder (v. 3)Rob
Consecrating (v. 4)Setting apart for a sacred purpose
Consulted (v. 16)Talked, sought the advice
Distinguished (v. 16)Known or identified by
Industrious (v. 18)Hardworking, prosperous
Correspondence (v. 18)Friendly relationship and communication

Alma 23:17—What Does the Name Anti-Nephi-Lehi Mean?

The name Anti-Nephi-Lehi may mean that the new converts desired to become like Nephi and Lehi and may have chosen a new name that reflected their righteous desires. Studies show that in some languages there is a common root corresponding to the word anti that means “in the face of” or “facing,” like you would face a mirror. It may have a meaning similar to the word imitation. In this light the name Anti-Nephi-Lehies might refer to those who desire to imitate what the descendants of Nephi and Lehi taught (see Daniel H. Ludlow, A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon [1976], 210).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 23.

Activity A iconA True Conversion

Read Alma 23:6–13 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What did the Lamanites who were baptized do that showed they were converted to the Lord?

  2. 2.

    Why do you think those Lamanites “never did fall away” (v. 6)?

  3. 3.

    What weapons of rebellion against God should people “lay down” today?

Activity B iconTeaching the Gospel


Study Alma 23:4–6 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What did Aaron and his brothers use as a primary source for teaching?

  2. 2.

    What power assisted them in their teaching?

  3. 3.

    What phrases describe how effective their teaching was?

  4. 4.

    What experiences have strengthened your testimony?

Activity C iconExplain Who and Why

Review Alma 23:6–13, 16–18. Explain who the people were who had taken upon themselves the name Anti-Nephi-Lehi and why they were so faithful in keeping the commandments.