Understanding the Scriptures
|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 , 210).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 23.
A True Conversion
Read Alma 23:6–13 and answer the following questions:
What did the Lamanites who were baptized do that showed they were converted to the Lord?
Why do you think those Lamanites “never did fall away” (v. 6)?
What weapons of rebellion against God should people “lay down” today?
Teaching the Gospel
Study Alma 23:4–6 and answer the following questions:
What did Aaron and his brothers use as a primary source for teaching?
What power assisted them in their teaching?
What phrases describe how effective their teaching was?
What experiences have strengthened your testimony?
Explain 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.