Alma 24: A Covenant Kept

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 115–116

Think of the covenants you made at baptism and how important those covenants are. Would you be willing to give up your life rather than break your covenants? The Anti-Nephi-Lehies valued their covenants more than their lives. As you read about their commitment, think about the courage required to keep your covenants in today’s world.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 24

Merits (v. 10)Righteous acts, Atonement
Stain (vv. 11–13, 15)Discoloration, spot; in verse 11 and the first time it is used in verses 12 and 15, it is used symbolically to mean guilt or sins.
Imparted (v. 15)Gave
Vouching (v. 18)Promising
Prostrated (v. 21)Lay down
Were stung (v. 25)Felt pain and sorrow
Discern (v. 30)Know, see

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Alma 24.

Activity A iconTrue or False?

Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying weapons

Write the following statements in your notebook. Using Alma 24:11–19, indicate which statements are correct by writing true at the end of the sentence. Rewrite the false statements to make them true.

  1. 1.

    The people felt that they were the most lost of all mankind because of the killing they had done prior to their conversion (see v. 11).

  2. 2.

    The Anti-Nephi-Lehies were sure they could be forgiven if they went again to battle (see vv. 12–13).

  3. 3.

    The people disarmed themselves because they feared going to war and being killed (see v. 16).

  4. 4.

    Rather than killing and stealing, these converts decided to be fed and taken care of by the Nephites (see v. 18).

  5. 5.

    Their conversion was so strong that they were willing to die rather than sin (see v. 19).

Activity B iconCreate a Historical Marker

Read Alma 24:17–26. Imagine that a historical marker was placed on the site where those events took place. Make a sketch of what you would like the marker to look like and what you think should be written on it.