Alma 26: "In His Strength I Can Do All Things"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 116–117

Full-time missionaries often return home with great enthusiasm. When faithful missionaries return, how do they usually speak regarding their mission experience, the people they taught, and the Lord? As you read Alma 26, imagine you were present when Ammon reflected on his mission. Does he seem boastful or humble? To whom did he give the credit for his success? What can you learn about gratitude from his example?

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 26

Abyss (v. 3)A very deep hole, a bottomless depth
Fold of God (v. 4)Church
Sheaves … gathered into the garners (v. 5)Refers to harvesting; a symbolic way of speaking about the converts who were brought into the Church
Bounty (v. 15)Abundance
Long-suffering (v. 16)Patience
Consign (v. 19)Deliver, commit
Penitent (v. 21)Repentant, humble
Suffered every privation (v. 28)Gone without what was needed

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 26.

Activity A iconComplete the Chart

Ammon used descriptive words to illustrate his ideas in Alma 26:3–7. Copy and complete the following chart:

Alma 26

Ammon’s Words


v. 3

“The darkest abyss”

A most sinful condition

v. 3

“Instruments in the hands of God”

v. 5

“The field was ripe”

v. 5

Worked sharing the gospel and experienced success

v. 5

Converts brought into the Church

v. 6

Stand firm in the faith during temptation

v. 7

“The Lord of the harvest”

Activity B iconAnswer in Your Own Words

Review Alma 26:10 and find what Aaron thought Ammon was doing.

  1. 1.

    Read Alma 26:11–16 and summarize what you feel Ammon actually said and did.

  2. 2.

    Record examples from your life when you received help from the Lord.

Activity C iconWrite a Letter

  1. 1.

    Read Doctrine and Covenants 18:13–16 and list the promises the Lord made to those who share the gospel. Find the descriptions in Alma 26:1–4, 13–14, 35 that are similar to those promises, and next to each promise you listed write the verse number in which it appears.

  2. 2.

    Write a letter to a missionary you know, or talk with a returned missionary, and cite the verses from Alma 26 you most enjoyed. Ask him or her to send you a brief description of the greatest joy found while serving the Lord.