Alma 27: A New Home for the Anti-Nephi-Lehies

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 117–118

The fact that many Lamanites were converted to the Lord and sacrificed their lives rather than take up their swords again showed their marvelous commitment to Him. As you read in Alma 24, note that the actions of those devoted and repentant Lamanites helped bring about the conversion of even more Lamanites. Not everyone was touched by their actions, however. Other Lamanites (and Nephites who had dissented) continued to try to destroy the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. In Alma 27 you will learn what the Lord said about that situation. As you read, think about the decision the Nephites made. How would you have voted? Why? In what ways might their example apply today?

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 27

In vain (v. 1)Useless
Perish (vv. 10, 12)Die
Try (v. 15)Test, determine their feelings
Penitent (v. 18)Repentant, humble
Maintain (v. 24)Support, provide supplies for
Distinguished (vv. 26–27)Known, identified
Zeal, zealous (vv. 27, 30)Eager desire, devotion
Abhorrence (v. 28)Hatred, detestation
Prevailed upon (v. 28)Convinced, persuaded
Aggravating (v. 29)Severe, intensely painful
Inflicted (v. 29)Forced, imposed

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 27.

Activity A iconWhat Was the Plan?

The following chart will help follow the problem Alma faced and the plan he decided to carry out. Copy the chart in your notebook, and then use the information in Alma 27:1–12 to help you complete it.

The Safety of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies

The Problem

(see Alma 27:1–4)


The Plan

(see v. 5)


(see vv. 6–9)


How the Decision Was Made

(see vv. 10–12)


What Actually Happened

(see vv. 14–15, 20–26)

Activity B iconWhat Are the Qualifications?

  1. 1.

    According to Alma 27:18, who experiences the greatest joy and happiness?

  2. 2.

    Who will never know whether the teaching of Alma 27:18 is true or not? Who will surely not know?

  3. 3.

    Using the helps available in your scriptures, find two other qualifications for experiencing great joy and happiness.

Activity C iconIdentify Words and Phrases

  1. 1.

    List the words and phrases from Alma 27:27–30 that distinguish the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, who were the people of Ammon.

  2. 2.

    Which of those would you especially like to be known by? Why?