Alma 29: "O That I Were an Angel"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 119


Serving an honorable mission provides many valuable experiences and opportunities for spiritual growth. It brings a feeling that fills the heart with joy. As you read Alma 29, try to sense the joy Alma felt as he thought of the blessings that came to him and others because of his participation in the Lord’s work. Missionaries today can feel the same kind of joy as they bless others with their service. Notice also the effect Alma’s joy had on his desires.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 29

Content (v. 3)Satisfied
Allotted, allotteth (vv. 3–4)Given, assigned
Harrow up (v. 4)Feel tormented or pained
Unalterable (v. 4)Unchangeable
Remorse of conscience (v. 5)Regret, guilt feelings
Seeth fit (v. 8)Feels is proper

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 29.

Activity A iconGive Some Counsel

Using what you learn in Alma 29, write a letter of counsel that could be given to a young man on his way to the mission field. Include at least two ideas from Alma 29 about the attitudes of a great missionary.

Activity B iconNotice an Important Word

The word remember appears several times in Alma 29:10–13. You may want to highlight it each time it occurs.

  1. 1.

    What did Alma remember? Why did he remember those things?

  2. 2.

    What do you remember when you desire to increase your feelings of spirituality?

Activity C iconDefine a Word

According to Alma 29:13–17, how would Alma define success in being one of the Lord’s servants—such as a missionary? (See Alma 8:15 for what the angel told Alma earlier in his life that would give him reason to rejoice even in his seeming unsuccessful efforts.)