Understanding the Scriptures
|Greatly err (v. 2)||Make a big mistake|
|Bestowed (v. 16)||Given, imparted|
|Type (v. 19)||Symbol, likeness|
|Casting about your eyes (v. 21)||Looking around|
|Slothful (v. 21)||Lazy|
Alma 33:3–17—Zenos and Zenock
See the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for 1 Nephi 19:10 (p. 30).
Alma 33:18–22—Why Did Moses Raise a Serpent on a Pole?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “Moses, in the wilderness, when the Lord sent ‘fiery serpents’ among them, so that many people in Israel were bitten and died, made a serpent of brass and put it upon a pole. Then all who were bitten by the poisonous creeping things and who looked, in faith, upon the brazen serpent, lived; the others died. Why? Because Moses was commanded of God so to do, and the thing was an ordinance in Israel—an ordinance performed in similitude of the fact that the Promised Messiah would be lifted up upon the cross, and all who looked to him in faith would live: the others would die” (The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, 4 vols. [1979–81], 1:476–77).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study Alma 33.
The Lord’s Solutions
In Alma 31:8–23 and 32:2–5 we read of the problems of the Zoramites and of the ways many of them had gone astray. Identify at least two of their problems and false teachings, and then summarize what Alma taught in Alma 33 that provided answers or solutions to each of those you listed.