Alma 34: The Eternal Plan of Redemption

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 123–124

Have you ever been lost? In Alma 34, Amulek testified that if it had not been for the Savior’s Atonement, all mankind would die two different deaths and be lost forever. Such are the serious effects of the Fall of Adam on all mankind. As you read, ponder the ways that Jesus Christ’s Atonement helps us overcome these deaths. Remember that for us to receive all the blessings of God’s plan of redemption we must participate by doing what our Heavenly Father requires of us. Look for what you must do to fulfill His plan.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 34

Dissension (v. 2)Rebellion, apostasy
Expedient (vv. 9–10, 13)Necessary, essential
Every jot and tittle (v. 13)Even the least part (jots and tittles are the smallest written symbols in the Hebrew language)
Availeth you nothing (v. 28)Is worthless to you, does not help you
Dross (v. 29)Waste, of little value or use
Procrastinate, procrastinated (vv. 33, 35)Put off, delay
Subjected to (v. 35)Controlled by
Revile (v. 40)Insult, criticize

Alma 34:9–14—“A Great and Last Sacrifice”

Amulek taught that only “an infinite and eternal sacrifice” would have the power to redeem God’s children from the Fall of Adam, which brought sin and death into the world (see Alma 34:10–12). Elder Russell M. Nelson taught: “Jesus was the only one who could offer such an infinite atonement, since He was born of a mortal mother and an immortal Father. Because of that unique birthright, Jesus was an infinite Being” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1996, 46; or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 35).

Christ in Gethsemane
Christ on cross

Alma 34:32–34—Why Is It Important to Repent and Prepare in This Life?

Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught: “This life is the time that is given for men to repent and prepare to meet God. Those who have opportunity in this life to accept the truth are obligated to take it; otherwise, full salvation will be denied them. Hopes of reward through so-called death-bed repentance are vain” (Mormon Doctrine, 631).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Alma 34.

Activity A iconWhat Makes Up a Testimony?

Alma 34:8–16 records a portion of Amulek’s testimony.

  1. 1.

    Review each of the following scripture segments from Alma 34 and write in your notebook what you think they mean: verses 8–9; 10–12; 13–14; and 15–16.

  2. 2.

    Explain what you think was the basis of Amulek’s testimony.

  3. 3.

    What part of Amulek’s testimony is also a part of your testimony?

Activity B iconWrite a Letter

A friend tells you that she does not pray anymore because she does not have a private place to pray and does not know what to pray about. Study Alma 34:17–27 and write a letter to her, based on Amulek’s counsel, that gives five suggestions on where and when she could pray and what she could pray about.

Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Alma 34:32–34

You are concerned about a friend who is not keeping the commandments. His comments are listed below. Write them in your notebook. Then write a response for each one. Include in your answer words or phrases from Alma 34:32–34.

  1. 1.

    “I’ll repent before my mission, but until then I want to have some fun.”

  2. 2.

    “Well, if I die, I can always repent in the spirit world. Isn’t that what it’s for?”

Activity D iconWrite a Quiz

For each verse in Alma 34:37–41, write a question that can be answered by that verse. After each question include your answer.