Alma 43: The Nephites Defend Their Families, Freedom, and Religion

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 130–131


Alma 43 introduces Captain Moroni, a great Nephite military leader, and continues the account of the wars between the Lamanites and Nephites. There are many reasons Mormon included accounts of wars in the Book of Mormon. As you read and study these pages, think about what you would be willing to fight for. Is there anything you would risk your life to protect?

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 43

Holy order (v. 2)Priesthood
Subjection (v. 7)Control
Usurp (v. 8)Take unjustly or violently
Obliged (v. 14)Required
Girded about their loins (v. 20)Fastened around their waists
Secreted (v. 27)Concealed, hidden
Stratagem (v. 30)Careful plans

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A and activity B or C as you study Alma 43.

Activity A iconIdentify the Motivations for War

  1. 1.

    Read Alma 43:4–8 and list the Lamanites’ reasons for starting a war.

  2. 2.

    Read verses 9–12, 26, 30 and list the Nephites’ reasons for fighting a war.

  3. 3.

    Read verses 18–21 and list how the Nephites prepared for war.

  4. 4.

    What can you learn from the Nephites about preparing yourself to overcome the temptations of mortality? (see also D&C 27:15–18).

Nephite and Lamanite in battle

Activity B iconDescribe Moroni

  1. 1.

    Read Alma 43:16–17, 23–26, 53–54 and write a description of Moroni, the great Nephite military leader.

  2. 2.

    Describe a person you know who has some of Moroni’s characteristics.

  3. 3.

    Identify two traits that Moroni had that you would most like to have.

Activity C iconDraw a Map

Review Alma 43:22–53 as if you were studying military history and do the following:

  1. 1.

    Refer to “Possible Book of Mormon Sites (in Relation to Each Other)” (p. 203) and identify places mentioned in Alma 43:22–53.

  2. 2.

    Compare what inspired the Lamanites to fight with what inspired the Nephites, and explain why the Nephites won (see vv. 43–50).

  3. 3.

    Write a paragraph about what you think is the most important lesson learned from that battle.