Alma 44: Nephite Victory

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 131–132

Why did Moroni tell his warriors to stop fighting when they were close to destroying their enemies? What does this tell you about Moroni’s heart? Moroni’s leadership differed greatly from Zerahemnah’s. You should remember that they were both Nephites and that much of the fighting was between faithful Nephites and apostate Nephites with the Lamanites they convinced to fight with them. This war could have been prevented if it were not for people like Zerahemnah. What emotions do you feel when something preventable happens to you in your life?

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 44

Pace (v. 1)A short distance
Inflict (v. 7)Deliver, cause
Become extinct (v. 7)All die
Hilt (v. 12)Handle
Wroth (v. 16)Angry

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 44.

Activity A iconConduct an Interview

Captain Moroni

Imagine you could interview Captain Moroni and Zerahemnah after the war. Review Alma 44:1–9 and include the following as part of the interview:

  1. 1.

    Compare what Moroni and Zerahemnah said was the reason for the Nephite victory (see Alma 44:3–4, 9).

  2. 2.

    Explain why you think it is hard for some people to recognize the power of God (see 3 Nephi 2:1–2).

Activity B iconWrite a News Report

Write a news report from the battle scene recorded in Alma 44:11–24 to an audience anxious for news about the war.

Activity C iconMake a Comparison

  1. 1.

    Review Alma 44:11–24 and list ways Moroni showed both justice and mercy even in a time of war (see Alma 43:54).

  2. 2.

    Read Alma 42:22–24 and compare Moroni’s justice and mercy to the justice and mercy of God.