Alma 46: The Title of Liberty

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 132–133


Do you remember reading of Amlici’s rebellion in Alma 2? A similar rebellion arose in Alma 46. Amalickiah, another would-be king, sought to overthrow the Nephite government. Look for the Nephite captain who stepped forward to oppose him. He will likely become one of your favorite heroes in the Book of Mormon. Notice also the method this captain used to rally his people to the cause of freedom, and ponder why it was so effective.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 46

Wroth (vv. 2–4)Angry
Precarious (v. 7)Unsafe, risky
Cunning device (v. 10)Clever plans
Rent (vv. 12–13, 19, 21)Tore, torn
Girded about their loins (v. 21)Fastened around their waists
Remnant (vv. 23–24, 27)Remaining part
Headed (v. 32)Stopped, overtook and cut off
Hoisted (v. 36)Raised

Studying the Scriptures

Do one of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 46.

Activity A iconIdentify Key Words

  1. 1.

    Draw three columns and label them “Amalickiah’s Desire,” “Amalickiah’s Method,” and “Amalickiah’s Effect.” Review Alma 46:1–7 and list key words under these headings.

  2. 2.

    Search verses 8–10 and explain what we can learn from the result of Amalickiah’s influence on the Nephites.

  3. 3.

    What people, groups, or organizations today might have the same desires and use the same methods that Amalickiah did?

Activity B iconWrite a Modern Version

Read what Captain Moroni wrote on the title of liberty, in Alma 46:12. (You may want to mark it in your scriptures.) Prepare your own title of liberty that you could display in your room or at seminary. Include words or pictures of what you feel are worth preserving and defending.

Activity C iconExplain the Picture

Moroni with Standard of Liberty

Review Alma 46:21–28 and write a journal entry as if you were there. Explain what was happening in the accompanying picture and how you might have felt as you listened to Captain Moroni.