Alma 47: The Man Who Wanted to Be King

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 133–134

The fact that Amalickiah had to flee out of Zarahemla to save his life did not stop his plans for power. He plotted to use the Lamanites to help conquer the Nephites so he could become king over all of the land. You will find that his clever plan revealed just how wicked he was and how little he cared about anyone but himself.




Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 47

Proclamation (vv. 1–2)Official message or announcement
Compel them to arms (v. 3)Force them to fight
Thither (v. 5)There
Resolution (v. 6)Commitment, resolve
Subjected (v. 6)Forced, controlled
Dethrone (v. 8)Remove from power
Embassy (vv. 10, 32)Official messenger or messengers
By degrees (v. 18)Gradually, a small amount at a time
Token (v. 23)Symbol
Fraud (vv. 30, 35)Dishonesty, cheating
Cunning (v. 35)Deceitful, crafty
Dissenters (vv. 35–36)Rebels

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 47.

Activity A iconOutline the Plan

Alma 47:4–19 tells about Amalickiah’s plan to become king. Using the verses listed below, explain the what and the why of his plan.

What did Amalickiah do?

Why did he do it?

(see v. 5)

(see v. 4)

(see v. 10)

(see v. 8)

(see v. 13)

(see v. 18)

Activity B iconWhat Would They Say?

After reading what Amalickiah did in Alma 47:20–29, write a short statement that you think represents what each of the following groups of people would have said about what happened:

  1. 1.

    The king’s servants

  2. 2.

    Amalickiah’s servants

  3. 3.

    The people of Ammon

Activity C iconWrite a “Thus We See” Statement

Alma 47:36 teaches interesting truths about life. Ponder what Mormon wrote and then write one lesson we can learn from this verse and how that lesson applies to our day.