Understanding the Scriptures
|Afflicted (v. 2)||Troubled, tormented|
|Grieved (v. 7)||Felt sad, full of sorrow|
|Malice (v. 9)||Meanness, hatred|
|Abasing (v. 13)||Humbling|
|Succoring (v. 13)||Helping, supporting, nourishing|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Alma 4.
Compare Two Time Periods
There are interesting similarities and important differences between the descriptions of the Church in Alma 1 and Alma 4. In the second year of the reign of the judges, the Church and its members prospered (see Alma 1:31), while just six years later the Church “began to fail in its progress” (Alma 4:9–10).
Draw a chart in your notebook similar to the one shown here. Study the verses listed for each column and describe how each of the topics relate to the Church during each time period. For example, how prosperous were the members and what effect did that prosperity have on them? (see Alma 1:29–31; 4:6–8).
Compare the two lists and summarize the reasons the Church began to fail given in Alma 4.
Think about your own life in those same areas. What are some ways you could increase your level of righteousness and thus help the Church progress?