Understanding the Scriptures
|High birth (v. 8)||Nobility, wealth, power|
|Wroth (vv. 13–14)||Angry|
|Petition (v. 15)||Formal written request|
|Appellation (v. 21)||Name, title|
|Professed the blood of (v. 21)||Claimed to be persons of high rank through their birth|
|Cunning (v. 27)||Clever plans, craftiness|
|Repulsed (v. 31)||Pushed back|
|Harass (v. 32)||Continually attack and annoy|
|Javelin (v. 34)||Spear|
Alma 51:5–6—Who Were the Freemen and the King-Men?
Two types of government are described in Alma 51. One was based on the idea that the majority of the people (freemen) would choose “that which is right” (Mosiah 29:26). The other was a group of people (king-men) who desired “power and authority over the people” (Alma 51:8) for themselves.
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 51.
Write a Description
What kind of messages might the king-men and the freemen have given to persuade the people to support their side? After reading Alma 51:1–8, write a brief description of each of their political views.
Find the Answer
As you study Alma 51:13–21, write the answers to the following questions:
What was the response of the king-men to the Lamanite attack?
How did the government respond to the king-men’s actions?
How did Moroni end the king-men rebellion?
Why do you think it was necessary for Moroni to take the action he did?
Why do you suppose Mormon included all of those details about threats to freedom in his abridgment of the Nephite records? (see Mormon 8:34–35).
Tell a Story
Review Alma 51:29–37 and, in your own words, write a story of Teancum and Amalickiah that you could tell to Primary children.