Alma 6-7: Alma Preaches in Gideon

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 102

After strengthening the Church in Zarahemla, Alma moved on to the city of Gideon. He found the members of the Church there more faithful than those in Zarahemla had been. Therefore, his message to the Saints in Gideon was not so much a call to repentance as it was one of instruction and encouragement. Notice what Alma taught in Alma 6–7 about the mission of the Savior and what we must do to be cleansed by His Atonement.


Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 6

Liberal (v. 5)Freely offered, not restricted
Regulations (v. 7)Rules

Alma 7

Supplicating of his grace (v. 3)Praying for divine help
Dilemma (vv. 3, 18)Crisis, desperate situation
Vessel (v. 10)Person with special qualities and calling
Infirmities (v. 12)Weaknesses, imperfections
Succor (v. 12)Help, support
Beset (v. 15)Trouble
His course is one eternal round (v. 20)God’s ways are eternal and unchanging
Easy to be entreated (v. 23)Ready to accept instruction or advice
Temperate (v. 23)Moderate, using self-control

Alma 7:11–13—How Can the Atonement of Jesus Christ Help Me?

Many Christians understand that by His suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross the Savior paid for our sins. In Alma 7:11–13, the prophet Alma explained that the Atonement does that and much more. Alma testified that the Savior came to earth to take upon Himself every kind of suffering that is a part of this mortal experience.

  • He took upon Himself the “pains and the sicknesses of his people” (v. 11). This includes all the many kinds of afflictions that come to us, even when we have not done anything wrong.

  • He took upon Himself death so we can be resurrected (see v. 12).

  • He took upon Himself our infirmities (see v. 12), which include weaknesses and imperfections of body, mind, or character that we struggle with in our desire to become Christlike.

  • He took upon Himself our sins so that we might be forgiven (see v. 13).

Elder John H. Groberg, a member of the Seventy, said: “I testify that no one has or ever will experience any set of circumstances, be they disappointments, betrayal, pain, persecution, suffering, or whatever, that cannot and is not swallowed up in the Savior! You can feel no hurt, emotional or physical, that He has not already felt. There is no combination of human emotions or physical illness or suffering that cannot find refuge in the Savior’s sacrifice for us. He knows how to help us. He wants to help us. Please let him” (“Trust the Lord” [CES fireside for young adults, May 1, 1994], 6).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity B and activity A or C as you study Alma 6–7.

Activity A iconSummarize the Covenant of Baptism

A covenant is an agreement, promise, or contract between two people or groups. Compare Alma 7:15–16 and Doctrine and Covenants 20:77 and write a summary of what we promise Heavenly Father and what He promises us when we make the covenant of baptism (see Mosiah 18 for additional help).

Activity B iconApply the Atonement to Our Day

In Alma 7:9–16, Alma shared his testimony about the life and mission of Jesus Christ.

  1. 1.

    Search verses 11–13 and list four different challenges we might face in this life that the life and Atonement of Jesus Christ help us with (see also the information in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Alma 7:11–13).

  2. 2.

    For each of the following situations, identify which of the four challenges it illustrates and explain how turning to Jesus Christ would help that person:

  1. a.

    Melinda is 12 years old. Last month an automobile accident left her legs paralyzed.

  2. b.

    Juan had made some bad choices and done things he is now ashamed of. He feels depressed and worthless.

  3. c.

    Michael is 45 years old. He has a wife and children. He just found out he has cancer and the doctors say he has no more than one year to live. He is sad, confused, and even a little angry.

  4. d.

    Emma has just been called as the president of her Laurel class. She has never had a calling like this before. She loves the gospel and really wants to do a good job, but she feels very frightened and inadequate.

Activity C iconIllustrate the Scripture

Study Alma 7:19–21 and draw a picture of an important gospel principle you find described there. Title your drawing with a phrase that explains what it represents.