Understanding the Scriptures
|Expedient (v. 7)||Appropriate, advisable|
|Esteem (v. 7)||Value, respect|
|Snare (v. 9)||Trap|
|Sore (v. 9)||Sorrowful, painful|
|Tribulation (v. 10)||Suffering|
|Bonds (v. 13)||Slavery|
|Bonds of iniquity (v. 13)||Restraints from personal freedom, the consequences of sin|
|Pertaining to (v. 18)||Having to do with|
Mosiah 23:21–24—Bondage for Alma’s People
Abinadi’s prophecy against King Noah and his people had two parts. When Abinadi warned them the first time, he told them they would suffer affliction and bondage if they did not repent (see Mosiah 11). When he warned them the second time, two years later, they still had not repented. In his second warning he told them that bondage and affliction would surely come upon them and, if they still did not repent, they would be destroyed (see Mosiah 12). Even though Alma and his people repented after Abinadi’s second warning, they did not repent soon enough to escape the prophesied bondage and affliction.
|Cunning (v. 7)||Clever, deceitful|
|Plunder (v. 7)||Stealing by force|
|Profound (v. 19)||Deep, heavy|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Mosiah 23–24.
Keeping the People and Places Straight
The accompanying diagram is from a section of the “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart” (see
Explain the Unexpected
In Mosiah 23:16–24:4, several events occurred that may seem unusual. Study each of the questions below and explain why you think each event happened as it did:
Why do you believe the Lord allowed Alma and his people to be placed in bondage to the Lamanites when they had repented and were righteous? (Be sure to include what you learned from Mosiah 11:23; 12:1–2 in your answer; see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Mosiah 23:21–24 for additional help.)
Why do you think the army of Lamanites (who had been chasing Limhi’s people) had mercy on Alma and his people?
Why do you think the daughters of the Lamanites pled with the Lamanites to have mercy on those wicked priests who had kidnapped them?
Why do you think Amulon and the other wicked priests were given positions of authority among the Lamanites?
Compare the Characters
Both Amulon and Alma had been priests in the court of King Noah, but they had taken very different paths since then.
Search Mosiah 23:6–20 and 24:8–12 and write a paragraph comparing the kind of person Alma had become with the kind of person that Amulon was.
What do these differences teach you about the effect a testimony of the gospel has on people? Why do you think the wicked get so angry with those who try to be good?
Compare the Escapes
There are some interesting differences between the way Alma and his people were delivered from the Lamanites and the way Limhi and his people were delivered. From your study of Mosiah 21–24, answer the following questions:
In what ways are today’s trials and challenges similar to those Alma’s people faced?
What are some examples of ways hearts are hardened today?