Mosiah 23-24: Bondage and Deliverance for Alma's People

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 90–91

With Limhi’s people safely back in Zarahemla, Mosiah 23–24 shifts from Limhi’s people to what happened to Alma and the believers who followed him. We read about their escape from the armies of King Noah in Mosiah 18. As you read these chapters, you will also find out what happened to Alma’s former companions—the wicked priests of King Noah. They continued to pursue their wicked ways. As you read, notice how the prophecies of Abinadi continued to be fulfilled.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 23

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.

Mosiah 24

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.

Activity A iconKeeping the People and Places Straight

The accompanying diagram is from a section of the “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart” (see p. 204). Draw or trace one like it in your notebook and, from your reading of Mosiah 1–24, write the following names and places in their proper places on the chart: Zeniff, Mosiah I, King Noah, Abinadi, King Benjamin, King Mosiah II, King Limhi, Alma the Elder, the land of Zarahemla, the land of Lehi-Nephi.


Activity B iconExplain 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:

  1. 1.

    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.)

  2. 2.

    Why do you think the army of Lamanites (who had been chasing Limhi’s people) had mercy on Alma and his people?

  3. 3.

    Why do you think the daughters of the Lamanites pled with the Lamanites to have mercy on those wicked priests who had kidnapped them?

  4. 4.

    Why do you think Amulon and the other wicked priests were given positions of authority among the Lamanites?

Activity C iconCompare the Characters

Both Amulon and Alma had been priests in the court of King Noah, but they had taken very different paths since then.

  1. 1.

    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.

  2. 2.

    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?

Limhi's people escaping

Activity D iconCompare 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:

  1. 1.

    What differences did you find concerning when each group decided to turn to the Lord in prayer for deliverance? (compare Mosiah 21:11–15 and 23:25–29; 24:9–12).

  2. 2.

    What differences did you find in the way the Lord helped each group with their burdens? (compare Mosiah 21:15–17 and 24:13–15).

  3. 3.

    What differences did you find in the Lord’s involvement in what happened to the Lamanite guards that allowed each group to get away? (compare Mosiah 22:3–11 and 24:16–19).

  4. 4.

    What differences did you find in the Lord’s involvement in what happened to the armies that were sent to recapture each group? (compare Mosiah 22:13–16 and 24:20–25).

  5. 5.

    In what ways are today’s trials and challenges similar to those Alma’s people faced?

  6. 6.

    What are some examples of ways hearts are hardened today?