The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.
Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.
Complete five of the following assignments:
1. Alma 17. Being Effective Missionaries
Read Alma 17:1–4, 11 and list five reasons why the sons of Mosiah were effective missionaries. In what ways could these principles strengthen you today?
Use the verses provided to fill in the following chart:
Consider the following situation: Two missionaries are the first missionaries assigned to a small town. The mayor of the town found out that they had arrived and sent a message to them that they were not welcome in his town. In their morning gospel study, the missionaries read Alma 17. They both felt they should apply what they learned to their situation. Read Alma 17 and the related institute student manual commentaries (pages 198–201). Write a paragraph that includes as many principles of effective missionary work as possible that could help missionaries in this kind of situation.
Read Alma 18:24–40; 22:7–14 and identify four steps in Ammon’s and Aaron’s teaching approach to help Lamoni and his father understand the plan of redemption. For each of the following steps, use the accompanying verses and write a short summary statement of the doctrines taught. Explain why you think Ammon and Aaron chose to teach these doctrines in this order. For additional insights see the student manual, page 202.
3. Alma 19–22. Many Lamanites Converted
Write answers to the following questions to better understand how King Lamoni’s conversion affected those around him:
- What words and phrases from Alma 19:6, 33 describe the conversion of King Lamoni and his servants?
- According to Alma 19:16–17, how and when was Abish converted?
- According to Alma 19:29–35, how did some of the other Lamanites become converted?
- From Alma 20:15 what did Lamoni declare to his father about the Lord’s servants?
- What divine quality did King Lamoni’s father recognize in Ammon as found in Alma 20:26? Why do you think this quality radiates from those who are truly converted?
- What evidence does Alma 21:9, 12–17 reveal about the faithfulness of Aaron and his brethren?
- From Alma 22:7, 15–18 list King Lamoni’s desires that demonstrate he was truly converted.
Read the student manual commentary “Alma 22:18: ‘I Will Give Away All My Sins to Know Thee’” (pages 203–4). Then answer the following questions in writing:
- What blessings come as a result of giving away all your sins?
- In what respect is giving away your sins not really a sacrifice?
4. Alma 23–25. Never Fall Away
Read the student manual commentaries “Alma 23:6: Converted unto the Lord and Never Did Fall Away” and “Alma 24:17–19: Burying Our Weapons Deep” (pages 206–8). Write answers to the following questions:
- What can members of the Church do to help converts remain active in the Church?
- According to President Spencer W. Kimball, why might our efforts to abandon sin require us to change our lifestyle?
5. Alma 26, 29. “My Joy Is Full”
Both Ammon and Alma stated that their joy was full as they contemplated the work they were engaged in and witnessed the fruits of their labors. Compare Alma 26:1–16 and Alma 29:1–17. Write one paragraph summarizing Ammon’s words and another paragraph summarizing Alma’s words. Conclude by writing a third paragraph describing how missionaries today can draw strength and wisdom from the examples of Ammon and Alma and the joy they expressed in their labors.
Read Alma 26:23–30 and respond to the following questions in writing:
- What was the initial reaction of the people in Zarahemla to their desire to preach to the Lamanites?
- What trials did the sons of Mosiah endure?
- What reason did they give for what made the trials worth suffering?
- How could these verses be used to encourage a missionary today?
6. Alma 27–28. The Lord Preserves the Righteous
Read the student manual commentary “Alma 28:1–12: Hope Follows the Death of the Righteous” (page 211). Then read Alma 27:7–14; 28:1–2. Identify what the Lord promised He would do for the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, and write answers to the following questions:
- According to Elder Robert D. Hales, why is there “no sorrow for those who die in the Lord”?
- What persuaded the king to go to Zarahemla? (see Alma 27:7–14).
- What beliefs and practices “distinguished” the people of Ammon from others? (see Alma 27:27–28).
- How did the Nephites help the people of Ammon keep their covenant with the Lord and preserve them? (see Alma 28:1–2).
How can you help others keep their covenants to the Lord?