Alma 10: Amulek's Testimony

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 104–105


Bishop H. David Burton, then First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, taught: “Alma and Amulek listened to the angel. They responded to the call to missionary service, and they preached repentance. They stood tall in the face of adversity and imprisonment. They are heroes whose lives are worthy of emulation” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 60; or Ensign, May 1993, 47). As you read of Amulek’s conversion and testimony, consider how his knowledge of Jesus Christ helped him during that difficult time. What qualities did Amulek have that you would like to emulate?
Amulek

Amulek

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 10

Kindreds, kindred, kinsfolk (vv. 4, 7, 11)Family members
The hand of my industry (v. 4)My hard, honest work
Mysteries (v. 5)Truths that can only be known by divine revelation
Preservation (v. 5)Saving
Manifest (v. 10)Known
Cunning devices (v. 13)Devious and misleading ways of asking questions and speaking
Pervert (v. 18)Change, corrupt
Pestilence (vv. 22–23)Disease or plague
Revile against, reviled against (vv. 24, 29)Criticize, insult
Foremost (v. 31)First in rank or importance

Alma 10:22–23—“The Prayers of the Righteous”

President Spencer W. Kimball, then Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Many voices of seducing spirits advocate carnal pleasures and unrestrained physical satisfactions. Our world is now much the same as it was in the days of the Nephite prophet who said: ‘… if it were not for the prayers of the righteous … ye would even now be visited with utter destruction. …’ (Al. 10:22.) Of course, there are many many upright and faithful who live all the commandments and whose lives and prayers keep the world from destruction” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 7; or Ensign, June 1971, 16).


Father/Son
Relationship

Amulek’s Ancestors

Joseph
(sold into Egypt)

Manasseh
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Lehi
(came out of Jerusalem)

Nephi
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Aminadi
(interpreted writing on temple wall)
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Ishmael

Giddonah

Amulek

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Descendant

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 10.

Activity A iconInterview a New Convert

Talk with a recent convert to the Church about his or her conversion and testimony. Compare this convert’s experience with Amulek’s in Alma 10:1–11. Answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    How were their experiences similar?

  2. 2.

    How did their experiences differ?

  3. 3.

    How is Alma 10:8 similar to 1 Nephi 3:7?

Activity B iconMake a Word List

  1. 1.

    As you read Alma 10:12–32, list the words that describe the lawyers and judges in Ammonihah.

  2. 2.

    Why do you think those learned, rich, and influential people were so concerned with Alma and Amulek’s words?

Activity C iconExplain

In Alma 10:22–23, Amulek taught an important doctrine. Study those verses and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What protected the city of Ammonihah from destruction?

  2. 2.

    What are some examples that show how this principle is true today?

  3. 3.

    What comfort and reassurance does this principle give you?