Alma 56: The 2,000 Stripling Soldiers in Battle

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 139


Have you ever communicated with someone through letters? Perhaps you have regularly written to a friend or family member serving a mission. Maybe you have developed a friendship with someone in another city or country. When we share good news, it can raise another’s spirit, brighten a day, and have a pleasant contagious effect on that person. As you read Alma 56, note the good news Helaman shared about his new soldiers. Notice also what he wrote Captain Moroni about the Lord’s protection of those faithful young men.
young woman with letter

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 56

Quarter (v. 1)Part, section
Tribulations (vv. 2, 7)Troubles, distress
It sufficeth me (v. 5)It is enough for me
Console (v. 11)Comfort, reassure
Toiling (v. 15)Working, laboring
Valiantly (v. 16)Bravely
Durst (vv. 24–25, 40)Dared
Sally forth (v. 29)Rush forward to attack
Occasioned (v. 51)Caused

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Alma 56.

Activity A iconCourage in Battle

Read Alma 56:42–56 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    Why were the sons of the people of Ammon so courageous?

  2. 2.

    What brought Helaman “great joy” after the battle?

Activity B iconWrite a Letter

Review Alma 56:27–29, 47–48, 54–56 and imagine being one of the stripling soldiers. Write a letter to your parents explaining how their contributions and influence helped you as a soldier.

Helaman and stripling warriors

Activity C iconExplain What Is Happening in the Verse

The following map illustrates the events in Alma 56:27–54. List each of the scripture references written on the map and explain what happened then in the account.