Alma 57: The 2,000 Stripling Soldiers Escape Death

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 139–140


Children who faithfully follow the teachings of righteous parents and leaders can accomplish great things in their lives. Helaman’s 2,000 stripling warriors were such children who bravely fought in the war against the Lamanites. As you read Alma 57, think about what those young warriors accomplished and why they were able to accomplish it.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 57

Epistle (vv. 1–3)Letter
Wage (v. 7)Carry on
Succor (v. 12)Help, support, strengthen
Obliged (v. 13)Forced, compelled
Undaunted (v. 20)Fearless, not discouraged
Convey (v. 22)Take, escort
Ascribe (v. 26)Credit, assign
In a body (v. 33)As a group

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Alma 57.

Activity A iconWrite Key Words

Review Alma 57:19–27.

  1. 1.

    Write key words and phrases that you think explain what these stripling warriors did and believed that miraculously saved them.

  2. 2.

    Briefly write about how you developed your faith and about a time when you were helped by the power of God because of your faith.

Activity B iconHold a News Conference

Imagine you are a representative of the Nephite government holding a news conference about the wars. Use the information in Alma 57:19–36 to answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    How many have been killed and wounded in the most recent conflict?

  2. 2.

    How do you account for the low death rate among the 2,000 stripling soldiers?

  3. 3.

    Why have so many Lamanite prisoners of war died?