Alma 58: Nephites Capture the City of Manti

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


The Nephite army often faced larger Lamanite armies in battle. Alma 58 tells of a time the Nephite army desperately needed supplies and reinforcements. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by situations in your life? What helped you? As you read this chapter, notice what motivated the Nephites to continue. Look for the beliefs that gave them the determination to overcome their hardships.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 58

Decoy (v. 1)Trick, entrap
Embassy (v. 4)Official messenger or messengers
Sallying forth (v. 6)Rushing forward to attack
Stratagem (vv. 6, 28)Careful plans
Secrete, secreted (vv. 16–17)Hide
Faction (v. 36)Dissenting group
Statutes (v. 40)Laws

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Alma 58.

Activity A iconThink of a Modern Application

Read Alma 58:1–13.

  1. 1.

    What did the Nephites do when they faced an overwhelming situation?

  2. 2.

    Write about a modern situation that might be solved by taking similar action.

Activity B iconIf It Were You

Read Alma 58:39–41.

  1. 1.

    Briefly list what Helaman said about the stripling soldiers.

  2. 2.

    If you are a young woman, how would you feel about being friends with or dating a boy with these qualities? Why? If you are a young man, how would you feel if you were described as having these qualities? What can you change in your life to develop these qualities?