Alma 61: Pahoran's Reply to Moroni

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 142


The city of Zarahemla and the Nephite government had been seized by enemies of freedom and righteousness. It was at that perilous time that Pahoran received Moroni’s letter. How would you have reacted to Moroni’s letter if you were Pahoran? As you read Pahoran’s reply, remember the harshness of Moroni’s letter and think about what kind of a man Pahoran was.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 61

Daunted (v. 4)Discouraged
Set at defiance (v. 7)Defied
Durst (v. 7)Dare
Alliance (v. 8)Partnership, treaty
Censured (v. 9)Criticized, blamed
Requisite (v. 12)Necessary, demanded

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Alma 61.

Activity A iconProblems and Solutions

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Draw two columns in your notebook and label one “The Problem” and the other “The Solution.” Read Alma 61 and describe the problem Pahoran faced and list the actions he recommended. Read the chapter heading to Alma 51 and explain how you think Moroni would respond to Pahoran’s solution.

Activity B iconShare an Example

Review Alma 61:15–21.

  1. 1.

    Write two examples of people you know who have succeeded because of the strength they received from the Lord.

  2. 2.

    Write two ways you can have more of the strength of the Lord in your life.