You are here

Come Follow Me 2020: Alma 32-35
Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org
Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Scripture Block

Alma 32–35

July 13–19. “Plant This Word in Your Hearts”

KnoWhys

Reading Plan

Structure your personal scripture study by following a multimedia, day by day plan. Each day's assignment includes the required scripture passages from the Come Follow Me curriculum, as well as suggestions for additional resources to bring context and understanding to your study. If you are looking to dive deep into your study, skip down to "Additional Resources" for a selected bibliography of articles, books, and chapters on Alma 32–35.

Monday

  • Scripture: Alma 32:1–7
  • KnoWhy 124: Why Did Alma and Amulek Preach in Synagogues?
  • Quote: “Bad religion breeds bad societies. The Zoramites created a class system that ostracized their less fortunate brothers and sisters from the very synagogues they had built. But--as has been the case from time immemorial--it was these downtrodden souls who proved most responsive to the message of Alma and his companions. Impoverished ‘as to things of the world,’ they are described as ‘poor in heart’ or ‘lowly in heart.’ That is, they were dispirited and quite hopeless. Alma ‘beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word.’”
    Turner, Rodney. “A Faith unto Salvation.” Essay. In Studies in Scripture, Volume 8: Alma 30 to Moroni, edited by Kent P. Jackson, 19. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book. Co., 1988.
  • Chart: The Speeches of Alma

Tuesday

  • Scripture: Alma 32:8-20
  • Quote: “Spiritual humility—the recognition of one’s dependence upon God for all things temporal and spiritual, coupled with a willingness to accept his law—is a precondition for true repentance. Some achieve this humility only after they have been ‘compelled to be humble’ by those ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ of which Hamlet soliloquized. Some do so only after they have been brought face-to-face with the stark truth about themselves and the God they defied, or never knew.
    “Some will never learn humility and, therefore, never repent even when they stand before God with a ‘perfect knowledge’ of their guilt and uncleanness.”
    Turner, Rodney. “A Faith unto Salvation.” Essay. In Studies in Scripture, Volume 8: Alma 30 to Moroni, edited by Kent P. Jackson, 19–20. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book. Co., 1988.
  • Quote: “How do we ignite this power of divine instruction in our lives? First, we need to start with a willingness to be instructed. While many naturally hunger and thirst after righteousness, others may be compelled to be humble. Some of us, rather than follow instructions or change ourselves, would simply like to change the rules. Naaman certainly wanted to be rid of his leprous flesh but went away in a rage when told by the prophet’s messenger to simply wash seven times in the River Jordan. It was inconvenient, a little thing, and he felt that the rivers in his land were better than the Jordan. But his leprosy was cured as he listened to his servants, changed his mind, and did 'according to the saying of the man of God.' He was dramatically shown that there was a prophet and a God in Israel. We too must realize that God has governing laws and that His wisdom is greater than our own. Even Moses observed, after seeing God’s majesty and workmanship, ‘Man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.’”
    Steuer, Robert R. “Being Teachable.” General Conference April 2002.

Wednesday

  • Scripture: Alma 32:21–43
  • Chart: Three Trees in the Book of Mormon
  • Quote 924: “Some people speak of a testimony as if it were a light switch—it’s either on or off; you either have a testimony, or you do not. In reality, a testimony is more like a tree that passes through various stages of growth and development. Some of the tallest trees on earth are found in Redwood National Park in the western United States. When you stand at the base of these massive trees, it is amazing to think that each one grew from a tiny seed. So it is with our testimonies. Although they may begin with a single spiritual experience, they grow and develop over time through constant nourishment and frequent spiritual encounters . . . This is often how a testimony begins: with sacred, enlightening, assuring feelings that demonstrate to us that the word of God is true. However, as wonderful as these feelings are, they are only the beginning. Your work to grow your testimony is not done—any more than the work of growing a redwood tree is done when the first tiny sprout pokes out of the ground. If we ignore or neglect these early spiritual promptings, if we do not nurture them by continuing to study the scriptures and pray and by seeking more experiences with the Spirit, our feelings will fade and our testimonies will diminish.”
    Christensen, Craig C. “I Know These Things of Myself.” General Conference October 2015.
  • KnoWhy 140: Why Did Alma Use Creation Imagery in His Sermon on Faith?

Thursday

Friday

Explore Further:

Saturday

  • Scripture: Alma 34:16–41
  • KnoWhy 424: How the Law of Moses Teaches about the Atonement
  • Quote: “Now is the time. But how do we prepare? Begin with repentance! Scripture declares, ‘If ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; … no unclean thing can dwell with God.’ He gave this simple rule: ‘Except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory. Now is the time to show reverent respect for one’s physical body. It serves as the tabernacle for one’s spirit throughout all eternity. Physical appetites are to be controlled by the will of one’s spirit. We are to ‘deny [our]selves of all ungodliness.’ We are to ‘forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, [and] live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.’”
    Nelson, Russell M. “Now is the Time to Prepare.” General Conference April 2005.

Sunday

Additional Resources (Bibliography)

Alma 32

Bokovoy, David E. “The Word and the Seed: The Theological Use of Bibilical Creation in Alma 32.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 1–21.

Hepworth, Joseph Thomas. "Watermelons, Alma 32, and the Experimental Method." BYU Studies Quarterly 23, no. 4 (1983): 497–501.

Kimball, William Clayton. “Partaking of the Fruit.” Ensign 10, no. 7 (1980): 16–19.

Sorenson, Elaine Shaw. “Seeds of Faith: A Follower's View of Alma 32.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 129–139. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

Thompson, A. Keith. “Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 25 (2017): 191–226.

Thompson, A. Keith. “Nephite Insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 3 (2013): 155–195.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Three Trees in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 95.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “The Speeches of Alma.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 60.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Missionary Work.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 109.

Alma 32:7

Calabro, David. “’Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy’: Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 1 (2012): 46–59.

Alma 32:21

Book of Mormon Central. “Did Joseph Smith’s Mother Believe He Could Have Written the Book of Mormon? (Alma 32:21).” KnoWhy 555 (March 31, 2020).

Tvedtnes, John A. “Notes and Communications: Faith and Truth.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3, no. 2 (1994): 114–117.

Alma 32:23

Book of Mormon Central. “How Have LDS Women Shared the Book of Mormon? (Alma 32:23).” KnoWhy 433 (May 15, 2018).

Alma 32:40

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Alma Use Creation Imagery in His Sermon on Faith? (Alma 32:40).” KnoWhy 140 (July 11, 2016).

Alma 33

Thompson, A. Keith. “Nephite Insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 3 (2013): 155–195.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “The Speeches of Alma.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 60.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Missionary Work.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 109.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Nephite Declaration of Faith.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 42.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Consistent Elements in Nephite Declarations of Faith.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 43.

Alma 33:3

Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Jeremiah’s Game.” Insights 30, no. 1 (2010): 3–4.

Ludlow, Daniel H. Zenos In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Vol. 4. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Alma 33:11–16

Bowen, Matthew L. “’He Shall Add’: Wordplay on the Name Joseph and an Early Instance of Gezera Shawa in the Book of Mormon.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 30, no. 2 (2010): 2–4.

Alma 33:20

Heal, Kristian S. “Look to God and Live.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 26, no. 2 (2006): 2–3, 6.

Alma 33:21

Skousen, Royal. “Book of Mormon Critical Text Project Continues with New Volume.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 27, no. 4 (2007): 1, 4.

Alma 33:22

Book of Mormon Central. “What Are the Nephite Articles of Faith? (Alma 33:22).” KnoWhy 141 (July 12, 2016).

Alma 34

Callister, Tad R. “Teaching the Atonement.” Religious Educator 3, no. 1 (2002): 51–64.

Matthews, Robert J. “The Atonement of Jesus Christ: 2 Nephi 9.” In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 177–199. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.

Thompson, A. Keith. “Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 25 (2017): 191–226.

Tvedtnes, John A. “The Evil Spirit.” In The Most Correct Book: Insights from a Book of Mormon Scholar, 206–209. Salt Lake City: Cornerstone Publishing, 1999.

Alma 34:9–10

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Authors Use Chiasmus? (Alma 34:9).” KnoWhy 340 (July 16, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Would Mankind “Unavoidably Perish” without the Atonement of Jesus Christ? (Alma 34:9–10).” KnoWhy 317 (May 24, 2017).

Alma 34:12

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Must There be an Infinite and Eternal Sacrifice? (Alma 34:12).” KnoWhy 142 (July 13, 2016).

Alma 34:14

Book of Mormon Central. “How the Law of Moses Teaches about the Atonement (Alma 34:14).” KnoWhy 424 (April 12, 2018).

Alma 34:16

Calabro, David. “’Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy’: Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 1 (2012): 46–59.

Alma 34:32–34

Tvedtnes, John A. and Matthew Roper. “Scripture Insight: ‘Do Not Procrastinate the Day of Your Repentance.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 20, no. 10 (2000): 4.

Alma 34:35

Gee, John. “Book of Mormon Word Usage: ‘Seal You His.’” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 22, no. 1 (2002): 4.

Alma 35

Ricks, Stephen D. “A Nickname and a Slam Dunk: Notes on the Book of Mormon Names Zeezrom and Jershon." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 8 (2014): 191-194.

Thompson, A. Keith. “Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 25 (2017): 191–226.

Alma 35:11

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Was the Zoramite Defection So Disastrous? (Alma 35:11).” KnoWhy 143 (July 14, 2016).

Alma 35:14

Ricks, Stephen D. “A Nickname and a Slam Dunk: Notes on the Book of Mormon Names Zeezrom and Jershon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 8 (2014): 191–194.

Alma 35:16

Thomasson, Gordon C., and John W. Welch. “The Sons of the Passover.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 196–198. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.