“The Angel of the Lord Appeared Unto Alma and the Sons of Mosiah”

Alan C. Miner

According to an article by John Welch, not all readers are aware that the Book of Mormon contains three accounts of the conversion of Alma the Younger. Mosiah 27: 8-37 gives a contemporary account of how Alma2 had agitated against the church of God and of his extraordinary conversion. In Alma 36:4-26 and 38:6-8, Alma twice recounts his conversion story as he blesses his sons Helaman and Shiblon. Interesting results come from a careful comparison of these three texts. [John W. Welch, “Three Accounts of Alma’s Conversion,” in Reexploring the Book of Mormon, F.A.R.M.S., p. 150] [See the commentary on Alma 36:4-26]

Mosiah 27:11 The angel of the Lord appeared unto them [Alma & the sons of Mosiah] ([Illustration] Conversion of Alma the Younger. An angel appeared to Alma and the sons of Mosiah and told them to “seek to destroy the church no more.” Artist: Gary Kapp. [Thomas R. Valletta ed., The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, 1999, p. 253]

Mosiah 27:11 The angel of the Lord appeared unto them [the sons of Mosiah] ([Illustration] Sons of Mosiah [Gary Kapp, Verse Markers, Book of Mormon, Vol. 1, p. 2]

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