Is There a Discrepancy Between Alma 36:10 and Mosiah 27:23

Daniel H. Ludlow

Some readers of the Book of Mormon have claimed there is a discrepancy in the accounts of the conversion of Alma as recorded in Mosiah 27:23 and Alma 36:10. It is true that one account mentions "two days and two nights" and the other says "three days and three nights," but there is no apparent discrepancy because they are not referring to exactly the same thing. In the account in the book of Mosiah the time element clearly refers to the period of fasting by the priests; no exact length of time is indicated for Alma's unconscious state. Note the major details of the account: After Alma was confronted by an angel and realized the enormity of his sins, he fell to the earth almost as if dead. Then he was carried to his father in this helpless condition. The father of Alma then called in the priests of the church and "after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days and two nights, the limbs of Alma received their strength, and he stood up." (Mosiah 27:22-23. Italics added.) In the account in the book of Alma, however, the term "three days and three nights" clearly refers to the total time Alma could not open his mouth nor use his limbs. (Alma 36:10.)

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