“For the Space of Three Days and Three Nights”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

For three days and three nights Alma was consigned to the darkness of hell, where, as we shall read in the verses that follow, he suffered to the uttermost farthing for his sins. When we read Alma’s declaration that he had been “born of God” (verses 5 and 26), it is imperative that we understand that his new birth was not occasioned by the manifestation of an angel but rather through his suffering for his sins and his willing acceptance of Christ.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3