Zarahemla Under Judicial Rule

Nehor’s Crimes and Trial

Alma 1:1
Laws are established and kept in Zarahemla.
Alma 1:2,15,3–4
A man named Nehor comes along and begins teaching anti–Christian doctrines.
Alma 1:5–6
Many people believe Nehor and follow his teachings.
Alma 1:7–9
One day, Nehor meets Gideon on the street; they get in an argument, and Nehor kills Gideon.
Alma 1:2,10–11
Nehor is brought to court.
Alma 1:12–14
Alma, the chief judge, sentences him to death for murder.
Alma 1:15
Nehor confesses his faults, and is executed on a tree.

Religious Persecution

Alma 1:16–18
Even with Nehor gone, priestcraft and false teachings grow in the land.
Alma 1:19–20
Non–members begin persecuting members of the church.
Alma 1:21–22
Despite the church rules that forbid members from persecuting non–members, some members begin to fight back anyway.
Alma 1:23–24
Because of these conflicts, many people either leave the church or are excommunicated.


Alma 1:25–28
Those who remain in the church endure their hardships faithfully.
Alma 1:29–30
The church prospers, and provides to the needy.
Alma 1:31–32
The church members become much more wealthy than the non–members.
Alma 1:33
The judicial system stays in effect and judges people according to their crimes.

Amlicite Insurrection

Alma 2:1–2
A man named Amlici, similar to Nehor, campaigns to become king of Zarahemla.
Alma 2:3–4
The citizens recognize the need for due process, and are concerned about their rights.
Alma 2:5–7
The citizens vote, and Amlici is not elected.

Amlicite–Nephite Battle

Alma 2:8–11
Amlici and his disgruntled political party, the Amlicites, withdraw from the body of Nephites in Zarahemla and plan an attack.
Alma 2:12–13
The Nephites prepare to meet the Amlicites in battle.
Alma 2:14–15
The battle breaks out on the hill Amnihu.
Alma 2:16–17
Alma leads the Nephite troops into the bloody battle.
Alma 2:18–19
The Nephites, strengthened by God, gain the edge over the Amlicites. 12,532 Amlicite casualties; 6,562 Nephite casualties.
Alma 2:20
The armies set up camp for the night, the Nephites staying in the valley of Gideon.
Alma 2:21–22
Alma sends four spies out to the Amlicite camp: Zeram, Amnor, Manti, and Limher.
Alma 2:23–25
In the morning, the spies return and report that the Amlicites have joined forces with the Lamanites, and have begun to ransack the city of Zarahemla.
Alma 2:26
The Nephite army returns toward Zarahemla and is met by the Amlicites.
Alma 2:27–28
The Nephites attack in the strength of the Lord, and are met with great success.
Alma 2:29–30
Alma and Amlici meet in a hostile showdown; they engage in swordfight, and Alma prays for strength.
Alma 2:31
Upon praying, Alma receives strength and kills Amlici.
Alma 2:32–33
He then takes on the Lamanite king, who scampers off with his guards in fear.
Alma 2:34–36
The Nephites cross the river Sidon and chase away the remaining insurgents.
Alma 2:37–38
Many Amlicites are driven up to the wilderness of Hermounts; many die due to wounds or animal attacks.
Alma 3:1–3
The surviving Nephites bury their dead and return home; the aftermath of the war is sharp.

The Amlicite Curse

Alma 3:4–5
The Amlicites mark their foreheads with red; they become as the Lamanites.
Alma 3:6–10
According to the Nephites, the Lamanites had become physically distinguishable from the Nephites so that they would not intermix with them. Lamanites are defined as those who do not believe in God, and as such, are cursed.
Alma 3:11–12
Nephites are defined as any person who will repent and follow the commandments of God.
Alma 3:13–19
This is in fulfillment of the prophecy that a mark would be associated with the curse that follows all those who do not come unto God.

The Lamanite–Amlicite Alliance Strikes

Alma 3:20–21
A few days later, the Amlicites and the Lamanites attack again.
Alma 3:22–23
Alma, wounded in the previous fight, does not go, but rather sends a large Nephite army.
Alma 3:23–24
The Lamanites and Amlicites are driven back.
Alma 3:25–27
Many people meet their deaths, and are sent to the eternal world.


Alma 4:1–3
The results of the war causes many people to mourn and humble themselves.
Alma 4:4–5
As a result of humility and remembrance of God, the church grows by the thousands.

Decline of the Church

Alma 4:6
The church becomes rich and prideful.
Alma 4:7–10
Alma is deeply concerned about the people’s pride and the side effects that accompany it.
Alma 4:11–14
Alma sees the gradual degradation of the church and the corruption of the society.
Alma 4:15–18
Alma gives up his position as chief judge to a man named Nephihah.
Alma 4:19–20
Alma, now relieved of his civic duties, devotes himself to his church responsibilities.

Alma’s Preaching in Zarahemla, Gideon, and Melek

Alma 5:1
Alma decides to begin preaching in Zarahemla.
Alma 6:1–4
The people respond to Alma’s message, and the church grows.
Alma 6:5–6
No one is denied the privilege to worship God.
Alma 6:7
Alma moves on to the valley of Gideon, and visits the main city there.
Alma 6:8
Alma begins preaching to the people of Gideon.
Alma 8:1–2
Alma returns to his home in Zarahemla to rest.
Alma 8:3–5
The following year, Alma goes to the land of Melek, and finds success in teaching the gospel and establishing the church.

Preaching, Rejection, and War in Ammonihah

Alma 16:1–2, 25:1–3
Shortly after Alma’s return, the Lamanites initiate a surprise attack on Ammonihah.
Alma 16:3, 9–11
Before the Nephites can adequately respond, the Lamanites destroy the city and take prisoners.
Alma 25:4
In the attack, nearly all of the Lamanite descendants of Amulon, Noah’s Priests, are killed.
Alma 25:5
The few Amulonites who survive escape into the wilderness with Lamanites.
Alma 25:6
Many Lamanites repent and believe the words they heard back in the land of Nephi from Ammon and Aaron.
Alma 25:7–9
The Amulonites begin executing the believing Lamanites; The Lamanites rebel, and kill the remaining Amulonites.
Alma 25:9–12
This was in fulfillment of Abinadi’s prophesies.

Prisoner Rescue Effort

Alma 16:4–5
Wanting to rescue the prisoners taken captive during the attack on Ammonihah, the Nephites organize an Army lead by a man named Zoram, who asks the prophet Alma where the armies should go.
Alma 16:6
Upon consulting with the Lord, Alma instructs the troops to cross the Sidon river and head towards the city of Manti.
Alma 16:7–9
Zoram leads the troops according to Alma’s words, scatter the unsuspecting Lamanites, and recover those who had been taken as prisoners.

Peace and Stability

Alma 16:12
After the incident, Zarahemla enjoys some peace.
Alma 16:13–15
Alma and Amulek continue preaching and strengthening the church.
Alma 16:15–17
The church becomes increasingly firmly established, and its members enjoy the blessings of the gospel.
Alma 16:18–19
The priests of the church teach the people to live uprightly, and to look forward to the coming of the Son of God—a topic which was the object of much interest among the people.
Alma 16:20
The people learn the Jesus Christ will visit them after his resurrection.
Alma 16:21
The year ends in blessings and righteousness.

The Sons of Mosiah and Alma’s Reunion

Alma 17:1, 27:16
One day while out traveling, Alma randomly stumbles upon the sons of Mosiah, who are returning from the missionary journeys.
Alma 17:2–4, 28:8
Alma is delighted to see them still firm in the faith as he remembers his past experiences with them.
Alma 27:17–19
Everyone rejoices, especially Ammon, who collapses to the ground, incapacitated by his great joy.
Alma 27:20
Alma leads the sons of Mosiah back to Zarahemla and invites them to his home.
Alma 27:20
Alma informs the chief judge that the missionaries are back.

Ammonite Immigration

Alma 27:21
Ammon and the missionaries have a sizable group of converts who want to immigrate to Zarahemla to escape persecution, so the chief judge holds a referendum to get the Nephite public opinion as to what should be done with them.
Alma 27:22–24
The public states that the eastern city of Jershon will be designated for the converts, and agrees to provide military protection for them, since the converts had covenanted not to fight anymore.
Alma 27:25–26
Ammon brings Alma to his converts, who are camping out in the wilderness—Ammon tells them they are welcome to inhabit the city of Jershon.
Alma 27:25
The converts travel to Jershon and establish themselves there.
Alma 27:25–27
Previously knows as Anti–Nephi–Lehites, they now call themselves the people of Ammon (Ammonites).
Alma 27:28–30
The Ammonites live peacefully in the hope of salvation through Christ.
Alma 29:1-17
Alma reflects upon missionary work and finds joy therein.

Lamanite Strike

Alma 28:1
As the Ammonites had traveled from the land of Nephi to Zarahemla, a group of Lamanites had followed them.
Alma 28:2–3, 9–11
The Lamanites strike, and a horrific battle breaks out, ending with massive casualties and widespread destruction.
Alma 28:4–7, 12
A period of intense mourning and recovery follows.
Alma 28:13–14
This typifies the principle that the death and sorrow result from going against the way of Christ.
Alma 30:1–5
With the damages of war still fresh, Zarahemla returns to peace.

Korihor, the Anti–Christ

Mission to Antionum

Alma 31:1–2
Alma gets word that a group of people called the Zoramites are apostatizing and falling into idolatry.
Alma 31:3–4,8–10
The Zoramites were centered in a city called Antionum, near the Lamanites borders—they were religious dissenters and were considered a political threat.
Alma 31:5–7,11
Alma gathers a powerhouse missionary team consisting of himself, his sons Corianton and Shiblon, Amulek, Zeezrom, Ammon, Aaron, and Omner.

Zoramite–Ammonite Conflict

Alma 35:3–7
The Zoramite political leaders are not happy with the missionaries’ work, and expel them and all their converts from the city.
Alma 35:1–2
The missionaries and the Zoramite converts travel to Jershon.
Alma 35:8–9
The Zoramite chief ruler demands that the citizens of Jershon (Ammonites) not be sympathetic to the exiled Zoramites, but the Ammonites disregard the request, and welcome the Zoramite converts.
Alma 35:10–12
The Zoramites leaders get angry with the Ammonites, collude with the Lamanites, and begin planning for war.
Alma 35:13
Sensing impending insurgence, the Ammonites relocate to the land of Melek, where they can received better military protection.
Alma 35:14
The missionaries return to Zarahemla.
Alma 35:15
Alma feels great sorrow for the political conflicts.

Alma’s Teachings to his Sons

Alma 35:16
Alma gathers his sons with the intent of speaking to them about the things pertaining unto righteousness.
Alma 43:1–2
Alma and his sons continue preaching.