Alma’s People Escape

“Alma’s People Escape,” Friend, July 1991, 18

Alma’s People Escape

Lamanite army finds Alma

One day while Alma’s people were working in their fields, an army of Lamanites was in the borders of their land. Mosiah 23:25

Alma’s people afraid of Lamanites

The Nephites were frightened and ran into the city for safety. Alma told them to remember God, and God would help them. Alma and his people prayed for help. Mosiah 23:26–28

Lamanites spare Nephites

The Lord softened the hearts of the Lamanite army. They came into the city, but they spared the Nephites. The army had gotten lost in the wilderness, trying to find Limhi’s people. Mosiah 23:29–30

Alma showed Lamanites way home

The Lamanites promised Alma that they would not bother his people if he would tell them how to get back to the land of Nephi. Alma showed them the way. Mosiah 23:36

Lamanites place guards around Alma’s people

But the Lamanites did not keep their promise. They put guards around the land, and Alma and his people were no longer free. Mosiah 23:37

Amulon a wicked priest

Amulon was a Nephite and had been a wicked priest of King Noah. The Lamanite King made Amulon a ruler over Alma’s people. He persecuted Alma’s people and made them work very hard. Mosiah 23:39; Mosiah 24:8–9

Amulon ruled over Alma

Alma and his people prayed for help. Amulon said that anyone who prayed would be killed. The people prayed in their hearts so that the guards would not hear them. Mosiah 24:10–12

God blessed people of Alma

God heard their prayers and made them stronger so that their hard work was easier. The people were cheerful and patient. Mosiah 24:15

God would help Alma and his people escape

The Lord was pleased that the people were faithful, and He told Alma that He would help them escape from the Lamanites. Mosiah 24:16–17

While Lamanites slept, Alma and his people escape

During the night the people gathered their food and animals. The next morning the Lord made the Lamanites sleep while Alma and his people left the city. Mosiah 24:18–20

They thanked God for His help

Alma’s people thanked God for His help. After traveling for twelve days, they came to the land of Zarahemla, where King Mosiah and his people welcomed them. Mosiah 24:21–25

Illustrated by Jerry Thompson