“Book of Mormon Times at a Glance: Chart 2—Alma through Mormon and Moroni,” Liahona, July 2004, 8
Reign of the Judges
Date (Some dates are approximate.)
Major Teachings about Jesus Christ
Books of the Bible
• King Mosiah gave his sons and others permission to preach the gospel among the Lamanites. They left on a mission lasting approximately 14 years (see Mosiah 28:1–9).
• Nehor, a false priest who endorsed priestcraft, was executed for his crimes. The Church prospered despite internal contention and persecution from unbelievers (see Alma 1).
• Aaron and his brethren preached without success and were cast into prison (see Alma 21:1–14).
• Aaron taught the gospel to Lamoni’s father, who was miraculously converted and proclaimed religious liberty (see Alma 22–23:3).
• Some Lamanites went to battle against the Anti-Nephi-Lehies (see Alma 24:20).
• The converted Lamanites called themselves Anti-Nephi-Lehies and became friendly with the Nephites (see Alma 23).
• The Anti-Nephi-Lehies buried their swords, covenanting never again to destroy human life (see Alma 24:1–19).
• Amlici’s petition to be king was rejected by the voice of the people. A civil war erupted, and Amlici and his supporters were defeated (see Alma 2:1–19).
• Strengthened by the Lord, the Nephites defeated the Lamanites in two great battles (see Alma 2:27–3:27).
• The Lamanites, joined by the Amlicites, went to war against the Nephites (see Alma 2:20–26).
• The Nephites prospered and began to be proud. Alma the Younger resigned as chief judge to preach the word of God (see Alma 4:6–20).
Alma the Younger asked the people if they had been spiritually born of God (see Alma 5).
• Alma the Younger was rejected in the city of Ammonihah, but an angel commanded him to return. Amulek gave him shelter (see Alma 8).
• Alma the Younger and Amulek were imprisoned and miraculously delivered (see Alma 14).
Alma the Younger prophesied of Christ and His Atonement (see Alma 7).
Alma the Younger taught of entering the rest of the Lord (see Alma 12–13).
• Alma and Amulek continued to preach repentance. Peace and righteousness were established (see Alma 16:12–21).
• Lamanites continued to be converted. Ammon gloried in the Lord for the success of the mission among the Lamanites (see Alma 25:13–26:37).
• Because of threats, Ammon and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies decided to petition the Nephites for protection (see Alma 27:1–15).
• The Anti-Nephi-Lehies began to live among the Nephites and became known as the people of Ammon (see Alma 27:25–30).
• The Nephites rejoiced over the conversion of so many Lamanites—the Anti-Nephi-Lehies—and gave them the land of Jershon (see Alma 27:20–24).
• The Lamanites went to war against the Nephites. Tens of thousands on both sides died (see Alma 28).
Alma the Younger taught how to acquire faith (see Alma 32–33).
Amulek explained the need for the great and last sacrifice (see Alma 34).
• Korihor, an anti-Christ, ridiculed Christ, the Atonement, and the spirit of prophecy. He was struck dumb by God and died (see Alma 30).
• Alma the Younger led a mission to reclaim the apostate Zoramites. Many poor among them were converted (see Alma 31–34).
• The converted Zoramites joined the people of Ammon in the land of Jershon (see Alma 35:1–9).
• Nephite armies under Captain Moroni defeated the army of Zerahemnah (see Alma 43–44).
• The wicked Zoramites and Lamanites joined in a war against the Nephites (see Alma 35:10–13).
Alma the Younger told his sons of his conversion (see Alma 36–42).
• Alma the Younger was taken up by the Spirit (see Alma 45:1–19).
• Amalickiah conspired to be king. Captain Moroni raised the title of liberty, and Amalickiah fled to the Lamanites (see Alma 45:20–46:41).
• During a period of peace, Captain Moroni and Helaman prepared the people for war (see Alma 48:7–25).
• A dispute caused by Nephite dissenter Morianton led to civil war. Captain Moroni and Teancum ended the disturbance by force. Pahoran became the chief judge (see Alma 50:25–40).
• King-men caused dissension by seeking to change the law to set up a king. Captain Moroni swiftly ended the rebellion (see Alma 51:1–21).
• Teancum stopped the northward march of Amalickiah and killed him as he slept (see Alma 51:28–37).
• Amalickiah murdered the Lamanite king, placed himself on the throne, and incited the people to war (see Alma 47:1–48:6).
• A great Lamanite army attacked the Nephites but was defeated in a terrible battle at the city of Noah (see Alma 49).
• Amalickiah attacked the Nephites again and captured many cities along the eastern seashore (see Alma 51:22–27).
• The Nephites recaptured the city of Mulek (see Alma 52:4–40).
• Ammoron, Amalickiah’s brother, became king. The Lamanites retreated to the city of Mulek (see Alma 52:2–3).
• The western city of Antiparah was retaken. Miraculously none of the 2,000 young warriors was killed (see Alma 56:11–57:5).
• Ammoron sent a letter to Captain Moroni requesting an exchange of prisoners (see Alma 54).
• Captain Moroni refused to exchange prisoners. His forces retook the eastern city of Gid and freed the Nephite prisoners without bloodshed (see Alma 55).
• The western city of Cumeni surrendered to Helaman’s forces. A Lamanite army attempted to retake it but was defeated in a great battle. Again, none of Helaman’s valiant young warriors was killed (see Alma 57:6–36).
• Captain Moroni wrote an angry letter to Pahoran, demanding more support. Pahoran wrote back asking for military aid to put down an uprising by the king-men in Zarahemla (see Alma 53:8–9; Alma 60–61).
• Captain Moroni sent aid to Helaman’s army, gathered other forces, and joined Pahoran to put down the king-men’s rebellion (see Alma 62:1–12).
• Captain Moroni and Pahoran retook the eastern city of Nephihah. The Lamanites were driven out of the land (see Alma 62:14–42).
• Captain Moroni retired and Helaman returned to preaching. The people prospered and were righteous (see Alma 62:43–52).
• The Lamanites conquered the eastern city of Nephihah (see Alma 59).
• Many Nephites departed to the land northward. Hagoth sailed with many into the west sea. Helaman, son of Helaman, took possession of the sacred records (see Alma 63:1–13).
• Lamanites, stirred by dissenting Nephites, went to war against the Nephites and were defeated by Moronihah, son of Captain Moroni (see Alma 63:14–17).
• Pahoran, son of Pahoran, was elected chief judge, but he was murdered by Kishkumen. Pacumeni was elected chief judge (see Hel. 1:1–13).
• Helaman, son of Helaman, was elected chief judge (see Hel. 2:1–2).
• The people prospered and lived in peace. The Church grew and was strengthened. Nephi, son of Helaman, became the chief judge (see Hel. 3).
• Contention weakened the Church. Nephite dissenters stirred up the Lamanites to war (see Hel. 4:1–4).
• Coriantumr, a Nephite dissenter, led the Lamanites to battle against the Nephites and captured the city of Zarahemla. Moronihah surrounded and defeated him (see Hel. 1:14–34).
• Kishkumen tried to assassinate Helaman but failed. Gadianton’s secret band fled into the wilderness (see Hel. 2:3–14).
• Moronihah recaptured half of the lost lands. But the spiritually weak Nephites were often defeated because of wickedness (see Hel. 4:9–26).
• The Lamanites and Nephite dissenters captured many Nephite lands (see Hel. 4:5–8).
• Nephi resigned as chief judge. With his brother Lehi, he preached repentance to the Nephites and the Lamanites (see Hel. 5:1–19).
• Nephi and Lehi were cast into a Lamanite prison, then miraculously freed. A voice commanded the people to repent, and many were converted (see Hel. 5:20–52).
• Lamanite missionaries were sent to preach to the Nephites. Both peoples enjoyed peace, prosperity, and spiritual strength (see Hel. 6:1–14).
• The Gadianton robbers enticed the Nephites to corruption and murder. The Lamanites refused to support the robbers (see Hel. 6:15–41).
• Because of the increasing threat of the Gadianton robbers, Nephi told the people to repent or perish. He announced the murder of the chief judge and revealed his killer (see Hel. 7–9).
• The Lord gave Nephi the sealing power. Nephi asked the Lord to send a famine. The people repented, and peace was restored for a short time (see Hel. 10:1–11:23).
• The Nephites again became prideful and wicked (see Hel. 11:36–38).
• A new group of Gadianton robbers caused great havoc for the Nephites and the Lamanites (see Hel. 11:24–27).
• Samuel the Lamanite prophesied of the destruction of the Nephites and the signs of Christ’s birth and death (see Hel. 13–16).
Samuel the Lamanite prophesied of the signs of Christ’s birth and death (see Hel. 14).
• Nephi, son of Nephi, took possession of the sacred records. The sign of Christ’s birth was given, and the people began to measure time from this event. Many repented and were baptized (see 3 Ne. 1:1–26; 3 Ne. 2:5–8).
• Satan led many to forget or deny the signs of Christ’s birth (see 3 Ne. 2:1–4).
• The Nephites and the converted Lamanites became one people and called themselves Nephites (see 3 Ne. 2:14–19).
• Lachoneus, the governor, and Gidgiddoni, the chief captain, led a successful campaign to destroy the robbers. The people forsook their sins and served God (see 3 Ne. 3–5).
• The Gadianton robbers became so numerous and powerful that they threatened the safety and rights of all people (see 3 Ne. 2:11–13).
• Corrupt leaders secretly murdered the prophets and took over the government. The people divided into tribes, thus destroying the government. Nephi boldly preached repentance, but few were converted to the Lord (see 3 Ne. 6–7).
• The signs of Christ’s death were given. Many cities and people were destroyed (see 3 Ne. 8).
• Jesus Christ appeared from heaven and taught His gospel. He gave authority and organized His Church, then ascended into heaven (see 3 Ne. 9–18).
• Jesus Christ again appeared, taught the people, and ascended. His disciples ministered and baptized in His name (see 3 Ne. 19–26).
• Jesus Christ showed Himself to His disciples and taught them concerning His Church and gospel. He promised three disciples they could remain on earth until His Second Coming. They were then translated (see 3 Ne. 27–28).
Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to build the Church upon His gospel (see 3 Ne. 27).
New Testament Gospels and Epistles
• The Nephites and the Lamanites were all converted to the Church of Christ. The people had all things in common among them and lived in peace and joy, having no wickedness among them (see 4 Ne. 1:1–23).
• Great pride and wickedness spread across the land. Many false churches arose, and the Saints were persecuted (see 4 Ne. 1:24–34).
• The people divided into two groups. Nephites were the true believers in Christ, and Lamanites were those who rejected the gospel (see 4 Ne. 1:35–41).
• A new group of Gadianton robbers gained support and spread throughout the land (see 4 Ne. 1:42–46).
• Ammaron, great-grandson of Nephi (one of the Savior’s disciples), hid the sacred records (see 4 Ne. 1:47–49).
• Ammaron instructed Mormon regarding the sacred records (see Morm. 1).
• Mormon, an army general and spiritual leader, led his people to many victories over the Lamanites (see Morm. 2:1–3:16).
Mormon wrote that all little children are alive in Christ (see Moro. 8).
• Mormon led his people in their last battles. Mormon turned over the sacred records to his son Moroni and was killed. The Nephite nation was destroyed (see Morm. 5–8:6).
Moroni exhorted all to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him (see Moro. 10).
• Moroni appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and gave him the sacred records. They were translated by the gift and power of God and published to the world as the Book of Mormon (see Book of Mormon title page; JS—H 1).
We can experience continual peace even when there is great persecution.
Searching the scriptures and giving ourselves to much fasting and prayer invite the blessings of the Holy Ghost into our lives.
Being patient in afflictions sets a good example and allows us to be instruments in the Lord’s hands.
Desiring to be of service to others is an important part of teaching them the gospel.
When we serve others, we should serve with distinction.
We can teach with power only when filled with the Spirit of God.
Those who believe and then repent and cry unto Him for mercy will be filled with light.
The Lord’s arm is extended to all people who will repent and believe on His name.
The condemnation of God comes upon us only as the result of our unwise choices.
The preaching of the word of God can pull down the pride, craftiness, and contentions of people.
Our souls can be illuminated by the light of the everlasting word and loosed from the chains of hell.
By faith in the living God and in the words of the prophets, we can have a mighty change of heart, receive His image in our countenance, and be born of God.
We can be saved in the kingdom of God only by being cleansed from the stain of sin through the blood of Christ.
We are the sheep of the Good Shepherd only as we hearken to His voice.
As prophets often do, Alma spoke by way of command to Church members and by way of invitation to others.
The birth, ministry, atoning sacrifice, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are of greatest importance.
When we have faith in the Savior, are baptized unto repentance, washed from our sins and born again, lay aside the sins which easily beset us, and keep the commandments of God, we shall have eternal life.
A follower of Christ is humble, submissive, gentle, easy to be entreated, patient, long-suffering, temperate, diligent, prayerful, and thankful.
Those who knowingly transgress against God are in a worse state than those who have no knowledge of Him.
Teaching and bearing testimony of Christ, His Atonement, and His judgment can convict and even astonish people.
The mysteries of God—the greater portion of His word—are given to us according to the heed and diligence we give to Him.
God first revealed the plan of redemption; then He gave His commandments.
God teaches us through those who are called after His holy priesthood so that by our faith, repentance, and righteousness, we can enter His rest.
The Lord sometimes allows the wicked to destroy the righteous; the exercise of His judgment is just.
The realization of guilt for our sins can cause great anguish of mind and body and can impel us to faith and repentance.
The Lord works in many ways to bring about the salvation of His people.
Through the Lord’s strength we may bring about much righteousness.
Exceeding joy comes to the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.
Sin is the cause of great inequality among humankind. Those who labor for the Lord help rectify this inequality.
God grants unto us according to our desires, whether they be unto good or evil.
We should desire to perform the specific work God has called us to do.
All things denote there is a God.
The devil will not support his children at the last day.
The Lord gives strength to the righteous and their afflictions are swallowed up.
Blessed are those who are compelled to be humble. More blessed are those who are humble because of the word of God.
Faith is not a perfect knowledge but a hope for true things which are not seen.
A testimony comes from exercising faith in and experimenting with—obeying—the word of God.
Searching the scriptures, praying, and believing in the Son are ways to develop testimony.
We are not only to pray for the poor but to visit them and impart of our substance.
This life is the time to prepare to meet God.
Those who trust in God will be supported in their trials and troubles.
By our repentance and the mercy of the Savior, we are freed from the pain of our sins and no longer distressed by their memory.
Small and simple things can bring about great things.
When we counsel with the Lord in all our doings, He will direct our paths.
When we bridle all our passions, we will be filled with love.
Those who have led others astray by their example are to return and admit their faults and wrongdoing.
Upon death all enter the spirit world—the righteous to paradise and the wicked to outer darkness.
Wickedness can never result in happiness.
Defending country, family, and church, preserving rights and freedoms, and supporting others in these ideals are justifiable reasons for war.
We are not to give offense or to cause war but are justified in defending ourselves at the Lord’s command.
Enemies can gain control when there are internal dissensions and iniquity.
The inward vessel should be cleansed first, then the outer vessel.
When we sin, we lose the Spirit and become weak.
When we build upon the rock of our Redeemer, no power can drag us down to the gulf of misery and endless woe.
The Lord chastens those He loves.
Signs or miracles are not a sufficient basis of faith or conversion.
The spirit of contention is of the devil.
Those with humility and faith who are baptized with water and receive the cleansing power of the Holy Ghost receive a remission of sins.
When we desire to come unto Christ, we must first be reconciled with others.
If we forgive others, God will forgive us.
Set your heart upon and seek those heavenly treasures that endure forever.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
If we follow the teachings of Christ, we will not fall when the storms of life come.
We are to continue to minister to the unrepentant.
If we believe the Book of Mormon, God will manifest even greater things to us.
If the Church is called in the Lord’s name and built upon His gospel, the Father will show forth His works in it.
When the love of God dwells in the hearts of a people, there will be no divisions or evils but they will be children of Christ and heirs to the kingdom of God.
Church members are to be nourished by the good word of God to keep them in the right way.
When we offer a gift grudgingly or without real intent, it is not counted unto us for righteousness.
Whatever invites us to do good and to love God is of God. Whatever invites us to do evil is of the devil.
Faith in Christ, hope, and charity are essential for salvation in the kingdom of God.
Little children are redeemed through the Atonement of Christ and do not need baptism.
When we read, remember the Lord’s mercy, ponder, and pray in faith about the Book of Mormon, the Holy Ghost will reveal the truth of it to us.
When we come unto Christ and are perfected in Him, deny ourselves of all ungodliness, and love God, His grace is sufficient to sanctify us.