Book of Mormon
Lesson 29
“Give Ear to My Words”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will teach us Alma’s counsel for remaining faithful in the gospel and help parents understand how to teach and counsel both righteous and unrighteous children.

Scripture references for study:  Alma 36–39
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Lesson 29 Handout (PDF)


"After his mission to the Zoramites, Alma recognized that many of the Nephites were hardening their hearts against the word of God. He sorrowed greatly and gathered his sons to counsel them. Alma bore his testimony of the power and goodness of God and explained how he was converted. He also gave specific advice to each son. Alma encouraged Helaman, Shiblon, and Corianton to trust God, keep his commandments, and teach others to forsake sin." (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, ©1991, p27)

Alma gave these teachings to his sons shortly before the end of his life.


Alma 36 & 37 - Alma Teaches Helaman

Keep the Commandments and Prosper in the Land.

Learn From The Past.

Trust In God.

Source of spiritual knowledge.

The power of the Atonement.

Why Missionary Work?

The importance of the scriptural records.

A Warning against Secret Combinations.

Alma Instructs Helaman as to What to Teach the People (see Alma 37:32-37).

Be diligent.

Alma 38 - Alma Teaches Shiblon

Alma encouraged Shiblon to continue in his faithful ways and to trust in the Lord.

Alma reminded Shiblon of some important character traits.

Alma 39 - Alma Teaches Corianton

Introduction to Alma 39.

The Seriousness of Sexual Transgression.

A Pattern For Repentance.

Alma Did Not Give Up On His Son Corianton.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Alma to his sons. What principle can you more fully practice in your life? How will you do it?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Book of Mormon Student Manual - Religion 121 & 122.

Conference Reports (CR).

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.

Even As I Am by Neal A. Maxwell.

Men and Women of Christ by Neal A. Maxwell.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 8, edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.

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