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A Musical Tour of Alma 1-27

Alma 1:30

About 90 B.C. the people of the Book of Mormon enjoyed a Golden Age. While they increased in wealth and learning, they also remembered to share their bounty with those less fortunate.

Because I have been given much

Thurl Bailey soloist, Marvin Goldstein on the piano

text by Grace Noll Crowell; music by Phillip Landgrave

Alma 5:9

Not long after some Book of Mormon people had been rescued by God from a life of captivity, the prophet Alma reminded the people of that history, and how joyful they were at that time, as they sang redeeming love.

Raise Your Voices to the Lord

Cantiques Karaokes

text and music by Evan Stephens

Alma 5:14

The prophet Alma asked some searching questions in the Book of Mormon:  “Have you received the image of God in your countenance?  Have you spiritually been born of God?  Have ye experienced this mighty change in your heart?”

Have You Received His Image in Your Countenance?

Jane Mecham

Words and music by Janice Kapp Perry

Alma 5:19,21

In the Book of Mormon, Alma emphasized the importance of living a clean life, repenting of sin to keep it clean, and relying upon the Redeemer to cleanse us through His blood, because the day will come that we will meet with God to give an accounting.

While of These Emblems We Partake

Sing a New Song to the Lord

words by John Nicholson

Alma 5:37,38

Alma encouraged the people of the Book of Mormon who had strayed from God’s ways and were wandering about as sheep with no shepherd to come back.  There is a Good Shepherd calling after you - hearken to His voice!

Ye Simple Souls Who Stray

Anne Britt

words by Charles Wesley; music by Evan Stephens

Alma 5:38

Alma taught:  “Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.”

Psalm 23

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Alma 5:45,46

Alma taught Book of Mormon people and us how he knows the truth of what he has been teaching them: He has fasted and prayed to know, and he knows by the Holy Spirit of God.


Juli Beesley

words by Loren C. Dunn; music by Michael Finlinson Moody

Alma 5:50

In about 83 B.C. Book of Mormon prophet Alma declared, “Repent, all ye ends of the earth, for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand.”

Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Three Irish Tenors

words by Julia Ward Howe; music by anon

Alma 5:50

Alma teaches the people of the Book of Mormon that “The Son of God cometh in his glory, in his might, majesty, power, and dominion.”

Joy to the World

David Archuleta & the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

words by Isaac Watts; music by George F. Handel

Alma 5:50

In the Book of Mormon, Alma teaches that “The glory of the King of all the earth, and also the King of heaven shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men.”

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Josh Groban

words by Edmund H. Sears; music by Richard S. Willis

Alma 7:10

Alma taught a Book of Mormon group that the Son of God would soon be born of Mary, at Jerusalem, the land of their forefathers.”

Ave Maria

Soprano Olga Szyrowa, accompanied by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in 1995

composed by Michal Lorenc


Ave Maria

tenor Luciano Pavarotti

Composer Franz Schubert

Montreal, Canada

Ave Maria

9-year-old Almira Willighagen

2013 Semifinals of Holland’s Got Talent

Alma 7:10-12

Book of Mormon prophet Alma taught his people that the virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, would soon bring forth the Son of God.

Silent Night

Michael Bublé.  Accompanied by a children’s choir.

words by Joseph Mohr; music by Franz Gruber

Alma 7:27

Alma concluded his speech to the Book of Mormon group by invoking a blessing from God to rest upon them and their families.

Our Father, By Whose Name All Fatherhood Is Known

The Festival Choir & Hosanna Chorus

words by F. Bland Tucker; music by John David Edwards

Alma 9:28

Alma told the people in the Book of Mormon city of Ammonihah that they will reap what they sow.

Have I Done Any Good?

Alex Boye, Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, and Zion’s Youth Choir

words and music by Will L. Thompson

Alma 10:7

Book of Mormon prophet Alma was rejected by the people of Ammonihah.  But God knew He wanted His message delivered to that city, so He sent an angel to tell one of the prominent citizens, Amulek, “Thou shalt feed a prophet of the Lord; yea, a holy man, who is a chosen man of God.”

We Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

Latter-day Moroni

words by Marylou Cunningham Leavitt; music by Darwin K. Wolford

Alma 13:22

Alma taught the Book of Mormon people in Ammonihah that God was sending angels to declare the glad tidings of great joy, that the Only Begotten Son would soon come to earth.  God told the Book of Mormon people, as He told the people of ancient Jerusalem, because he loves all people upon the earth.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee


Basilica of the Nationa Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C

words by Henry Van Dyke,  music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

Alma 13:25

God’s people in the Book of Mormon knew that His Son would be born in the land of Jerusalem.  Alma said, “And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the outh of angels of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon.  Would to God that it might be in my day, but let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.”

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson (The Piano Guys), Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, along with a Live Nativity

words by James Montgomery; French tune

“Over A Thousand People Came Together To Break a Record And Bring This Moving Christmas Hymn To Life”

Alma 13:28

Book of Mormon prophet Alma taught the people:  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering.”

I Pray

Sungbong Choi, first recognized on Korea’s Got Talent

I Am Here - I Need Thee Every Hour

The Bonner Family

Alma 13:28,29

Alma taught his people:  “Have faith on the Lord, and a hope that you shall receive eternal life.”

O Thou Kind and Gracious Father

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

words by Charles Denney, Jr.; music by George Careless

Alma 13:28,29

In the Book of Mormon, Alma taught the people to “Have the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.”

Where Love Is

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Jeannine Goeckeritz on the flute and Tamara Oswald on the harp

words by Joanne Bushman Doxey and Norma B. Smith;

music by Joanne Bushman Doxey and Marjorie Castleton Kjar

Alma 14:7,8

After Alma preached the word of God to the people of Ammonihah, a part of them believed and repented, and chose to follow the Lord.  The others, however, were angered.  They drove out some of the believers, and burned others.

I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

The Story and the Song

The last words of a Garo tribesman

Alma 14:13

The Book of Mormon people of the city of Ammonihah have had a second chance to hear the gospel, and once again have firmly rejected the Lord.  This time, in addition to rejecting the words of the prophets, they have burned the faithful women and children in a fire.  Amulek was concerned that they, too, would be burned, but Alma assured him that they had not yet finished their message.  And after that, they would trust God with whatever happened.

Faith of Our Fathers

Father Alphonsus Mary

words by Frederick W. Faber; music by Henri F. Hemy; refrain by James G. Walton

Alma 14:26

In the Book of Mormon, Alma and Amulek were imprisoned under cruel conditions. Finally Alma cried to God for help, for strength according to their faith in him, for deliverance.  They then broke the bonds with which they were tied, and their persecutors fled in fear.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

The Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Singers

words by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; music by William Crof

Alma 15:17

Book of Mormon prophet Alma successfully helped the people of Sidom to humble themselves and pray.



Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC

Alma 15:18

After their distressing experiences in Ammonihah, Book of Mormon prophet Alma took Amulek to his own home and strengthened him in the Lord, and administered to him in his afflictions.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

The Mormon Youth Chorus

words by Martin Luther; music attributed to Martin Luther

Alma 21:21

King Lamoni explained a major political shift which his people experienced:  “He did also declare unto them that they were a people who were under him, and that they were a free people, that they were free from the oppressions of the king, his father; for that his father had granted unto him that he might reign over the people.”

People must be able to freely choose their associations and their level of devotion to God.

Homeward Bound

BYU Vocal Point

words by Katherine Jenkins; music by Marta Keen

Alma 22

The Lamanites of the Book of Mormon lived without God for generations.  Then some brave missionaries entered their lands and began teaching them, suffering much in the process.  The king was so impressed by the missionaries’ demeanor and love that he requested they visit him, so Aaron did.  Aaron began with the basics.  The king said he didn’t know if there was a God or not, but “If now thou sayest there is a God, behold I will believe.”  He kept this humble and teacheable attitude and was able to come to know God, with many of his people.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment have combined their musical talents to produce the song “I Will Believe,” from their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon.

“If you say that God lives, I’ll believe, I’ll believe,”

Cried the king as he bowed to the ground.

“I’ll believe what you teach, I’ll believe, I’ll believe;

I was lost, I was lost, now I’m found.”

Alma 23,24

As a result of faithful missionaries’ work, many Lamanites in the Book of Mormon were converted to Christ.  But not all.  Those who did not convert took it upon themselves to kill those who did.  The new converts made a vow not to shed anyone’s blood, and they buried their swords to keep them bright.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment wrote “Our Swords Are Made Bright,” published in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon.

Our swords are made bright, let us hide them away;

Our swords, let us stain them no more.

Our swords are washed clean through the blood of the Lamb,

Now bury them deep, I implore.

Alma 24:10

The Book of Mormon Lamanite King Anti-Nephi-Lehi encouraged his people, “I thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.”

How Great Thou Art!

Libera, 2014

Words by Stuart K. Hine; Swedish folk melody

Alma 24:14

In the Book of Mormon, Lamanite King Anti-Nephi-Lehi taught his people about God’s love:  “He hs made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations.”  (The angels he mentions were actually missionaries.)

God Is Love

Marden Pond

words by Isaac Watts; music by Joseph J. Daynes

Alma 24:23

The Christian convert Lamanites of the Book of Mormon who had buried their sword and make a covenant not to take them again, even to defend themselves, were attacked by their enemies.  They praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword, which caused many of their enemies to cease the attack and join the believers.

All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Gethsemane Episcopal Church members, of Minneapolis, Minnesota

words by Theodulph of Orleans; music by Melchior Teschner

Palm Sunday of 2013

Alma 25:15

The Book of Mormon Christians, Lamanites and others, were all Israelites, so they kept the Law of Moses until Christ’s resurrection.  They knew that it was a type of His coming.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Romanian musical trio Noblesse

Alma 26

The missionaries, serving for over ten years among the Lamanites, have had wonderful success.  Their leader, Ammon, praised God:  “Let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever.”                  

Marilyn Arnold wrote the text, and Maurine Ozment wrote the music to “In My God I Do Rejoice,” from their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 13.

Alma 26:3

Ammon the Book of Mormon missionary leader praises God for his salvation:  “They were in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God.”

Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone

BYU Noteworthy

“Amazing Grace” words by John Newton; “My Chains Are Gone” Chris Tomlin

Alma 26:8

In the Book of Mormon, missionary leader Ammon encourages his fellow-missionaries:  “Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.”

Now Thank We All Our God

The Cambridge Singers & The City of London Sinfonia

words by Martin Rinkhart, translated by Catherine Winkworth; music by Johann Cruger

Sing We Now at Parting

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

words by George Manwaring; music by Ebenezer Beesley

Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn

Chad Woolner & David Brallier

words by William W. Phelps; music by Tracy Y. Cannon

Rejoice!  A Glorious Sound Is Heard

Latter-day Moroni

words by W.O. Robinson; music by Frank W. Asper

On This Day of Joy and Gladness

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

text and music by Leroy J. Robertson

Alma 26:12

Book of Mormon missionary leader told his companions, “I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things.”

Sing Praise to Him

A BYU Idaho Combined Priesthood Choir

April 2009 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

words by Johann J. Schultz; translated by Frances Elizabeth Cox;

music from Bohemian Brethren’s Songbook, 1566

Alma 26:14

Missionary Ammon, in the Book of Mormon, said to his companions, “We have reason to praise him forever, for he is the Most High God, and has loosed our brethren from the chains of hell.”

All Creatures of Our God and King

David Crowder

words by St. Francis of Assisi, 1182; translated by William H. Draper, 1855-1933

German melody, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Alma 26:15

In the Book of Mormon, Ammon the missionary praises the Lord.

Because He Lives

Allyse Smith Taylor and James Loynes

accompanied by Marvin Goldstein on the piano

Written and composed by Sally DeFord

Alma 26:16

Ammon praises the Lord in the Book of Mormon:  “Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord?  Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men?  Behold, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.”

With Songs of Praise

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

words by Penelope Moody Allen; music by Newel Kay Brown

Alma 27:27,30

The Book of Mormon records that the Lamanites who converted to the Lord “were distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.”

God Speed the Right

Concert Pianist Paul Cardall

words by William E. Hickson; music by Ernst Moritz Arndt

Alma 27:28

Alma spoke of a faithful group of people and their hope:  “They never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.”

Only Hope

One Voice Children’s Choir

Piano Guys Steven Sharp Nelson

Mosiah Alma 28-63