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An Artistic Tour of Alma 1-22

Alma 5:14


“Have You Received His Image in Your Countenance?”

Jane Mecham

As recorded in the Book of Mormon, Alma asked the people of Zarahemla a series of thought-provoking and introspective questions:  “And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God?  Have ye received his image in your countenances?  Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?”

Alma 14

Alma 14:26,27


Alma and Amulek in Prison  

Gary Kapp

Paintings from the Church’s Second International Arts Competition.  Award of Merit.


God chose to save his servants Alma and Amulek from the wicked men who were ready to kill them, as they had martyred many of the believers in Christ:

“And Alma cried, saying: How long shall we suffer these great afflictions, O Lord? O Lord, give us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance. And they broke the cords with which they were bound; and when the people saw this, they began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them.

“And it came to pass that so great was their fear that they fell to the earth, and did not obtain the outer door of the prison; and the earth shook mightily, and the walls of the prison were rent in twain, so that they fell to the earth; and the chief judge, and the lawyers, and priests, and teachers, who smote upon Alma and Amulek, were slain by the fall thereof.”

Artist’s notes:  “I have attempted to capture the power of that terrible moment when the chief judge and his evil accomplices came to a sure knowledge of the Lord’s power and of their own guilt after mocking God.”

Alma 14:28


Alma and Amulek Emerge from Prison

Lester Yocum

“And Alma and Amulek came forth out of the prison, and they were not hurt; for the Lord had granted unto them power, according to their faith which was in Christ.  And they straightway came forth out of the prison; and they were loosed from their bands; and the prison had fallen to the earth, and every soul within the walls thereof save it were Alma and Amulek, was slain; and they straightway came forth into the city.”

Artist’s notes:

Two prophets emerge from prison, having suffered unspeakable torment. Their faith remained undimmed, the miraculous ruin of their jail a testimony to their source of strength.

Alma 17

Alma 17:17 - 19:36


Ammon and the King – A Story from the Book of Mormon

The Youth of the Anaheim, California 4th and 5th Wards

Directed by Brian Faye.

This is an impressive production, with an all-youth amateur cast, of the Book of Mormon story that details how the Lamanites first heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and began to accept and believe it.

Alma 17:22


Ammon and Lamoni

Joseph Franklin Brickey

The Book of Mormon describes the beginning of Ammon’s mission to the Lamanites.  He was carried before King Lamoni.

“And the king inquired of Ammon if it were his desire to dwell in the land among the Lamanites, or among his people.”

Alma 17:35


Ammon Defends the Flocks of King Lamoni

Arnold Friberg

The Book of Mormon records that Ammon began his intrepid missionary service in the land of the Lamanites by volunteering to be the king’s servant.  This was actually a dangerous position, because in the Lamanite culture of the time the king had a habit of killing his sheep-herding servants when their sheep were scattered and stolen.  And local inhabitants had a habit of scattering and stealing the sheep.  

“And those men again stood to scatter their flocks; but Ammon said unto his brethren: Encircle the flocks round about that they flee not; and I go and contend with these men who do scatter our flocks.”

Artist’s Notes:

The hero in the next picture, AMMON DEFENDS THE FLOCKS OF KING LAMONI is Ammon. He is described as, “a strong and mighty man.” He had to be, to do the superhuman deeds he accomplished.

It takes just such a man to stand alone against an enraged mob and to conquer them. It is a scene almost reminiscent of Samson standing alone against the Philistines. Each stood forth in the strength of the Lord! Such pictures as this, or such men as this, are the basis for all hero stories, from Moses to Tarzan. For that lone hero figure strikes some- thing deep within us, something to which we aspire, something larger than we can ever achieve. One man viewing this painting told the artist, “If! were there, that’s the way I’d stand, true and faithful.” I have here chosen to depict the tense moment just before the actual fight.  The ensuing action described in the book is too gory [to depict] —the hacking off of every arm lifted against him, then laying the stack of arms before the king as evidence of his faithful service.  Apparently that’s the way they did missionary work in those days.

Alma 17:37



Steven Nethercott - Real Hero Posters

Ammon’s father had received a promise of protection for his son from the Lord, so Ammon had the power of God.  When the sheep-scatterers showed up and began their work, Ammon was pro-active:

“Behold, every man that lifted his club to smite Ammon, he smote off their arms with his sword, for he did withstand their blows by smiting their arms with the edge of his sword, insomuch that they began to be astonished, and began to flee before him; yea, and they were not few in numbers.  And he caused them to flee by the strength of his arm.”

Real Hero Posters strives to capture the spirit of real heroes, the uniqueness of their world, the strength of their character, and the reality of their heroism.

Alma 19

Alma 19:10


Because of thy Exceeding Faith

Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty  

Winner of 1999 International Art Competition

When Ammon taught the gospel to King Lamoni, he was so overcome that he fell to the ground, and was unconscious for several days.  The queen called for Ammon.  Ammon told her that the king would awaken the next day, and the queen expressed her belief in Ammon’s words.  Ammon recognized great faith in this answer, and said, “Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith.”  Her husband was raised according to the word of Ammon, and her faith was verified.

Alma 19:10


Such Great Faith  

Walter Rane

Oil on board.  Commissioned.

Alma 19:17


Abish Calling the People

Sheri Lynn Doty

In fact, when the king arose he testified of God’s works and plan.  The Spirit came upon the queen and all those who listened, and they all fell to the earth.  This was witnessed by a lone individual - Abish, who had already been converted to the Lord on account of a vision.  

The Book of Mormon records, “Therefore, when she saw that all the servants of Lamoni had fallen to the earth, and also her mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon lay prostrate upon the earth, she knew that it was the power of God; and supposing that this opportunity, by making known unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God, therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.”  

Alma 22

Alma 22:11


“I Will Believe”

Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 11

Aaron, one of the sons of Mosiah, went to the king over all the Lamanites to teach him the gospel.  The king had observed the behavior of the missionaries and wanted to understand their beliefs.  As Aaron began to teach him, he asked the king if he believed.  The king’s answer showed great faith:

“Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.”

He heard Aaron’s words, the great Lamanite king,

The words of redemption and hope.

They touched the king’s heart and he hungered for truth;

in meekness he fervently spoke:

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

I’ll believe what you teach, I’ll believe, I’ll believe.”

Alma 5       Alma 14       Alma 17       Alma 19       Alma 22

Mosiah Alma 23-48