Alma’s Sermon to Gideon

After teaching the people in the city of Zarahemla, Alma traveled to Gideon to meet with the members of the church in that city. The purpose of his tour was to reinvigorate the faith of the members and to urge them to repent. His sermon in Gideon was significantly shorter than the prior sermon, evidently because the people in Gideon didn’t need as much help. As Alma said during the sermon, “I perceive that ye are in the paths of righteousness; I perceive that ye are in the path which leads to the kingdom of God; yea, I perceive that ye are making his paths straight” (Alma 7:19).

Here is a brief summary of the sermon:

  1. Introduction: expresses confidence in the people (Alma 7:1-6)
  2. The Son of God will take upon Himself three things: death, our infirmities, and our sins (Alma 7:7-13)
  3. Repent, and lay aside every sin which doth so easily beset you. (Alma 7:14-16)
  4. I perceive that ye are in the paths of righteousness, and you know that God is constant. (Alma 7:17-21)
  5. Admonition (Alma 7:22-25)
    1. Be humble, temperate, diligent, prayerful. (Alma 7:22-23)
    2. Have faith, hope, and charity. (Alma 7:24)
    3. May the Lord keep your garments spotless. (Alma 7:25)
  6. Final testimony and blessing (Alma 7:26-27)