Planting And Nourishing Alma's Seed

© 1999 by Richard G. Grant.
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The Message of Alma 32

What is this seed? – Alma 32:28

Where is it planted? – Alma 32:28; 33:1, 23

Where can we learn more about planting and nourishing this seed? – Matt 13:18-23

Into what does it grow? – Alma 32:37, 39

Might there be other seeds which produce good trees?

Alma's Seed and Lehi's Tree

What is this tree? – Alma 32:40

What is this fruit? – Alma 32:42; 1 Nephi 8:10-11; 11:8; 15:22, 36; D&C 14:7

Can there be any doubt?
     Alma and Nephi were certainly talking about the same tree.

Where does this tree grow? – Alma 32:42

How to we get to the tree? – 1 Nephi 8:19-20; 1 Nephi 11:25

Three groups who seek the tree:


Group 1:

1 Nephi 8:21-23

Matt 13:19

Alma 32:28


Group 2:

1 Nephi 8:24-28

Matt 13:20-22

Alma 32:38-40


Group 3:

1 Nephi 8:30

Matt 13:23

Alma 32:37, 41-42


Obviously, Nephi, Christ, and Alma are each talking of the same three groups. Three different groups of people who are each attracted to the message of the gospel. But, how different is their response? How different is their glory?

Where Can we Learn More About This Tree?

Two trees in the garden – Alma 42:2

Why this flaming sword? – Alma 42:3-4, 8-10

Who is bared from this tree? – 1 Nephi 15:36

The Topology of the Garden

The tree of life in the midst – Genesis 2:9

Cherubim guard the east – Genesis 3:24

A walled garden with a tree, and a gate, and a way?

Where is the gate and who are the cherubim today?

What is "the way of the tree of life"?

Where is the tree?



Corbin T. Volluz, "Lehi's Dream of the Tree of Life," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Fall 1993