A Dictionary of the Book of Mormon/Alma, Valley of

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ALMA, VALLEY OF. A valley one day's travel north of the City of Helam on the road to Zarahemla. When the people of Alma escaped from the Lamanites in the land of Helam they pitched their tents in this valley and gave unto it this name, because Alma (the elder) was their leader. Here they all — men, women and children — poured out their thanks to God for their deliverance. But they were not permitted to tarry in this valley. The Lord commanded Alma to hasten and depart, for their Lamanite oppressors were pursuing them, but that He would here stop them. After twelve days' journey from this place Alma and his people reached the land of Zarahemla.