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A Library Tour of Alma 32-33
1 And it came to pass that they did go forth, and began to preach the word of God
unto the people, entering into their synagogues, and into their houses; yea, and
even they did preach the word in their streets.
2 And it came to pass that after much labor among them, they began to have success
among the poor class of people; for behold, they were cast out of the synagogues
because of the coarseness of their apparel --
3 Therefore they were not permitted to enter into their synagogues to worship God,
being esteemed as filthiness; therefore they were poor; yea, they were esteemed by
their brethren as dross; therefore they were poor as to things of the world; and
also they were poor in heart.
4 Now, as Alma was teaching and speaking unto the people upon the hill Onidah, there
came a great multitude unto him, who were those of whom we have been speaking, of
whom were poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world.
5 And they came unto Alma; and the one who was the foremost among them said unto
him: Behold, what shall these my brethren do, for they are despised of all men because
of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests; for they have cast us
out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands;
and they have cast us out because of our exceeding poverty; and we have no place
to worship our God; and behold, what shall we do?
6 And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards
him, and he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly
humbled them and that they were in a preparation to hear the word.
7 Therefore he did say no more to the other multitude; but he stretched forth his
hand, and cried unto those whom he beheld, who were truly penitent, and said unto
8 I behold that ye are lowly in heart; and if so, blessed are ye.
9 Behold thy brother hath said, What shall we do? -- for we are cast out of our synagogues,
that we cannot worship our God.
10 Behold I say unto you, do ye suppose that ye cannot worship God save it be in
your synagogues only?
11 Moreover, I would ask, do ye suppose that ye must not worship God only once in
12 I say unto you, it is well that ye are cast out of your synagogues, that ye may
be humble, and that ye may learn wisdom; for it is necessary that ye should learn
wisdom; for it is because that ye are cast out, that ye are despised of your brethren
because of your exceeding poverty, that ye are brought to a lowliness of heart; for
ye are necessarily brought to be humble.
13 And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes,
if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance; and now surely, whosoever repenteth
shall find mercy; and he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end the same shall
14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were
blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves
because of the word?
15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to
the end, the same shall be blessed -- yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled
to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.
16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be
humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God,
and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know
the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe.
17 Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven,
then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe.
18 Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for if a man knoweth a
thing he hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it.
19 And now, how much more cursed is he that knoweth the will of God and doeth it
not, than he that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into
20 Now of this thing ye must judge. Behold, I say unto you, that it is on the one
hand even as it is on the other; and it shall be unto every man according to his
21 And now as I said concerning faith -- faith is not to have a perfect knowledge
of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which
“This statement is sound. Unfortunately, many people make no distinction between
faith and credulity. A person who is credulous may believe in something which has
no rational basis, but one who has the power of faith has a hope for things unseen
which are based on truth. Truth is the foundation stone of faith.”
22 And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God
is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first
place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word.
23 And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women
also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times
which confound the wise and the learned.
24 And now, my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do
because ye are afflicted and cast out -- now I do not desire that ye should suppose
that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true --
25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves;
for I verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let
them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.
26 Now, as I said concerning faith -- that it was not a perfect knowledge -- even
so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection,
any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment
upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than
desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner
that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed
may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye
do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord,
behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling
motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves -- It must needs be that this is
a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea,
it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright.
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This chapter is a wonderful array of testimonies from all over the world of people
who learned for themselves, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that the Book of
Mormon is true. Brother Wright shares his own story, in which this scripture from
Alma’s teachings to the Zoramites spoke to his spirit about the truth of the Book
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless
it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you
must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and
beginneth to grow. And now behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will
strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold
it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for
every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not
good, therefore it is cast away.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and
it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed
34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in
that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because ye know, for ye know that
the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that
your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.
35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever
is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good;
and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have
only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know
if the seed was good.
37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with
great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto
us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up,
and bring forth fruit.
38 But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it
will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because
it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit
thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will
not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith
to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow,
by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit
thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in
nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the
fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and
which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and
ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither
shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence,
and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto
1 Now after Alma had spoken these words, they sent forth unto him desiring to know
whether they should believe in one God, that they might obtain this fruit of which
he had spoken, or how they should plant the seed, or the word of which he had spoken,
which he said must be planted in their hearts; or in what manner they should begin
to exercise their faith.
2 And Alma said unto them: Behold, ye have said that ye could not worship your God
because ye are cast out of your synagogues. But behold, I say unto you, if ye suppose
that ye cannot worship God, ye do greatly err, and ye ought to search the scriptures;
if ye suppose that they have taught you this, ye do not understand them.
3 Do ye remember to have read what Zenos, the prophet of old, has said concerning
prayer or worship?
4 For he said: Thou art merciful, O God, for thou hast heard my prayer, even when
I was in the wilderness; yea, thou wast merciful when I prayed concerning those who
were mine enemies, and thou didst turn them to me.
5 Yea, O God, and thou wast merciful unto me when I did cry unto thee in my field;
when I did cry unto thee in my prayer, and thou didst hear me.
6 And again, O God, when I did turn to my house thou didst hear me in my prayer.
7 And when I did turn unto my closet, O Lord, and prayed unto thee, thou didst hear
8 Yea, thou art merciful unto thy children when they cry unto thee, to be heard of
thee and not of men, and thou wilt hear them.
9 Yea, O God, thou hast been merciful unto me, and heard my cries in the midst of
10 Yea, and thou hast also heard me when I have been cast out and have been despised
by mine enemies; yea, thou didst hear my cries, and wast angry with mine enemies,
and thou didst visit them in thine anger with speedy destruction.
11 And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is
because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry
unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy
judgments away from me, because of thy Son.
12 And now Alma said unto them: Do ye believe those scriptures which have been written
by them of old?
13 Behold, if ye do, ye must believe what Zenos said; for, behold he said: Thou hast
turned away thy judgments because of thy Son.
14 Now behold, my brethren, I would ask if ye have read the scriptures? If ye have,
how can ye disbelieve on the Son of God?
15 For it is not written that Zenos alone spake of these things, but Zenock also
spake of these things --
16 For behold, he said: Thou art angry, O Lord, with this people, because they will
not understand thy mercies which thou hast bestowed upon them because of thy Son.
17 And now, my brethren, ye see that a second prophet of old has testified of the
Son of God, and because the people would not understand his words they stoned him
18 But behold, this is not all; these are not the only ones who have spoken concerning
the Son of God.
19 Behold, he was spoken of by Moses; yea, and behold a type was raised up in the
wilderness, that whosoever would look upon it might live. And many did look and live.
20 But few understood the meaning of those things, and this because of the hardness
of their hearts. But there were many who were so hardened that they would not look,
therefore they perished. Now the reason they would not look is because they did not
believe that it would heal them.
21 O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye
might be healed, would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts
in unbelief, and be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might
22 If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin
to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he
shall suffer and die to atone for their sins; and that he shall rise again from the
dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before
him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.
23 And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and
as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become
a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you
that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can
ye do if ye will. Amen.