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A Library Tour through Alma 7-9
1. Behold my beloved brethren, seeing that I have been permitted to come unto you,
therefore I attempt to address you in my language; yea, by my own mouth, seeing that
it is the first time that I have spoken unto you by the words of my mouth, I having
been wholly confined to the judgment-seat, having had much business that I could
not come unto you.
2. And even I could not have come now at this time were it not that the judgment-seat
hath been given to another, to reign in my stead; and the Lord in much mercy hath
granted that I should come unto you.
3. And behold, I have come having great hopes and much desire that I should find
that ye had humbled yourselves before God, and that ye had continued in the supplicating
of his grace, that I should find that ye were blameless before him, that I should
find that ye were not in the awful dilemma that our brethren were in at Zarahemla.
4. But blessed be the name of God, that he hath given me to know, yea, hath given
unto me the exceedingly great joy of knowing that they are established again in the
way of his righteousness.
5. And I trust, according to the Spirit of God which is in me, that I shall also
have joy over you; nevertheless I do not desire that my joy over you should come
by the cause of so much afflictions and sorrow which I have had for the brethren
at Zarahemla, for behold, my joy cometh over them after wading through much affliction
6. But behold, I trust that ye are not in a state of so much unbelief as were your
brethren; I trust that ye are not lifted up in the pride of your hearts; yea, I trust
that ye have not set your hearts upon riches and the vain things of the world; yea,
I trust that you do not worship idols, but that ye do worship the true and living
God, and that ye look forward for the remission of your sins, with an everlasting
faith, which is to come.
7. For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is
one thing which is of more importance than they all -- for behold, the time is not
far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.
8. Behold, I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in
his mortal tabernacle; for behold, the Spirit hath not said unto me that this should
be the case. Now as to this thing I do not know; but this much I do know, that the
Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to his word.
9. But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people,
saying -- Repent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which
are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh
upon the face of the earth.
10. And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers,
she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive
by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright.
Chapter 11 - Ties to Ancient Jerusalem
For years critics used this verse to condemn the Book of Mormon as inaccurate, because
everyone knows Jesus was born in Bethlehem. However, in chapter 11, “Ties to Ancient
Jerusalem,” Dr. Wright presents new archaeological findings which refer to Bethlehem
as “a town in the land of Jerusalem.”
The Book of Mormon uses the phrase “the land of Jerusalem” 42 times, while it is
not found once in the Bible. However, the Dead Sea Scrolls, written contemporaneously
with Jeremiah, do say “the land of Jerusalem.”
Dr. Wright elucidates a number of other correspondences, concluding that the writer
of the Book of Mormon had to be an excellent Biblical scholar. Mormon was such,
and Joseph Smith, at the time of translation, was not.
11. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every
kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him
the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind
his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled
with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to
succor his people according to their infirmities.
13. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according
to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot
out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold,
this is the testimony which is in me.
14. Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith
if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come
and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may
have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty
to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.
15. Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily
doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth,
and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into
a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by
going into the waters of baptism.
16. And whosoever doeth this, and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth,
the same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said
unto him, he shall have eternal life, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit,
which testifieth in me.
17. And now my beloved brethren, do you believe these things? Behold, I say unto
you, yea, I know that ye believe them; and the way that I know that ye believe them
is by the manifestation of the Spirit which is in me. And now because your faith
is strong concerning that, yea, concerning the things which I have spoken, great
is my joy.
18. For as I said unto you from the beginning, that I had much desire that ye were
not in the state of dilemma like your brethren, even so I have found that my desires
have been gratified.
19. For 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.
20. I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word,
that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath
said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that
which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round.
21. And he doth not dwell in unholy temples; neither can filthiness or anything which
is unclean be received into the kingdom of God; therefore I say unto you the time
shall come, yea, and it shall be at the last day, that he who is filthy shall remain
in his filthiness.
22. And now my beloved brethren, I have said these things unto you that I might awaken
you to a sense of your duty to God, that ye may walk blameless before him, that ye
may walk after the holy order of God, after which ye have been received.
23. And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy
to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things;
being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever
things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto
God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24. And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound
in good works.
25. And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless, that ye may at last
be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the holy prophets who
have been ever since the world began, having your garments spotless even as their
garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven to go no more out.
26. And now my beloved brethren, I have spoken these words unto you according to
the Spirit which testifieth in me; and my soul doth exceedingly rejoice, because
of the exceeding diligence and heed which ye have given unto my word.
27. And now, may the peace of God rest upon you, and upon your houses and lands,
and upon your flocks and herds, and all that you possess, your women and your children,
according to your faith and good works, from this time forth and forever. And thus
I have spoken. Amen.
1. And now it came to pass that Alma returned from the land of Gideon, after having
taught the people of Gideon many things which cannot be written, having established
the order of the church, according as he had before done in the land of Zarahemla,
yea, he returned to his own house at Zarahemla to rest himself from the labors which
he had performed.
2. And thus ended the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
3. And it came to pass in the commencement of the tenth year of the reign of the
judges over the people of Nephi, that Alma departed from thence and took his journey
over into the land of Melek, on the west of the river Sidon, on the west by the borders
of the wilderness.
4. And he began to teach the people in the land of Melek according to the holy order
of God, by which he had been called; and he began to teach the people throughout
all the land of Melek.
5. And it came to pass that the people came to him throughout all the borders of
the land which was by the wilderness side. And they were baptized throughout all
6. So that when he had finished his work at Melek he departed thence, and traveled
three days' journey on the north of the land of Melek; and he came to a city which
was called Ammonihah.
7. Now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their lands, and their cities,
and their villages, yea, even all their small villages, after the name of him who
first possessed them; and thus it was with the land of Ammonihah.
8. And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the city of Ammonihah he began
to preach the word of God unto them.
9. Now Satan had gotten great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonihah;
therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma.
10. Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mighty prayer,
that he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city; that he would
also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance.
11. Nevertheless, they hardened their hearts, saying unto him: Behold, we know that
thou art Alma; and we know that thou art high priest over the church which thou hast
established in many parts of the land, according to your tradition; and we are not
of thy church, and we do not believe in such foolish traditions.
12. And now we know that because we are not of thy church we know that thou hast
no power over us; and thou hast delivered up the judgment-seat unto Nephihah; therefore
thou art not the chief judge over us.
13. Now when the people had said this, and withstood all his words, and reviled him,
and spit upon him, and caused that he should be cast out of their city, he departed
thence and took his journey towards the city which was called Aaron.
14. And it came to pass that while he was journeying thither, being weighed down
with sorrow, wading through much tribulation and anguish of soul, because of the
wickedness of the people who were in the city of Ammonihah, it came to pass while
Alma was thus weighed down with sorrow, behold an angel of the Lord appeared unto
15. Blessed art thou, Alma; therefore, lift up thy head and rejoice, for thou hast
great cause to rejoice; for thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of
God from the time which thou receivedst thy first message from him. Behold, I am
he that delivered it unto you.
16. And behold, I am sent to command thee that thou return to the city of Ammonihah,
and preach again unto the people of the city; yea, preach unto them. Yea, say unto
them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.
17. For behold, they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy
people, (for thus saith the Lord) which is contrary to the statutes, and judgments,
and commandments which he has given unto his people.
18. Now it came to pass that after Alma had received his message from the angel of
the Lord he returned speedily to the land of Ammonihah. And he entered the city by
another way, yea, by the way which is on the south of the city of Ammonihah.
19. And as he entered the city he was an hungered, and he said to a man: Will ye
give to an humble servant of God something to eat?
20. And the man said unto him: I am a Nephite, and I know that thou art a holy prophet
of God, for thou art the man whom an angel said in a vision: Thou shalt receive.
Therefore, go with me into my house and I will impart unto thee of my food; and I
know that thou wilt be a blessing unto me and my house.
21. And it came to pass that the man received him into his house; and the man was
called Amulek; and he brought forth bread and meat and set before Alma.
22. And it came to pass that Alma ate bread and was filled; and he blessed Amulek
and his house, and he gave thanks unto God.
23. And after he had eaten and was filled he said unto Amulek: I am Alma, and am
the high priest over the church of God throughout the land.
24. And behold, I have been called to preach the word of God among all this people,
according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy; and I was in this land and they
would not receive me, but they cast me out and I was about to set my back towards
this land forever.
25. But behold, I have been commanded that I should turn again and prophesy unto
this people, yea, and to testify against them concerning their iniquities.
26. And now, Amulek, because thou hast fed me and taken me in, thou art blessed;
for I was an hungered, for I had fasted many days.
27. And Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people.
28. And it came to pass that the people did wax more gross in their iniquities.
29. And the word came to Alma, saying: Go; and also say unto my servant Amulek, go
forth and prophesy unto this people, saying -- Repent ye, for thus saith the Lord,
except ye repent I will visit this people in mine anger; yea, and I will not turn
my fierce anger away.
30. And Alma went forth, and also Amulek, among the people, to declare the words
of God unto them; and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
31. And they had power given unto them, insomuch that they could not be confined
in dungeons; neither was it possible that any man could slay them; nevertheless they
did not exercise their power until they were bound in bands and cast into prison.
Now, this was done that the Lord might show forth his power in them.
32. And it came to pass that they went forth and began to preach and to prophesy
unto the people, according to the spirit and power which the Lord had given them.
1. And again, I, Alma, having been commanded of God that I should take Amulek and
go forth and preach again unto this people, or the people who were in the city of
Ammonihah, it came to pass as I began to preach unto them, they began to contend
with me, saying:
2. Who art thou? Suppose ye that we shall believe the testimony of one man, although
he should preach unto us that the earth should pass away?
3. Now they understood not the words which they spake; for they knew not that the
earth should pass away.
4. And they said also: We will not believe thy words if thou shouldst prophesy that
this great city should be destroyed in one day.
5. Now they knew not that God could do such marvelous works, for they were a hard-hearted
and a stiffnecked people.
6. And they said: Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this
people, to declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?
7. And they stood forth to lay their hands on me; but behold, they did not. And I
stood with boldness to declare unto them, yea, I did boldly testify unto them, saying:
8. Behold, O ye wicked and perverse generation, how have ye forgotten the tradition
of your fathers; yea, how soon ye have forgotten the commandments of God.
9. Do ye not remember that our father, Lehi, was brought out of Jerusalem by the
hand of God? Do ye not remember that they were all led by him through the wilderness?
10. And have ye forgotten so soon how many times he delivered our fathers out of
the hands of their enemies, and preserved them from being destroyed, even by the
hands of their own brethren?
11. Yea, and if it had not been for his matchless power, and his mercy, and his long-suffering
towards us, we should unavoidably have been cut off from the face of the earth long
before this period of time, and perhaps been consigned to a state of endless misery
12. Behold, now I say unto you that he commandeth you to repent; and except ye repent,
ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. But behold, this is not all -- he has
commanded you to repent, or he will utterly destroy you from off the face of the
earth; yea, he will visit you in his anger, and in his fierce anger he will not turn
13. Behold, do ye not remember the words which he spake unto Lehi, saying that: Inasmuch
as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land? And again it is said
that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from the presence
of the Lord.
14. Now I would that ye should remember, that inasmuch as the Lamanites have not
kept the commandments of God, they have been cut off from the presence of the Lord.
Now we see that the word of the Lord has been verified in this thing, and the Lamanites
have been cut off from his presence, from the beginning of their transgressions in
15. Nevertheless I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for them in the
day of judgment than for you, if ye remain in your sins, yea, and even more tolerable
for them in this life than for you, except ye repent.
16. For there are many promises which are extended to the Lamanites; for it is because
of the traditions of their fathers that caused them to remain in their state of ignorance;
therefore the Lord will be merciful unto them and prolong their existence in the
17. And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word, and to
know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will
be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name.
18. But behold, I say unto you that if ye persist in your wickedness that your days
shall not be prolonged in the land, for the Lamanites shall be sent upon you; and
if ye repent not they shall come in a time when you know not, and ye shall be visited
with utter destruction; and it shall be according to the fierce anger of the Lord.
19. For he will not suffer you that ye shall live in your iniquities, to destroy
his people. I say unto you, Nay; he would rather suffer that the Lamanites might
destroy all his people who are called the people of Nephi, if it were possible that
they could fall into sins and transgressions, after having had so much light and
so much knowledge given unto them of the Lord their God;
20. Yea, after having been such a highly favored people of the Lord; yea, after having
been favored above every other nation, kindred, tongue, or people; after having had
all things made known unto them, according to their desires, and their faith, and
prayers, of that which has been, and which is, and which is to come;
21. Having been visited by the Spirit of God; having conversed with angels, and having
been spoken unto by the voice of the Lord; and having the spirit of prophecy, and
the spirit of revelation, and also many gifts, the gift of speaking with tongues,
and the gift of preaching, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of translation;
22. Yea, and after having been delivered of God out of the land of Jerusalem, by
the hand of the Lord; having been saved from famine, and from sickness, and all manner
of diseases of every kind; and they having waxed strong in battle, that they might
not be destroyed; having been brought out of bondage time after time, and having
been kept and preserved until now; and they have been prospered until they are rich
in all manner of things --
23. And now behold I say unto you, that if this people, who have received so many
blessings from the hand of the Lord, should transgress contrary to the light and
knowledge which they do have, I say unto you that if this be the case, that if they
should fall into transgression, it would be far more tolerable for the Lamanites
than for them.
24. For behold, the promises of the Lord are extended to the Lamanites, but they
are not unto you if ye transgress; for has not the Lord expressly promised and firmly
decreed, that if ye will rebel against him that ye shall utterly be destroyed from
off the face of the earth?
25. And now for this cause, that ye may not be destroyed, the Lord has sent his angel
to visit many of his people, declaring unto them that they must go forth and cry
mightily unto this people, saying: Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at
26. And not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory
shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, and
truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his
people and to answer their prayers.
27. And behold, he cometh to redeem those who will be baptized unto repentance, through
faith on his name.
28. Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand that all men
shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been -- if
they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according
to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and if they have been evil they shall
reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the
29. Now behold, this is the voice of the angel, crying unto the people.
30. And now, my beloved brethren, for ye are my brethren, and ye ought to be beloved,
and ye ought to bring forth works which are meet for repentance, seeing that your
hearts have been grossly hardened against the word of God, and seeing that ye are
a lost and a fallen people.
31. Now it came to pass that when I, Alma, had spoken these words, behold, the people
were wroth with me because I said unto them that they were a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked
32. And also because I said unto them that they were a lost and a fallen people they
were angry with me, and sought to lay their hands upon me, that they might cast me
33. But it came to pass that the Lord did not suffer them that they should take me
at that time and cast me into prison.
34. And it came to pass that Amulek went and stood forth, and began to preach unto
them also. And now the words of Amulek are not all written, nevertheless a part of
his words are written in this book.