1. Now it came to pass that there were many of the rising generation that could not
understand the words of king Benjamin, being little children at the time he spake
unto his people; and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers.
2. They did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead,
neither did they believe concerning the coming of Christ.
3. And now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God; and
their hearts were hardened.
4. And they would not be baptized; neither would they join the church. And they were
a separate people as to their faith, and remained so ever after, even in their carnal
and sinful state; for they would not call upon the Lord their God.
5. And now in the reign of Mosiah they were not half so numerous as the people of
God; but because of the dissensions among the brethren they became more numerous.
6. For it came to pass that they did deceive many with their flattering words, who
were in the church, and did cause them to commit many sins; therefore it became expedient
that those who committed sin, that were in the church, should be admonished by the
7. And it came to pass that they were brought before the priests, and delivered up
unto the priests by the teachers; and the priests brought them before Alma, who was
the high priest.
8. Now king Mosiah had given Alma the authority over the church.
9. And it came to pass that Alma did not know concerning them; but there were many
witnesses against them; yea, the people stood and testified of their iniquity in
10. Now there had not any such thing happened before in the church; therefore Alma
was troubled in his spirit, and he caused that they should be brought before the
11. And he said unto the king: Behold, here are many whom we have brought before
thee, who are accused of their brethren; yea, and they have been taken in divers
iniquities. And they do not repent of their iniquities; therefore we have brought
them before thee, that thou mayest judge them according to their crimes.
12. But king Mosiah said unto Alma: Behold, I judge them not; therefore I deliver
them into thy hands to be judged.
13. And now the spirit of Alma was again troubled; and he went and inquired of the
Lord what he should do concerning this matter, for he feared that he should do wrong
in the sight of God.
14. And it came to pass that after he had poured out his whole soul to God, the voice
of the Lord came to him, saying:
15. Blessed art thou, Alma, and blessed are they who were baptized in the waters
of Mormon. Thou art blessed because of thy exceeding faith in the words alone of
my servant Abinadi.
16. And blessed are they because of their exceeding faith in the words alone which
thou hast spoken unto them.
17. And blessed art thou because thou hast established a church among this people;
and they shall be established, and they shall be my people.
18. Yea, blessed is this people who are willing to bear my name; for in my name shall
they be called; and they are mine.
19. And because thou hast inquired of me concerning the transgressor, thou art blessed.
20. Thou art my servant; and I covenant with thee that thou shalt have eternal life;
and thou shalt serve me and go forth in my name, and shalt gather together my sheep.
21. And he that will hear my voice shall be my sheep; and him shall ye receive into
the church, and him will I also receive.
22. For behold, this is my church; whosoever is baptized shall be baptized unto repentance.
And whomsoever ye receive shall believe in my name; and him will I freely forgive.
23. For it is I that taketh upon me the sins of the world; for it is I that hath
created them; and it is I that granteth unto him that believeth unto the end a place
at my right hand.
24. For behold, in my name are they called; and if they know me they shall come forth,
and shall have a place eternally at my right hand.
25. And it shall come to pass that when the second trump shall sound then shall they
that never knew me come forth and shall stand before me.
26. And then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, that I am their Redeemer;
but they would not be redeemed.
27. And then I will confess unto them that I never knew them; and they shall depart
into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
28. Therefore I say unto you, that he that will not hear my voice, the same shall
ye not receive into my church, for him I will not receive at the last day.
29. Therefore I say unto you, Go; and whosoever transgresseth against me, him shall
ye judge according to the sins which he has committed; and if he confess his sins
before thee and me, and repenteth in the sincerity of his heart, him shall ye forgive,
and I will forgive him also.
30. Yea, and as often as my people repent will I forgive them their trespasses against
31. And ye shall also forgive one another your trespasses; for verily I say unto
you, he that forgiveth not his neighbor's trespasses when he says that he repents,
the same hath brought himself under condemnation.
32. Now I say unto you, Go; and whosoever will not repent of his sins the same shall
not be numbered among my people; and this shall be observed from this time forward.
33. And it came to pass when Alma had heard these words he wrote them down that he
might have them, and that he might judge the people of that church according to the
commandments of God.
34. And it came to pass that Alma went and judged those that had been taken in iniquity,
according to the word of the Lord.
35. And whosoever repented of their sins and did confess them, them he did number
among the people of the church;
36. And those that would not confess their sins and repent of their iniquity, the
same were not numbered among the people of the church, and their names were blotted
37. And it came to pass that Alma did regulate all the affairs of the church; and
they began again to have peace and to prosper exceedingly in the affairs of the church,
walking circumspectly before God, receiving many, and baptizing many.
38. And now all these things did Alma and his fellow laborers do who were over the
church, walking in all diligence, teaching the word of God in all things, suffering
all manner of afflictions, being persecuted by all those who did not belong to the
church of God.
39. And they did admonish their brethren; and they were also admonished, every one
by the word of God, according to his sins, or to the sins which he had committed,
being commanded of God to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things.
1. And now it came to pass that the persecutions which were inflicted on the church
by the unbelievers became so great that the church began to murmur, and complain
to their leaders concerning the matter; and they did complain to Alma. And Alma laid
the case before their king, Mosiah. And Mosiah consulted with his priests.
2. And it came to pass that king Mosiah sent a proclamation throughout the land round
about that there should not any unbeliever persecute any of those who belonged to
the church of God.
3. And there was a strict command throughout all the churches that there should be
no persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men;
4. That they should let no pride nor haughtiness disturb their peace; that every
man should esteem his neighbor as himself, laboring with their own hands for their
5. Yea, and all their priests and teachers should labor with their own hands for
their support, in all cases save it were in sickness, or in much want; and doing
these things, they did abound in the grace of God.
6. And there began to be much peace again in the land; and the people began to be
very numerous, and began to scatter abroad upon the face of the earth, yea, on the
north and on the south, on the east and on the west, building large cities and villages
in all quarters of the land.
7. And the Lord did visit them and prosper them, and they became a large and wealthy
8. Now the sons of Mosiah were numbered among the unbelievers; and also one of the
sons of Alma was numbered among them, he being called Alma, after his father; nevertheless,
he became a very wicked and an idolatrous man. And he was a man of many words, and
did speak much flattery to the people; therefore he led many of the people to do
after the manner of his iniquities.
9. And he became a great hinderment to the prosperity of the church of God; stealing
away the hearts of the people; causing much dissension among the people; giving a
chance for the enemy of God to exercise his power over them.
10. And now it came to pass that while he was going about to destroy the church of
God, for he did go about secretly with the sons of Mosiah seeking to destroy the
church, and to lead astray the people of the Lord, contrary to the commandments of
God, or even the king --
11. And as I said unto you, as they were going about rebelling against God, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared unto them; and he descended as it were in a cloud;
and he spake as it were with a voice of thunder, which caused the earth to shake
upon which they stood;
12. And so great was their astonishment, that they fell to the earth, and understood
not the words which he spake unto them.
13. Nevertheless he cried again, saying: Alma, arise and stand forth, for why persecutest
thou the church of God? For the Lord hath said: This is my church, and I will establish
it; and nothing shall overthrow it, save it is the transgression of my people.
14. And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people,
and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with
much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the
truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and
authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to
15. And now behold, can ye dispute the power of God? For behold, doth not my voice
shake the earth? And can ye not also behold me before you? And I am sent from God.
16. Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land
of Helam, and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for
them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now I say unto thee,
Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may
be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off.
17. And now it came to pass that these were the last words which the angel spake
unto Alma, and he departed.
18. And now Alma and those that were with him fell again to the earth, for great
was their astonishment; for with their own eyes they had beheld an angel of the Lord;
and his voice was as thunder, which shook the earth; and they knew that there was
nothing save the power of God that could shake the earth and cause it to tremble
as though it would part asunder.
19. And now the astonishment of Alma was so great that he became dumb, that he could
not open his mouth; yea, and he became weak, even that he could not move his hands;
therefore he was taken by those that were with him, and carried helpless, even until
he was laid before his father.
20. And they rehearsed unto his father all that had happened unto them; and his father
rejoiced, for he knew that it was the power of God.
21. And he caused that a multitude should be gathered together that they might witness
what the Lord had done for his son, and also for those that were with him.
22. And he caused that the priests should assemble themselves together; and they
began to fast, and to pray to the Lord their God that he would open the mouth of
Alma, that he might speak, and also that his limbs might receive their strength --
that the eyes of the people might be opened to see and know of the goodness and glory
23. And it came to pass after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days
and two nights, the limbs of Alma received their strength, and he stood up and began
to speak unto them, bidding them to be of good comfort:
24. For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord;
behold I am born of the Spirit.
25. And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all
nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed
from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of
God, becoming his sons and daughters;
26. And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise
inherit the kingdom of God.
27. I say unto you, unless this be the case, they must be cast off; and this I know,
because I was like to be cast off.
28. Nevertheless, after wading through much tribulations, repenting nigh unto death,
the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me out of an everlasting burning, and I
am born of God.
29. My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity.
I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul
was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more.
30. I rejected my Redeemer, and denied that which had been spoken of by our fathers;
but now that they may foresee that he will come, and that he remembereth every creature
of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all.
31. Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at
the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess
that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that
the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake,
and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.
XLV:28 And thou wilt see every nation bowing the knee: every nation will be called
to its Record: “This Day shall ye be recompensed for all that ye did.
The title of this sura, “Bowing The Knee,” and this verse, have great significance:
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every
tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself
to God.” Romans 14:11-12
“Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. . .” is an important Sign to men
32. And now it came to pass that Alma began from this time forward to teach the people,
and those who were with Alma at the time the angel appeared unto them, traveling
round about through all the land, publishing to all the people the things which they
had heard and seen, and preaching the word of God in much tribulation, being greatly
persecuted by those who were unbelievers, being smitten by many of them.
33. But notwithstanding all this, they did impart much consolation to the church,
confirming their faith, and exhorting them with long-suffering and much travail to
keep the commandments of God.
34. And four of them were the sons of Mosiah; and their names were Ammon, and Aaron,
and Omner, and Himni; these were the names of the sons of Mosiah.
35. And they traveled throughout all the lands of Zarahemla, and among all the people
who were under the reign of king Mosiah, zealously striving to repair all the injuries
which they had done to the church, confessing all their sins, and publishing all
the things which they had seen, and explaining the prophecies and the scriptures
to all who desired to hear them.
36. And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge
of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer.
37. And how blessed are they! For they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings
of good; and they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth.