1. And now, it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of king Noah,
repented of his sins and iniquities, and went about privately among the people, and
began to teach the words of Abinadi --
2. Yea, concerning that which was to come, and also concerning the resurrection of
the dead, and the redemption of the people, which was to be brought to pass through
the power, and sufferings, and death of Christ, and his resurrection and ascension
3. And as many as would hear his word he did teach. And he taught them privately,
that it might not come to the knowledge of the king. And many did believe his words.
4. And it came to pass that as many as did believe him did go forth to a place which
was called Mormon, having received its name from the king, being in the borders of
the land having been infested, by times or at seasons, by wild beasts.
5. Now, there was in Mormon a fountain of pure water, and Alma resorted thither,
there being near the water a thicket of small trees, where he did hide himself in
the daytime from the searches of the king.
6. And it came to pass that as many as believed him went thither to hear his words.
7. And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together
at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma. Yea, all were gathered together
that believed on his word, to hear him. And he did teach them, and did preach unto
them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord.
8. And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon
(for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of
God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens,
that they may be light;
9. Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that
stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all
things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed
of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal
Chapter 17 – Climax, Universals, Paradox, and Rhetorical Questions
“A universal is a statement that encompasses all people or all things. It asserts
the general application of a condition or principle to all of God’s children.” A
few of the Book of Mormon universals that Dr. Duke lists are “at all times and in
all things and in all places that ye may be in,” “if all men had been, and were,
and ever would be” (Alma 48:17), and “this promise is unto all, even unto the ends
of the earth” (Mormon 4:22).
“Most of the principles of the gospel are straightforward, plain, and easy to understand.
However, other principles involve a paradox that is more difficult to understand
and appreciate, and which requires more thought, discussion, reflection, and prayer
before we can understand the principle completely.”
Here is one of a number of paradoxes that Dr. Duke presents: “People who are obedient
to the commandments of God become free and gain a great measure of autonomy, whereas
those who are disobedient because they don’t like the supposed restrictions of the
commandments of God, lose their autonomy and become slaves to Satan. (2 Nephi 2:26-27;
Finally, the author lists several examples of the many rhetorical questions posed
in the Book of Mormon.
10. Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against
being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered
into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that
he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
11. And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy,
and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.
12. And now it came to pass that Alma took Helam, he being one of the first, and
went and stood forth in the water, and cried, saying: O Lord, pour out thy Spirit
upon thy servant, that he may do this work with holiness of heart.
13. And when he had said these words, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he
said: Helam, I baptize thee, having authority from the Almighty God, as a testimony
that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him until you are dead as to the mortal
body; and may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you; and may he grant unto
you eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared from the
foundation of the world.
14. And after Alma had said these words, both Alma and Helam were buried in the water;
and they arose and came forth out of the water rejoicing, being filled with the Spirit.
15. And again, Alma took another, and went forth a second time into the water, and
baptized him according to the first, only he did not bury himself again in the water.
16. And after this manner he did baptize every one that went forth to the place of
Mormon; and they were in number about two hundred and four souls; yea, and they were
baptized in the waters of Mormon, and were filled with the grace of God.
17. And they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time
forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority
of God was added to his church.
18. And it came to pass that Alma, having authority from God, ordained priests; even
one priest to every fifty of their number did he ordain to preach unto them, and
to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
19. And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things
which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets.
20. Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance
and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people.
21. And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but
that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having
their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
22. And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God.
23. And he commanded them that they should observe the sabbath day, and keep it holy,
and also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God.
24. And he also commanded them that the priests whom he had ordained should labor
with their own hands for their support.
25. And there was one day in every week that was set apart that they should gather
themselves together to teach the people, and to worship the Lord their God, and also,
as often as it was in their power, to assemble themselves together.
26. And the priests were not to depend upon the people for their support; but for
their labor they were to receive the grace of God, that they might wax strong in
the Spirit, having the knowledge of God, that they might teach with power and authority
27. And again Alma commanded that the people of the church should impart of their
substance, every one according to that which he had; if he have more abundantly he
should impart more abundantly; and of him that had but little, but little should
be required; and to him that had not should be given.
28. And thus they should impart of their substance of their own free will and good
desires towards God, and to those priests that stood in need, yea, and to every needy,
29. And this he said unto them, having been commanded of God; and they did walk uprightly
before God, imparting to one another both temporally and spiritually according to
their needs and their wants.
30. And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters
of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon,
the waters of Mormon, the forest of Mormon, how beautiful are they to the eyes of
them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are
they, for they shall sing to his praise forever.
Marilynne Todd Linford looks at the Book of Mormon as great literature, as did Henry
A. Wallace, who became vice president of the United States. She lists four criteria
for good literature, including “beautiful language,” and cites this very verse as
“The Book of Mormon explains and proclaims eternal truths that change lives with
words that stir emotion and are beautiful to the ear, visual to the mind, and penetrating
to the heart.” – Marilynne Todd Linford
31. And these things were done in the borders of the land, that they might not come
to the knowledge of the king.
32. But behold, it came to pass that the king, having discovered a movement among
the people, sent his servants to watch them. Therefore on the day that they were
assembling themselves together to hear the word of the Lord they were discovered
unto the king.
33. And now the king said that Alma was stirring up the people to rebellion against
him; therefore he sent his army to destroy them.
34. And it came to pass that Alma and the people of the Lord were apprised of the
coming of the king's army; therefore they took their tents and their families and
departed into the wilderness.
35. And they were in number about four hundred and fifty souls.
1. And it came to pass that the army of the king returned, having searched in vain
for the people of the Lord.
2. And now behold, the forces of the king were small, having been reduced, and there
began to be a division among the remainder of the people.
3. And the lesser part began to breathe out threatenings against the king, and there
began to be a great contention among them.
4. And now there was a man among them whose name was Gideon, and he being a strong
man and an enemy to the king, therefore he drew his sword, and swore in his wrath
that he would slay the king.
5. And it came to pass that he fought with the king; and when the king saw that he
was about to overpower him, he fled and ran and got upon the tower which was near
6. And Gideon pursued after him and was about to get upon the tower to slay the king,
and the king cast his eyes round about towards the land of Shemlon, and behold, the
army of the Lamanites were within the borders of the land.
7. And now the king cried out in the anguish of his soul, saying: Gideon, spare me,
for the Lamanites are upon us, and they will destroy us; yea, they will destroy my
8. And now the king was not so much concerned about his people as he was about his
own life; nevertheless, Gideon did spare his life.
9. And the king commanded the people that they should flee before the Lamanites,
and he himself did go before them, and they did flee into the wilderness, with their
women and their children.
10. And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue them, and did overtake them,
and began to slay them.
11. Now it came to pass that the king commanded them that all the men should leave
their wives and their children, and flee before the Lamanites.
12. Now there were many that would not leave them, but had rather stay and perish
with them. And the rest left their wives and their children and fled.
13. And it came to pass that those who tarried with their wives and their children
caused that their fair daughters should stand forth and plead with the Lamanites
that they would not slay them.
14. And it came to pass that the Lamanites had compassion on them, for they were
charmed with the beauty of their women.
15. Therefore the Lamanites did spare their lives, and took them captives and carried
them back to the land of Nephi, and granted unto them that they might possess the
land, under the conditions that they would deliver up king Noah into the hands of
the Lamanites, and deliver up their property, even one half of all they possessed,
one half of their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and thus
they should pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites from year to year.
16. And now there was one of the sons of the king among those that were taken captive,
whose name was Limhi.
17. And now Limhi was desirous that his father should not be destroyed; nevertheless,
Limhi was not ignorant of the iniquities of his father, he himself being a just man.
18. And it came to pass that Gideon sent men into the wilderness secretly, to search
for the king and those that were with him. And it came to pass that they met the
people in the wilderness, all save the king and his priests.
19. Now they had sworn in their hearts that they would return to the land of Nephi,
and if their wives and their children were slain, and also those that had tarried
with them, that they would seek revenge, and also perish with them.
20. And the king commanded them that they should not return; and they were angry
with the king, and caused that he should suffer, even unto death by fire.
21. And they were about to take the priests also and put them to death, and they
fled before them.
22. And it came to pass that they were about to return to the land of Nephi, and
they met the men of Gideon. And the men of Gideon told them of all that had happened
to their wives and their children; and that the Lamanites had granted unto them that
they might possess the land by paying a tribute to the Lamanites of one half of all
23. And the people told the men of Gideon that they had slain the king, and his priests
had fled from them farther into the wilderness.
24. And it came to pass that after they had ended the ceremony, that they returned
to the land of Nephi, rejoicing, because their wives and their children were not
slain; and they told Gideon what they had done to the king.
25. And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites made an oath unto them, that
his people should not slay them.
26. And also Limhi, being the son of the king, having the kingdom conferred upon
him by the people, made oath unto the king of the Lamanites that his people should
pay tribute unto him, even one half of all they possessed.
27. And it came to pass that Limhi began to establish the kingdom and to establish
peace among his people.
28. And the king of the Lamanites set guards round about the land, that he might
keep the people of Limhi in the land, that they might not depart into the wilderness;
and he did support his guards out of the tribute which he did receive from the Nephites.
29. And now king Limhi did have continual peace in his kingdom for the space of two
years, that the Lamanites did not molest them nor seek to destroy them.
1. Now there was a place in Shemlon where the daughters of the Lamanites did gather
themselves together to sing, and to dance, and to make themselves merry.
2. And it came to pass that there was one day a small number of them gathered together
to sing and to dance.
3. And now the priests of king Noah, being ashamed to return to the city of Nephi,
yea, and also fearing that the people would slay them, therefore they durst not return
to their wives and their children.
4. And having tarried in the wilderness, and having discovered the daughters of the
Lamanites, they laid and watched them;
5. And when there were but few of them gathered together to dance, they came forth
out of their secret places and took them and carried them into the wilderness; yea,
twenty and four of the daughters of the Lamanites they carried into the wilderness.
6. And it came to pass that when the Lamanites found that their daughters had been
missing, they were angry with the people of Limhi, for they thought it was the people
7. Therefore they sent their armies forth; yea, even the king himself went before
his people; and they went up to the land of Nephi to destroy the people of Limhi.
8. And now Limhi had discovered them from the tower, even all their preparations
for war did he discover; therefore he gathered his people together, and laid wait
for them in the fields and in the forests.
9. And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had come up, that the people of Limhi
began to fall upon them from their waiting places, and began to slay them.
10. And it came to pass that the battle became exceedingly sore, for they fought
like lions for their prey.
11. And it came to pass that the people of Limhi began to drive the Lamanites before
them; yet they were not half so numerous as the Lamanites. But they fought for their
lives, and for their wives, and for their children; therefore they exerted themselves
and like dragons did they fight.
12. And it came to pass that they found the king of the Lamanites among the number
of their dead; yet he was not dead, having been wounded and left upon the ground,
so speedy was the flight of his people.
13. And they took him and bound up his wounds, and brought him before Limhi, and
said: Behold, here is the king of the Lamanites; he having received a wound has fallen
among their dead, and they have left him; and behold, we have brought him before
you; and now let us slay him
14. But Limhi said unto them: Ye shall not slay him, but bring him hither that I
may see him. And they brought him. And Limhi said unto him: What cause have ye to
come up to war against my people? Behold, my people have not broken the oath that
I made unto you; therefore, why should ye break the oath which ye made unto my people?
15. And now the king said: I have broken the oath because thy people did carry away
the daughters of my people; therefore, in my anger I did cause my people to come
up to war against thy people.
16. And now Limhi had heard nothing concerning this matter; therefore he said: I
will search among my people and whosoever has done this thing shall perish. Therefore
he caused a search to be made among his people.
17. Now when Gideon had heard these things, he being the king's captain, he went
forth and said unto the king: I pray thee forbear, and do not search this people,
and lay not this thing to their charge.
18. For do ye not remember the priests of thy father, whom this people sought to
destroy? And are they not in the wilderness? And are not they the ones who have stolen
the daughters of the Lamanites?
19. And now, behold, and tell the king of these things, that he may tell his people
that they may be pacified towards us; for behold they are already preparing to come
against us; and behold also there are but few of us.
20. And behold, they come with their numerous hosts; and except the king doth pacify
them towards us we must perish.
21. For are not the words of Abinadi fulfilled, which he prophesied against us --
and all this because we would not hearken unto the words of the Lord, and turn from
22. And now let us pacify the king, and we fulfil the oath which we have made unto
him; for it is better that we should be in bondage than that we should lose our lives;
therefore, let us put a stop to the shedding of so much blood.
23. And now Limhi told the king all the things concerning his father, and the priests
that had fled into the wilderness, and attributed the carrying away of their daughters
24. And it came to pass that the king was pacified towards his people; and he said
unto them: Let us go forth to meet my people, without arms; and I swear unto you
with an oath that my people shall not slay thy people.
25. And it came to pass that they followed the king, and went forth without arms
to meet the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did meet the Lamanites; and
the king of the Lamanites did bow himself down before them, and did plead in behalf
of the people of Limhi.
26. And when the Lamanites saw the people of Limhi, that they were without arms,
they had compassion on them and were pacified towards them, and returned with their
king in peace to their own land.
1. And it came to pass that Limhi and his people returned to the city of Nephi, and
began to dwell in the land again in peace.
2. And it came to pass that after many days the Lamanites began again to be stirred
up in anger against the Nephites, and they began to come into the borders of the
land round about.
3. Now they durst not slay them, because of the oath which their king had made unto
Limhi; but they would smite them on their cheeks, and exercise authority over them;
and began to put heavy burdens upon their backs, and drive them as they would a dumb
4. Yea, all this was done that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled.
5. And now the afflictions of the Nephites were great, and there was no way that
they could deliver themselves out of their hands, for the Lamanites had surrounded
them on every side.
6. And it came to pass that the people began to murmur with the king because of their
afflictions; and they began to be desirous to go against them to battle. And they
did afflict the king sorely with their complaints; therefore he granted unto them
that they should do according to their desires.
7. And they gathered themselves together again, and put on their armor, and went
forth against the Lamanites to drive them out of their land.
8. And it came to pass that the Lamanites did beat them, and drove them back, and
slew many of them.
9. And now there was a great mourning and lamentation among the people of Limhi,
the widow mourning for her husband, the son and the daughter mourning for their father,
and the brothers for their brethren.
10. Now there were a great many widows in the land, and they did cry mightily from
day to day, for a great fear of the Lamanites had come upon them.
11. And it came to pass that their continual cries did stir up the remainder of the
people of Limhi to anger against the Lamanites; and they went again to battle, but
they were driven back again, suffering much loss.
12. Yea, they went again even the third time, and suffered in the like manner; and
those that were not slain returned again to the city of Nephi.
13. And they did humble themselves even to the dust, subjecting themselves to the
yoke of bondage, submitting themselves to be smitten, and to be driven to and fro,
and burdened, according to the desires of their enemies.
14. And they did humble themselves even in the depths of humility; and they did cry
mightily to God; yea, even all the day long did they cry unto their God that he would
deliver them out of their afflictions.
15. And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless
the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that
they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out
16. And it came to pass that they began to prosper by degrees in the land, and began
to raise grain more abundantly, and flocks, and herds, that they did not suffer with
17. Now there was a great number of women, more than there was of men; therefore
king Limhi commanded that every man should impart to the support of the widows and
their children, that they might not perish with hunger; and this they did because
of the greatness of their number that had been slain.
18. Now the people of Limhi kept together in a body as much as it was possible, and
secured their grain and their flocks;
19. And the king himself did not trust his person without the walls of the city,
unless he took his guards with him, fearing that he might by some means fall into
the hands of the Lamanites.
20. And he caused that his people should watch the land round about, that by some
means they might take those priests that fled into the wilderness, who had stolen
the daughters of the Lamanites, and that had caused such a great destruction to come
21. For they were desirous to take them that they might punish them; for they had
come into the land of Nephi by night, and carried off their grain and many of their
precious things; therefore they laid wait for them.
22. And it came to pass that there was no more disturbance between the Lamanites
and the people of Limhi, even until the time that Ammon and his brethren came into
23. And the king having been without the gates of the city with his guard, discovered
Ammon and his brethren; and supposing them to be priests of Noah therefore he caused
that they should be taken, and bound, and cast into prison. And had they been the
priests of Noah he would have caused that they should be put to death.
24. But when he found that they were not, but that they were his brethren, and had
come from the land of Zarahemla, he was filled with exceedingly great joy.
25. Now king Limhi had sent, previous to the coming of Ammon, a small number of men
to search for the land of Zarahemla; but they could not find it, and they were lost
in the wilderness.
26. Nevertheless, they did find a land which had been peopled; yea, a land which
was covered with dry bones; yea, a land which had been peopled and which had been
destroyed; and they, having supposed it to be the land of Zarahemla, returned to
the land of Nephi, having arrived in the borders of the land not many days before
the coming of Ammon.
27. And they brought a record with them, even a record of the people whose bones
they had found; and it was engraven on plates of ore.
28. And now Limhi was again filled with joy in learning from the mouth of Ammon that
king Mosiah had a gift from God, whereby he could interpret such engravings; yea,
and Ammon also did rejoice.
29. Yet Ammon and his brethren were filled with sorrow because so many of their brethren
had been slain;
30. And also that king Noah and his priests had caused the people to commit so many
sins and iniquities against God; and they also did mourn for the death of Abinadi;
and also for the departure of Alma and the people that went with him, who had formed
a church of God through the strength and power of God, and faith on the words which
had been spoken by Abinadi.
31. Yea, they did mourn for their departure, for they knew not whither they had fled.
Now they would have gladly joined with them, for they themselves had entered into
a covenant with God to serve him and keep his commandments.
32. And now since the coming of Ammon, king Limhi had also entered into a covenant
with God, and also many of his people, to serve him and keep his commandments.
33. And it came to pass that king Limhi and many of his people were desirous to be
baptized; but there was none in the land that had authority from God. And Ammon declined
doing this thing, considering himself an unworthy servant.
34. Therefore they did not at that time form themselves into a church, waiting upon
the Spirit of the Lord. Now they were desirous to become even as Alma and his brethren,
who had fled into the wilderness.
35. They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were
willing to serve God with all their hearts; nevertheless they did prolong the time;
and an account of their baptism shall be given hereafter.
36. And now all the study of Ammon and his people, and king Limhi and his people,
was to deliver themselves out of the hands of the Lamanites and from bondage.
1. And now it came to pass that Ammon and king Limhi began to consult with the people
how they should deliver themselves out of bondage; and even they did cause that all
the people should gather themselves together; and this they did that they might have
the voice of the people concerning the matter.
2. And it came to pass that they could find no way to deliver themselves out of bondage,
except it were to take their women and children, and their flocks, and their herds,
and their tents, and depart into the wilderness; for the Lamanites being so numerous,
it was impossible for the people of Limhi to contend with them, thinking to deliver
themselves out of bondage by the sword.
3. Now it came to pass that Gideon went forth and stood before the king, and said
unto him: Now O king, thou hast hitherto hearkened unto my words many times when
we have been contending with our brethren, the Lamanites.
4. And now O king, if thou hast not found me to be an unprofitable servant, or if
thou hast hitherto listened to my words in any degree, and they have been of service
to thee, even so I desire that thou wouldst listen to my words at this time, and
I will be thy servant and deliver this people out of bondage.
5. And the king granted unto him that he might speak. And Gideon said unto him:
6. Behold the back pass, through the back wall, on the back side of the city. The
Lamanites, or the guards of the Lamanites, by night are drunken; therefore let us
send a proclamation among all this people that they gather together their flocks
and herds, that they may drive them into the wilderness by night.
7. And I will go according to thy command and pay the last tribute of wine to the
Lamanites, and they will be drunken; and we will pass through the secret pass on
the left of their camp when they are drunken and asleep.
8. Thus we will depart with our women and our children, our flocks, and our herds
into the wilderness; and we will travel around the land of Shilom.
9. And it came to pass that the king hearkened unto the words of Gideon.
10. And king Limhi caused that his people should gather their flocks together; and
he sent the tribute of wine to the Lamanites; and he also sent more wine, as a present
unto them; and they did drink freely of the wine which king Limhi did send unto them.
11. And it came to pass that the people of king Limhi did depart by night into the
wilderness with their flocks and their herds, and they went round about the land
of Shilom in the wilderness, and bent their course towards the land of Zarahemla,
being led by Ammon and his brethren.
12. And they had taken all their gold, and silver, and their precious things, which
they could carry, and also their provisions with them, into the wilderness; and they
pursued their journey.
13. And after being many days in the wilderness they arrived in the land of Zarahemla,
and joined Mosiah's people, and became his subjects.
14. And it came to pass that Mosiah received them with joy; and he also received
their records, and also the records which had been found by the people of Limhi.
15. And now it came to pass when the Lamanites had found that the people of Limhi
had departed out of the land by night, that they sent an army into the wilderness
to pursue them;
16. And after they had pursued them two days, they could no longer follow their tracks;
therefore they were lost in the wilderness.
1. Now Alma, having been warned of the Lord that the armies of king Noah would come
upon them, and having made it known to his people, therefore they gathered together
their flocks, and took of their grain, and departed into the wilderness before the
armies of king Noah.
2. And the Lord did strengthen them, that the people of king Noah could not overtake
them to destroy them.
3. And they fled eight days' journey into the wilderness.
4. And they came to a land, yea, even a very beautiful and pleasant land, a land
of pure water.
5. And they pitched their tents, and began to till the ground, and began to build
buildings; yea, they were industrious, and did labor exceedingly.
6. And the people were desirous that Alma should be their king, for he was beloved
by his people.
7. But he said unto them: Behold, it is not expedient that we should have a king;
for thus saith the Lord: Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man
shall not think himself above another; therefore I say unto you it is not expedient
that ye should have a king.
8. Nevertheless, if it were possible that ye could always have just men to be your
kings it would be well for you to have a king.
9. But remember the iniquity of king Noah and his priests; and I myself was caught
in a snare, and did many things which were abominable in the sight of the Lord, which
caused me sore repentance;
10. Nevertheless, after much tribulation, the Lord did hear my cries, and did answer
my prayers, and has made me an instrument in his hands in bringing so many of you
to a knowledge of his truth.
11. Nevertheless, in this I do not glory, for I am unworthy to glory of myself.
12. And now I say unto you, ye have been oppressed by king Noah, and have been in
bondage to him and his priests, and have been brought into iniquity by them; therefore
ye were bound with the bands of iniquity.
13. And now as ye have been delivered by the power of God out of these bonds; yea,
even out of the hands of king Noah and his people, and also from the bonds of iniquity,
even so I desire that ye should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been
made free, and that ye trust no man to be a king over you.
14. And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man
of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.
15. Thus did Alma teach his people, that every man should love his neighbor as himself,
that there should be no contention among them.
16. And now, Alma was their high priest, he being the founder of their church.
17. And it came to pass that none received authority to preach or to teach except
it were by him from God. Therefore he consecrated all their priests and all their
teachers; and none were consecrated except they were just men.
18. Therefore they did watch over their people, and did nourish them with things
pertaining to righteousness.
19. And it came to pass that they began to prosper exceedingly in the land; and they
called the land Helam.
20. And it came to pass that they did multiply and prosper exceedingly in the land
of Helam; and they built a city, which they called the city of Helam.
21. Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience
and their faith.
22. Nevertheless -- whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up
at the last day. Yea, and thus it was with this people.
23. For behold, I will show unto you that they were brought into bondage, and none
could deliver them but the Lord their God, yea, even the God of Abraham and Isaac
and of Jacob.
24. And it came to pass that he did deliver them, and he did show forth his mighty
power unto them, and great were their rejoicings.
25. For behold, it came to pass that while they were in the land of Helam, yea, in
the city of Helam, while tilling the land round about, behold an army of the Lamanites
was in the borders of the land.
26. Now it came to pass that the brethren of Alma fled from their fields, and gathered
themselves together in the city of Helam; and they were much frightened because of
the appearance of the Lamanites.
27. But Alma went forth and stood among them, and exhorted them that they should
not be frightened, but that they should remember the Lord their God and he would
28. Therefore they hushed their fears, and began to cry unto the Lord that he would
soften the hearts of the Lamanites, that they would spare them, and their wives,
and their children.
29. And it came to pass the the Lord did soften the hearts of the Lamanites. And
Alma and his brethren went forth and delivered themselves up into their hands; and
the Lamanites took possession of the land of Helam.
30. Now the armies of the Lamanites, which had followed after the people of king
Limhi, had been lost in the wilderness for many days.
31. And behold, they had found those priests of king Noah, in a place which they
called Amulon; and they had begun to possess the land of Amulon and had begun to
till the ground.
32. Now the name of the leader of those priests was Amulon.
33. And it came to pass that Amulon did plead with the Lamanites; and he also sent
forth their wives, who were the daughters of the Lamanites, to plead with their brethren,
that they should not destroy their husbands.
34. And the Lamanites had compassion on Amulon and his brethren, and did not destroy
them, because of their wives.
35. And Amulon and his brethren did join the Lamanites, and they were traveling in
the wilderness in search of the land of Nephi when they discovered the land of Helam,
which was possessed by Alma and his brethren.
36. And it came to pass that the Lamanites promised unto Alma and his brethren, that
if they would show them the way which led to the land of Nephi that they would grant
unto them their lives and their liberty.
37. But after Alma had shown them the way that led to the land of Nephi the Lamanites
would not keep their promise; but they set guards round about the land of Helam,
over Alma and his brethren.
38. And the remainder of them went to the land of Nephi; and a part of them returned
to the land of Helam, and also brought with them the wives and the children of the
guards who had been left in the land.
39. And the king of the Lamanites had granted unto Amulon that he should be a king
and a ruler over his people, who were in the land of Helam; nevertheless he should
have no power to do anything contrary to the will of the king of the Lamanites.