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Passage: Alma 1:16 - Alma 1:36

16 And it came to pass that he stood before Alma and pled for himself with much boldness.
17 But Alma said unto him: "Behold, this is the first time that priestcraft has been introduced among this people.
18 "And behold, thou art not only guilty of priestcraft, but hast endeavored to enforce it by the sword; And were priestcraft to be enforced among this people, it would prove their entire destruction.
19 "And thou hast shed the blood of a righteous man, yea, a man which has done much good among this people; And were we to spare thee, his blood would come upon us for vengeance.
20 "Therefore, thou art condemned to die according to the law which has been given us by Mosiah, our last king;
21 And they have been acknowledged by this people, therefore, this people must abide by the law."
22 And it came to pass that they took him, and his name was Nehor, and they carried him upon the top of the Hill Manti;
23 And there he was caused, or rather, did acknowledge between the heavens and the earth that what he had taught to the people was contrary to the word of God; And there he suffered an ignominious death.
24 Nevertheless, this did not put an end to the spreading of priestcraft through the land, for there were many which loved the vain things of the world; And they went forth preaching false doctrines, And this they did for the sake of riches and honor.
25 Nevertheless, they durst not lie, if it were known, for fear of the law, for liars were punished; Therefore, they pretended to preach according to their belief-
26 And now the law could have no power on any man for their belief;
27 And they durst not steal for fear of the law, for such were punished; Neither durst they rob nor murder, for he that murdereth was punished unto death.
28 But it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the church of God began to persecute those that did belong to the church of God and had taken upon them the name of Christ,
29 Yea, they did persecute them and afflict them with all manner of words; And this because of their humility,
30 because they were not proud in their own eyes, And because they did impart the word of God one with another, without money and without price.
31 Now there was a strict law among the people of the church that there should not any man belonging to the church arise and persecute those that did not belong to the church, And that there should be no persecution among themselves;
32 Nevertheless, there were many among them who began to be proud and began to contend warmly with their adversaries, even unto blows, Yea, they would smite one another with their fists.
33 Now this was in the second year of the reign of Alma; And it was a cause of much affliction to the church, Yea, it was the cause of much trial with the church,
34 For the hearts of many were hardened; And their names were blotted out, that they were remembered no more among the people of God,
35 And also many withdrew themselves from among them.
36 Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; Nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, And they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.

 

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