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Passage: Alma 16:142 - Alma 16:162

142 "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 work.
143 "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 are true.
144 "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.
145 "And now, He imparteth His word by angels unto men- yea, not only men, but women also;
146 Now this is not all- Little children doth have words given unto them many times which doth confound the wise and the learned.
147 "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,
148 For I do not mean that ye-all of you-have been compelled to humble yourselves, For I verily believe there are some among you which would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances he might-
149 "Now as I said concerning faith-that it was not a perfect knowledge-even so it is with my words;
150 Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
151 "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.
152 "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed.
153 "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;
154 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, and it beginneth to be delicious to me.'
155 "Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; Nevertheless, it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
156 "But behold, as the seed swelleth and sprouteth and beginneth to grow- And then ye must needs say that the seed is good, For behold, it swelleth and sprouteth and beginneth to grow-
157 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.'
158 "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; Therefore, if a seed groweth, it is good, But if it groweth not, behold, it is not good, Therefore, it is cast away.
159 "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 is good.
160 "And now behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing and your faith is dormant;
161 And this because you 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.
162 "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.

 

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