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Passage: Mosiah 11:147 - Mosiah 11:167
147 And they began again to have peace and to prosper exceed- ingly in the affairs of the church, walking circumspectly before God, receiving many and baptizing many.
148 And now all these things did Alma and his fellow laborers do which 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;
149 And they did admonish their brethren; And they were also admonished, everyone, 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.
150 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,
151 And Alma laid the case before their king, Mosiah, And Mosiah consulted with his priests.
152 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 which belonged to the church of God.
153 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, That they should let no pride nor haughtiness disturb their peace,
154 That every man should esteem his neighbor as himself, Laboring with their own hands for their support,
155 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,
156 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,
157 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;
158 And the Lord did visit them and prosper them and they became a large and a wealthy people.
159 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;
160 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,
161 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.
162 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-
163 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;
164 And so great was their astonishment that they fell to the earth and understood not the words which he spake unto them.
165 Nevertheless, he cried again, saying: "Alma, arise and stand forth! for why persecuteth thou the church of God?
166 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.'"
167 And again the angel saith: "Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of His people, and also the prayers of His servant Alma, which is thy father,
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