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Passage: Alma 1:0 - Alma 1:20
Intro The account of Alma, who was the son of Alma, the first and chief judge over the people of Nephi, and also the high priest over the church. An account of the reign of the judges and the wars and contentions among the people. And also an account of a war between the Nephites and the Lamanites, according to the record of Alma, the first and chief judge.
1 Now it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, From this time forward, King Mosiah, having gone the way of all the earth, having warred a good warfare, walking uprightly before God, leaving no one to reign in his stead-
2 Nevertheless, he established laws and they were acknowledged by the people; Therefore, they were obliged to abide by the laws which he had made.
3 And it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of Alma in the judgment seat, there was a man brought before him to be judged, A man which was large and was noted for his much strength.
4 And he had gone about among the people preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the church,
5 Declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher had ought to become popular, And they ought not to labor with their own hands, but that they had ought to be supported by the people.
6 And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day and that they need not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice;
7 For the Lord had created all men and had also redeemed all men, And in the end all men should have eternal life.
8 And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him money;
9 And he began to be lifted up in the pride of his heart and to wear very costly apparel, Yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching.
10 And it came to pass as he was going to preach to those who believed on his word, he met a man which belonged to the church of God, yea, even one of their teachers;
11 And he began to contend with him sharply, that he might lead away the people of the church; But the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God.
12 Now the name of the man was Gideon; And it was him that was an instrument in the hands of God in delivering the people of Limhi out of bondage.
13 Now because Gideon withstood him with the words of God, he was wroth with Gideon and drew his sword and began to smite him;
14 Now Gideon being stricken with many years, therefore he was not able to withstand his blows, therefore he was slain by the sword;
15 And the man who slew him was taken by the people of the church and was brought before Alma to be judged according to the crime which he had committed.
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;
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