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Passage: Alma 1:39 - Alma 1:59
39 And the priest, not esteeming himself above his hearers, for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner, And thus they were all equal and they did all labor, every man according to his strength.
40 And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor and the needy and the sick and the afflicted;
41 And they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely;
42 And thus they did establish the affairs of the church; And thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.
43 And now because of the steadiness of the church, they began to be exceeding rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need-
44 Abundance of flocks and herds and fatlings of every kind, And also abundance of grain and of gold and of silver and of precious things, And abundance of silk and fine-twined linen and all manner of good homely cloth.
45 And thus in their prosperous circumstances they did not send away any which was naked, or that was hungry, or that was athirst, or that was sick, or that had not been nourished;
46 And they did not set their hearts upon riches; Therefore, they were liberal to all- both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church- Having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.
47 And thus they did prosper and become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their church;
48 For those who did not belong to their church did indulge themselves in sorceries and in idolatry or idleness and in babblings and in envyings and strife,
49 And wearing costly apparel, being lifted up in the pride of their own eyes, Persecuting, lying, thieving, robbing, committing whoredoms and murdering and all manner of wickedness.
50 Nevertheless, the law was put in force upon all those who did transgress it, inasmuch as it were possible.
51 And it came to pass that by thus exercising the law upon them, every man suffering according to that which he had done, they became more still and durst not commit any wickedness if it were known;
52 Therefore, there was much peace among the people of Nephi until the fifth year of the reign of the judges.
53 And it came to pass in the commencement of the fifth year of their reign there began to be a contention among the people, For a certain man, being called Amlici- He being a very cunning man, yea, a wise man as to the wisdom of the world, He being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword who was executed according to the law-
54 Now this Amlici had, by his cunning, drawn away much people after him, even so much that they began to be very powerful; And they began to endeavor to establish Amlici to be a king over the people.
55 Now this was alarming to the people of the church, and also to all those who had not been drawn away after the persuasions of Amlici,
56 For they knew that according to their law, that such things must be established by the voice of the people;
57 Therefore, if it were possible that Amlici should gain the voice of the people, he, being a wicked man, would deprive them of their rights and privileges of the church, etc., For it was his intent to destroy the church of God.
58 And it came to pass that the people assembled themselves together throughout all the land- Every man according to his mind, whether it were for or against Amlici- In separate bodies, having much dispute and wonderful contentions one with another;
59 And thus they did assemble themselves together to cast in their voices concerning the matter; And they were laid before the judges.
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