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Passage: Alma 1:46 - Alma 1:66
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.
60 And it came to pass that the voice of the people came against Amlici, that he was not made king over the people.
61 Now this did cause much joy in the hearts of those which were against him; But Amlici did stir up those which were in his favor to anger against those which were not in his favor.
62 And it came to pass that they gathered themselves together and did consecrate Amlici to be their king.
63 Now when Amlici was made king over them, he commanded them that they should take up arms against their brethren; And this he did that he might subject them to him.
64 Now the people of Amlici were distinguished by the name of Amlici, being called Amlicites, And the remainder were called Nephites, or the people of God.
65 Therefore, the people of the Nephites were aware of the intent of the Amlicites and therefore they did prepare for to meet them;
66 Yea, they did arm themselves with swords, and with scimitars, and with bows and with arrows, and with stones and with slings, and with all manner of weapons of war of every kind;
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