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Passage: Alma 2:16 - Alma 3:7
16 Yea, there were envyings and strifes and malice and persecutions and pride, even to exceed the pride of those who did not belong to the church of God.
17 And thus ended the eighth year of the reign of the judges; And the wickedness of the church was a great stumbling block to those who did not belong to the church; And thus the church began to fail in its progress.
18 And it came to pass in the commencement of the ninth year, Alma seeing the wickedness of the church, And seeing also that the example of the church began to lead those who were unbelievers on from one piece of iniquity to another, thus bringing on the destruction of the people,
19 Yea, seeing great inequality among the people- Some lifting themselves up with their pride, despising others, Turning their backs upon the needy and the naked, and those which were hungry, and those which were athirst, and those which were sick and afflicted-
20 Now this was a great cause for lamentations among the people; While others were abasing themselves, succoring those who stood in need of their succor, Such as imparting their substance to the poor and the needy, feeding the hungry, And suffering all manner of afflictions for Christ's sake, which should come according to the spirit of prophecy, looking forward to that day; Thus retaining a remission of their sins,
21 Being filled with great joy because of the resurrection of the dead according to the will and power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the bands of death-
22 And now it came to pass that Alma, having seen the afflictions of the humble followers of God and the persecutions which were heaped upon them by the remainder of his people, and seeing all their inequality, He began to be very sorrowful; Nevertheless, the Spirit of the Lord did not fail him.
23 And he selected a wise man which was among the elders of the church and gave him power, according to the voice of the people, That he might have power to enact laws, according to the laws which had been given, And to put them in force, according to the wickedness and the crimes of the people.
24 Now this man's name was Nephihah, And he was appointed chief judge; And he sat in the judgment seat to judge and to govern the people.
25 Now Alma did not grant unto him the office of being high priest over the church, but he retained the office of high priest unto himself, But he delivered the judgment seat unto Nephihah;
26 And this he did that he himself might go forth among his people, or among the people of Nephi, That he might preach the word of God unto them to stir them up in remembrance of their duty,
27 And that he might pull down by the word of God all the pride and craftiness and all the contentions which were among his people, Seeing no way that he might reclaim them, save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them.
28 And thus in the commencement of the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, Alma delivered up the judgment seat to Nephihah and confined himself wholly to the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to the testimony of the word according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy.
Intro The words which Alma, the high priest according to the holy order of God, delivered to the people in their cities and villages throughout the land.
1 Now it came to pass that Alma began to declare the word of God unto the people, first in the Land of Zarahemla and from thence throughout all the land;
2 And these are the words which he spake to the people in the church which was established in the City of Zarahemla, according to his own record, saying:
3 "I, Alma, having been consecrated by my father Alma to be a high priest over the church of God, he having power and authority from God to do these things, Behold, I say unto you that he began to establish a church in the land which was in the borders of Nephi-
4 yea, the land was called the Land of Mormon- Yea, and he did baptize his brethren in the Waters of Mormon.
5 "And behold I say unto you, they were delivered out of the hands of the people of King Noah by the mercy and power of God.
6 "And behold, after that they were brought into bondage by the hands of the Lamanites in the wilderness, Yea, I say unto you, they were in captivity and again the Lord did deliver them out of bondage by the power of His word;
7 And we were brought into this land and here we began to establish the church of God throughout this land also.
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