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Passage: Alma 16:86 - Alma 16:106
86 But they had fallen into great errors, for they would not observe to keep the commandments of God and His statutes according to the law of Moses,
87 Neither would they observe the performances of the church to continue in prayer and supplication to God daily, that they might not enter into temptation, Yea, in fine, they did pervert the ways of the Lord in very many instances; Therefore, for this cause Alma and his brethren went into the land to preach the word unto them.
88 Now when they had come into the land, Behold, to their astonishment, they found that the Zoramites had built synagogues, And that they did gather themselves together on one day of the week, which day they did call the day of the Lord;
89 And they did worship after a manner which Alma and his brethren had never beheld, For they had a place built up in the center of their synagogue-a place of standing which was high above the head, And the top thereof would only admit one person;
90 Therefore, whosoever desired to worship must go forth and stand upon the top thereof, And stretch forth his hands toward the heavens and cry with a loud voice, saying: "Holy, Holy God! We believe that Thou art God, And we believe that Thou art holy, and that Thou wast a Spirit, and that Thou art a Spirit, and that Thou wilt be a Spirit forever.
91 "Holy God, we believe that Thou hast separated us from our brethren; And we do not believe in the traditions of our brethren which was handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers, But we believe that Thou hast elected us to be Thy holy children;
92 And also, Thou hast made it known unto us that there shall be no Christ, But Thou art the same yesterday, today and forever; And Thou hast elected us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are elected to be cast by Thy wrath down to hell, For the which holiness, O God, we thank Thee.
93 "And we also thank Thee that Thou hast elected us that we may not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren which doth bind them down to a belief of Christ, which doth lead their hearts to wander far from Thee our God;
94 And again, we thank Thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people. Amen."
95 Now it came to pass that after Alma and his brethren and his sons had heard these prayers, they were astonished beyond all measure,
96 For behold, every man did go forth and offer up these same prayers.
97 Now the place was called by them "rameumptom," which, being interpreted, is the "holy stand."
98 Now from this stand they did offer up, every man, the selfsame prayer unto God, Thanking their God that they were chosen of Him, And that He had not led them away after the tradition of their brethren, And that their hearts were not stolen away to believe in things to come which they knew nothing about.
99 Now when the people had all offered up thanks after this manner, they returned to their homes, Never speaking of their God again until they had assembled themselves together again to the holy stand to offer up thanks after their manner.
100 Now when Alma saw this, his heart was grieved, For he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people, Yea, he saw that their hearts were set upon gold and upon silver and upon all manner of fine goods,
101 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were lifted up unto great boasting, in their pride.
102 And he lifted up his voice to heaven and cried, saying: "O how long, O Lord, wilt Thou suffer that Thy servants shall dwell here below in the flesh to behold such gross wickedness among the children of men?
103 "Behold, O God, they cry unto Thee, And yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride.
104 "Behold, O God, they cry unto Thee with their mouths while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.
105 "Behold, O my God, their costly apparel, and their ringlets and their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold, and all their precious things which they are ornamented with;
106 And behold, their hearts are set upon them, And yet they cry unto Thee and say, 'We thank Thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto Thee,' while others shall perish.
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