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Passage: Alma 16:121 - Alma 16:141

121 And it came to pass that they did go forth and began to preach the word of God unto the people, entering into their synagogues and into their houses, Yea, and even they did preach the word in their streets.
122 And it came to pass that after much labor among them, they began to have success among the poorer class of the people; For behold, they were cast out of the synagogues because of the coarseness of their apparel,
123 Therefore, they were not permitted to enter into their synagogues to worship God, being esteemed as filthiness; Therefore, they were poor, yea, they were esteemed by their priests as dross, Therefore, they were poor as to things of the world, and also they were poor in heart.
124 Now as Alma was teaching and speaking unto the people upon the Hill Onidah, there came a great multitude unto him which were those of which have been spoken which were poor in heart because of their poverty as to the things of the world;
125 And they came unto Alma, And the one which was the most foremost among them saith unto him: "Behold, what shall these my brethren do? For they are despised of all men because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests;
126 For they have cast us out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands, And they have cast us out because of this our exceeding poverty, that we have no place to worship our God; And behold, what shall we do?"
127 And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately toward him, and he beheld with great joy, For he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them and that they were in a preparation to hear the word;
128 Therefore, he did say no more to the other multitude, But he stretched forth his hand and cried unto those which he beheld, which were truly penitent, and saith unto them: "I behold that ye are lowly in heart and, if so, blessed are ye.
129 "Behold, thy brother hath said, 'What shall we do, for we are cast out of our synagogues that we cannot worship our God?'
130 "Behold, I say unto you, do ye suppose that ye cannot worship God save it be in your synagogues only?
131 And moreover, I would ask, do ye suppose that ye must not worship God only once in a week?
132 "I say unto you, it is well that ye are cast out of your synagogues that ye may be humble and that ye may learn wisdom, For it is necessary that ye should learn wisdom;
133 For it is because that ye are cast out that ye are despised of your brethren, Because of your exceeding poverty that ye are brought to a lowliness of heart, For ye are necessarily brought to be humble.
134 "And now, because ye are compelled to be humble, blessed are ye, For a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance.
135 "And now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy, And he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.
136 "And now as I said unto you that because ye were compelled to be humble, ye were blessed, Do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?
137 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself and repenteth of his sins and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed, Yea, much more blessed than they who art compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty; Therefore, blessed are they who humbleth themselves without being compelled to be humble,
138 Or rather, in other words, Blessed is he that believeth in the word of God and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, Yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe.
139 "Yea, there are many which do say, 'If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety, then we shall believe.'
140 "Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay, For if a man knoweth a thing, he hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it.
141 "And now how much more cursed is he that knoweth the will of God and doeth it not, than he that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into transgression? Now of this thing ye must judge.

 

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