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Passage: Alma 16:131 - Alma 16:151
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.
142 "Behold, I say unto you that it is on the one hand even as it is on the other, And it shall be unto every man according to his work.
143 "And now as I said concerning faith, Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; Therefore, if ye have faith, ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.
144 "And now behold I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember that God is merciful unto all who believe on His name; Therefore, He desireth in the first place that ye should believe, yea, even on His word.
145 "And now, He imparteth His word by angels unto men- yea, not only men, but women also;
146 Now this is not all- Little children doth have words given unto them many times which doth confound the wise and the learned.
147 "And now my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye are afflicted and cast out- Now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true,
148 For I do not mean that ye-all of you-have been compelled to humble yourselves, For I verily believe there are some among you which would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances he might-
149 "Now as I said concerning faith-that it was not a perfect knowledge-even so it is with my words;
150 Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
151 "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, Yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, Even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
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