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Passage: Alma 16:158 - Alma 16:178
158 "And now behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, yea, for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness; Therefore, if a seed groweth, it is good, But if it groweth not, behold, it is not good, Therefore, it is cast away.
159 "And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment and planted the seed and it swelleth and sprouteth and beginneth to grow, Ye must needs know that the seed is good.
160 "And now behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing and your faith is dormant;
161 And this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, And ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened and your mind doth begin to expand.
162 "O then, is not this real? I say unto you, yea, because it is light, And whatsoever is light is good, because it is discernible; Therefore, ye must know that it is good.
163 "And now behold, after ye have tasted this light, is your knowledge perfect? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; Neither must ye lay aside your faith, For ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed, that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed were good.
164 "And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: 'Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up and bring forth fruit unto us.'
165 "And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care, it will get root and grow up and bring forth fruit;
166 But if ye neglect the tree and take no thought for its nourishment, Behold, it will not get any root; And when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, and because it hath no root, it withereth away, And ye pluck it up and cast it out.
167 "Now this is not because the seed was not good, Neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable;
168 But it is because your ground is barren and ye will not nourish the tree; Therefore, ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
169 "And thus it is if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, Ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life;
170 But if ye will nourish the word- Yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence and with patience- looking forward to the fruit thereof, And it shall take root; And behold, it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life!
171 "And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, Behold, by and by, ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure,
172 And ye shall feast upon this fruit, even until ye are filled that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst;
173 Then my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith and your diligence and patience and longsuffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you."
174 Now after Alma had spoken these words, they sent forth unto him desiring to know whether they should believe in one God, that they might obtain this fruit of which he had spoken, Or how they should plant the seed, or the word of which he had spoken, which he said must be planted in their hearts, Or in what manner they should begin to exercise their faith.
175 And Alma saith unto them: "Behold, ye have said that ye could not worship your God because ye are cast out of your synagogues.
176 "But behold, I say unto you, if ye say that ye cannot worship your God, ye do greatly err and ye had ought to search the scriptures, For if ye suppose that they have taught you this, ye do not understand them.
177 "Do ye remember to have read what Zenos, the prophet of old, hath said concerning prayer or worship?
178 For he saith: 'Thou art merciful, O God, For Thou hast heard my prayer, even when I was in the wilderness. 'Yea, Thou wast merciful when I prayed concerning those which were mine enemies, And Thou didst turn them to me.
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