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Passage: Alma 17:37 - Alma 17:57

37 And now, it hath hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; For behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, Yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways, And brought them to the knowledge of their God, unto the salvation of their souls;
38 Yea, I say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain, which are on these plates, Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many thousands of the Lamanites of the incorrect tradition of their fathers;
39 Yea, these records and their words brought them unto repentance, That is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer;
40 And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of them-yea, and also many thousands of our stiff-necked brethren the Nephites, which are now hardening their hearts in sins and iniquities-to the knowledge of their Redeemer.
41 Now these mysteries are not yet fully made known unto me, therefore I shall forbear;
42 And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God, For He doth counsel in wisdom over all His works, And His paths are strait, And His course is one eternal round.
43 O remember, remember, my son Helaman, how strict are the commandments of God!
44 And He saith, "If ye will keep My commandments, ye shall prosper in the land," But if ye keep not His commandments, ye shall be cut off from His presence.
45 And now remember, my son, that God hath entrusted you with these things which are sacred, which He hath kept sacred, And also which He will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in Him, that He may show forth His power unto future generations.
46 And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy that if ye trangress the commandments of God, Behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, And ye shall be delivered up unto Satan that he may sift you as chaff before the wind;
47 But if ye keep the commandments of God and do with these things which are sacred, according to that which the Lord doth command you-for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them- Behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you; For God is powerful to the fulfilling of all His words,
48 For He will fulfill all His promises which He shall make unto you, For He hath fulfilled His promise which He hath made unto our fathers,
49 For He promised unto them that He would preserve these things for a wise purpose in Him, that He might show forth His power unto future generations.
50 And now behold, one purpose hath He fulfilled, even to the restoration of many thousands of the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth; And He hath shown forth His power in them, And He will also still show forth His power in them unto future generations, Therefore, they shall be preserved;
51 Therefore, I command you, my son Helaman, that ye be diligent in fulfilling all my words, And that ye be diligent in keeping the commandments of God as they are written.
52 And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, That the mysteries and the works of darkness and their secret works-or the secret works of those people which have been destroyed- may be made manifest unto this people-
53 Yea, all their murders and robbings and their plunderings, and all their wickedness and abominations may be made manifest unto this people- Yea, and that ye preserve these directors.
54 For, behold, the Lord saw that His people began to work in darkness, yea, work secret murders and abominations; Therefore, the Lord said if they did not repent, they should be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
55 And the Lord said: "I will prepare unto My servant Gazelem a stone which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, That I may discover unto My people which serve Me- That I may discover unto them the works of their brethren- Yea, their secret works, their works of darkness and their wickedness and abominations."
56 And now, my son, these directors were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled which He spake, saying: "I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations;
57 And, except they repent, I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; And I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land."

 

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