THE BOOK OF ALMA
THE SON OF ALMA
Amulek testifies that the word is in Christ unto salvation—Unless an atonement is made, all mankind must perish—The whole law of Moses points toward the sacrifice of the Son of God—The eternal plan of redemption is based on faith and repentance—Pray for temporal and spiritual blessings—This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God—Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. About 74 B.C.
now it came to pass that after Alma had spoken these words unto them he sat down upon the ground, and aAmulek
arose and began to teach them, saying:
My brethren, I think that it is impossible that ye should be ignorant of the things which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ, who is taught by us to be the Son of God; yea, I know that athese
things were taught unto you bountifully before your dissension from among us.
And as ye have desired of my beloved brother that he should make known unto you awhat
ye should do, because of your afflictions; and he hath spoken somewhat unto you to prepare your minds; yea, and he hath exhorted you unto faith and to patience—
Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to aplant
the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness.
And we have beheld that the great question which is in your minds is whether the word be in the Son of God, or whether there shall be ano
And ye also beheld that my brother has proved unto you, in many instances, that the aword
is in Christ unto salvation.
My brother has called upon the words of aZenos
, that redemption cometh through the Son of God, and also upon the words of bZenock
; and also he has appealed unto cMoses
, to prove that these things are true.
And now, behold, I will atestify
unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the btransgressions
of his people, and that he shall catone
for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
For it is expedient that an aatonement
should be made; for according to the great bplan
of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are cfallen
and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
For it is expedient that there should be a great and last asacrifice
; yea, not a bsacrifice
of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an cinfinite
and deternal esacrifice
Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is ajust
, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.
But the law requireth the alife
of him who hath bmurdered
; therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world.
Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a astop
to the shedding of bblood
; then shall the claw
of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away.
And thus he shall bring asalvation
to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
And thus amercy
can satisfy the demands of bjustice
, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of cjustice
; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal dplan
Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your afaith
unto repentance, that ye begin to bcall
upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is amighty
Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in aprayer
Cry unto him when ye are in your afields
, yea, over all your flocks.
unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
Yea, cry unto him against the power of your aenemies
Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
But this is not all; ye must apour
out your souls in your bclosets
, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your ahearts
, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your cwelfare
, and also for the welfare of dthose
who are around you.
And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye aturn
away the bneedy
, and the cnaked
, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and dimpart
of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need—I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, your eprayer
, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as ghypocrites
who do deny the faith.
Therefore, if ye do not remember to be acharitable
, ye are as dross, which the refiners do cast out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of men.
And now, my brethren, I would that, after ye have areceived
so many witnesses, seeing that the holy scriptures testify of these things, ye come forth and bring bfruit
Yea, I would that ye would come forth and aharden
not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the bday
of your csalvation
; and therefore, if ye will repent and dharden
not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.
For behold, this alife
is the time for men to bprepare
to meet God; yea, behold the day of cthis
life is the day for men to perform their dlabors
And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many awitnesses
, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not bprocrastinate
the day of your crepentance
until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the dnight
wherein there can be no labor performed.
Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful acrisis
, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth bpossess
your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become asubjected
to the spirit of the devil, and he doth bseal
you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.
And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in aunholy
temples, but in the bhearts
of the crighteous
doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out; but their garments should be made white through the dblood
of the Lamb.
And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye should remember these things, and that ye should awork
out your salvation with fear before God, and that ye should no more deny the coming of Christ;
That ye acontend
no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the bname
of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and cworship
God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in dthanksgiving
daily, for the many emercies
and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.
Yea, and I also aexhort
you, my brethren, that ye be bwatchful
unto prayer continually, that ye may not be led away by the ctemptations
of the devil, that he may not overpower you, that ye may not become his subjects at the last day; for behold, he rewardeth you dno
And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have apatience
, and that ye bear with all manner of bafflictions
; that ye do not crevile
against those who do cast you out because of your dexceeding
poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them;
But that ye have apatience
, and bear with those bafflictions
, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.