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THE BOOK OF ALMA
THE SON OF ALMA
CHAPTER 43
  47 And again, the Lord has said that: Ye shall adefend your families even unto bbloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.

Footnotes
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Isa. 31: 5.
  5 As birds aflying, so will the Lord of hosts bdefend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.
Alma 43: 24.
  24 And it came to pass that the aword of the Lord came unto Alma, and Alma informed the messengers of Moroni, that the armies of the Lamanites were marching round about in the wilderness, that they might come over into the land of Manti, that they might commence an attack upon the weaker part of the people. And those messengers went and delivered the message unto Moroni.
Alma 61: 14.
  14 Therefore, my beloved brother, Moroni, let us resist evil, and whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our awords, yea, such as rebellions and dissensions, let us bresist them with our swords, that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God.
Morm. 7: 4.
  4 Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war, and delight no more in the shedding of blood, and take them not again, save it be that God shall acommand you.
D&C 134: 11.
  11 We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all awrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that all men are justified in bdefending themselves, their friends, and property, and the government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.
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Josh. 1: 18.
  18 Whosoever he be that doth arebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to bdeath: only be strong and of a good courage.