THE BOOK OF ALMA
THE SON OF ALMA
The account of the people of Nephi, and their wars and dissensions, in the days of Helaman, according to the record of Helaman, which he kept in his days. Comprising chapters 45 to 62 inclusive.
Helaman believes the words of Alma—Alma prophesies the destruction of the Nephites—He blesses and curses the land—Alma is taken up by the Spirit, even as Moses—Dissension grows in the Church. 73 B.C.
now it came to pass that the people of Nephi were exceedingly rejoiced, because the Lord had again adelivered
them out of the hands of their enemies; therefore they gave thanks unto the Lord their God; yea, and they did bfast
much and pray much, and they did worship God with exceedingly great joy.
And it came to pass in the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Alma came unto his son Helaman and said unto him: Believest thou the words which I spake unto thee concerning those arecords
which have been kept?
And Helaman said unto him: Yea, I abelieve
And Alma said again: Believest thou in Jesus Christ, who shall come?
And he said: Yea, I believe all the words which thou hast spoken.
And Alma said unto him again: Will ye akeep
And he said: Yea, I will keep thy commandments with all my heart.
Then Alma said unto him: Blessed art thou; and the Lord shall aprosper
thee in this land.
But behold, I have somewhat to aprophesy
unto thee; but what I prophesy unto thee ye shall not make known; yea, what I prophesy unto thee shall not be made known, even until the prophecy is fulfilled; therefore write the words which I shall say.
And these are the words: Behold, I perceive that this very people, the Nephites, according to the spirit of revelation which is in me, in afour
hundred years from the time that Jesus Christ shall manifest himself unto them, shall dwindle in bunbelief
Yea, and then shall they see wars and pestilences, yea, famines and bloodshed, even until the people of Nephi shall become aextinct
Yea, and this because they shall dwindle in unbelief and fall into the works of darkness, and alasciviousness
, and all manner of iniquities; yea, I say unto you, that because they shall sin against so great light and knowledge, yea, I say unto you, that from that day, even the bfourth
generation shall not all pass away before this great iniquity shall come.
And when that great day cometh, behold, the time very soon cometh that those who are now, or the seed of those who are now numbered among the people of Nephi, shall ano
more be numbered among the people of Nephi.
But whosoever remaineth, and is not destroyed in that great and dreadful day, shall be anumbered
among the bLamanites
, and shall become like unto them, all, save it be a few who shall be called the disciples of the Lord; and them shall the Lamanites pursue even cuntil
they shall become extinct. And now, because of iniquity, this prophecy shall be fulfilled.
And now it came to pass that after Alma had said these things to Helaman, he ablessed
him, and also his other sons; and he also blessed the earth for the brighteous
And he said: Thus saith the Lord God—aCursed
shall be the land, yea, this land, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, unto destruction, which do bwickedly
, when they are fully ripe; and as I have said so shall it be; for this is the cursing and the cblessing
of God upon the land, for the Lord cannot look upon sin with the dleast
degree of allowance.
And now, when Alma had said these words he blessed the achurch
, yea, all those who should stand fast in the faith from that time henceforth.
And when Alma had done this he adeparted
out of the land of Zarahemla, as if to go into the land of bMelek
. And it came to pass that he was never heard of more; as to his death or burial we know not of.
Behold, this we know, that he was a righteous man; and the saying went abroad in the church that he was taken up by the aSpirit
, or bburied
by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses. But behold, the scriptures saith the Lord took Moses unto himself; and we suppose that he has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself; therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial.
And now it came to pass in the
commencement of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Helaman went forth among the people to declare the aword
For behold, because of their wars with the Lamanites and the many little dissensions and disturbances which had been among the people, it became expedient that the aword
of God should be declared among them, yea, and that a bregulation
should be made throughout the church.
and his brethren went forth to establish the church again in all the land, yea, in every city throughout all the land which was possessed by the people of Nephi. And it came to pass that they did appoint bpriests
throughout all the land, over all the churches.
And now it came to pass that after Helaman and his brethren had appointed priests and teachers over the churches that there arose a adissension
among them, and they would not give heed to the words of Helaman and his brethren;
But they grew proud, being lifted up in their hearts, because of their exceedingly great ariches
; therefore they grew rich in their own eyes, and would not give heed to their words, to bwalk
uprightly before God.
* VERSE 20 (73 B.C.).