THE BOOK OF ALMA
THE SON OF ALMA
The Church in Zarahemla is cleansed and set in order—Alma goes to Gideon to preach. About 83 B.C.
now it came to pass that after Alma had made an end of speaking unto the people of the church, which was established in the city of Zarahemla, he aordained
priests and belders
, by laying on his chands
according to the order of God, to preside and dwatch
over the church.
And it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the church who arepented
of their sins were baptized unto repentance, and were received into the church.
And it also came to pass that whosoever did belong to the church that did not arepent
of their wickedness and humble themselves before God—I mean those who were lifted up in the bpride
of their hearts—the same were rejected, and their names were cblotted
out, that their names were not numbered among those of the righteous.
And thus they began to establish the order of the church in the acity
Now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God.
Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join in afasting
and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God.
And now it came to pass that when Alma had made these regulations he departed from them, yea, from the church which was in the city of Zarahemla, and went over upon the east of the ariver
Sidon, into the bvalley
of Gideon, there having been a city built, which was called the city of Gideon, which was in the valley that was called Gideon, being called after the man who was cslain
by the hand of Nehor with the sword.
And Alma went and began to declare the word of God unto the church which was established in the valley of Gideon, according to the revelation of the truth of the word which had been spoken by his fathers, and according to the spirit of prophecy which was in him, according to the atestimony
of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who should come to redeem his people from their sins, and the holy order by which he was called. And thus it is written. Amen.