Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alma the Elder

Sadly, that title will have to be explained in a later post, but it will make sense.  I promise. ;)
After Abinadi's death, Alma (the one priest who stood up for him), was in the wilderness, writing down what Abinadi had preached.  After a while, he snuck back into the city and began preaching in secret.  Eventually, the group listening got large enough they couldn't keep meeting in the city, and they started meeting in a place called Mormon.  They started a church, they were baptized, they were happy.
Unfortunately, there were so many people sneaking out to meet that King Noah began to notice.  He sent spies to find out what was going on, and when he heard that Alma was preaching to the people, he tried to have the people killed.  They were warned, and they fled deeper into the wilderness.  Noah couldn't find them anywhere, but he did have what he wanted.  The church could no longer have any influence in his kingdom.
However, as we see so often in the scriptures, once a society destroys all righteous influences, they no longer have anyone to protect them.

Fare thee well, friend!

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