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Alma 1:1
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THE  BOOK  OF
ALMA
The Son of Alma
 

    The account of Alma, who was the son of Alma,
    the first and chief judge over the people of Nephi,
    and also the high priest over the church.
An account of the reign of the judges and the wars
    and contentions among the people.
And also an account of a war between the Nephites
    and the Lamanites, according to the record of Alma,
    the first and chief judge.


 
 
1    Now it came to pass that in the first year of the reign
    of the judges over the people of Nephi,
From this time forward, King Mosiah,
    having gone the way of all the earth,
    having warred a good warfare,
    walking uprightly before God,
    leaving no one to reign in his stead-
2    Nevertheless, he established laws and they
    were acknowledged by the people;
Therefore, they were obliged to abide by the laws
    which he had made.
3    And it came to pass that in the first year of the reign
    of Alma in the judgment seat, there was a man
    brought before him to be judged,
A man which was large and was noted
    for his much strength.
4    And he had gone about among the people preaching
    to them that which he termed to be the word of God,
    bearing down against the church,
5    Declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher
    had ought to become popular,
And they ought not to labor with their own hands,
    but that they had ought to be supported by the people.
6    And he also testified unto the people that all mankind
    should be saved at the last day and that they need not
    fear nor tremble, but that they might
    lift up their heads and rejoice;
7    For the Lord had created all men
    and had also redeemed all men,
And in the end all men should have eternal life.
8    And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much
    that many did believe on his words, even so many that
    they began to support him and give him money;

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