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"And He Did Teach Them," Mosiah 18:1-7

Mosiah 18:1-7

Now at the beginning of this chapter, there is a very brief statement about the repentance of Alma, who was prior to his interactions with the prophet Abinadi a wicked priest. We know very little about the repentance process that Alma underwent. In comparison to the double accounts that the Book of Mormon has about his son, Alma the Elder's change of heart goes virtually without note. However, there is one verse in Mosiah 23:9 which does state:
But remember the iniquity of king Noah and his priests; and I myself was caught in a snare, and did many things which were abominable in the sight of the Lord, which caused me sore repentance;
There we have it then. As private and personal as the repentance process should be, it is sufficient for us to know that Alma, being a wicked priest in the court of King Noah, had to undergo a sore repentance process before he could begin to establish the church of Christ. 

These verses that deal with the people's preparation for the covenant of baptism. They were taught. Alma had to teach them repentance, redemption, and faith in Jesus Christ. (see vs. 7) The importance of teaching then has been emphasized upon my mind again then. In order for salvation to be obtained by the people, it must be taught to them.

The other thing that these verses remind me of is that when preaching is effectively performed, people come in abundance to the waters of life. Where ever one is found who will declare the truth of salvation, there will be the pure in heart.

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  1. Has it ever occurred to you that the LDS church might not be true?

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  2. Oh sure, more often than I should. But then when faith returns and its accompanying fruits of peace and prosperity, there is no doubting.

    If your looking at the organization as just an organization, then there are faults and plenty of them. But if you are looking to Christ, and then you pause to think what kind of organization would Christ have, then it becomes readily apparent that this is in very deed the Church of Jesus Christ in the latter days. It's awesome beyond comparison to anything that man could have created!

    Thanks for your concern.
    -Brent

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