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"Alma Was Troubled in his Spirit," Mosiah 26:1-13

Mosiah 26:1-13

A serious and difficult situation is addressed in this chapter of the Book of Mormon. We learn in the opening verses that the rising generation, those who where not old enough to understand the words of King Benjamin, had not shared in the faith of their fathers. The narrator of this chapter even goes so far as to say that "they were a separate people as to their faith." (vs. 4)

The cause of this separation was noted simply:
And now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God; and their hearts were hardened. (vs. 3)Both of these emphasized words also have footnotes attached to them in the original. Thus we see that knowledge of the things of God is predicated upon faith. For it is impossible to acquire a true understanding of those things that are true without first believing that they are true.

This becomes an issue of serious concern for two reasons: 1) these children of the rising generation were not joining themselves to the church, and…