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"To Establish the Order of the Church," Alma 6

Alma 6

After Alma's pivotal discourse at Zarahemla, the record states that "he ordained priests and elders, by laying on his hands according to the order of God, to preside and watch over the church."(vs.1) Those who would repent became a part of the Church of God; those who would not repent and already belonged to the Church of God, had their names "blotted out, that their names were not numbered among those of the righteous." (vs.3)

Thus is the work of the kingdom, to organize according to covenants, the righteous from the wicked, that the righteous might have a support structure in which to strengthen their faith and to perform greater works than they would otherwise be able to do for themselves.

In the fifth verse of this chapter, after explaining this sorting of church members between the wicked and the righteous on conditions of their repentance, the author explains that everyone was permitted to come to church, regardless of their willingness to repent o…

"That Ye Also May Be Partakers of the Fruit of the Tree of Life," Alma 5:50-62

Alma 5:50-62

In the first three verses of this grouping, Alma testifies of things which he has heard of the Holy Spirit.

All of these verses suggest that there is a literal division between the righteous and the wicked. The Kingdom of God is coming quickly, wherein the righteous will dwell. Therefore, one ought to repent of his sins and bring forth works of righteousness if he desires to be a part of this kingdom.



How will the righteous be distinguished from the wicked? Or in other words, what type of person will inherit the kingdom of heaven. Also I ask myself, amongst what type of people do I want to enjoy of their friendship and company?


In the kingdom of heaven, there are the penitent. They are they who desire to follow the voice of the Good Shepherd. (vs. 57) They are they whose names are written in the book of life. (vs. 58) And it will be God who will separate the wicked from among the righteous. (vs. 59)

I am impressed by this thought: that in the kingdom of God, there will n…