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A visit from God's angel
The unbelievers increase their persecution of believers--King Mosiah sends out a proclamation that no unbeliever should persecute any member of the
church--There is peace in the land and the people prosper--Alma Jr. and Mosiah's sons convince many believers to become unbelievers--An angel visits
Alma Jr.--The angel's voice sounds like thunder and causes earthquakes--Alma Jr. is completely
paralyzed and is unable to speak--The priests pray and
fast for two days and two nights, and ask God to undo the damage that he did to Alma Jr.--God undoes the damage he did to Alma Jr.--Alma Jr. and
Mosiah's sons repent and begin to preach throughout the land.
|27:1 And now it came to pass that the persecutions which were inflicted on the church by the unbelievers
became so great that the church began to murmur, and complain to their leaders concerning the matter; and they did
complain to Alma. And Alma laid the case before their king, Mosiah. And Mosiah consulted with his priests. ||
(27:1) There should not any unbeliever persecute any of those who belonged to the church of God.|
The unbelievers were persecuting the believers, so the believers complained to Alma. Alma asked King Mosiah what to do about it, and the king asked
his priests. They told him to send a proclamation saying that no unbeliever should persecute any
member of the church of God.
(27:3-5) A strict command throughout all the churches
A strict commandment was also issued that church members shouldn't persecute each other, that all men should be equal, that no pride or haughtiness should disturb
the peace, that every man should esteem his neighbor as himself, and that everyone (including priests) should work with his own hands for his own support.
"There should be an equality among all men."
"Every man should esteem his neighbor as himself."
|27:2 And it came to pass that king Mosiah sent a proclamation throughout the land
round about that there should not any unbeliever persecute any of those who belonged to the church of God.
|27:3 And there was a strict command throughout all the churches that there should be no
persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men;
|27:4 That they should let no pride nor haughtiness disturb their peace; that
every man should esteem his neighbor as himself, laboring with their own hands for their support.
|27:5 Yea, and all their priests and teachers should labor with their own hands for their support, in all
cases save it were in sickness, or in much want; and doing these things, they did abound in the grace of God.
|27:6 And there began to be much peace again in the land; and the people began to be very numerous, and
began to scatter abroad upon the face of the earth, yea, on the north and on the south, on the east and on the west,
building large cities and villages in all quarters of the land. ||
(27:6-7) They became a large and wealthy people.|
After the proclamation, there was peace again and the people became very numerous, spreading to the north, south, east, and west. They built many large
cities and the Lord visited them, making them a large, prosperous, and wealthy people.
|27:7 And the Lord did visit them and prosper them, and
they became a large and wealthy people.
|27:8 Now the sons of Mosiah were numbered among the unbelievers; and also one of the sons of Alma was
numbered among them, he being called Alma, after his father; nevertheless, he became a very wicked and an idolatrous
man. And he was a man of many words, and did speak much flattery to the people; therefore he led many of the people
to do after the manner of his iniquities. ||
(27:8-9) A man of many words|
But there were still those damned unbelievers to deal with. Mosiah's own sons were unbelievers, and Alma's son too!
Alma's son, Alma (we'll call him Alma Jr.) was a real smooth talker (a man of many words) and he convinced many church
members to become unbelievers and "do after ther manner of his iniquities."
|27:9 And he became a great hinderment to the prosperity of the church of God; stealing away the hearts
of the people; causing much dissension among the people; giving a chance for the enemy of God to exercise his power
|27:10 And now it came to pass that while he was
going about to destroy the church of God, for he did go
about secretly with the sons of Mosiah seeking to destroy the church, and to lead astray the people of the Lord,
contrary to the commandments of God, or even the king -- ||
(27:10-12) Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared.|
But one day, while Alma Jr. and the sons of Mosiah were going about secretly trying to destroy the church, leading people astray, ruining
innocent lives, and rebelling against God, an angel stopped by to visit them. The angel descended in a cloud and spoke with the voice of
thunder, causing the earth to shake. Alma Jr. and the sons of Mosiah were astonished and fell to the earth. But they didn't understand the words of
the angel, since they didn't know how to speak thunder.
|27:11 And as I said unto you, as they were going about rebelling against God,
the angel of the Lord appeared unto them; and he descended as it were in a cloud; and he spake as it
were with a voice of thunder, which caused the earth to shake upon which they stood;
|27:12 And so great was their astonishment, that they fell to the earth, and
understood not the words which he spake unto them.
|27:13 Nevertheless he cried again, saying: Alma, arise and stand forth, for
why persecutest thou the church of God? For the Lord hath said: This is my church, and I will establish it; and nothing shall overthrow it, save it
is the transgression of my people. ||
(27:13) Nevertheless he cried again.|
Nevertheless, the Angel cried again, Saying: Why are you persecuting the church of God. You know, the one that the Lord said is his church, the one that
he said he'd establish, the one that nothing can overthrow, except for maybe the transgression of the Lord's people. Yeah, that one.
|27:14 And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the
prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest
be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and
authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith.||
(27:14) And again, the angel said: Behold|
The angel tried again, this time telling Alma Jr. that he has come to talk to him because of the prayers of his father, Alma Sr. The angel heard his father's
prayer, along with those of his people, and they asked him to come down and convince Alma Jr. of the truth, and the power and authority of God.
|27:15 And now behold, can ye dispute the power of God? For
behold, doth not my voice shake the earth?
And can ye not also behold me before you? And I am sent from God. ||
(27:15-17) Behold, doth not my voice shake the earth? |
The angel tries one more time to convince Alma Jr., by reminding him that his voice can shake the earth, that Alma Jr. can see him, and that he was sent by God.
The angel reminds him about previous events in the Book of Mosiah, and tells him to go on his way, but quit trying to destroy the church, so that the prayers
of his father and the people can be properly answered, even if it requires that Alma Jr. be cast off or whatever.
|27:16 Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam, and in the
land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered
them. And now I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may be
answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off.
|27:17 And now it came to pass that these were the last words which the angel spake unto Alma, and he
|27:18 And now Alma and those that were with him fell again to the earth, for great was their astonishment;
for with their own eyes they had beheld an angel of the Lord; and his voice was as thunder, which shook the earth; and
they knew that there was nothing save the power of God that could shake the earth and cause it to tremble as though
it would part asunder. ||
(27:18-19) He became dumb.|
Alma Jr. and his companions were so upset by the angel's visit that they fell to the ground. They were especially astonished by the angel's
thunder-voice that shook the earth, since they knew that only God can shake the earth. Alma Jr. became dumb, unable to open his mouth. He was
so helpless he couldn't move his hands, so he was carried and laid before his father.
|27:19 And now the astonishment of Alma was so great that
he became dumb, that he could not open his mouth; yea, and he became weak, even that he could not move his hands;
therefore he was taken by those that were with him, and carried helpless, even until he was laid before his father.
|27:20 And they rehearsed unto his father all that had happened unto them; and his father rejoiced, for he
knew that it was the power of God. ||
They rehearsed unto his father all that had happened.
Alma Jr.'s companions told Alma Sr. what had happened. Alma Sr. rejoiced and
gatherer a multitude together to witness what the Lord had done for his son.
(He had paralyzed him and made him unable to speak.) The priests began to fast and pray that God would undo the damage he had done to Alma Jr.
|27:21 And he caused that a multitude should be gathered together that they might witness what the Lord
had done for his son, and also for those that were with him.
|27:22 And he caused that the priests should assemble themselves together; and they began to fast, and to
pray to the Lord their God that he would open the mouth of Alma, that he might speak, and also that his limbs might
receive their strength -- that the eyes of the people might be opened to see and know of the goodness and glory of
|27:23 And it came to pass
after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days
and two nights, the limbs of Alma received their strength, and he stood up and began to speak unto them, bidding
them to be of good comfort: ||
(27:23) After they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days and two nights,
the limbs of Alma received their strength.|
Was Alma Jr. paralyzed for two or three days?
(27:23-31) Behold I am born of the Spirit.
After the priests prayed and fasted for two days and two nights, Alma Jr. was back to normal again. He told everyone to be of good cheer. He said
that he had repented of his sins, been redeemed by the Lord, and born of the Spirit. He said that God had spoken to him while he was paralyzed, telling him
that everyone must become born again and become new creatures, or else be cast off.
Then he launched out into a typical Book of Mormon speech, repeating things that he'd already said, and saying things that have been said by every
Book of Mormon prophet. He quoted from the New Testament King of James Version of the Bible 1700 years before it existed. And ended by saying that whoever
rejects his Redeemer (the as yet unborn Jesus) would suffer an everlasting punishment, quaking and trembling beneath the glance of an all-seeing eye.
|27:24 For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord;
behold I am born of the Spirit.
|27:25 And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women,
all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of
righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters;
|27:26 And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom
|27:27 I say unto you, unless this be the case, they must be cast off; and this I know, because I was like
to be cast off.
|27:28 Nevertheless, after wading through much tribulations, repenting nigh unto death, the Lord in mercy
hath seen fit to snatch me out of an everlasting burning, and I am born of God.||
|27:29 My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and
bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest
abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched,
and my soul is pained no more. ||
|27:30 I rejected my Redeemer, and denied that which had been spoken of by our fathers; but now that they may
foresee that he will come, and that he remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto
|27:31 Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before
him. Yea, even at the last day, when all
men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live
without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake,
and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye. ||
|27:32 And now it came to pass that Alma began from this time forward to teach the people, and those who were
with Alma at the time the angel appeared unto them, traveling round about through all the land, publishing to all the
people the things which they had heard and seen, and preaching the word of God in much tribulation,
being greatly persecuted by those who were unbelievers, being smitten by many of them. ||
Greatly persecuted by those who were unbelievers
From then on, Alma and his merry men (the sons of Mosiah: Ammon, Aaron, Omner and Himni) spent their days preaching to the people,
teaching them and "publishing peace" throughout Zarahemla, while being greatly persecuted by the unbelieves. Glory!
|27:33 But notwithstanding all this, they did impart much consolation to the church, confirming their faith,
and exhorting them with long-suffering and much travail to keep the commandments of God. ||
|27:34 And four of them were the sons of Mosiah; and their names were Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and Himni;
these were the names of the sons of Mosiah. ||
|27:35 And they traveled throughout all the lands of Zarahemla, and among all the people who were under the
reign of king Mosiah, zealously striving to repair all the injuries which they had done to the church, confessing all
their sins, and publishing all the things which they had seen, and explaining the prophecies and the scriptures to all
who desired to hear them. ||
|27:36 And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth,
yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer. ||
|27:37 And how blessed are they! For they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good; and
they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth. ||
And it came to pass (27:1, 2, 10, 17, 23, 32)
Behold [27:11, 14, 15(2), 24, 29]
(27:25) every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people -- Revelation 14:6
(27:29) the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity -- Acts 8:23
(27:31) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.... And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
-- Philippians 2:10-11
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Mosiah 27