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Now that Alma and the people he rescued were home, King Mosiah called for a gathering of the people (verse 1). By now there are more people gathered from Zarahemla than there are Nephites, but still those are less than half the number of Lamanites (verses 2-3). So the people of Nephi gathered in one group, and the people of Zarahemla gathered in one group (verse 4).
Then Mosiah did read to them the records of Zeniff, teaching them all the history of the people from the time they left Zarahemla to the time they got back (verse 5), including the experiences of Alma and his people (verse 6).
After hearing the adventures, experiences, and testimony of all these, “his people… were struck with wonder and amazement” (verse 7). There were so amazed that they did not know what to think, but when they “beheld those that had been delivered out of bondage they were filled with exceedingly great joy” (verse 8).
But they also grieved those who had been killed by the Lamanites (verse 9).
But they also “thought of the immediate goodness of God, and his power in delivering Alma and his brethren out of the hands of the Lamanites and of bondage, they did raise their voices and give thanks to God” (verse 10).
But they also thought about the Lamanites, and their “sinful and polluted state, and they were filled with pain and anguish for the welfare of their souls” (verse 11).
This is a big day for these people! Their joy keeps having reality checks, and their celebration is checked by grief. But what is beautiful is that while celebrating the faithfulness of their people, and giving credit to the Lord for responding to their obedience by delivering them out of bondage, they also recognize the need for the Lamanites to be delivered out of bondage as well. They have compassion upon them, realizing that these “bad guys” are in need of conversion.
But they also recognize the difference between those who do not yet know of covenants and covenant keeping, and those who have broken their covenants or rejected them.
“And it came to pass that those who were the children of Amulon and his brethren… were displeased with the conduct of their fathers, and they would no longer be called by the names of their fathers, therefore they took upon themselves the name of Nephi, that they might be called the children of Nephi…” (verse 12).
This is covenant-making.
Their names are changed because they are converting to the covenant.
So now there are more Zarahemla people and converts than there are actually Nephites, but they are all called Nephites because that is how the kingdom itself is passed down through descendants of Nephites (verse 13).
When King Mosiah finished teaching the people, he asked Alma to testify to them (verse 14).
Alma did go from one group to the next, teaching them and testifying to them, “preaching unto the people repentance and faith on the Lord” (verse 15). Most of all, he urged the people to remember “that it was the Lord that did deliver them” (verse 16). It’s that important.
When Alma finished teaching the people, it was finally King Limhi’s turn to get baptized! (verse 17). So Alma did baptize them, and they became converts to the church of God (verse 18).
King Mosiah granted Alma permission to continue his preaching “that he might establish churches throughout all the land of Zarahemla…” (verse 19). This was very much needed since there are now so many people converting to the church that they cannot “all hear the word of God in one assembly” (verse 20). So they “did assemble themselves together” in different churches, all a part of the same churches, just as we have wards in our church today – “for there was nothing preached in all the churches except it were repentance and faith in God” (verse 22).
“… And it came to pass that whosoever were desirous to take upon them the name of Christ, or of God, they did join the churches of God; and they were called the people of God. And the Lord did pour out his Spirit upon them, and they were blessed, and prospered in the land” (verse 24).
That “prospered in the land” refers to more than just temporal blessings. It means the presence of God. They were obedient, and making covenants, and keeping covenants, and so the Lord was able to pour out His Spirit upon them, so that they enjoyed His presence as they lived their lives. It is an example to us, that we may do the same.