#LDSConf – Alma 15

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After Alma and Amulek walked away from that prison unharmed, the people of the city saw what happened and kicked them out.  The prophets went on to the next mission area, Sidom, where they found all the other new believers who had been kicked out of the city also (verse 1).  There they swapped stories about what had happened, including the burning of wives and children, and their own testimony of their deliverance from prison (verse 2).

Alma and Amulek found Zeezrom, the repented bully.  He was sick, “with a burning fever, which was caused by the great tribulations of his mind on account of his wickedness, for he supposed that Alma and Amulek were no more; and he supposed that they had been slain because of his iniquity. And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind until it did become exceedingly sore, having no deliverance; therefore he began to be scorched with a burning heat” (verse 3).

But then, when Zeezrom found out Alma and Amulek were okay, “his heart began to take courage”, and he sent a message for them to come to visit him (verse 4).

They obeyed immediately, and went to him (verse 5).

Alma acted as mission president, interviewing Zeezrom for baptism.  Zeezrom answered that he did believe (verses 6-9).  Then Alma gave Zeezrom a blessing, asking for mercy that he be healed according to his faith (verse 10).

“And when Alma had said these words, Zeezrom leaped upon his feet, and began to walk; and this was done to the great astonishment of all the people; and the knowledge of this went forth throughout all the land…” (verse 11).

Zeezrom was baptized, and began his own mission to preach to the people (verse 12).  Alma gave them the priesthood authority to preach and to baptize (verses 13), and many came to be baptized (verse 14).  Alma witnessed the people humbling themselves from the pride of their hearts, and the people did assemble together to worship God and to pray (verse 17).

However, back in the land of Ammonihah, where they had persecuted the prophets and killed the believers, “they yet remained hard-hearted and a stiff-necked people; and they repented not of their sins” (verse 15).

Contrary to those hard-hearted people, Alma knew Amulek had given up everything – “having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, for the word of God, he being rjected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred” (verse 16) – so Alma took Amulek back to his (Alma’s) own homeland in Zarahemla, and kept Amulek in his (Alma’s) own home, and ministered to him and “strengthened him in the Lord” (verse 18).

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