|34:1 And now it came to pass that after Alma had
spoken these words unto them he sat down upon the ground,
and Amulek arose and began to teach them, saying:
|34:2 My brethren, I think that it is impossible that
ye should be ignorant of the things which have been
spoken concerning the coming of Christ, who is taught by us to be the Son of God; yea,
I know that these things were taught unto you bountifully
before your dissension from among us.
|34:3 And as ye have desired of my beloved brother
that he should make known unto you what ye should do,
because of your afflictions; and he hath spoken somewhat
unto you to prepare your minds; yea, and he hath exhorted
you unto faith and to patience--
|34:4 Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as
even to plant the word in your hearts, that ye may try
the experiment of its goodness.
|34:5 And we have beheld that the great question
which is in your minds is whether the word be in the Son
of God, or whether there shall be no Christ.
|34:6 And ye also beheld that my brother has proved
unto you, in many instances, that the word is in Christ unto salvation.
|34:7 My brother has called upon the words of Zenos,
that redemption cometh through the Son of God, and also
upon the words of Zenock; and also he has appealed unto
Moses, to prove that these things are true.
|34:8 And now, behold, I will testify unto you of
myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto
you, that I do know that Christ shall come
among the children of men, to take upon him the
transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for
the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
|34:9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be
made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God
there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must
unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are
fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through
the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
|34:10 For it is expedient that there should be a
great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man,
neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it
shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an
infinite and eternal sacrifice.
|34:11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his
own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now,
if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is just,
take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.
|34:12 But the law requireth the life of him who hath
murdered; therefore there can be nothing which is short
of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins
of the world.
|34:13 Therefore, it is expedient that there should be
a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or
it is expedient there should be, a stop to the shedding
of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea,
it shall be 1all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none
shall have passed away.
|| Matthew 5:18: ...one jot or one tittle shall
in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
|34:14 And behold, this is the whole meaning of the
law, every whit pointing to that great and last
sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the
Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
|34:15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those
who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of
this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy,
which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto
men that they may have faith unto repentance.
|34:16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of
justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while
he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to
the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only
unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about
the great and eternal plan of redemption.
|34:17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren,
that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance,
that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would
have mercy upon you;
|34:18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty
|34:19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer
|34:20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea,
over all your flocks.
|34:21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your
household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
|34:22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your
|34:23 Yea, cry unto him against the 1devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
|| Acts 13:10 ...thou child of the devil, thou
enemy of all righteousness...
|34:24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields,
that ye may prosper in them.
|34:25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they
|34:26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your
souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in
|34:27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let
your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him
continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of
those who are around you.
|34:28 And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto
you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have
done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the
naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart
of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in
need--I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things,
behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing,
and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.
|34:29 Therefore, if ye do not remember to be
charitable, ye are as dross, which the refiners do 1cast
out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of
|| Matthew 5:13: ...it is thenceforth good for
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot
|34:30 And now, my brethren, I would that, after ye
have received so many witnesses, seeing that the holy
scriptures testify of these things, ye come forth and 1bring
fruit unto repentance.
|| Matthew 3:8: Bring forth therefore fruits meet
|34:31 Yea, I would that ye would come forth and
harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, 1now is
the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if
ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately
shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto
|| II Corinthians 6:2: ...behold, now is
the accepted time; behold, now is the day of
|34:32 For behold, this life is the time for men to
prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is
the day for men to perform their labors.
|34:33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have
had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that
ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until
the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to
prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our
time while in this life, 1then cometh the night of darkness wherein there
can be no labor performed.
|| John 9:4: ...the night cometh, when no man can
|34:34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that
awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to
my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit
which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out
of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess
your body in that eternal world.
|34:35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day
of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have
become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the
Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no
place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and
this is the final state of the wicked.
|34:36 And this I know, because the Lord hath said he
dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the
righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that
the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no
more out; but their 1garments should be made white through the blood
of the Lamb.
|| Revelation 7:14: ...and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
|34:37 And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye
should remember these things, and that ye should 1work
out your salvation with fear before God, and that ye
should no more deny the coming of Christ;
|| Philippians 2:12: ...work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.
|34:38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost,
but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust,
and 1worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in,
in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving
daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth
bestow upon you.
|| John 4:24: God is a Spirit: and they
that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
|34:39 Yea, and I also exhort you, my brethren, that
ye be watchful unto prayer continually, that ye may not
be led away by the temptations of the devil, that he may not overpower you, that ye may not
become his subjects at the last day; for behold, he
rewardeth you no good thing.
|34:40 And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you
to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of
afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do
cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye
become sinners like unto them;
|34:41 But that ye have patience, and bear with those
afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest
from all your afflictions.