The young man refuses to repent of his sins, forcing Alma to excommunicate him from the Church of Jesus Christ , but he could not care less. As time goes on, the church continues to pray for Alma and the sons of Mosiah. During this time, Alma the Younger and his friends are seen harassing members of the Church, destroying their property and indulging in all manner of sinful acts.
After speaking with Alma about the recent persecution, Mosiah later makes a law stating "I command all that there be no persecutions among you.
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No unbeliever shall persecute any who belong to the Church of God. And the Church shall not persecute any unbeliever. All men shall be equal. I plead, let no pride nor haughtiness disturb our peace. Elsewhere, Alma and the sons of Mosiah are reading this declaration and poke fun at the Church and Alma's father.
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Like Zeezrom, we cry out that we are guilty of living a worthless life, of wasting our living on lies and deceptions and destruction see Alma —7. Alma the Younger similarly realized his nothingness in his three-day ordeal of compelled introspection. He realized he had received no answers from the sorrows of life he had embraced. He wished that he never existed.
He was so overwhelmed by life, this was his only solution. If needed, God will bring us to our knees as He did Alma. However, these dilemmas become motivating in the hands of our loving God.
Now as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me. And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more. Elder Neal A. Have ye received his image in your countenances? Awakened to the reality of who he could become. Alma had experienced that mighty change of heart. Alma felt exquisite joy that filled his whole soul. He beheld the light of eternal truth, and he said that there was nothing so sweet. God sitting upon his throne,. Alma ached to return and be with this God who had rescued him.
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Alma knew that he would return to God because of his conversion. Now his task was to assist his beloved people to do the same. So he spent the rest of his life teaching his people the gospel. Alma consistently emphasized that there were barriers to this eternal destiny. He asked the people in Zarahemla if they, being wicked, would be able to enter the kingdom of God and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
He taught all of us that if we are in a state of filthiness, that awful state will condemn us see Alma , and that if we are filthy in this life, we will be filthy in the next life and no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God see Alma He taught the Nephites and us that men will be judged regarding entrance to the kingdom of God not only by their works but by the desires of their hearts, the state of their being, and the intrinsic nature of who they have become.
He stressed that if our desires, states, and intrinsic natures are good, we will receive good in the world to come; if evil, evil in the world to come.
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Alma asked very basic and logical questions that when carefully considered, change the focus of our lives: Can sin lead to happiness? Can you find joy when your nature is contrary to joy? Can you become like God, when your nature is contrary to God?
It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts [upon us]—what we have become. Have you become such a representative disciple of Christ that when you are present the Spirit of Christ is there? These questions awaken all disciples to the fact that we must consider the essence of our existence; we are here to become like Christ. That call is also to us, to all disciples of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act as he does. To be a true disciple, to fulfill that learning task, is the most demanding regimen known to man.
No other discipline compares with it in either requirements or rewards.see url
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It involves the total transformation of a person from a state of the natural man to that of the saint, one who loves the Lord and serves with all his heart, might, mind, and strength. Set to music are Alma , 19, beginning with, "And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances?
Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? In part 2, the dramatic earlier conversion of Alma is reflected by minor keys and ominous sounding music as he is called to repentance by an angel and is then racked with torment by the memory of his sins.
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The music becomes dramatically brighter as Alma sings the praises of God in recounting the marvelous light he beheld when his sins were finally forgiven, as told in Alma The piece reaches a glorious high point in the third part recounting Alma's grand desire, "O that I were an angel and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Passages in Alma 36, and 38 are also highlighted, as is the invitation in Matt. Composer Jenson has worked on the scores of 18 feature-length films.