THE BOOK OF ALMA
Alma Goes to the City of Gideon (in the Valley of Gideon,
There Having a City Built, Named for Gideon)
Alma ordains priests and elders--He allows whoever repents and is baptized into the church--He expelled the proud and unrepentant--Alma
goes to preach in the city of Gideon.
|6:1 aAnd now it came to pass that
after Alma had made an end of
speaking unto the people of the church, which was established in the city of Zarahemla, he ordained priests and elders, by laying
on his hands according to the order of God, to preside and watch over the church. ||
(6:1-2) After Alma had made an end of speaking |
After Alma finished his speech, he reorganized the church a little bit. He ordained priests and elders, and allowed church
membership to anyone who wasn't yet in the church, so long as they repented of their sins and were baptized.
|6:2 aAnd it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the church who repented of
their sins were baptized unto repentance, and were received into the church.
|6:3 aAnd it also came to pass that whosoever did belong to the church that did not repent of their wickedness
and humble themselves before God -- I mean those who were lifted up in the pride of their hearts -- the same were
rejected, and their names were blotted out, that their names were not numbered among those of the righteous. ||
(6:3) I mean those who were lifted up.|
But he also kicked out church members who didn't repent of their sins (especially the prideful ones!).
|6:4 And thus they began to establish the order of the church in the city of Zarahemla. ||
|6:5 Now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that none were deprived
of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God. ||
|6:6 Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft,
and join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God. ||
(6:6-7) The city of Gideon|
Alma told everyone to be good, and pray often, because he was leaving to go preach somewhere else. He was heading over to the newly
built city of Gideon. (It was named after the Gideon guy who was killed by Nehor. The Book of Mormon
explains it succinctly in verse 7).
(6:7) "Alma ... went ... into the valley of Gideon, there having been a city built, which was called the city of Gideon,
which was in the valley that was called Gideon, being called after the man who was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword."
|6:7 aAnd now it came to pass that when Alma had made these regulations he departed from them, yea, from the
church which was in the city of Zarahemla, and went over upon the east of the river Sidon, into
the valley of Gideon,
there having been a city built, which was called the city of Gideon, which was in the valley that was called Gideon,
being called after the man who was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword.
|6:8 And Alma went and began to declare the word of God unto the church which was established in the valley
of Gideon, according to the revelation of the truth of the word which had been spoken by his fathers, and according to
the spirit of prophecy which was in him, according to the testimony of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who should come
to redeem his people from their sins, and the holy order by which he was called.
And thus it is written. Amen. ||
(6:8) And thus it is written. Amen. |
So Alma went and preached in Gideon.
And it came to pass (6:1, 2,