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title of liberty

Reading my scriptures this morning, I came upon Alma 46 (in the Book of Mormon). This is the chapter where Moroni raises the title of liberty, and though I’ve read this many times before, for some reason it really stirred me up this morning. I thought it was pretty cool, and wanted to share a select part of it, but it’s so good, I’m just gonna copy most of it, since it’s such a great story.

A quick background explanation is probably in order, too. This takes place in the Americas, 73 B.C., to a people then called the Nephites and Lamanites. The Lamanites (native Americans, now … all the Nephites were destroyed, which is a major topic in the Book of Mormon) had just lost a major war to the Nephites, but now there is dissension from within by a man named Amalackiah who wants to be king.

1. And it came to pass that as many as would not hearken to the words of Helaman and his brethren were gathered together against their brethren.

2. And now behold, they were exceedingly wroth, insomuch that they were determined to slay them.

3. Now the leader of those who were wroth against their brethren was a large and a strong man; and his name was Amalickiah.

4. And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king; and those people who were wroth were also desirous that he should be their king; and they were the greater part of them the lower judges of the land, and they were seeking for power.

5. And they had been led by the flatteries of Amalickiah, that if they would support him and establish him to be their king that he would make them rulers over the people.

6. Thus they were led away by Amalickiah to dissensions, notwithstanding the preaching of Helaman and his brethren, yea, notwithstanding their exceedingly great care over the church, for they were high priests over the church.

7. And there were many in the church who believed in the flattering words of Amalickiah, therefore they dissented even from the church; and thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi exceedingly precarious and dangerous, notwithstanding their great victory which they had had over the Lamanites, and their great rejoicings which they had had because of their deliverance by the hand of the Lord.

8. Thus we see how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.

9. Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men.

10. Yea, we see that Amalickiah, because he was a man of cunning device and a man of many flattering words, that he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly; yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent upon the face of the land for the righteous’ sake.

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