Chapter 18

Alma the Younger Repents

“Chapter 18: Alma the Younger Repents,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 49–52


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King Mosiah made Alma the leader of the Church in Zarahemla. Alma then chose other men to help him teach the Nephites.

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Alma and King Mosiah worried because unbelievers were making Church members suffer because of their beliefs.

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Alma had a son named Alma. Alma the Younger did not believe the teachings of his father and became a wicked man.

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Alma the Younger and the four sons of King Mosiah fought against the Church. They persuaded many people to leave the Church and become wicked.

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Alma prayed that his son would learn the truth and repent.

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Alma the Younger and the sons of King Mosiah continued trying to destroy the Church.

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One day an angel appeared to them. The angel spoke in a loud voice that shook the ground.

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The five young men were so frightened that they fell down. At first they could not understand what the angel was saying.

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The angel had come in answer to the prayers of Church members. The angel asked Alma the Younger why he was fighting against the Church.

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The ground shook as the angel told Alma the Younger to stop trying to destroy the Church.

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Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah fell down again. They had seen an angel, and they knew the power of God had shaken the ground.

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Alma the Younger was so astonished that he could not speak. He became so weak that he could not even move his hands.

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The sons of Mosiah carried Alma the Younger to his father and told him all that had happened to them.

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Alma was happy. He knew that God had answered his prayers.

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Alma called many people together to see what the Lord had done for his son and for the sons of Mosiah.

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Alma, along with other Church leaders, fasted and prayed and asked God to help Alma the Younger become strong again.

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After two days and nights, Alma the Younger was able to speak and move.

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He told the people he had repented of his sins and God had forgiven him.

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He taught that everyone must become righteous in order to enter God’s kingdom. He also told of the great pain he had suffered because of his sins.

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Alma the Younger was happy because he had repented and God had forgiven him. He knew God loved him.

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Alma the Younger and the sons of King Mosiah began to teach the truth throughout the land, telling everyone what they had seen and heard.

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They tried to undo the wrong they had done. They explained the scriptures to the people and taught them about Jesus Christ.

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God blessed Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah as they taught the gospel. Many people listened to them and believed.

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