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Chapter 27: Korihor
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“Chapter 27: Korihor,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 75–77

“Chapter 27,” Book of Mormon Stories, 75–77

Chapter 27

Korihor

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A man named Korihor came to Zarahemla. He did not believe in Jesus Christ and preached that what the prophets had said about the Savior was not true.

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Korihor told the people they were foolish to believe that Jesus would come to the earth and suffer for their sins.

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He said people could not be punished for their sins because there was no life after death. Many people believed Korihor. They became wicked.

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Korihor tried preaching to the people of Ammon, but they would not listen. They tied him up and took him to Ammon, who forced him out of the city.

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Korihor went to the land of Gideon, but the people there would not listen to him either. The chief judge sent him to Alma.

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Alma asked Korihor if he believed in God. Korihor said he did not. Alma testified that there is a God and that Christ would come.

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Korihor wanted Alma to perform a miracle to prove there is a God. Korihor said he would believe in God if he saw a sign of God’s power.

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Alma told Korihor he had already seen many signs of God’s power through the scriptures and the testimonies of all the prophets.

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Alma said the earth and everything on it and the movement of the planets in the sky are also signs that there is a God.

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Korihor still refused to believe. Alma was sad because of Korihor’s wickedness and warned him that his soul might be destroyed.

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Korihor still wanted a sign to prove there is a God. Alma said the sign from God would be that Korihor would not be able to speak.

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After Alma said this, Korihor could not speak.

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Korihor wrote that he knew this sign was from God and that he had always known there is a God. He asked Alma to pray and remove the curse.

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Alma knew that if Korihor could speak he would lie again to the people. Alma said the Lord would decide if Korihor would speak again.

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The Lord did not give Korihor back his speech. Korihor went from house to house, begging for food.

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The chief judge sent a letter throughout the land telling what had happened to Korihor. He told those who had believed Korihor to repent. The people repented.

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Korihor went to live with the Zoramites. One day while he was begging, he was trampled to death.