The Book of Mormon
The Book Of Alma (21-40)
1 Now when Ammon and his brethren separated themselves in the borders of the land of
the Lamanites, behold Aaron took his journey towards the land which was called by the
Lamanites, Jerusalem, calling it after the land of their fathers' nativity; and it was away
joining the borders of Mormon.
2 Now the Lamanites and the Amalekites and the people of Amulon had built a great
city, which was called Jerusalem.
3 Now the Lamanites of themselves were sufficiently hardened, but the Amalekites and
the Amulonites were still harder; therefore they did cause the Lamanites that they should
harden their hearts, that they should wax strong in wickedness and their abominations.
4 And it came to pass that Aaron came to the city of Jerusalem, and first began to preach
to the Amalekites. And he began to preach to them in their synagogues, for they had built
synagogues after the order of the Nehors; for many of the Amalekites and the Amulonites
were after the order of the Nehors.
5 Therefore, as Aaron entered into one of their synagogues to preach unto the people,
and as he was speaking unto them, behold there arose an Amalekite and began to contend
with him, saying: What is that thou hast testified? Hast thou seen an angel? Why do not
angels appear unto us? Behold are not this people as good as thy people?
6 Thou also sayest, except we repent we shall perish. How knowest thou the thought and
intent of our hearts? How knowest thou that we have cause to repent? How knowest thou
that we are not a righteous people? Behold, we have built sanctuaries, and we do
assemble ourselves together to worship God. We do believe that God will save all men.
7 Now Aaron said unto him: Believest thou that the Son of God shall come to redeem
mankind from their sins?
8 And the man said unto him: We do not believe that thou knowest any such thing. We
do not believe in these foolish traditions. We do not believe that thou knowest of things