Alma and his Followers

Abinadi’s Words as Taught by Alma

Mosiah 18:1–3

Alma, having escaped Noah’s court, begins to covertly teach the things taught by Abinadi.

And now, it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of king Noah, repented of his sins and iniquities, and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi—

Yea, concerning that which was to come, and also concerning the resurrection of the dead, and the redemption of the people, which was to be brought to pass through the power, and sufferings, and death of Christ, and his resurrection and ascension into heaven.

And as many as would hear his word he did teach. And he taught them privately, that it might not come to the knowledge of the king. And many did believe his words.

Mosiah 18:4–7

Alma relocates his preaching operation to a luscious place called Mormon, bringing many followers with him.

And it came to pass that as many as did believe him did go forth to a place which was called Mormon, having received its name from the king, being in the borders of the land having been infested, by times or at seasons, by wild beasts.

Now, there was in Mormon a fountain of pure water, and Alma resorted thither, there being near the water a thicket of small trees, where he did hide himself in the daytime from the searches of the king.

And it came to pass that as many as believed him went thither to hear his words. And it came to pass after many days there were a goodly number gathered together at the place of Mormon, to hear the words of Alma. Yea, all were gathered together that believed on his word, to hear him. And he did teach them, and did preach unto them repentance, and redemption, and faith on the Lord.

Mosiah 18:8–9

Alma teaches his followers about making a covenant with Christ.

And it came to pass that he said unto them:

“Behold, here are the waters of Mormon
(for thus were they called) and now,
as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God,
and to be called his people,
and are willing to bear one another’s burdens,
that they may be light;

“Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn;
yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort,
and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things,
and in all places that ye may be in, even until death,
that ye may be redeemed of God,
and be numbered with those of the first resurrection,
that ye may have eternal life—”

Mosiah 18:10–11

Alma explains that baptism is the means by which one makes such a covenant—his people express their desire to enter into such a covenant.

“Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?”

and now when the people had heard these words,
they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed:

“This is the desire of our hearts.”

Mosiah 18:12–14

Alma baptizes himself in the waters of Mormon, then baptizes Helam, the first in line.

And now it came to pass that Alma took Helam, he being one of the first, and went and stood forth in the water, and cried, saying:

“O Lord, pour out thy Spirit upon thy servant,
that he may do this work with holiness of heart.”

And when he had said these words, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he said:

“Helam, I baptize thee,
having authority from the Almighty God,
as a testimony that ye have entered
into a covenant to serve him
until you are dead as to the mortal body.

And may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you;
and may he grant unto you eternal life,
through the redemption of Christ,
whom he has prepared
from the foundation of the world.”

And after Alma had said these words, both Alma and Helam were buried in the water; and they arose and came forth out of the water rejoicing, being filled with the Spirit.

Mosiah 18:15–16

Alma proceeds to baptize the remainder of his people.

And again, Alma took another, and went forth a second time into the water, and baptized him according to the first, only he did not bury himself again in the water. And after this manner he did baptize every one that went forth to the place of Mormon; and they were in number about two hundred and four souls; yea, and they were baptized in the waters of Mormon, and were filled with the grace of God.