Alma and his Followers

Alma’s People in Slavery

Mosiah 24:8–9

Amulon, Noah’s old priest, and former colleague of Alma, enslaves the people of Helam.

And now it came to pass that Amulon began to exercise authority over Alma and his brethren, and began to persecute him, and cause that his children should persecute their children.

For Amulon knew Alma, that he had been one of the king’s priests, and that it was he that believed the words of Abinadi and was driven out before the king, and therefore he was wroth with him; for he was subject to king Laman, yet he exercised authority over them, and put tasks upon them, and put task–masters over them.

Mosiah 24:10

The enslaved people cry out to God.

And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began to cry mightily to God.

Mosiah 24:11

Amulon forbids any divine supplication.

And Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries; and he put guards over them to watch them, that whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death.

Mosiah 24:12

They pray in their hearts instead.

And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.

Mosiah 24:13–14

The Lord reassures the slaves that he is mindful of them.

And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying:

“Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.

“and I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.”

Mosiah 24:15

The slaves’ burdens are made light.

And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

Mosiah 24:16–17

The Lord promises upcoming freedom from slavery.

And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying:

“Be of good comfort, for on the morrow,
I will deliver you out of bondage.”

And he said unto Alma:

“Thou shalt go before this people,
and I will go with thee and deliver this people out of bondage.”