“Those Who Stand Fast in the Faith”

Monte S. Nyman

Those who were steadfast in the faith not only endured the persecution (v. 25), but exemplified the other characteristics of true priesthood brotherhood. The priest imparted the word of God, or set Christ up as the light to the world. They labored with their hands for their own support (v. 26), as taught by Alma the elder, the founder of the church (see Mosiah 18:24). The priests and teachers did not esteem themselves above their hearers (Alma 1:26), but were “only in the service of [their] God” as King Benjamin had taught (Mosiah 2:17). They had an eye single to the glory of God. Every man helped the poor, the needy, and the sick and afflicted according to their individual ability (Alma 1:27). They had self-respect, but were not proud in their hearts (v. 27). They established the affairs of the church (v. 28). They sought for the welfare of Zion. Thus, they had restored peace within the church and, individually, they had “even peace in this world life, and [the prospects for] eternal life in the world to come” (D&C 59:23).

Book of Mormon Commentary: The Record of Alma