Persecution for the Church
Zarahemla Under Monarchial Rule
Years later, the rising generation begins to show apathy and unbelief regarding their fathers’ religion, and thus separate themselves from the people of faith.
The number of unbelievers increases, and the church decides to take disciplinary action towards them, and they are summoned to a church court.
Numerous witnesses testify against the unbelievers.
Alma, not knowing what to do, brings them to King Mosiah.
Mosiah refuses responsibility to judge them, and returns their fate in the hands of Alma.
Alma, still not knowing what to do, is troubled, and prays for guidance.
The Lord answers Alma’s prayer, and tells him that the unbelievers will have their ultimate reward, and until then, judge them only for the crimes they committed.
Alma makes note of the revelation he received.
Alma, according to God’s word, provides all the suspects with a chance to repent—all those that do repent are numbered among the church members, and those that do not, are expunged from church records.
Alma continues to regulate the church according to that model, and the church enjoys prosperity, but also endures continued persecution from the unbelievers.
Increasing persecutions lead the church to file a complaint with the government.
King Mosiah makes any further persecution illegal.
The law is effective, and peace and prosperity follows.
Zarahemla is Joined by More People
Alma and Mosiah’s Sons’ Rebellion