Alma’s Farewell – Alma 45:1-24

1 Behold, now it came to pass that the people of Nephi were exceedingly rejoiced, because the Lord had again delivered them out of the hands of their enemies; therefore they gave thanks unto the Lord their God; yea, and they did fast much and pray much, and they did worship God with exceedingly great joy.

2 And it came to pass in the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Alma came unto his son Helaman and said unto him: Believest thou the words which I spake unto thee concerning those records which have been kept?

3 And Helaman said unto him: Yea, I believe.

4 And Alma said again: Believest thou in Jesus Christ, who shall come?

5 And he said: Yea, I believe all the words which thou hast spoken.

6 And Alma said unto him again: Will ye keep my commandments?

7 And he said: Yea, I will keep thy commandments with all my heart.

8 Then Alma said unto him: Blessed art thou; and the Lord shall prosper thee in this land.

9 But behold, I have somewhat to prophesy unto thee; but what I prophesy unto thee ye shall not make known; yea, what I prophesy unto thee shall not be made known, even until the prophecy is fulfilled; therefore write the words which I shall say.

10 And these are the words: Behold, I perceive that this very people, the Nephites, according to the spirit of revelation which is in me, in four hundred years from the time that Jesus Christ shall manifest himself unto them, shall dwindle in unbelief.

11 Yea, and then shall they see wars and pestilences, yea, famines and bloodshed, even until the people of Nephi shall become extinct— [A very precise prophecy given to Alma, which he would not be able to witness in his mortal flesh.]

12 Yea, and this because they shall dwindle in unbelief and fall into the works of darkness, and lasciviousness, and all manner of iniquities; yea, I say unto you, that because they shall sin against so great light and knowledge, yea, I say unto you, that from that day, even the fourth generation shall not all pass away before this great iniquity shall come. [Here Alma divides a generation as one hundred years. Sometimes a generation can mean a block of time for a particular people.]

13 And when that great day cometh, behold, the time very soon cometh that those who are now, or the seed of those who are now numbered among the people of Nephi, shall no more be numbered among the people of Nephi.

14 But whosoever remaineth, and is not destroyed in that great and dreadful day, shall be numbered among the Lamanites, and shall become like unto them, all, save it be a few who shall be called the disciples of the Lord; and them shall the Lamanites pursue even until they shall become extinct. And now, because of iniquity, this prophecy shall be fulfilled.

15 And now it came to pass that after Alma had said these things to Helaman, he blessed him, and also his other sons; and he also blessed the earth for the righteous’ sake. [Alma had sisters, daughters, grandchildren, and friends. He quietly said goodbye, giving his blessings to those whom he loved. This account only mentions the sons, because they had been gathered for a specific purpose.]

16 And he said: Thus saith the Lord God—Cursed shall be the land, yea, this land, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, unto destruction, which do wickedly, when they are fully ripe; and as I have said so shall it be; for this is the cursing and the blessing of God upon the land, for the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.

17 And now, when Alma had said these words he blessed the church, yea, all those who should stand fast in the faith from that time henceforth.

18 And when Alma had done this he departed out of the land of Zarahemla, as if to go into the land of Melek. And it came to pass that he was never heard of more; as to his death or burial we know not of.

I asked the Lord if He would help me to understand what happened to Alma the younger when he left Zarahemla never to be seen again. The Lord opened a vision and answered my questions as I watched different things unfold. I asked the Lord how Alma could leave his family. The Lord said that his wife had died from sickness and he had been instructed to leave and go north and west to fulfill another mission.                          

Alma was alone. He traveled through two Nephite cites as he left the land, seeing a few people on the way. He then traveled through the Hermounts and all the way toward the northern lands near Alaska. There were isolated people who he was instructed of the Lord to share the Gospel. Alma brought a condensed copy of his records to share with these peoples.

Alma spent at least ten years traveling through the wilderness and along the western coast of America teaching the Gospel alone. There were three tribes that he had a profound effect upon. He was not translated at the time, but was protected by the power of God from wild animals and violent people.

The last thing I saw was Alma at a beach alone. The Lord said that he was taken up to heaven when he was in the southern California region. It was the same kind of translation that occurred to Elijah when he was taken up to heaven. The chariot of fire descended and Alma was taken up as a translated being. Alma later played a part in helping Mormon to gather information when abridging the plates. Also, in helping some of the righteous remnants of the Nephites when the great destructions came to America. He is no longer in his translated state, but now dwells in the Second Heaven with the angels of God. (Journal Entry)

19 Behold, this we know, that he was a righteous man; and the saying went abroad in the church that he was taken up by the Spirit, or buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses. But behold, the scriptures saith the Lord took Moses unto himself; and we suppose that he has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself; therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial.

20 And now it came to pass in the commencement of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Helaman went forth among the people to declare the word unto them.

21 For behold, because of their wars with the Lamanites and the many little dissensions and disturbances which had been among the people, it became expedient that the word of God should be declared among them, yea, and that a regulation should be made throughout the church.

22 Therefore, Helaman and his brethren went forth to establish the church again in all the land, yea, in every city throughout all the land which was possessed by the people of Nephi. And it came to pass that they did appoint priests and teachers throughout all the land, over all the churches.

23 And now it came to pass that after Helaman and his brethren had appointed priests and teachers over the churches that there arose a dissension among them, and they would not give heed to the words of Helaman and his brethren;

24 But they grew proud, being lifted up in their hearts, because of their exceedingly great riches; therefore they grew rich in their own eyes, and would not give heed to their words, to walk uprightly before God. [When the church divides according to class and wealth the Spirit withdraws. O be wise, those who seek Christ.]

 

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10 Responses to Alma’s Farewell – Alma 45:1-24

  1. Mike Ross says:

    Vs 16, is that cursing by Alma applicable still in our day? Meaning, will the land be cursed by Alma’s cursing when it becomes sufficiently wicked? [YES. PR]

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  2. How did Alma aid Mormon in finding records? In v. 19, Mormon states : “we suppose that [the Lord] has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself; therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial.” This seems to suggest Mormon also did not know what had happened to Alma after he departed Zarahemla. Was Mormon constrained from revealing Alma’s activities even though he saw Alma in his day? [Translated beings rarely reveal their identities. Mormon may not have even known he was assisted. I don’t know the circumstances of what occurred. PR]

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  3. Star Scream says:

    Thank you so much P.R for sharing! I really really wanted to know what happened to Alma. Man, this is epic! This has definately made me respect Alma so much more. Amazing dedication and devotion to the Lord! God help us have this kind of devotion to God!

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  4. S Silver says:

    Vs 15: I believe the Lord does things for wise purposes. Why are so few women mentioned in the Book of Mormon? It is disheartening to read about masses of un-named women when they are being heartbroken by their husband’s polygamy, carried off, raped, burned, victimized by war or otherwise afflicted and I think only two are named in the entire text: Sariah and Abish. There has to be a wise reason for this. Do you know why? [When Zion is established and the sealed portion is translated, at that point many of the women’s records will come forth. The Book of Mormon also follows a procession of prophets, or record keepers, telling their specific stories. Even Samuel the Lamanite’s record is not included because he is not a part of that line. There is one break away when we get the book of Ether. In the book A Witness of the Temporal Dispensations it mentions some of the female prophetesses who also wrote records. PR]

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  5. S Silver says:

    Vs 8: What does the Lord mean when He says the righteous will prosper in the land?

    I always imagined it meant having offspring that lives and the land bringing forth the fruits of your honest labor that your family has what is needed for survival and enjoys some comfort. But I think my definition is limited and blind to other blessings that I am likely overlooking!

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  6. 1lhn says:

    This adds so much to the story of Alma! Thank you. How old was Alma when he departed?
    And the tribes that he had a profound effect on are they still in existence today? Where did they come from? Who were they? [I do not know the answers to those questions. PR]

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  7. Chelsea Stoten says:

    Great chapters thank you, Is translation a state available to all mortals – what would be the disqualifying factors if not? [Translation is only given for a purpose to help further the Lord’s work among His anointed servants. It is not a saving ordinance, or necessary for exaltation. PR]

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  8. Myrsmakeup says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I can barely speak after reading this. My husband and I just got home from our week in Baja Mexico. On our snorkeling trip, our guide stopped at many coves however one in particular we could not, as this was considered too sacred. As I sat on this boat with 10 others, I couldn’t control my crying. The guide who spoke Spanish just smiled and nodded. TOTAL PEACE. I told my hubs that this place was overwhelmingly filled with spirits who made sacrifices to follow the Lord at all costs. I asked the Lord to reveal WHY I felt so much peace but didn’t get an answer …..until just now reading this about Alma being at a beach. My heart is on fire PR. Singing praises today my friends for the Lord does allow us our own Personal Revelation! Truth!You have helped “prepare” to turn our hearts to the Lord to just ask questions and receive in our own time.

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  9. Karla says:

    Did he’s wish to be like an angel to take the gospel to every nation come to pass then? When he became a translated being? Why did he not remain like that until the second coming like the 3 Nephites? [Yes, his desire did come to pass. I don’t know why he didn’t stay. Elijah also did not remain in that state, an many others. The Lord can do as needed to further His work. PR]

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  10. Chad Burnham says:

    Does Elijah yet have an end times role to play in the flesh? Does Alma? [Elijah is the arch angel that administers over the Dominions (144k), Alma is of the dominions, and therefore will be involved in the end times. Most of the Dominions perform their duties from the other side of the veil. PR]

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