Alma 33:1 Now after Alma had spoken these words, they sent forth unto him, desiring to know whether they should believe in one God, that they might obtain this fruit of which he had spoken; or how they should plant the seed, or the word of which he had spoken, which he said must be planted in their hearts; or in what manner they should begin to exercise their faith.
Alma 33:2 And Alma saith unto them: Behold, ye have said that ye could not worship your God because ye are cast out of your synagogues. But behold, I say unto you: If ye suppose that ye cannot worship your God, ye do greatly err, and ye had ought to search the scriptures; for if ye suppose that they have taught you this, ye do not understand them.
Alma 33:3 Do ye remember to have read what Zenos the prophet of old hath said concerning prayer or worship?
Alma 33:4 For he saith: Thou art merciful, O God, for thou hast heard my prayer, even when I was in the wilderness. Yea, thou wast merciful when I prayed concerning those which were mine enemies, and thou didst turn them to me.
Alma 33:5 Yea, O God, and thou wast merciful unto me when I did cry unto thee in my field, when I did cry unto thee in my prayer, and thou didst hear me.
Alma 33:6 And again, O God, when I did turn to my house, thou didst hear me in my prayer.
Alma 33:7 And when I did turn unto my closet, O Lord, and prayed unto thee, thou didst hear me.
Alma 33:8 Yea, thou art merciful unto thy children; when they cry unto thee to be heard of thee and not of men, and thou wilt hear them.
Alma 33:9 Yea, O God, thou hast been merciful unto me and heard my cries in the midst of thy congregations.
Alma 33:10 Yea, and thou hast also heard me when I have been cast out and have been despised by mine enemies. Yea, thou didst hear my cries and wast angry with mine enemies, and thou didst visit them in thine anger with speedy destruction.
Alma 33:11 And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity. And it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me. Therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me because of thy Son.
Alma 33:12 And now Alma saith unto them: Do ye believe those scriptures which have been written by them of old?
Alma 33:13 Behold, if ye do, ye must believe what Zenos saith, for behold, he saith: Thou hast turned away thy judgments because of thy Son.
Alma 33:14 Now behold, my brethren, I would ask if ye have read these scriptures? If ye have, how can ye disbelieve on the Son of God?
Alma 33:15 For it is not written that Zenos alone spake of these things, but Zenoch also spake of these things,
Alma 33:16 for behold, he saith: Thou art angry, O Lord, with this people because they will not understand of thy mercies which thou hast bestowed upon them because of thy Son.
Alma 33:17 And now my brethren, ye see that a second prophet of old has testified of the Son of God. And because the people would not understand his words, they stoned him to death.
Alma 33:18 But behold, this is not all. These are not the only ones which have spoken concerning the Son of God.
Alma 33:19 Behold, he was spoken of by Moses. Yea, and behold, a type was raised up in the wilderness, that whosoever would look upon it might live; and many did look and live.
Alma 33:20 But few understood the meaning of those things—and this because of the hardness of their hearts. But there were many which were so hardened that they would not look; therefore they perished. Now the reason that they would not look is because they did not believe that it would heal them.
Alma 33:21 O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might behold, would ye not behold quickly? Or would ye rather harden your hearts in unbelief and be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?
Alma 33:22 If so, woe shall come upon you. But if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before him to be judged at the last and judgment day according to their works.
Alma 33:23 And now my brethren, I desire that ye should plant this word in your hearts. And as it beginneth to swell, even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen.