Baptism is an ordinance, or religious rite, that must be done by immersion, which represents the washing away of sins, and performed by someone with the proper priesthood. The book of mormon prophet alma said of him, now, there were many high priests before him, and also there were many afterwards, but none were greater alma. The book of mormon and priesthood authority jump to subtopic. It wasnt until i drew that map that i truly grasped that alma was preaching that doctrine to those in ammonihah. Before we undertake a serious consideration of alma, let us turn our attention to the matter of priesthood among the nephites. Since alma had been a wicked priest of king noah, where did he receive the. That very same verb is used for the ordination of priests in the book of mormon 2 nephi 5. According to the book of mormon, alma was a nephite prophet who established the church of. The doctrine and covenants states that melchizedek was such a great high priest that the higher priesthood was called after his name.
Mosiah 9 the current dating in the book of mormon places that. Being called and ordained unto the high priesthood is on account of ones exceeding faith, repentance, and good works. Book of mormon geographyantinephilehies alma 222927. What does the book of mormon teach about the priesthood.
It is referred to as the high priesthood of the holy order of god alma 4. Alma is the longest book in the book of mormon and consists of sixtythree chapters, taking up almost a third of the volume. Jun 17, 2018 none of the descendants of lehi could have had access to the levitical priesthood, yet the book of mormon narrative depicts the nephites building temples and living the law of moses. The book of mormon shall stand as a testimony against the world, ether 5. This is a presentation of the story of the book of alma in the book of mormon. Therefore, an understanding of just what the book has to say about the priesthood is important. Certainly most, if not in fact all, of the priests and kings of whom we know anything in the book of mormon up to this point were of the lineage of nephi. When alma baptized at the waters of mormon, he made sure to declare that he did so having authority from the almighty god. If they were not raised in the faith, then they would have had no idea what he was talking about.
Who did alma receive his priesthood authority from. Few passages of scripture have intrigued me over the years as much as these, so i personally looked. Book of mormon alma 17moroni 10 learning assessment. Moroni, having no hopes of meeting them upon fair grounds, therefore, he resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the lamanites out of their strongholds alma 52. This is evidenced by the fact that noah and all the priests knew and understood abinadis words. However, since alma was also a nephite, he was probably also ordained by his own father earlier in life. The book of mormon, in the book of alma, does mention the high priesthood, but the lesser priesthood is not mentioned at all in the book of mormon. New approaches to the book of mormon brent lee metcalfe, editor. For he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father, and consecrated new ones in their stead, such as were lifted up in the pride of. That interpretation is inconsistent with the 1978 revelation on priesthood. The title refers to alma the younger, a prophet and chief judge of the nephites. Foundation for ancient research and mormon studies, 1999, chart 155.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. The lord covenanted with enos to bring forth the book of mormon to the lamanites, enos 1. Almas discourse mainly focused on repentance, a subject which he had been commanded by the lord, through the voice of an angel, to preach to the people of that city. Until superior priesthood authority withdraws permission to exercise priestly functions, a legitimately ordained holder of the. Were we foreordained to the priesthood, or was the. For information about what the book of mormon is please click below. The high priesthood of the holy order of god alma 4. Watch alma transform from wicked priest to prophet in the newest book of mormon video. Alma the elder the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. Moroniand topicabrahamic covenant and other covenants. Even jesus christ was baptized, setting the example of obedience to god. That is, they were priests of the melchizedek priesthood, or as alma expressed it, the lord god ordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his son.
The book of mormon attests that before the coming of christ the nephites practiced the mosaic law 2 nephi 5. This represents the first essay by a nonmormon in the mormon theology seminar series. Watch alma transform from wicked priest to prophet in. Downloads female voice mp3 male voice mp3 entire book pdf. Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the atree of life. From the days of adam to the time of moses, the high priesthood was administered through what we know as the patriarchal order, a patriarchal theocracy whereby the will of god in heaven was made known to the inhabitants of earth through worthy high priests who.
The book of mormon and the bible will grow together, 2 ne. However, in chapter alma began to speak about the priesthood and about melchizedek. The book of mormon, along with the bible, explains that baptism is required for eternal salvation. It may be that his almas office of high priest in king noahs court was an actual priesthood office, an office to which he had been formally ordained by one having proper authority, this in spite of the abominations of the day. It may be that his almas office of high priest in king noahs court was an actual priesthood office, an office to which he had been formally ordained by one having proper authority, this in. We should take into consideration in the study of the book of mormon the fact. In mosiah, the text repeatedly asserts that alma the elder, as well as his son alma after him, acts in. Melchizedek priesthood the mormon church, mormonism. In alma, alma preaches about the priesthood and about melchizedek. I have read that over and over and over and totally missed the context of that chapter. The plan was for teancum to take a small number of men and march near mulek. How has reading, pondering, and praying about the book of mormon impacted your life. I cant seem to find in the book of mormon where alma receive his priesthood authority from. Gramps, i cant seem to find in the book of mormon where alma receive his priesthood authority from.
For example one of my favorite chapters in the book of mormon is alma its about the priesthood. It is to the book of mormons immense credit that, in its only sustained discussion of priesthood see alma. Mcconkie book of mormon prophets gave the title priest to officers known in this dispensation as high priests. This article discusses the history of melchizedek as well as the history of priesthood authority in scripture. Where did alma the elder get the legitimate priesthood. Phelps article does require the reader to know the meaning of high priesthood and lesser priesthood. I dont doubt he had it or our heavenly father wouldnt have let the work continue at the waters of mormon. Millet discusses the type of priesthood used in the book of mormon, and concludes that the nephites were exercising the melchizedek priesthood. Now many critics have noted similarities between hebrews in the bible and almas discourse on priesthood to zeezrom. Why does the book of mosiah talk so much about priesthood. Priesthood and high priests of the melchizedek priesthood.
The history of priestcraft in the book of mormon in the land of nephi, king noah, the wicked son of zeniff, had replaced all the priests appointed by his father, and they lived in wickedness. The most interesting section on priesthood in the book of mormon comes a month or two before 3 nephi in alma. The truth about the book of mormon gives people the opportunity to examine the book of mormons teachings to see for themselves whether they be good or evil. This book, printed between august 1829 and march 1830, is the first published scripture of mormonism but was preceded by seventeen other. The book of mormon has much to say about priesthood authority, especially in the book of mosiah. It has been correctly observed that the book of mormon is probably the earliest published mormon scriptural text to discuss the structure and the nature of the priesthood. The lords words will hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, 2 ne. Priesthood concepts in the book of mormon by paul james toscano the book of mormon is probably the earliest mormon scriptural text containing concepts relating to both the structure and the nature of priesthood. Start studying book of mormon assessment 1 nephialma 16. Alma the younger later taught that theirs was the melchizedek priesthood, which did not need to be passed in succession but was instead g. Alma concludes the words of alma to the apostate nephites of the city of ammonihah.
In alma, alma speaks concerning the high priest melchizedek, who brought forth bread and wine and blessed the patriarch abraham. Reading alma 12 is a collection of essays written by eight scholars as part of the summer 2016 mormon theology seminar, hosted by the maxwell institute, to explore the theological significance of almas sermon to the people of ammonihah, in alma 12. He is first introduced to the readers of the book of mormon shortly before the martyrdom of the prophet abinadi. By the time that alma had grown to young manhood and become a priest of. While a young man, alma was one of several corrupt priests who served king noah in the land of nephi.
Those called and ordained unto the high priesthood are to teach the commandments unto the children of men that they also might enter into the rest of. Note that alma emphasized our need to be sanctified in mortality and to prepare. King limhi and his people had to wait before they could be baptized because there was none in the land that had authority from god mosiah 21. Book of mormon central, what does the book of mormon teach about the priesthood. He was born in the land of lehinephi, or a region contiguous, 173 years before the advent of the redeemer, when zeniff was king in that portion of the south american continent. The book of mormon was written for the intent that we may believe the bible, morm. Millet, the holy order of god, in the book of mormon. According to moroni, how do we gain a testimony of the book of mormon. Joseph smiths transformation of hebrews in alma 12.
The melchizedek priesthood is one of the orders of priesthood in the church of jesus christ of latterday saints mormon church. Even amlicis followers consecrated him king alma 2. Alma, the elder, was an israelite of the tribe of manasseh, a direct descendant of nephi, the son of lehi. The website summarizes these teachings by chapter1 nephi. The book of mormon shows that authority was also necessary to perform saving priesthood ordinances.478 628 824 1348 682 573 501 1104 362 1173 967 303 1008 68 1408 1286 1260 906 165 76 170 1215 1305 651 645 490 1508 1072 1515 678 705 365 873 100 14 713 234 1260 702