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And because thou hast inquired of me concerning the transgressor, thou art blessed.

reads Mosiah 26:19-39. But why does that matter? Why should we pray for the wicked? Well, we want to get back to heaven. And for that, we need to be like Jesus. If Jesus looses something, he will search until it is found, as he says in the following parables:

And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.


Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

So, if he looses someone from off the path, he will search for him until he is back on the path. To be like Him, we should do that too. And that’s what Alma’s doing.


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