Mosiah 26:31 - 26:39
Mosiah 26:31 And ye shall also forgive one another your trespasses; for verily I say unto you, he that forgiveth not his neighbor’s trespasses when he says that he repents, the same hath brought himself under condemnation.
Not only will the Lord forgive us of our sins, but we must forgive also. If we will not forgive those who says they want to repent, we are now are the ones under condemnation. Failing to forgive another of their sins if they have repented is a sin in of itself.
[If the Lord being God forgives how can a mortal think that he is above that requirement? Not forgiving shows that we are not God material and unfit to be a God. There is noting in our abilities or eternal standing that gives us the right not to forgive sins of the repented.]
Mosiah 26:32 Now I say unto you, Go; and whosoever will not repent of his sins the same shall not be numbered among my people; and this shall be observed from this time forward.
So now anyone who will not repent of their sins is not to be allow to continue in the Church. This is now a law. Anyone who is called up for his sins and will not repent of them is to have his membership removed from Church rolls.
[Very simple law. Alma probably knew this but was wondering if he should take such a, which would be to him, drastic step. This has an eternal effect and I’m sure he did not feel comfortable do this to anyone without the Lord’s approval.]
Mosiah 26:33 And it came to pass when Alma had heard these words he wrote them down that he might have them, and that he might judge the people of that church according to the commandments of God.
The words of this revelation were immediately written down. They were now the excuse to excommunicate apostates from the Church. The teachers and priests now had a document that showed them what to do rather than relying on their own feelings in relation to the trouble makers in the Church.
Mosiah 26:34 And it came to pass that Alma went and judged those that had been taken in iniquity, according to the word of the Lord.
The apostates were now dealt with in accordance with this revelation.
Mosiah 26:35 And whosoever repented of their sins and did confess them, them he did number among the people of the church;
So anyone who repented of their sins when they were call on them was allow to remain on Church rolls.
Mosiah 26:36 And those that would not confess their sins and repent of their iniquity, the same were not numbered among the people of the church, and their names were blotted out.
Anyone who refused to repent of their sins were excommunicate and their names were removed from the rolls of the Church.
Mosiah 26:37 And it came to pass that Alma did regulate all the affairs of the church; and they began again to have peace and to prosper exceedingly in the affairs of the church, walking circumspectly before God, receiving many, and baptizing many.
Now the affairs of the Church settled down and people seeing the Church now had only good people and not a bunch of trouble makers were more interested in joining. Many were baptized and enjoyed fellowship with like minded folks and did not have to deal with people trying to talk them out of their testimonies while in Church meetings.
Mosiah 26:38 And now all these things did Alma and his fellow laborers do who were over the church, walking in all diligence, teaching the word of God in all things, suffering all manner of afflictions, being persecuted by all those who did not belong to the church of God.
With these regulations in place, Alma and the rest of the leadership of the Church went about providing instruction and comfort to those in the Church. They also had to endure the trouble that those outside of the Church were putting upon the Church.
[One only has to look at the problems faced by Joseph Smith as he was starting the Church by people around him to understand what Alma and the other Church leaders were dealing with.]
Mosiah 26:39 And they did admonish their brethren; and they were also admonished, every one by the word of God, according to his sins, or to the sins which he had committed, being commanded of God to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things.
The membership all worked together in perfecting themselves. They were teaching each other what one’s responsibilities should be to God and his neighbor in this life. And the membership were continually praying to God for strength and to know what to do to be of help and comfort to each other in these trying conditions.