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|Title||KnoWhy #120 - Why Did Alma Talk about Melchizedek? (Alma 13:14)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; High Priest; Melchizedek; Ordinances; Repentance; Sacrament|
In Alma 13, Alma speaks concerning the high priest Melchizedek, who brought forth bread and wine and blessed the patriarch Abraham. Although this information may seem out of place to modern readers, it masterfully drives Alma’s message home to his audience. Alma emphasized how Melchizedek used his position as high priest to help his people repent of their wickedness, in hopes that the Ammonihahites would do likewise. If they truly wanted to approach God and obtain His salvation, then these people would ultimately need to accept the Messiah, the Son of God, and the priesthood ordinances that came through His holy order.
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