Interesting Alma used the phrase "my heart began to sicken" when he heard about what the Zoramites were doing. That is such a descriptive word, and I can almost feel what he described as I read...
I also find verse 5 interesting at this point in my life. It seems that Alma confirms that sometimes, when moved upon by the spirit, plain declaration of truthful doctrine has the most power to sway a person to believe.
Breaking the prayer of the Zoramites down, it basically comes to three parts:
- God is a spirit now, in the past, and forever.
- The Zoramites are the only ones elected to be saved. Everyone else is gonna burn.
- There shall be no christ.
Sounds more like a prayer to Satan to me. Wow... I guess with that in mind, it's understandable why Alma calls such things, "gross wickedness". Let that prayer sink into your heart, and there really isn't any reason to serve God, or your neighbor, or love either. Hmm....
"..and the Lord provided for them." - seems particularly applicable in my current unemployed state. It's noteworthy that the Lord did so due to Alma's prayer of faith. Maybe I should pray a bit more. :)