At this point, unbelievers were persecuting the believers. Some of the believers' own children were even persecuting the believers.
Alma had a son. And, strange to say, it was Alma's own son (Alma Jr.) who was one of the worst persecuters of the believers in his father's church.
|Alma, the son of Alma, was persecuting the church|
And good King Mosiah also had sons who were also persecuting the church.
|This is good King Mosiah, who, like Alma, was sad that his sons were wicked.|
|Ammon, a son of Mosiah and friend of Alma, Jr.|
|Aaron, a son of Mosiah and friend of Alma, Jr.|
|Omner, a son of Mosiah and friend of Alma, Jr.|
|Himni, a son of Mosiah and friend of Alma, Jr.|
Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni, King Mosiah's sons, were Alma Jr.'s friends, but they all sought to destroy the church and to persecute the believers... at first.
Here's the story, from the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 27 & 28):
...Now the sons of Mosiah were numbered among the aunbelievers; and also one of the sons of Alma was numbered among them, he being called Alma, after his father; nevertheless, he became a very wicked and
|Alma, the son of Alma, was persecuting the church with his buddies|
.. giving a chance for the enemy of God to exercise his bpower over them.
He did go about secretly with the sons of Mosiah seeking to destroy the church, and to lead astray the people of the Lord
... As they were going about arebelling against God, behold, the bangel of the Lord cappeared unto them;
20 And they rehearsed unto his father all that had happened unto them; and his father rejoiced, for he knew that it was the power of God.
|Alma Senior was thrilled that his son had been struck dumb! His prayers were being answered.|
|A multitude was gathered to see what the Lord had done for Alma's son, Alma Jr., and his friends.|
|Alma Jr. had a lot to say when he recovered, after days of not being able to speak or move.|
32... Alma began from this time forward to teach the people, and those who were with Alma at the time the angel appeared unto them, traveling round about through all the land, publishing to all the people the things which they had heard and seen, and preaching the word of God in much tribulation, being greatly persecuted by those who were unbelievers, being smitten by many of them.
|Aaron, who was also there|
36 And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth...