Is there anything not good about Alma 5-7?  When Alma steps up to preach, sit up and listen because you're gonna hear some good stuff.  Since he says it all, I will say very little.  Alma 5:21 - "I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot e saved; for there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white; yea his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins."  The word I noticed here was 'purified.'  The reason I take such notice of that word is because it caused me to remember a class I took once from David A. Christiansen.  He admonished us to remember that when we depart from this life we won't be perfect, but we should be pure.  Thus repentance is so necessary to cleanse our inner vessels.  No one, save Jesus Christ, has reached perfection in this life, but purity is possible as we strive to obey God's commandments and repent continually of our mistakes and always try to be better today than we were yesterday.
    Alma 7:14 - "Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness."  Here I see the word 'cleanse' and again get that idea of purity.  I reiterate:  perfection is an eternal goal, but purity should be a daily goal.

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