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Each should have liberty to determine own destiny

Having been delivered from bondage, the people desired to make Alma their king. This he refused, enjoining them: "As ye have been delivered by the power of God out of these bonds; yea even out of the hands of king Noah and his people, and also from the bonds of iniquity, even so I desire that ye should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free, and that ye trust no man to be a king over you." (Alma 23:13.)

Alma's injunction is reminiscent of the warning given to Israel by the Lord via the prophet Samuel:

"This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

"And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

"And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

"And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day." (1 Samuel 8:11, 13-14, 18.)

Only after issuing this stringent warning did the Lord assent to the demand of the Israelites for a king.

Clearly, it is not the will of the Lord that "any man be in bondage one to another" (Doctrine and Covenants 101:79), but rather that each person should have the liberty to determine his or her own destiny.