The first several verses of Alma 13 explain how it is that men are called to the high priesthood, or to hold the highest priesthood that is the Melchizedek priesthood. The basics here are to behave yourself. Repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, be sanctified by the holy ghost and have your garments made white and spotless before God. A man must humble himself and live worthily and then as Melchizedek did, enter into the rest of God in the next life.
For whatever reason, verse 20 jumped out at me and I shared this with my sister. The last portion of the verse reads: “Behold, the scriptures are before you; if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction.” I originally thought that this meant that if one tossed them aside that it would be for your own destruction, but upon further digging, I found that 2 Peter 3:16 has a reference for the word wrest, as it was meant when the scriptures were written that “wrest” meant to twist or distort. With this knowledge, I like the verse even more!
Alma finished preaching to the people here in Ammonihah by telling the people that angels will declare the time of the coming of Jesus Christ and he urges them with great anxiety to repent and come unto Christ so that they may be forgiven and not suffer a second death that is the death of their souls.
This chapter is so full of great information for everyone to understand and is written plainly and clear. I love the Book of Mormon and that I can clearly understand its content and the meaning of the word of God.
I leave this post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.