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A Library Tour through Alma 2 - 3
1. And it came to pass in the commencement of the fifth year of their reign there
began to be a contention among the people; for a certain man, being called Amlici,
he being a very cunning man, yea, a wise man as to the wisdom of the world, he being
after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword, who was executed according
to the law --
2. Now this Amlici had, by his cunning, drawn away much people after him; even so
much that they began to be very powerful; and they began to endeavor to establish
Amlici to be king over the people.
3. Now this was alarming to the people of the church, and also to all those who had
not been drawn away after the persuasions of Amlici; for they knew that according
to their law that such things must be established by the voice of the people.
4. Therefore, if it were possible that Amlici should gain the voice of the people,
he, being a wicked man, would deprive them of their rights and privileges of the
church; for it was his intent to destroy the church of God.
5. And it came to pass that the people assembled themselves together throughout all
the land, every man according to his mind, whether it were for or against Amlici,
in separate bodies, having much dispute and wonderful contentions one with another.
6. And thus they did assemble themselves together to cast in their voices concerning
the matter; and they were laid before the judges.
7. And it came to pass that the voice of the people came against Amlici, that he
was not made king over the people.
8. Now this did cause much joy in the hearts of those who were against him; but Amlici
did stir up those who were in his favor to anger against those who were not in his
9. And it came to pass that they gathered themselves together, and did consecrate
Amlici to be their king.
10. Now when Amlici was made king over them he commanded them that they should take
up arms against their brethren; and this he did that he might subject them to him.
11. Now the people of Amlici were distinguished by the name of Amlici, being called
Amlicites; and the remainder were called Nephites, or the people of God.
12. Therefore the people of the Nephites were aware of the intent of the Amlicites,
and therefore they did prepare to meet them; yea, they did arm themselves with swords,
and with cimeters, and with bows, and with arrows, and with stones, and with slings,
and with all manner of weapons of war, of every kind.
13. And thus they were prepared to meet the Amlicites at the time of their coming.
And there were appointed captains, and higher captains, and chief captains, according
to their numbers.
14. And it came to pass that Amlici did arm his men with all manner of weapons of
war of every kind; and he also appointed rulers and leaders over his people, to lead
them to war against their brethren.
15. And it came to pass that the Amlicites came upon the hill Amnihu, which was east
of the river Sidon, which ran by the land of Zarahemla, and there they began to make
war with the Nephites.
16. Now Alma, being the chief judge and the governor of the people of Nephi, therefore
he went up with his people, yea, with his captains, and chief captains, yea, at the
head of his armies, against the Amlicites to battle.
17. And they began to slay the Amlicites upon the hill east of Sidon. And the Amlicites
did contend with the Nephites with great strength, insomuch that many of the Nephites
did fall before the Amlicites.
18. Nevertheless the Lord did strengthen the hand of the Nephites, that they slew
the Amlicites with great slaughter, that they began to flee before them.
19. And it came to pass that the Nephites did pursue the Amlicites all that day,
and did slay them with much slaughter, insomuch that there were slain of the Amlicites
twelve thousand five hundred thirty and two souls; and there were slain of the Nephites
six thousand five hundred sixty and two souls.
20. And it came to pass that when Alma could pursue the Amlicites no longer he caused
that his people should pitch their tents in the valley of Gideon, the valley being
called after that Gideon who was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword; and in
this valley the Nephites did pitch their tents for the night.
21. And Alma sent spies to follow the remnant of the Amlicites, that he might know
of their plans and their plots, whereby he might guard himself against them, that
he might preserve his people from being destroyed.
22. Now those whom he had sent out to watch the camp of the Amlicites were called
Zeram, and Amnor, and Manti, and Limher; these were they who went out with their
men to watch the camp of the Amlicites.
23. And it came to pass that on the morrow they returned into the camp of the Nephites
in great haste, being greatly astonished, and struck with much fear, saying:
24. Behold, we followed the camp of the Amlicites, and to our great astonishment,
in the land of Minon, above the land of Zarahemla, in the course of the land of Nephi,
we saw a numerous host of the Lamanites; and behold, the Amlicites have joined them;
25. And they are upon our brethren in that land; and they are fleeing before them
with their flocks, and their wives, and their children, towards our city; and except
we make haste they obtain possession of our city, and our fathers, and our wives,
and our children be slain.
26. And it came to pass that the people of Nephi took their tents, and departed out
of the valley of Gideon towards their city, which was the city of Zarahemla.
27. And behold, as they were crossing the river Sidon, the Lamanites and the Amlicites,
being as numerous almost, as it were, as the sands of the sea, came upon them to
28. Nevertheless, the Nephites being strengthened by the hand of the Lord, having
prayed mightily to him that he would deliver them out of the hands of their enemies,
therefore the Lord did hear their cries, and did strengthen them, and the Lamanites
and the Amlicites did fall before them.
29. And it came to pass that Alma fought with Amlici with the sword, face to face;
and they did contend mightily, one with another.
30. And it came to pass that Alma, being a man of God, being exercised with much
faith, cried, saying: O Lord, have mercy and spare my life, that I may be an instrument
in thy hands to save and preserve this people.
31. Now when Alma had said these words he contended again with Amlici; and he was
strengthened, insomuch that he slew Amlici with the sword.
32. And he also contended with the king of the Lamanites; but the king of the Lamanites
fled back from before Alma and sent his guards to contend with Alma.
33. But Alma, with his guards, contended with the guards of the king of the Lamanites
until he slew and drove them back.
34. And thus he cleared the ground, or rather the bank, which was on the west of
the river Sidon, throwing the bodies of the Lamanites who had been slain into the
waters of Sidon, that thereby his people might have room to cross and contend with
the Lamanites and the Amlicites on the west side of the river Sidon.
35. And it came to pass that when they had all crossed the river Sidon that the Lamanites
and the Amlicites began to flee before them, notwithstanding they were so numerous
that they could not be numbered.
36. And they fled before the Nephites towards the wilderness which was west and north,
away beyond the borders of the land; and the Nephites did pursue them with their
might, and did slay them.
37. Yea, they were met on every hand, and slain and driven, until they were scattered
on the west, and on the north, until they had reached the wilderness, which was called
Hermounts; and it was that part of the wilderness which was infested by wild and
38. And it came to pass that many died in the wilderness of their wounds, and were
devoured by those beasts and also the vultures of the air; and their bones have been
found, and have been heaped up on the earth.
1. And it came to pass that the Nephites who were not slain by the weapons of war,
after having buried those who had been slain -- now the number of the slain were
not numbered, because of the greatness of their number -- after they had finished
burying their dead they all returned to their lands, and to their houses, and their
wives, and their children.
2. Now many women and children had been slain with the sword, and also many of their
flocks and their herds; and also many of their fields of grain were destroyed, for
they were trodden down by the hosts of men.
3. And now as many of the Lamanites and the Amlicites who had been slain upon the
bank of the river Sidon were cast into the waters of Sidon; and behold their bones
are in the depths of the sea, and they are many.
4. And the Amlicites were distinguished from the Nephites, for they had marked themselves
with red in their foreheads after the manner of the Lamanites; nevertheless they
had not shorn their heads like unto the Lamanites.
5. Now the heads of the Lamanites were shorn; and they were naked, save it were skin
which was girded about their loins, and also their armor, which was girded about
them, and their bows, and their arrows, and their stones, and their slings, and so
6. And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set
upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and
their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph,
and Sam, who were just and holy men.
7. And their brethren sought to destroy them, therefore they were cursed; and the
Lord God set a mark upon them, yea, upon Laman and Lemuel, and also the sons of Ishmael,
and Ishmaelitish women.
8. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their
brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people, that they might not
mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction.
9. And it came to pass that whosoever did mingle his seed with that of the Lamanites
did bring the same curse upon his seed.
10. Therefore, whosoever suffered himself to be led away by the Lamanites was called
under that head, and there was a mark set upon him.
11. And it came to pass that whosoever would not believe in the tradition of the
Lamanites, but believed those records which were brought out of the land of Jerusalem,
and also in the tradition of their fathers, which were correct, who believed in the
commandments of God and kept them, were called the Nephites, or the people of Nephi,
from that time forth --
12. And it is they who have kept the records which are true of their people, and
also of the people of the Lamanites.
13. Now we will return again to the Amlicites, for they also had a mark set upon
them; yea, they set the mark upon themselves, yea, even a mark of red upon their
14. Thus the word of God is fulfilled, for these are the words which he said to Nephi:
Behold, the Lamanites have I cursed, and I will set a mark on them that they and
their seed may be separated from thee and thy seed, from this time henceforth and
forever, except they repent of their wickedness and turn to me that I may have mercy
15. And again: I will set a mark upon him that mingleth his seed with thy brethren,
that they may be cursed also.
16. And again: I will set a mark upon him that fighteth against thee and thy seed.
17. And again, I say he that departeth from thee shall no more be called thy seed;
and I will bless thee, and whomsoever shall be called thy seed, henceforth and forever;
and these were the promises of the Lord unto Nephi and to his seed.
18. Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfilling the words of God when they
began to mark themselves in their foreheads; nevertheless they had come out in open
rebellion against God; therefore it was expedient that the curse should fall upon
19. Now I would that ye should see that they brought upon themselves the curse; and
even so doth every man that is cursed bring upon himself his own condemnation.
20. Now it came to pass that not many days after the battle which was fought in the
land of Zarahemla, by the Lamanites and the Amlicites, that there was another army
of the Lamanites came in upon the people of Nephi, in the same place where the first
army met the Amlicites.
21. And it came to pass that there was an army sent to drive them out of their land.
22. Now Alma himself being afflicted with a wound did not go up to battle at this
time against the Lamanites;
23. But he sent up a numerous army against them; and they went up and slew many of
the Lamanites, and drove the remainder of them out of the borders of their land.
24. And then they returned again and began to establish peace in the land, being
troubled no more for a time with their enemies.
25. Now all these things were done, yea, all these wars and contentions were commenced
and ended in the fifth year of the reign of the judges.
26. And in one year were thousands and tens of thousands of souls sent to the eternal
world, that they might reap their rewards according to their works, whether they
were good or whether they were bad, to reap eternal happiness or eternal misery,
according to the spirit which they listed to obey, whether it be a good spirit or
a bad one.
27. For every man receiveth wages of him whom he listeth to obey, and this according
to the words of the spirit of prophecy; therefore let it be according to the truth.
And thus endeth the fifth year of the reign of the judges.
Wain Myers shares both his conversion experiences and other stages of his life after
joining the Church:
“Becoming a Mormon was not the easiest thing to do, especially with the same old
friends in my life. You see, they didn’t want to let go of the old me. They didn’t
think anything was wrong in my life, and they liked me the way I was. As I tried
to grow and improve, my old friends fought the change that facilitated that growth
and improvement. . . .
“’How can a self-respecting black man become a member of the Mormon Church? How
can you change gods just like that? You don’t believe in the same Jesus anymore!
. . .’
“I’ve read a lot of motivational books and one of the common themes in those books
is to stay away from ‘dream killers.’ You know, the people who judge, criticize,
discourage, and try to stop you from making good things happen in your life. Yep,
the ones who ‘listeth to obey’ (Alma 3:27) the wrong source. Most of my family and
old friends didn’t support my change of life because they didn’t understand what
I was doing. My family and old friends refused to even investigate the LDS Church
to try to understand. They wanted things to stay the way they had been.”