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A Library Tour of Alma 18-19
1 And it came to pass that king Lamoni caused that his servants should stand forth
and testify to all the things which they had seen concerning the matter.
2 And when they had all testified to the things which they had seen, and he had learned
of the faithfulness of Ammon in preserving his flocks, and also of his great power
in contending against those who sought to slay him, he was astonished exceedingly,
and said: Surely, this is more than a man. Behold, is not this the Great Spirit who
doth send such great punishments upon this people, because of their murders?
3 And they answered the king, and said: Whether he be the Great Spirit or a man,
we know not; but this much we do know, that he cannot be slain by the enemies of
the king; neither can they scatter the king's flocks when he is with us, because
of his expertness and great strength; therefore, we know that he is a friend to the
king. And now, O king, we do not believe that a man has such great power, for we
know he cannot be slain.
4 And now, when the king heard these words, he said unto them: Now I know that it
is the Great Spirit; and he has come down at this time to preserve your lives, that
I might not slay you as I did your brethren. Now this is the Great Spirit of whom
our fathers have spoken.
5 Now this was the tradition of Lamoni, which he had received from his father, that
there was a Great Spirit. Notwithstanding they believed in a Great Spirit they supposed
that whatsoever they did was right; nevertheless, Lamoni began to fear exceedingly,
with fear lest he had done wrong in slaying his servants;
6 For he had slain many of them because their brethren had scattered their flocks
at the place of water; and thus, because they had had their flocks scattered they
7 Now it was the practice of these Lamanites to stand by the waters of Sebus to scatter
the flocks of the people, that thereby they might drive away many that were scattered
unto their own land, it being a practice of plunder among them.
8 And it came to pass that king Lamoni inquired of his servants, saying: Where is
this man that has such great power?
9 And they said unto him: Behold, he is feeding thy horses. Now the king had commanded
his servants, previous to the time of the watering of their flocks, that they should
prepare his horses and chariots, and conduct him forth to the land of Nephi; for
there had been a great feast appointed at the land of Nephi, by the father of Lamoni,
who was king over all the land.
10 Now when king Lamoni heard that Ammon was preparing his horses and his chariots
he was more astonished, because of the faithfulness of Ammon, saying: Surely there
has not been any servant among all my servants that has been so faithful as this
man; for even he doth remember all my commandments to execute them.
11 Now I surely know that this is the Great Spirit, and I would desire him that he
come in unto me, but I durst not.
12 And it came to pass that when Ammon had made ready the horses and the chariots
for the king and his servants, he went in unto the king, and he saw that the countenance
of the king was changed; therefore he was about to return out of his presence.
13 And one of the king's servants said unto him, Rabbanah, which is, being interpreted,
powerful or great king, considering their kings to be powerful; and thus he said
unto him: Rabbanah, the king desireth thee to stay.
14 Therefore Ammon turned himself unto the king, and said unto him: What wilt thou
that I should do for thee, O king? And the king answered him not for the space of
an hour, according to their time, for he knew not what he should say unto him.
15 And it came to pass that Ammon said unto him again: What desirest thou of me?
But the king answered him not.
16 And it came to pass that Ammon, being filled with the Spirit of God, therefore
he perceived the thoughts of the king. And he said unto him: Is it because thou hast
heard that I defended thy servants and thy flocks, and slew seven of their brethren
with the sling and with the sword, and smote off the arms of others, in order to
defend thy flocks and thy servants; behold, is it this that causeth thy marvelings?
17 I say unto you, what is it, that thy marvelings are so great?
Behold, I am a man, and am thy servant; therefore, whatsoever thou desirest which
is right, that will I do.
18 Now when the king had heard these words, he marveled again, for he beheld that
Ammon could discern his thoughts; but notwithstanding this, king Lamoni did open
his mouth, and said unto him: Who art thou? Art thou that Great Spirit, who knows
19 Ammon answered and said unto him: I am not.
20 And the king said: How knowest thou the thoughts of my heart?
Thou mayest speak boldly, and tell me concerning these things; and also tell me by
what power ye slew and smote off the arms of my brethren that scattered my flocks
21 And now, if thou wilt tell me concerning these things, whatsoever thou desirest
I will give unto thee; and if it were needed, I would guard thee with my armies;
but I know that thou art more powerful than all they; nevertheless, whatsoever thou
desirest of me I will grant it unto thee.
22 Now Ammon being wise, yet harmless, he said unto Lamoni: Wilt thou hearken unto
my words, if I tell thee by what power I do these things? And this is the thing that
I desire of thee.
23 And the king answered him, and said: Yea, I will believe all thy words. And thus
he was caught with guile.
24 And Ammon began to speak unto him with boldness, and said unto him: Believest
thou that there is a God?
25 And he answered, and said unto him: I do not know what that meaneth.
26 And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit?
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright.
Chapter 16 – Internal Consistency
Dr. Wright examines a few of the many topics in this long and complex book where
the Book of Mormon is “extremely consistent from start to finish.” The subjects
covered are diverse, including when Christ is first mentioned by that name, Nephite
forms of government, and “foolish traditions.”
The Nephites had a great variety of names for God, but “Great Spirit” was not one
of them. “It is significant that the only people in the entire Book of Mormon to
refer to God by that title are the Lamanites. It is also interesting that many Native
Americans still refer to Heavenly Father that way.” – Randall A. Wright
27 And he said, Yea.
28 And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that
this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the
29 And he said: Yea, I believe that he created all things which are in the earth;
but I do not know the heavens.
30 And Ammon said unto him: The heavens is a place where God dwells and all his holy
31 And king Lamoni said: Is it above the earth?
32 And Ammon said: Yea, and he looketh down upon all the children of men; and he
knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created
from the beginning.
33 And king Lamoni said: I believe all these things which thou hast spoken. Art thou
sent from God?
34 Ammon said unto him: I am a man; and man in the beginning was created after the
image of God, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this
people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true;
35 And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge, and also
power according to my faith and desires which are in God.
36 Now when Ammon had said these words, he began at the creation of the world, and
also the creation of Adam, and told him all the things concerning the fall of man,
and rehearsed and laid before him the records and the holy scriptures of the people,
which had been spoken by the prophets, even down to the time that their father, Lehi,
37 And he also rehearsed unto them (for it was unto the king and to his servants)
all the journeyings of their fathers in the wilderness, and all their sufferings
with hunger and thirst, and their travail, and so forth.
38 And he also rehearsed unto them concerning the rebellions of Laman and Lemuel,
and the sons of Ishmael, yea, all their rebellions did he relate unto them; and he
expounded unto them all the records and scriptures from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem
down to the present time.
39 But this is not all; for he expounded unto them the plan of redemption, which
was prepared from the foundation of the world; and he also made known unto them concerning
the coming of Christ, and all the works of the Lord did he make known unto them.
40 And it came to pass that after he had said all these things, and expounded them
to the king, that the king believed all his words.
41 And he began to cry unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, have mercy; according to thy
abundant mercy which thou hast had upon the people of Nephi, have upon me, and my
42 And now, when he had said this, he fell unto the earth, as if he were dead.
43 And it came to pass that his servants took him and carried him in unto his wife,
and laid him upon a bed; and he lay as if he were dead for the space of two days
and two nights; and his wife, and his sons, and his daughters mourned over him, after
the manner of the Lamanites, greatly lamenting his loss.
1 And it came to pass that after two days and two nights they were about to take
his body and lay it in a sepulchre, which they had made for the purpose of burying
2 Now the queen having heard of the fame of Ammon, therefore she sent and desired
that he should come in unto her.
3 And it came to pass that Ammon did as he was commanded, and went in unto the queen,
and desired to know what she would that he should do.
4 And she said unto him: The servants of my husband have made it known unto me that
thou art a prophet of a holy God, and that thou hast power to do many mighty works
in his name;
5 Therefore, if this is the case, I would that ye should go in and see my husband,
for he has been laid upon his bed for the space of two days and two nights; and some
say that he is not dead, but others say that he is dead and that he stinketh, and
that he ought to be placed in the sepulchre; but as for myself, to me he doth not
6 Now, this was what Ammon desired, for he knew that king Lamoni was under the power
of God; he knew that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind,
and the light which did light up his mind, which was the light of the glory of God,
which was a marvelous light of his goodness -- yea, this light had infused such joy
into his soul, the cloud of darkness having been dispelled, and that the light of
everlasting life was lit up in his soul, yea, he knew that this had overcome his
natural frame, and he was carried away in God --
7 Therefore, what the queen desired of him was his only desire. Therefore, he went
in to see the king according as the queen had desired him; and he saw the king, and
he knew that he was not dead.
8 And he said unto the queen: He is not dead, but he sleepeth in God, and on the
morrow he shall rise again; therefore bury him not.
9 And Ammon said unto her: Believest thou this? And she said unto him: I have had
no witness save thy word, and the word of our servants; nevertheless I believe that
it shall be according as thou hast said.
10 And Ammon said unto her: Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say
unto thee, woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the
11 And it came to pass that she watched over the bed of her husband, from that time
even until that time on the morrow which Ammon had appointed that he should rise.
12 And it came to pass that he arose, according to the words of Ammon; and as he
arose, he stretched forth his hand unto the woman, and said: Blessed be the name
of God, and blessed art thou.
13 For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come
forth, and be born of a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his
name. Now, when he had said these words, his heart was swollen within him, and he
sunk again with joy; and the queen also sunk down, being overpowered by the Spirit.
14 Now Ammon seeing the Spirit of the Lord poured out according to his prayers upon
the Lamanites, his brethren, who had been the cause of so much mourning among the
Nephites, or among all the people of God because of their iniquities and their traditions,
he fell upon his knees, and began to pour out his soul in prayer and thanksgiving
to God for what he had done for his brethren; and he was also overpowered with joy;
and thus they all three had sunk to the earth.
15 Now, when the servants of the king had seen that they had fallen, they also began
to cry unto God, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them also, for it was they
who had stood before the king and testified unto him concerning the great power of
16 And it came to pass that they did call on the name of the Lord, in their might,
even until they had all fallen to the earth, save it were one of the Lamanitish women,
whose name was Abish, she having been converted unto the Lord for many years, on
account of a remarkable vision of her father --
17 Thus, having been converted to the Lord, and never having made it known, therefore,
when she saw that all the servants of Lamoni had fallen to the earth, and also her
mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon lay prostrate upon the earth, she knew
that it was the power of God; and supposing that this opportunity, by making known
unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would
cause them to believe in the power of God, therefore she ran forth from house to
house, making it known unto the people.
18 And they began to assemble themselves together unto the house of the king. And
there came a multitude, and to their astonishment they beheld the king, and the queen,
and their servants prostrate upon the earth, and they all lay there as though they
were dead; and they also saw Ammon, and behold, he was a Nephite.
19 And now the people began to murmur among themselves; some saying that it was a
great evil that had come upon them, or upon the king and his house, because he had
suffered that the Nephite should remain in the land.
20 But others rebuked them, saying: The king hath brought this evil upon his house,
because he slew his servants who had had their flocks scattered at the waters of
21 And they were also rebuked by those men who had stood at the waters of Sebus and
scattered the flocks which belonged to the king, for they were angry with Ammon because
of the number which he had slain of their brethren at the waters of Sebus, while
defending the flocks of the king.
22 Now, one of them, whose brother had been slain with the sword of Ammon, being
exceedingly angry with Ammon, drew his sword and went forth that he might let it
fall upon Ammon, to slay him; and as he lifted the sword to smite him, behold, he
23 Now we see that Ammon could not be slain, for the Lord had said unto Mosiah, his
father: I will spare him, and it shall be unto him according to thy faith -- therefore,
Mosiah trusted him unto the Lord.
24 And it came to pass that when the multitude beheld that the man had fallen dead,
who lifted the sword to slay Ammon, fear came upon them all, and they durst not put
forth their hands to touch him or any of those who had fallen; and they began to
marvel again among themselves what could be the cause of this great power, or what
all these things could mean.
25 And it came to pass that there were many among them who said that Ammon was the
Great Spirit, and others said he was sent by the Great Spirit;
26 But others rebuked them all, saying that he was a monster, who had been sent from
the Nephites to torment them.
27 And there were some who said that Ammon was sent by the Great Spirit to afflict
them because of their iniquities; and that it was the Great Spirit that had always
attended the Nephites, who had ever delivered them out of their hands; and they said
that it was this Great Spirit who had destroyed so many of their brethren, the Lamanites.
28 And thus the contention began to be exceedingly sharp among them. And while they
were thus contending, the woman servant who had caused the multitude to be gathered
together came, and when she saw the contention which was among the multitude she
was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto tears.
29 And it came to pass that she went and took the queen by the hand, that perhaps
she might raise her from the ground; and as soon as she touched her hand she arose
and stood upon her feet, and cried with a loud voice, saying: O blessed Jesus, who
has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this people!
30 And when she had said this, she clasped her hands, being filled with joy, speaking
many words which were not understood; and when she had done this, she took the king,
Lamoni, by the hand, and behold he arose and stood upon his feet.
31 And he, immediately, seeing the contention among his people, went forth and began
to rebuke them, and to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of
Ammon; and as many as heard his words believed, and were converted unto the Lord.
32 But there were many among them who would not hear his words; therefore they went
33 And it came to pass that when Ammon arose he also administered unto them, and
also did all the servants of Lamoni; and they did all declare unto the people the
selfsame thing -- that their hearts had been changed; that they had no more desire
to do evil.
34 And behold, many did declare unto the people that they had seen angels and had
conversed with them; and thus they had told them things of God, and of his righteousness.
35 And it came to pass that there were many that did believe in their words; and
as many as did believe were baptized; and they became a righteous people, and they
did establish a church among them.
36 And thus the work of the Lord did commence among the Lamanites; thus the Lord
did begin to pour out his Spirit upon them; and we see that his arm is extended to
all people who will repent and believe on his name.