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A Library Tour of Alma 26-29
1 And now, these are the words of Ammon to his brethren, which say thus: My brothers
and my brethren, behold I say unto you, how great reason have we to rejoice; for
could we have supposed when we started from the land of Zarahemla that God would
have granted unto us such great blessings?
2 And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?
3 Behold, I answer for you; for our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness, yea,
even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the
marvelous light of God! And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us,
that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great
4 Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God.
5 Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle,
and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the
number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are
6 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall
they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered
together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall
they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
7 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his;
and he will raise them up at the last day.
8 Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks
to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.
9 For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved
brethren, who have so dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with hatred
against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God.
10 And it came to pass that when Ammon had said these words, his brother Aaron rebuked
him, saying: Ammon, I fear that thy joy doth carry thee away unto boasting.
11 But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom;
but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in
12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not
boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things;
yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will
praise his name forever.
13 Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of hell;
and they are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of his
word which is in us, therefore have we not great reason to rejoice?
14 Yea, we have reason to praise him forever, for he is the Most High God, and has
loosed our brethren from the chains of hell.
15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but
behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation;
and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have
been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice,
for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too
much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy,
and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I
cannot say the smallest part which I feel.
17 Who could have supposed that our God would have been so merciful as to have snatched
us from our awful, sinful, and polluted state?
18 Behold, we went forth even in wrath, with mighty threatenings to destroy his church.
19 Oh then, why did he not consign us to an awful destruction, yea, why did he not
let the sword of his justice fall upon us, and doom us to eternal despair?
20 Oh, my soul, almost as it were, fleeth at the thought. Behold, he did not exercise
his justice upon us, but in his great mercy hath brought us over that everlasting
gulf of death and misery, even to the salvation of our souls.
21 And now behold, my brethren, what natural man is there that knoweth these things?
I say unto you, there is none that knoweth these things, save it be the penitent.
22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and
prayeth continually without ceasing -- unto such it is given to know the mysteries
of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed;
yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even
as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance.
23 Now do ye remember, my brethren, that we said unto our brethren in the land of
Zarahemla, we go up to the land of Nephi, to preach unto our brethren, the Lamanites,
and they laughed us to scorn?
24 For they said unto us: Do ye suppose that ye can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge
of the truth? Do ye suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the incorrectness
of the traditions of their fathers, as stiffnecked a people as they are; whose hearts
delight in the shedding of blood; whose days have been spent in the grossest iniquity;
whose ways have been the ways of a transgressor from the beginning? Now my brethren,
ye remember that this was their language.
25 And moreover they did say: Let us take up arms against them, that we destroy them
and their iniquity out of the land, lest they overrun us and destroy us.
26 But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent
to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few
of their souls.
27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the
Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with
patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.
28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient
in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from
house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world -- not upon the mercies of
the world alone but upon the mercies of God.
29 And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught them
in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we have also
entered into their temples and their synagogues and taught them; and we have been
cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have been
stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and cast into prison; and through
the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again.
30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we
might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full
if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.
31 Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few?
I say unto you, Nay, they are many; yea, and we can witness of their sincerity, because
of their love towards their brethren and also towards us.
32 For behold, they had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of
their enemy; and they have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth, because
of their love towards their brethren.
33 And now behold I say unto you, has there been so great love in all the land? Behold,
I say unto you, Nay, there has not, even among the Nephites.
34 For behold, they would take up arms against their brethren; they would not suffer
themselves to be slain. But behold how many of these have laid down their lives;
and we know that they have gone to their God, because of their love and of their
hatred to sin.
35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that
had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried
away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding;
he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to
those who will repent and believe on his name.
36 Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light,
my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the
name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who are a branch of the tree
of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land; yea, I say, blessed
be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land.
37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they
may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the
earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks
unto my God forever. Amen.
1 Now it came to pass that when those Lamanites who had gone to war against the Nephites
had found, after their many struggles to destroy them, that it was in vain to seek
their destruction, they returned again to the land of Nephi.
2 And it came to pass that the Amalekites, because of their loss, were exceedingly
angry. And when they saw that they could not seek revenge from the Nephites, they
began to stir up the people in anger against their brethren, the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi;
therefore they began again to destroy them.
3 Now this people again refused to take their arms, and they suffered themselves
to be slain according to the desires of their enemies.
4 Now when Ammon and his brethren saw this work of destruction among those whom they
so dearly beloved, and among those who had so dearly beloved them -- for they were
treated as though they were angels sent from God to save them from everlasting destruction
-- therefore, when Ammon and his brethren saw this great work of destruction, they
were moved with compassion, and they said unto the king:
5 Let us gather together this people of the Lord, and let us go down to the land
of Zarahemla to our brethren the Nephites, and flee out of the hands of our enemies,
that we be not destroyed.
6 But the king said unto them: Behold, the Nephites will destroy us, because of the
many murders and sins we have committed against them.
7 And Ammon said: I will go and inquire of the Lord, and if he say unto us, go down
unto our brethren, will ye go?
8 And the king said unto him: Yea, if the Lord saith unto us go, we will go down
unto our brethren, and we will be their slaves until we repair unto them the many
murders and sins which we have committed against them.
9 But Ammon said unto him: It is against the law of our brethren, which was established
by my father, that there should be any slaves among them; therefore let us go down
and rely upon the mercies of our brethren.
10 But the king said unto him: Inquire of the Lord, and if he saith unto us go, we
will go; otherwise we will perish in the land.
11 And it came to pass that Ammon went and inquired of the Lord, and the Lord said
12 Get this people out of this land, that they perish not; for Satan has great hold
on the hearts of the Amalekites, who do stir up the Lamanites to anger against their
brethren to slay them; therefore get thee out of this land; and blessed are this
people in this generation, for I will preserve them.
13 And now it came to pass that Ammon went and told the king all the words which
the Lord had said unto him.
14 And they gathered together all their people, yea, all the people of the Lord,
and did gather together all their flocks and herds, and departed out of the land,
and came into the wilderness which divided the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla,
and came over near the borders of the land.
15 And it came to pass that Ammon said unto them: Behold, I and my brethren will
go forth into the land of Zarahemla, and ye shall remain here until we return; and
we will try the hearts of our brethren, whether they will that ye shall come into
16 And it came to pass that as Ammon was going forth into the land, that he and his
brethren met Alma, over in the place of which has been spoken; and behold, this was
a joyful meeting.
17 Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed
up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again
to the earth.
18 Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save
it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.
19 Now the joy of Alma in meeting his brethren was truly great, and also the joy
of Aaron, of Omner, and Himni; but behold their joy was not that to exceed their
20 And now it came to pass that Alma conducted his brethren back to the land of Zarahemla;
even to his own house. And they went and told the chief judge all the things that
had happened unto them in the land of Nephi, among their brethren, the Lamanites.
21 And it came to pass that the chief judge sent a proclamation throughout all the
land, desiring the voice of the people concerning the admitting their brethren, who
were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
22 And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying: Behold, we will
give up the land of Jershon, which is on the east by the sea, which joins the land
Bountiful, which is on the south of the land Bountiful; and this land Jershon is
the land which we will give unto our brethren for an inheritance.
23 And behold, we will set our armies between the land Jershon and the land Nephi,
that we may protect our brethren in the land Jershon; and this we do for our brethren,
on account of their fear to take up arms against their brethren lest they should
commit sin; and this their great fear came because of their sore repentance which
they had, on account of their many murders and their awful wickedness.
24 And now behold, this will we do unto our brethren, that they may inherit the land
Jershon; and we will guard them from their enemies with our armies, on condition
that they will give us a portion of their substance to assist us that we may maintain
25 Now, it came to pass that when Ammon had heard this, he returned to the people
of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, and also Alma with him, into the wilderness, where they had pitched
their tents, and made known unto them all these things. And Alma also related unto
them his conversion, with Ammon and Aaron, and his brethren.
26 And it came to pass that it did cause great joy among them. And they went down
into the land of Jershon, and took possession of the land of Jershon; and they were
called by the Nephites the people of Ammon; therefore they were distinguished by
that name ever after.
27 And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who
were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards
God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things;
and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.
28 And they did look upon shedding the blood of their brethren with the greatest
abhorrence; and they never could be prevailed upon to take up arms against their
brethren; and they never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their
hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was swallowed up
to them by the victory of Christ over it.
29 Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner
which could be inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the sword or cimeter
to smite them.
30 And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of the
1 And now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the
land of Jershon, and a church also established in the land of Jershon, and the armies
of the Nephites were set round about the land of Jershon, yea, in all the borders
round about the land of Zarahemla; behold the armies of the Lamanites had followed
their brethren into the wilderness.
2 And thus there was a tremendous battle; yea, even such an one as never had been
known among all the people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem; yea, and
tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad.
3 Yea, and also there was a tremendous slaughter among the people of Nephi; nevertheless,
the Lamanites were driven and scattered, and the people of Nephi returned again to
4 And now this was a time that there was a great mourning and lamentation heard throughout
all the land, among all the people of Nephi --
5 Yea, the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning
for their sons, and the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father;
and thus the cry of mourning was heard among all of them, mourning for their kindred
who had been slain.
6 And now surely this was a sorrowful day; yea, a time of solemnity, and a time of
much fasting and prayer.
7 And thus endeth the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
8 And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land
of Nephi, their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and
their incomprehensible joy, and the reception and safety of the brethren in the land
of Jershon. And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls forever.
9 And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nephites, and also
the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites; and the fifteenth year of the reign
of the judges is ended.
10 And from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of
many thousand lives; yea, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed.
11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of
many thousands are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands
are mourning for the loss of their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according
to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless wo.
12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet
they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the
Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending
13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression,
and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised
to ensnare the hearts of men.
14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of
the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing -- sorrow
because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ
1 O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go
forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance
unto every people!
2 Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance
and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there
might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.
3 But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the
things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.
4 I ought not to harrow up in my desires, the firm decree of a just God, for I know
that he granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or
unto life; yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees
which are unalterable, according to their wills, whether they be unto salvation or
5 Yea, and I know that good and evil have come before all men; he that knoweth not
good from evil is blameless; but he that knoweth good and evil, to him it is given
according to his desires, whether he desireth good or evil, life or death, joy or
remorse of conscience.
6 Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform
the work to which I have been called?
7 Why should I desire that I were an angel, that I could speak unto all the ends
of the earth?
8 For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue,
to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore
we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and
“Another very interesting universal in the Book of Mormon has reference to the teaching
of God’s word among the nations. While the Lord would like to lift up and exalt
all of his children, he knows, as all teachers know, that men are of unequal intellectual
and spiritual capacities. Some persons understand and receive truth with great facility
and yield fruit an hundred fold; others receive it less readily and yield fruit tenfold
or two fold; and still others find it hard to see the truth at all save in its barest
outlines. Yet our Father views all of his children with love and compassion, and
he does not desire those of little capacity to be held responsible for truth in the
same degree as those of large capacity. What we have said of individuals the Book
of Mormon seems to apply to nations. . . .
“If this scripture is understood correctly by the writer, it seems to account for
the fact that among most of the world’s various literatures, there are expressed
certain basic gospel truths. In other words, God permits all peoples to have as
much of his truth as they can assimilate and understand. The writer knows from actual
experience how very difficult it is to explain to Arabs the fundamental principles
of the gospel. Up to a certain point they comprehend and understand; beyond that
they seem to be lost. If the Book of Mormon is correct, it would seem to be no accident
that great leaders like Confucius, Buddha, Zoroaster, Mohammed, and others have been
raised up among various peoples of the world. These men have, in a measure, taught
‘His word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they [the people] should have.’
We have no disposition to over-simplify the problem, but it has always seemed to
us a remarkable fact, having great philosophical import, that only a small fraction
of the world’s peoples have any considerable insight into Christianity even when
taught by capable persons.”
9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory
of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is
my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul
to repentance; and this is my joy.
10 And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord
their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has
done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his
merciful arm which he extended towards me.
11 Yea, and I also remember the captivity of my fathers; for I surely do know that
the Lord did deliver them out of bondage, and by this did establish his church; yea,
the Lord God, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, did deliver
them out of bondage.
12 Yea, I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers; and that same God who
delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptians did deliver them out of bondage.
13 Yea, and that same God did establish his church among them; yea, and that same
God hath called me by a holy calling, to preach the word unto this people, and hath
given me much success, in the which my joy is full.
14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the
success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi.
15 Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit; and
how great shall be their reward!
16 Now, when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away,
even to the separation of it from the body, as it were, so great is my joy.
17 And now may God grant unto these, my brethren, that they may sit down in the kingdom
of God; yea, and also all those who are the fruit of their labors that they may go
no more out, but that they may praise him forever. And may God grant that it may
be done according to my words, even as I have spoken. Amen.