Alma and Amulek – Alma 8:1-32

1 And now it came to pass that Alma returned from the land of Gideon, after having taught the people of Gideon many things which cannot be written, having established the order of the church, according as he had before done in the land of Zarahemla, yea, he returned to his own house at Zarahemla to rest himself from the labors which he had performed. [Alma spent an entire year preaching the gospel to the people in Zarahemla and Gideon.]

2 And thus ended the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.

3 And it came to pass in the commencement of the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Alma departed from thence and took his journey over into the land of Melek, on the west of the river Sidon, on the west by the borders of the wilderness. [The angel that I was first introduced to before I had my personal Second Comforter, his name was Melek. I later learned that he lived during the Nephite times. I wonder if this city is named after him or it is a coincidence.]

From my journal: “I asked about the city of Melek. It is the same name is my friend in the room above the earth. The angel that I first met the day I had my Second Comforter. Is the city of Melek in the Book of Mormon related to him? The Lord said, “Yes.” That the city was founded by Melek in the days of King Bejamin. That Melek was the founder and governor of that land which at the time of Alma had about 35,000 inhabitants, which is not many. The city is north of Zarahemla in the Iowa area near the borders of the west wilderness called Hermounts.  When Alma the younger visited them, he was glad to see that the people had remained good.”

4 And he began to teach the people in the land of Melek according to the holy order of God, by which he had been called; and he began to teach the people throughout all the land of Melek. [When it reads “according to the holy order of God” it is referring to the commandments of God given to Alma. Priesthood is more than simply to join an organization. It is to actively be about the Lord’s errand.]

5 And it came to pass that the people came to him throughout all the borders of the land which was by the wilderness side. And they were baptized throughout all the land;

6 So that when he had finished his work at Melek he departed thence, and traveled three days’ journey on the north of the land of Melek; and he came to a city which was called Ammonihah.

7 Now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their lands, and their cities, and their villages, yea, even all their small villages, after the name of him who first possessed them; and thus it was with the land of Ammonihah.

8 And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the city of Ammonihah he began to preach the word of God unto them.

9 Now Satan had gotten great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonihah; therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma. [They had their own false traditions which were contrary to the words spoken by Alma.]

10 Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mighty prayer, that he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city; that he would also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance.

11 Nevertheless, they hardened their hearts, saying unto him: Behold, we know that thou art Alma; and we know that thou art high priest over the church which thou hast established in many parts of the land, according to your tradition; and we are not of thy church, and we do not believe in such foolish traditions.

12 And now we know that because we are not of thy church we know that thou hast no power over us; and thou hast delivered up the judgment-seat unto Nephihah; therefore thou art not the chief judge over us.

13 Now when the people had said this, and withstood all his words [argued against], and reviled him [spoke disrespectfully], and spit upon him, and caused that he should be cast out of their city, he departed thence and took his journey towards the city which was called Aaron.

14 And it came to pass that while he was journeying thither, being weighed down with sorrow, wading through much tribulationand anguish of soul, because of the wickedness of the people who were in the city of Ammonihah, it came to pass while Alma was thus weighed down with sorrow, behold an angel of the Lord appeared unto him, saying:

15 Blessed art thou, Alma; therefore, lift up thy head and rejoice, for thou hast great cause to rejoice; for thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of God from the time which thou receivedst thy first message from him. Behold, I am he that delivered it unto you. [You would think that Alma would recognize the angel after receiving the Lord’s word from him before. Often, when angels come we hear and see light, yet do not see their face. It is a curious experience. At times we may hear and see, and other times only hear. The flesh of our bodies is the veil that separates the carnal mind from the spirtual realm. Unless the angel is a translated or resurrected being unto the flesh, we will only see them with our spiritual eyes.]

16 And behold, I am sent to command thee that thou return to the city of Ammonihah, and preach again unto the people of the city; yea, preach unto them. Yea, say unto them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.

17 For behold, they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy people, (for thus saith the Lord) which is contrary to the statutes, and judgments, and commandments which he has given unto his people. [This must have been alarming to Alma, and yet not surprising considering the hostility he experienced in that city. Now, he would be entering a dangerous situation and he knew it, but his trust was in the Lord. Alma was a brave man, having faced death during the great battle with the Amlicites, having slain Amlici himself. But, this was different.]

18 Now it came to pass that after Alma had received his message from the angel of the Lord he returned speedily to the land of Ammonihah. And he entered the city by another way, yea, by the way which is on the south of the city of Ammonihah.

19 And as he entered the city he was an hungered, and he said to a man: Will ye give to an humble servant of God something to eat? [He was given these thoughts to ask by revelation. Reminds me of Elijah and the widow.]

20 And the man said unto him: I am a Nephite, and I know that thou art a holy prophet of God, for thou art the man whom an angel said in a vision: Thou shalt receive. Therefore, go with me into my house and I will impart unto thee of my food; and I know that thou wilt be a blessing unto me and my house. [Amulek saw the angel in vision, meaning with his spiritual eyes. When such a thing occurs it is like a detailed dream that can be so acute and random that to reject it would be to deny the power of God.]

21 And it came to pass that the man received him into his house; and the man was called Amulek; and he brought forth bread and meat and set before Alma.

22 And it came to pass that Alma ate bread and was filled; and he blessed Amulek and his house, and he gave thanks unto God. [Did he eat the meat? Eating after a long fast is dangerous to the body. Alma must have eaten very carefully.]

It is interesting that all of these seemingly insignificant details regarding Alma’s meal with Amulek are included in the record. It helps to establish the faith of Amulek and Alma, and their relationship.

23 And after he had eaten and was filled he said unto Amulek: I am Alma, and am the high priest over the church of God throughout the land.

24 And behold, I have been called to preach the word of God among all this people, according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy; and I was in this land and they would not receive me, but they cast me out and I was about to set my back towards this land forever.

25 But behold, I have been commanded that I should turn again and prophesy unto this people, yea, and to testify against them concerning their iniquities.

26 And now, Amulek, because thou hast fed me and taken me in, thou art blessed; for I was an hungered, for I had fasted many days. [To walk long distances while fasting from food is terribly difficult. When I did a two week water fast I could hardly stand for more than fifteen minutes before feeling faint. But fasting has incredible benefits of clarity that can hardly be accomplished any other way.]

27 And Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people. [Alma was teaching Amulek and preparing him to be his companion according to the revelation he had received.]

I have added this portion from my journal, a vision the Lord showed me similar to the kind I have written in A Witness of the Temporal Dispensations.

I then asked the Lord to show me what occurred with Alma the younger when he was in Ammonihah. What happened between him and Amulek? I have been studying this in the Book of Alma and there seems to be more involved. The Lord took me to a place in time. I saw Alma walking south along a dirt road with trees to his right. He was walking slow. He took a right turn toward the trees and was drinking from a brook. Alma saw a bright light like a cloud of light in his mind and an angel appeared. This was a special meeting for the angel was the first one that had come to Alma when he was on the road with the sons of Mosiah.

I asked the Lord who the angel was and was told I could not record his name, but that he was of the 4th estate, a Nephite prophet, and that he had also appeared to many. He was acting in the role of a Seraphim, a messenger from the Throne. It was a joyful thing to witness as the angel smiled and Alma in his weak condition was visually overwhelmed with gratitude and love.

Alma was given instruction to return to Ammonihah and that he would be shown what to do next to preach to the people. In the meantime, the angel had also made an appearance to Amulek.

Let me describe Alma in detail from what I witnessed. I had seen him as a young man and as the leader in battle, but not yet in this circumstance. He looked to be close to forty, I think. His hair was very dark brown with some white in his beard which was mid length, a little longer than I had seen before. His hair was combed straight back and was down his neck. There seemed to be something added to his hair to keep it in place, not greasy, but prevented it from flying around. He smelled like fragrant herbs. Not lavender or perfume-like, but pleasant. He wore brown clothing that seemed part like a mix of middle-eastern and Native American. I say that because there was something like leggings with a girdle around his waste. Not as much leather as cloth, no feathers, but the clothing cut reminded me of something Indian. He had a small pack over his shoulder. Alma had dark eyebrows and kind eyes, deep set, with a slightly wider face.

Amulek was told by the angel to help the man who would ask him for food. Alma responded to the spirit of revelation when he was compelled to ask Amulek. They knew nothing about each other, although Amulek knew of Alma and greatly admired him without knowing his identity until after the meal.

Amulek had brown hair, not as dark as Alma, was thin, and looked younger. He had a small family, I saw several children. He was merchant that helped sell other’s tapestries, bags, and other things. His home was small, made of a kind of cement and wood. Looked like middle eastern homes from Christ’s time.

Alma was served a broth from a cooked animal and some small cakes made from maze corn and other herbs. He ate slow and very little. The cake was almost green in color. Both men were overjoyed to learn of each other and especially Amulek to learn he had offered food to Alma. Amulek shared his experience with the angel and they spent the next few weeks discussing the Gospel and Alma shared much to help Amulek prepare. It was interesting to see these two men coming together to do the Lord’s work.

28 And it came to pass that the people did wax more gross in their iniquities.

29 And the word came to Alma, saying: Go; and also say unto my servant Amulek, go forth and prophesy unto this people, saying—Repent ye, for thus saith the Lord, except ye repent I will visit this people in mine anger; yea, and I will not turn my fierce anger away. [Both Alma and Amulek received their own separate revelation from the Lord as a witness that it was time.]

30 And Alma went forth, and also Amulek, among the people, to declare the words of God unto them; and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.

31 And they had power given unto them, insomuch that they could not be confined in dungeons; neither was it possible that any man could slay them; nevertheless they did not exercise their power until they were bound in bands and cast into prison. Now, this was done that the Lord might show forth his power in them. [They were not translated, yet were protected by the power of God, much like Paul in the New Testament.]

32 And it came to pass that they went forth and began to preach and to prophesy unto the people, according to the spirit and power which the Lord had given them.

When the Lord desires to call a people to repentance much is coordinated from the other side of the veil. People are brought together and the ministering of angels becomes very busy. Even today, the Lord is organizing and preparing his servants as was Alma and Amulek to call the people to repentance. Until the collapse, much of this will take place on the internet, and with small groups, and will only increase as we grow closer to the gathering. 

We have the example of Alma, a highly esteemed servant of God and former judge of the land meeting Amulek, a regular man without status, yet chosen of God. The servants of the Lord are chosen according to their faith.

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15 Responses to Alma and Amulek – Alma 8:1-32

  1. Nathan Wilder says:

    “Today was my Sabbath, so I took many questions to him including to understand more clearly regarding the interaction between Alma and Amulek. I will add my journal entry to the annotations.”

    How does the counting work? According to a moon calendar, the new moon was last Friday 4/5 at 1:50 AM? Is the first day, the first day after a sliver of light appears? I thought that put the lunar sabbath on this Friday 4/12 starting at sunset on Thurs 4/11, seven days after. I was planning on doing a few small things to make tomorrow night and the day following more holy, but do I have this wrong? Thanks for your help.

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  2. daniel Dylan says:

    I checked your book The Witness of the Temporal Dispensations and Amulek was not in it. I was wondering if since that time have you seen or conversed with Amulek? Do you know what he looked like or have any more details about him? It really brings the Book of Mormon to life knowing these details. I also checked the search feature at the top of the page which is very handy so we don’t ask repeat questions you have already answered. [Today was my Sabbath, so I took many questions to Him including to understand more clearly regarding the interaction between Alma and Amulek. I will add my journal entry to the annotations. PR]

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  3. Karla says:

    It is interesting to think on how while Alma and Amulek were teaching the Ammonihah people Ammon and his brethren were doing the same among the Lamanites, how they are both able to soften the hearts of many, but as their hearts are turned back to God they are persecuted and many have suffered death, both the Lamanites and the Ammonihah converts.

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  4. That is correct. I started two days too soon. Extra holy day for me!. I have to remember to adjust for each new moon. It was much easier when it was simply the calendar Sunday. My wife is going to give me a hard time about this!

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  5. daniel Dylan says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to ask the Lord. It’s amazing to actually know what they looked like and all these details about their lives. It just adds so much to the story to know all these particulars. Amazing! I so look forward each day to reading your Book of Mormon posts. It’s exciting to learn all these new insights you receive from the Savior. In a world in great turmoil it’s so refreshing to be uplifted everyday by your posts.

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  6. Mike Ross says:

    This chapter was beyond fantastic! But then again I’m also the guy who watches bible videos almost every day just to see a depiction of what the Lord in His majesty looks and sounds like. I love doing that. I’m very visual. I’ve re read the depiction of Alma and Amulek here and am able to see so much more. Thanks!

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  7. Karla says:

    I was wondering if Nehor was from Ammonihah. They were his followers after all, or he just happened to have much success there. [His teaching were very popular among the people of Ammonihah, so that could be true. PR]

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  8. Richard Jeppson says:

    Why are names of messengers kept hidden? Even in other ancient religions entities would gaurd their names and mortals would seek to find them out believing that knowing the name would give the mortal some sort of power or something over them. [Often angelic messengers prefer that their names not be written to not distract from the message given. PR]

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  9. M H says:

    What parameters does the Lord work with when it comes to a mortal taking the life of another mortal?

    The thought of me taking the life of another is unpleasant, but is it justified when doing so to protect others or one’s self? I know Nephi and Alma had taken lives. I am asking this in the context of the collapse of America in the coming days and what hardships that will bring. It weighs heavily upon my mind. [When the Lord decrees that a person or people must die it is according to the principles of justice and mercy. IF we are required to take a life it must be according to the same laws. To kill unrighteously brings upon the sinner damnation to their soul. How is this defined? According to the purpose of our heart in accordance with the Spirit of God. PR]

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  10. Mike Ross says:

    Any insight as to how Alma and Amulek or Lehi or Nephi3 captured an audience?
    Was it mostly just go outside on a busy street corner and start preaching loudly to the winds until people gathered?

    Was it indoors? Did they gain access to large organizations because Amulek was well connected in society?

    Are there any insights with how the sons of Mosiah and Alma/Amulek were able to preach to large crowds that would work for our day?

    I’d love to give some sort of well thought out approach a try. (The older I get, the more it seems I don’t care about what folks think of me, I guess) 😀 [If they had the internet or large conference centers I’m sure they would have tried that. Mostly they went where people gathered and just started talking. It would seem out of propriety in our culture today in some respects, but less so to them. Of course, if the people didn’t like what they were saying they could end up in jail. PR]

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  11. S Silver says:

    “Amulek saw the angel in vision, meaning with his spiritual eyes. When such a thing occurs it is like a detailed dream that can be so acute and random that to reject it would be to deny the power of God.”

    Was Amulek awake for this or actually asleep? [He was awake. PR]

    When it has happened to you were you awake or asleep? [I was awake. All my experiences happen while awake. I will note that it is a dream if that is the case. PR]

    I’ve had the Lord come teach me in dreams a couple times (and even typing that makes me miss Him; I wish it was more than just a couple.) I’m trying to learn if a night vision is a clear dream and a vision is while you are awake?

    And what does your body do while you are seeing with your spiritual eyes? Stare into space? Collapse? (Would explain why Joseph was lying on his back in the woods when he came to.) [The Lord or His angels will often communicate with us in our dreams. But, if we are sufficiently awakened we may experience a vision. When this occurs it feels like a trance, as we are awake, yet we see in our mind something that feels absolutely real, yet outside our body and physical world. Often I don’t notice what is around me. I have finished a vision before to find myself laying or in a different position. The first couple of times I ever experiences this I thought maybe I had hallucinated and was rebuked forcefully by the Spirit to the point I wept for joy for almost half an hour. PR]

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  12. TSJ says:

    “The first couple of times I ever experiences this I thought maybe I had hallucinated and was rebuked forcefully by the Spirit to the point I wept for joy for almost half an hour.” PR

    Whoa…so what does being rebuked forcefully by the Spirit look and feel like? And after being rebuked are you weeping for joy because of the truth of the reality your vision, or because you have been so favoured to be given it? [I was remembering one of my first experiences when the veil was rent. I was in the temple during a marriage sealing when my brother who had passed away many years previously appeared to me and we had a short conversation. The moment it ended I was in a state of shock. My first thought was, “You were just seeing things.” The Spirit came over me with such power and I heard the words, “Do not deny the power of God!” It was like getting hit in the head with a 2X4 and shook me to my core. As I realized what has occurred I cried like a baby through the entire marriage sealing. Everyone thought I was a little emotional seeing my sister get married. Haha. It was a beautiful experience and came many years before the Lord revealed Himself to me. PR]

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  13. jstone511 says:

    Take this as you will, since I am just a commenter, and this is not my blog. However I found people’s experiences helpful when trying to understand the unknown, so here is my two cents.
    The first vision I experienced was during deep prayer, and light suddenly filled my closed eyes. (As in, if you are outside on a sunny day, through your closed eyelids you can tell it’s incredibly bright.)
    Well I kept my eyes closed and the light grew ever stronger. Then a scene opened up to my mind, as if watching a movie, with the spirit narrating to me what was happening. When the vision closed, I was so stunned I didn’t dare move. All I could do was marvel for what felt like a good 30-40 minutes, hardly able to pull myself out of the shock and simultaneous elation. I continued to pray on the scene and the spirit continued to confirm its validity and teach me. [That is certainly the pattern for many. I love to hear others’ having these experiences! PR]
    It has been the same expansion of light accompanied by a profound sensation of love/peace every time I have since ascended in the spirit. My physical body is not a concern of mine. My spiritual eyes and senses take over until it ends and I notice how I’m sitting or laying etc. It’s not something I can force or coerce to happen at my will (believe me, I’ve tried). They happen when the Lord has something to teach me and on His errand, not mine. I wish mine were as frequent and vast as PR’s but I suppose everyone has a different roll. Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge with us, PR. It leads us all to Christ. [It is impossible to coerce the Spirit. If such a thing was attempted it would surely open the door to the Adversary. However, we can act in faith, knocking on the door of Heaven, and the Lord will open to us if done properly. Once permission is given all things are possible. PR]

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  14. Mike Ross says:

    Kind of a quirky question:
    Does eating too much food on a daily basis or even once in awhile make it more difficult to see in the spirit? [No, but I find when I eat unhealthy that it is more difficult. PR]

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  15. S Silver says:

    I know there are chemicals in certain foods, like pesticides and preservatives. I also know white flour and sugar can act like a drug. Is it these chemicals/ingredients that tend to dull our spiritual senses?

    The Lord slowly led me to a keto diet (even though I didn’t want to do keto) after years of praying for Him to heal certain things. Joseph recorded in D&C 89 that conspiring men in the last days would seem to have some influence over food. I was trying to live exactly what D&C 89 said when the Lord told me that I needed to be getting my own ongoing, personal revelation so He could ‘instantly update’ me with warnings about foods and revelation tailored to my unique body. (I was also encouraged to produce much more of my own food for a number of different reasons and benefits.)

    Is the genetic modification what D&C 89 was trying to warn us about? Or was it a whole spectrum of issues with things being added or taken away from our commercially produced foods?

    Is it going to get worse and worse, which is why so many are being prompted to grow their own food? [We need to follow the Spirit in not just what we do spiritually, but what we do physically. Our physical health is greatly impacted by our nutrition and whether we ingest harmful substances. Section 89 gave good advice to follow. PR]

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