1 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek were commanded [by the Lord] to depart out of that city; and they departed, and came out even into the land of Sidom; and behold, there they found all the people who had departed out of the land of Ammonihah, who had been cast out and stoned, because they believed in the words of Alma.
2 And they related unto them all that had happened unto their wives and children, and also concerning themselves, and of their power of deliverance.
3 And also Zeezrom lay sick at Sidom, with a burning fever, which was caused by the great tribulations of his mind on account of his wickedness, for he supposed that Alma and Amulek were no more; and he supposed that they had been slain because of his iniquity. And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind until it did become exceedingly sore, having no deliverance; therefore he began to be scorched with a burning heat.
4 Now, when he heard that Alma and Amulek were in the land of Sidom, his heart began to take courage; and he sent a message immediately unto them, desiring them to come unto him.
5 And it came to pass that they went immediately, obeying the message which he had sent unto them; and they went in unto the house unto Zeezrom; and they found him upon his bed, sick, being very low with a burning fever; and his mind also was exceedingly sore because of his iniquities; and when he saw them he stretched forth his hand, and besought them that they would heal him.
6 And it came to pass that Alma said unto him, taking him by the hand: Believest thou in the power of Christ unto salvation? [It is always best when performing a healing blessing to have the person seeking the blessing to do or say something as an expression of their faith. This increases their faith unto healing.]
7 And he answered and said: Yea, I believe all the words that thou hast taught.
8 And Alma said: If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed.
9 And he said: Yea, I believe according to thy words. [These words were given to Alma by the Spirit of prophecy.]
10 And then Alma cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord our God, have mercy on this man, and heal him according to his faith which is in Christ. [Combining the faith of the afflicted with the faith of the healer contributes to the gift of healing. By crying out his intentions, Alma was able to witness to those around what was about to occur.]
11 And when Alma had said these words, Zeezrom leaped upon his feet, and began to walk; and this was done to the great astonishment of all the people; and the knowledge of this went forth throughout all the land of Sidom.
12 And Alma baptized Zeezrom unto the Lord; and he began from that time forth to preach unto the people.
13 And Alma established a church in the land of Sidom [southeast of Ammonihah, near the river Sidon], and consecrated priests and teachers in the land, to baptize unto the Lord whosoever were desirous to be baptized.
14 And it came to pass that they were many; for they did flock in from all the region round about Sidom, and were baptized. [Out of the horrors of Ammonihah came the saving of many souls.]
15 But as to the people that were in the land of Ammonihah, they yet remained a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked people; and they repented not of their sins, ascribing all the power of Alma and Amulek to the devil; for they were of the profession of Nehor, and did not believe in the repentance of their sins. [They believed that it was not necessary, because all were saved.]
16 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred; [Like Paul of Taursus, Amulek lost his family’s respect and all his possessions by choosing the Lord.]
17 Therefore, after Alma having established the church at Sidom, seeing a great check [change in their standing with God], yea, seeing that the people were checked as to the pride of their hearts, and began to humble themselves before God, and began to assemble themselves together at their sanctuaries to worship God before the altar, watching and praying continually, that they might be delivered from Satan, and from death, and from destruction—
I was shown a vision of these sanctuaries that the church of Christ had in the Nephite land. These were like the synagogue where the members would meet to worship. Each had a distinguishable feature, a modest sized alter, like a pew, where members could stand and either read the word of God, bear their witness of the word or of Christ, and even exercise gifts of the Spirit. Often, they would express their heartfelt desires to repent at these altars. This understanding helped me to see the true apostasy of the people who would build the rameumpton as their altar to themselves.
18 Now as I said, Alma having seen all these things, therefore he took Amulek and came over to the land of Zarahemla, and took him to his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened him in the Lord. [The sorrow of Amulek required attention from Alma.]
I then asked specifically about Amulek’s family. He lived with his family in a dwelling that included his extended family. When Alma and Amulek were in prison, all those who were of Christ’s church had to flee the land of Ammonihah. Amulek’s wife and children were among those killed in the fire. It was terribly hard on his heart and Alma had to console him and bless him to overcome his grief. All of Amulek’s extended family disowned him and they were killed in the Desolation of the Nehors. Amulek literally lost everything to be a servant of God, but gained even more in the process.
19 And thus ended the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
I have many questions from this and the proceeding chapter regarding Amulek and some other things. I often will add edits to what I write in these annotations after the Lord shows me something, so in a week or so I may be adding more comments here as I have in previous chapters.
The Lord will reveal to us according to our faith, according to the questions we ask Him. When I write a detailed description included from my journal it is not simply words that are given, but my description of what has been shown to me by the Lord. I usually cut out the before and after and only include the pertinent information in what I write here. If I was to include the entire experience you would see that the Lord’s mercy in how he interacts with us and answers our questions. I hope that you will have these experiences for yourself, hopefully while you are living this world. The angels of God have full access to these events and are taught and experience all things by the Spirit of God in the Heavenly Realm.