Bury Their Weapons – Alma 24:1:30

1 And it came to pass that the Amalekites and the Amulonites and the Lamanites who were in the land of Amulon, and also in the land of Helam, and who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about [area south of the Ohio River], who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, were stirred up by the Amalekites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren.

2 And their hatred became exceedingly sore against them, even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king, insomuch that they would not that he should be their king; therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi. [The divide that occurs when religious views differ is similar to the political climate that exists in America today.]

3 Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi. [a title]

4 And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God. [Many of these Lamanites felt that their country had been infiltrated by Nephites and that all those who followed them were traitors. It was a political movement.]

5 Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.

6 Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto the Lord that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.

7 Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter: I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren, the Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers.

8 And behold, I thank my great God that he has given us a portion of his Spirit to soften our hearts, that we have opened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites.

9 And behold, I also thank my God, that by opening this correspondence we have been convinced of our sins, and of the many murders which we have committed.

10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son. [For many, the most difficult part of forgiveness is to forgive ourselves. Many struggle to release the guilt of previous sins, but the Lord even forgave them of murder. Whatever sin you carry, it is important to remember that we can be forgiven if we give it to the Lord and have faith enough to let it go.]

11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain—[Part of the baptism of fire is a removal of the very desire to sin from our hearts. A “new heart” is often how the gift of the Holy Ghost is described by those who receive it.]

12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.

13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.

14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish; yea, and he has made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations. [As the Lord made it known to the father of Abish concerning the future salvation of Lamoni and his people. Lamoni was taught be the angels of God in the Heavenly Realm, and his joy was full!]

15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby. [There is something to be said for the symbolic acts we perform as a witness to God of our desires and intentions. They stand as a monument of our faith. Keep this in mind as you wish to demonstrate your desire to the Lord by doing something creative to express your faith.]

16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.

17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands. [The latter part of this oath is specific to their identity as Anti-Nephi-Lehies.]

19 And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.

20 And it came to pass that their brethren, the Lamanites, made preparations for war, and came up to the land of Nephi for the purpose of destroying the king, and to place another in his stead, and also of destroying the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi out of the land.

21 Now when the people saw that they were coming against them they went out to meet them, and prostrated themselves before them to the earth, and began to call on the name of the Lord; and thus they were in this attitude when the Lamanites began to fall upon them, and began to slay them with the sword.

22 And thus without meeting any resistance, they did slay a thousand and five of them; and we know that they are blessed, for they have gone to dwell with their God.

23 Now when the Lamanites saw that their brethren would not flee from the sword, neither would they turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but that they would lie down and perish, and praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword—

24 Now when the Lamanites saw this they did forbear from slaying them; and there were many whose hearts had swollen in them for those of their brethren who had fallen under the sword, for they repented of the things which they had done. [How dark must a person be to kill their own people, even when submitting without resistance?]

25 And it came to pass that they threw down their weapons of war, and they would not take them again, for they were stung for the murders which they had committed; and they came down even as their brethren, relying upon the mercies of those whose arms were lifted to slay them.

26 And it came to pass that the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain; and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved. [Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13]

27 And there was not a wicked man slain among them; but there were more than a thousand brought to the knowledge of the truth; thus we see that the Lord worketh in many ways to the salvation of his people. [This verse gives a clue to the purposes of God. Why are the righteous allowed to suffer and die? The Lord’s purposes are always for the greater good, to save as many souls as He can. In the Heavenly Realm, those who have suffered in this life are embraced by the Lord and gain eternal treasure as their sacrifices are offered in faith.]

28 Now the greatest number of those of the Lamanites who slew so many of their brethren were Amalekites and Amulonites, the greatest number of whom were after the order of the Nehors. [Those who rebel against God carry more darkness than those who are subject to the traditions of their fathers.]

29 Now, among those who joined the people of the Lord, there were none who were Amalekites or Amulonites, or who were of the order of Nehor, but they were actual descendants of Laman and Lemuel. [Amalekites were from the original followers of Amaleci who dissented from the Nephites. Amulonites are the people who were of the priests of Noah who married the daughters of the Lamanites.]

30 And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God [experienced the gifts of the Spirit], and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness [will of God], and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things.

What causes a person or people to fall away after having received the Spirit of God? It is human nature to seek our own self interests, to find fault in others, and to rebel against social constructs. When the love of self overshadows the love for others, we offend the Spirit and begin the descent to Hell.

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8 Responses to Bury Their Weapons – Alma 24:1:30

  1. Rebecca Brent says:

    These last 2 chapters have taught me a lot more about false traditions and the damage they inflict. It is not just unbelief or false doctrine that gets passed down, but it is the pride, greed and vanity or vain ambitions that were at the root of them as well. This was shown to me in a dream as the “sins of our fathers” It was then that I realized that it was the false traditions. Your added insights PR were confirmation of this, thank you.

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  2. Mike Ross says:

    Idolatry causes us to fall away. Our idols, good grief! I believe idolatry bears out any form of a preference for “other than God” which then creates rationalization and justification to put “other than God” in the place of Him. That gives way to apathy and indifference… vices and addictions in many forms and I have seen how that only increases and settles in as we gain and embrace these new appetites for the new God’s we have installed in our lives.

    That’s what kills us spiritually I think

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  3. Joseph Rogers says:

    Thank you for another chapter.

    One thing I have always wondered is about the Amalekites and Amulonites in this story. Once the wicked Lamanites hearts had been softened and they stopped the slaughter of defenseless people of God, why did the Amalekites and Amulonites stop killing also?

    It was the Amalekite and Amulonites who stirred the Lamanites up to battle (again). We are told they were hardened and did not repent, even when the Lamanites would fight no more and fell prostrate to the ground themselves. I’m sure the Amelikites/Amulonites were still or even more filled with hate and rage as their Lamanites quit fighting. Why did they stop and not finish the slaughter? There seems to be more to this story of divine intervention to save the righteous than is being told.

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  4. 1lhn says:

    Thank you, this is such a beautiful chapter! After reading this I am filled with so much love for Lamoni and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. They as a community must have had an enormous amount of trust in the Lord not just by laying down their lived but to also leave their wives and children behind unprotected. Did the Lord add increased protection to widows and fatherless? Did they make plans ahead of time for those who remained living and how they continue on? Or was it simply just complete submission to God by everyone involved? How can we prepare ourselves to become more like this? [There were no plans made. Complete submission. Perfect love for God removes all fear. PR]

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  5. 1lhn says:

    Was Lamoni among the thousand and five who were slain? [He lived to see his people relocate to the northern lands under the protection of the Nephites. PR]

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  6. 22 And thus without meeting any resistance, they did slay a thousand and five of them; and we know that they are blessed, for they have gone to dwell with their God.
    26 And it came to pass that the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain; and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved. [Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13]

    This is first hand testimony!
    Please, PR, Is this a Blood atonement?
    [This was a doctrine taught by Brigham Young. Only Jesus Christ can atone for the sins of another. Those who give their lives for the Lord as a witness of their testimony are worthy of Eternal Life. There are people that believe the spilling of one’s own blood, or the killing of another can atone for sins, this is false doctrine. PR]

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  7. Jake Detweiler says:

    And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God [experienced the gifts of the Spirit], and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness [will of God], and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things.
    Through your journey, did you ever have the fear I tend to have at times that the higher in light I climbed, the greater my fall would be? I fear one day becoming a son of perdition, that I may eventually know the Savior and afterwords be pulled back by Satan. Did Lucifer always plan on falling, or was he promised something towards the end he couldn’t resist? Even Peter denied his Lord, is it normal to fear that you may someday betray the Lord? [First, you must be a 4th estate to become a son of perdition. Only about 3% of the 144k take that route. It is a deliberate move that is not easy to do, and one doesn’t accidentally make that choice. The Lord told me that to developing temperance in this life is a great step toward eliminating that possibility in the hereafter. Most sons of perdition all make the choice to become such before birth. PR]

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  8. Jacob Detweiler says:

    Thank you again for your speedy replies and diligent posts in the Book of Mormon.
    Correct me if I’m wrong in my thinking, Would not most of the followers of this blog be 4th estate beings in the process of being awoken? In my circle of family and friends I haven’t found one person who finds this information as delightful and inspired as myself, they might find it interesting, but have no further desire to find the Savior for themselves. I feel like anyone who is drawn to this information would be among those who would at some future date take place in gathering and awakening the Lord’s people and establishing Zion. Am I off in this thinking? [That is for whom this is written, but I have no idea how many or what percentage that come here will be the Gatherers. I have to believe that the Elect (House of Israel) hear His voice, but the Called and Chosen (144k) are born with an insatiable desire to serve God. PR]

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