The People of Ammon – Alma 27:1-30

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. [many joining the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, Alma 25:2,3,13]

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? [It is highly advisable to seek personal revelation for every important decision that will affect you or your family. There is an unbelief that teaches we must figure everything out on our own and do our best, simply asking the Lord for his blessing. This is counter productive to exercising faith in God.]

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. [He was willing to do anything the Lord required. This opens the doors to great blessings when we trust in the Lord.]

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 unto him:

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. [That is a powerful blessing!]

There will come a time in the future when the Lord’s people will be commanded to step away from society, from the places designated for them by their leaders, and seek refuge according to the revelation the Lord gives them. It will seem counter intuitive, but will literally save many of their lives.

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. [north west]

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 their land.

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. [I have felt this joy a few times in my life. I literally fell to the ground, as my heart was overwhelmed with love and gratitude. I would pray and ask the Lord to experience this in your life, and you will if you trust in Him.]

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 strength.

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. [This was the proper protocol amongst the Nephites for such actions. The chief judge held great power, but was appointed by the people and expected to abide by their voice.]

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. [eastward between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes]

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 our armies.

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. [Few have such faith today amongst those who profess to be followers of Christ. But, there will be many in the future.]

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 Lord.

The courage and strength necessary to abstain from picking up a weapon rather than break their covenant with God – such commitment! This was their promise to the Lord. What is your promise? When we make an oath to the Lord to do something of great sacrifice we open the power of Heaven to bless us. It is good to seek personal revelation before doing this to be sure it is pleasing to the Lord.

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15 Responses to The People of Ammon – Alma 27:1-30

  1. S Silver says:

    “There will come a time in the future when the Lord’s people will be commanded to step away from society, from the places designated for them by their leaders, and seek refuge according to the revelation the Lord gives them. It will seem counter intuitive, but will literally save many of their lives.”

    Are the “places designated for them by their leaders” camps and refuges that are set up by church leaders to which a family may be told to not go or to depart from? [Both civic and church leaders. PR]

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  2. daniel Dylan says:

    [ “ There will come a time in the future when the Lord’s people will be commanded to step away from society, from the places designated for them by their leaders, and seek refuge according to the revelation the Lord gives them. It will seem counter intuitive, but will literally save many of their lives.”]When we are commanded to step away from society, will this happen quickly or over a period of time? Are these leaders, government leaders? Is this revelation going to be individual revelation? Are these people going to be brought together to help each other to survive or be on their own? What will happen to these people eventually? Will they be the people to begin the New Zions? [Things will happen rather quickly. Situations will vary depending upon where people live. Those who lean on the arm of flesh will suffer, but some will eventually be led to Zion. PR]

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  3. S Silver says:

    Are most large churches in conspiracy with government to control the people? [I don’t know that. PR]

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  4. S Silver says:

    “It will seem counter intuitive, but will literally save many of their lives.”

    What about it would be counter intuitive? [Logic will say to do one thing, but the Spirit will tell another. PR]

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  5. Mike Ross says:

    I love the Kings submissive heart still on display here
    A truly changed soul, Praise God! 😀

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  6. Rebecca Brent says:

    I just love these chapters thank you! The Anit-Nephi-Lehies have taught me what it means in 3 Nephi 16, when the Lord warns the Gentiles to “repent and return.” I wondered over that phrase for a while and I can see that the repentant Lamanites are a perfect example for us, the Gentiles. They repented of their false traditions and unbelief and returned to the truth.

    They let go of and laid down their weapons of war and embraced the Lord. We can look to them to show us how to repent of our false traditions handed down by our fathers and return to the covenant restored through the Book of Mormon. We can let go of our weapons we use against our brethren who we feel are in the wrong, and cease contending with each other. We can turn to Christ and let go of the arm of flesh. And then Lord promises that we will be numbered among and receive the promises of the House of Israel, the same path the Lamanites returned to.

    So my question is, when are the Gentiles numbered among the House of Israel exactly? When I was beginning to awaken the Lord told me to “repent and return.” I had no idea what that meant until I began to search the scriptures and found it in 3 Nephi but it took another year to understand it. Since the Book of Mormon is to us, the Gentiles who have received this book and been baptized, when will we know if we have been adopted in? The Lord was letting me know that we needed to RETURN to the Truth of the everlasting covenant so that we can again be as Salt (D&C 101:39) and numbered with His covenant people.

    Is repenting and turning to Christ, letting go of our false traditions and unbelief enough? Do we need to receive the Holy Ghost first? [To “repent and return” is to accept the Everlasting Covenant and to come unto Christ. The fulfillment of the covenant in this life is to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. PR]

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  7. creedL says:

    Do you identify the process of the offering of the broken heart and contrite spirit and subsequently receiving the baptism of fire / gift of the Holy Ghost as what it means to begin to accept The Everlasting Covenant? How does this acceptance relate to the Church of the First-Born, are they essentially different definitions of the same thing? Thanks! [The portion of the Everlasting Covenant that is made in this life is to repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Ghost. The Church of the First Born are those who have received Eternal Life. The Church of Christ in the telestial world has many who are repenting and coming to Christ. The Church of the Firstborn have come unto Him, raised to their 3rd estate and are preparing for more in the covenant. They are the Church of the Firstborn, which we will always be a part of. From here, as you exercise faith, you will ascend to the Noble and Great, which is part of the 4th estate. Then there are kings and queens… PR]

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  8. creedL says:

    So among these people of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies you would be seeing some in all these differing situations…
    – Some are repenting & baptised but have yet to receive the rebirth = Telestial Church of Christ
    – Some have received the rebirth + Gift of The Holy Ghost = Church of The First Born
    – Some have received the rebirth + Gift of The Holy Ghost and are in fact awakening 4th estate beings = Noble and Great Ones
    The latter two have engaged The Everlasting Covenant fully in mortality. Correct? [Yes, but I cannot say whether there were 4th estate among them. The only thing that matters is whether we are following the Doctrine of Christ, which leads us to Him as fast as possible. If someone happens to be a 4th estate the Lord will lead them toward their mission. PR]

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  9. S Silver says:

    “There will come a time in the future when the Lord’s people will be commanded to step away from society, from the places designated for them by their leaders, and seek refuge according to the revelation the Lord gives them. It will seem counter intuitive, but will literally save many of their lives.”

    I recently had a dream where I saw family men quickly buying pre-made cabins, structures and manufactured homes (existing, move-in ready structures) that could be transported and placed onto small acreage parcels of rural land that they owned or had recently purchased. These men did not seem to care about school districts, kid’s sports leagues, nearby entertainment nor even internet speed. The entire focus was on getting their wives and children safely sheltered under a roof on land where they could grow food. I felt their intense concern in my dream.

    When you say people will be led by the Lord to step away from society, is it likely for it to be in stages where they flee the cities and suburbs for country homes and then perhaps later flee to wilderness retreats? Or is it likely to be just one move to places of refuge? [There will be various scenarios, but they will all be disconnecting from society. PR]

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  10. Rebecca Brent says:

    Disconnected from society? Will society still be intact? [Although the infrastructure is in shambles, society will continue to exist. PR]

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  11. S Silver says:

    “Although the infrastructure is in shambles, society will continue to exist.”

    What infrastructure is in shambles? Electricity, internet, banking? [Yes. That is all I can say about it. PR]

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  12. truthseeker1820 says:

    Can you say where the land of Jershon is located? You said it’s between the Ohio River and Great Lakes, which sounds like it encompasses Ohio and maybe some neighboring states. [That’s all I can say specifically. PR]

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  13. daniel Dylan says:

    [There will come a time in the future when the Lord’s people will be commanded to step away from society, from the places designated for them by their leaders, and seek refuge according to the revelation the Lord gives them. It will seem counter intuitive, but will literally save many of their lives. PR] I’m a little confused over the wording. When we are told to step away from society ( do you mean the homes we are already living in ) or ( are we already in LDS church refuges and need to leave to save our lives because the enemy will seek them out ? ) Thank you for your patience with my questions. I so appreciate your responses. This statement just had me confused and I needed clarifying. Thank you. 🙂 [It means to separate from society, including institutional groups. This will include the church. No person will be able to live on borrowed light. PR]

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  14. Rebecca Brent says:

    Sorry, could you please explain what you mean by no one living on borrowed light? Is this what the church/institutions are doing or the people that will be led out? I guess I need some clarification too! [Borrowed light means that one’s faith is dependent upon a person, and not personal revelation. This is especially critical for those that have stewardship over families. That is all I can say on the matter. PR]

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  15. SoGrtful says:

    In verse 2, the Amalekites began to destroy the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi AGAIN. Just wondering if you know if we’re talking about another 1,000 or more? Vs 4 says “Ammon and his brethren saw this work of destruction….” Do you know what they were doing during this gut-wrenching scene? [The land was spread out. The killing was taking place on the peripheral of the land. Ammon and his brethren were seeing to the affairs of the church when they got word. How many were killed, I do not know. PR]

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