1 Now these are the words which Amulek preached unto the people who were in the land of Ammonihah, saying:
2 I am Amulek; I am the son of Giddonah, who was the son of Ishmael, who was a descendant of Aminadi; and it was that same Aminadi who interpreted the writing which was upon the wall of the temple, which was written by the finger of God. [I need to ask about this.]
This is a journal entry describing what I was shown related to the above verse:
“The Lord showed me the temple that existed in the Land of Nephi. It was made of large stones on the foundation up to perhaps 4 feet and then the rest of the temple was made of wood. There was an outer barrier of wood poles, which was at times covered with white cloth. Two pillars stood in the front of the temple, which was similar to the Temple of Solomon, but much smaller and simple.
Aminadi was a priest in the temple, a descendant of Nephi, and a prophet amongst the people during the time of Jarom. In fact, the Lord had me go to Jarom 1:10, which is a reference to this event, not specifically described. During this time of Nephite history, the people had become very wicked and had forgotten the Lord, setting their hearts upon riches and their own strength. Aminadi would stand at times facing the laver on the south side of the temple. The sun would shine upon the wall and he saw the same thing all the time. When I saw him he had a dark, almost black beard and hair. He wore clothing that was white with colors and a hat.
One day he noticed some writing on the wall, each character about the size of a man’s palm. It was in an unknown glyph, which reminded me of Jaredite writing I have seen before. The words were translated by Aminadi to read “If my people do not remember the commandments of their God, they will be removed from the land of their inheritance.” Aminadi showed this to the high priest and the people were made aware of it, but most felt it was a hoax and dismissed it as such. In the days of Amaleki, Mosiah led a people out of the land of Nephi to avoid its destruction.”
3 And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi, who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem, who was a descendant of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph who was sold into Egypt by the hands of his brethren. [Here we are told directly for the first time that Lehi was a descendant of Manasseh. There are essentially three tribes of Israel represented in America: Judah (Mulekites), Ephraim (Ishmaelites), and Manasseh (Nephites).]
4 And behold, I am also a man of no small reputation among all those who know me; yea, and behold, I have many kindreds and friends, and I have also acquired much riches by the hand of my industry. [A merchant of woven cloth, and other related products.]
5 Nevertheless, after all this, I never have known much of the ways of the Lord, and his mysteries and marvelous power. I said I never had known much of these things; but behold, I mistake, for I have seen much of his mysteries and his marvelous power; yea, even in the preservation of the lives of this people. [Having said this, Amulek was a great seeker of God, he just didn’t know where to look. Many of us are like Amulek with great desires to know the Lord, but not understanding how to exercise the faith to open that door.]
6 Nevertheless, I did harden my heart, for I was called many times and I would not hear [He dismissed the thoughts as his imagination.]; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know [the effects of unbelief]; therefore I went on rebelling against God, in the wickedness of my heart [sinning without knowing], even until the fourth day of this seventh month [around September], which is in the tenth year of the reign of the judges. [How the Nephites counted the years.]
All of us are guilty of dismissing the promptings of the Holy Spirit at times. Some may even have daylight visions to get their attention, yet see them as fancies of the imagination. The Lord will often speak to the less faithful in a dream, and those are usually brushed aside by those of a carnal mind. What should you do? If your heart is filled with virtue and a desire to know the Lord, you must pay close attention to every thought and image that crosses your mind. You must know that the Lord will speak to you. As you follow through with these revelations, your spiritual senses will be strengthened until the time comes that the gifts of the Spirit will manifest themselves to you in their fullness.
7 As I was journeying to see a very near kindred, behold an angel of the Lord appeared unto me and said: Amulek, return to thine own house, for thou shalt feed a prophet of the Lord; yea, a holy man, who is a chosen man of God; for he has fasted many days because of the sins of this people, and he is an hungered, and thou shalt receive him into thy house and feed him, and he shall bless thee and thy house; and the blessing of the Lord shall rest upon thee and thy house.
8 And it came to pass that I obeyed the voice of the angel, and returned towards my house. And as I was going thither I found the man whom the angel said unto me: Thou shalt receive into thy house—and behold it was this same man who has been speaking unto you concerning the things of God.
9 And the angel said unto me he is a holy man; wherefore I know he is a holy man because it was said by an angel of God.
10 And again, I know that the things whereof he hath testified are true; for behold I say unto you, that as the Lord liveth, even so has he sent his angel to make these things manifest unto me; and this he has done while this Alma hath dwelt at my house. [That is a direct and powerful witness!]
11 For behold, he hath blessed mine house, he hath blessed me, and my women, and my children, and my father and my kinsfolk; yea, even all my kindred hath he blessed, and the blessing of the Lord hath rested upon us according to the words which he spake. [Amulek cared for his parents and extended family.]
12 And now, when Amulek had spoken these words the people began to be astonished, seeing there was more than one witness who testified of the things whereof they were accused, and also of the things which were to come, according to the spirit of prophecy which was in them.
13 Nevertheless, there were some among them who thought to question them, that by their cunning devices they might catch them in their words, that they might find witness against them, that they might deliver them to their judges that they might be judged according to the law, and that they might be slain or cast into prison, according to the crime which they could make appear or witness against them. [If it could be proven that their words were a lie, that their beliefs were to cause fear in others, they could be sent to prison according to their laws.]
14 Now it was those men who sought to destroy them, who were lawyers, who were hired or appointed by the people to administer the law at their times of trials, or at the trials of the crimes of the people before the judges.
15 Now these lawyers were learned in all the arts and cunning of the people; and this was to enable them that they might be skilful in their profession.
16 And it came to pass that they began to question Amulek, that thereby they might make him cross his words, or contradict the words which he should speak.
17 Now they knew not that Amulek could know of their designs. But it came to pass as they began to question him, he perceived their thoughts [gift of discernment], and he said unto them: O ye wicked and perverse generation, ye lawyers and hypocrites, for ye are laying the foundations of the devil; for ye are laying traps and snares to catch the holy ones of God.
18 Ye are laying plans to pervert the ways of the righteous, and to bring down the wrath of God upon your heads, even to the utter destruction of this people.
19 Yea, well did Mosiah say, who was our last king, when he was about to deliver up the kingdom, having no one to confer it upon, causing that this people should be governed by their own voices—yea, well did he say that if the time should come that the voice of this people should choose iniquity, that is, if the time should come that this people should fall into transgression, they would be ripe for destruction. [A good reference because the people knew well the laws that had been implemented since the time of King Mosiah.]
20 And now I say unto you that well doth the Lord judge of your iniquities; well doth he cry unto this people, by the voice of his angels: Repent ye, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
21 Yea, well doth he cry, by the voice of his angels that: I will come down among my people, with equity and justice in my hands.
22 Yea, and I say unto you that if it were not for the prayers of the righteous, who are now in the land, that ye would even now be visited with utter destruction; yet it would not be by flood, as were the people in the days of Noah, but it would be by famine, and by pestilence, and the sword. [Again, this verse has application to our time today. America is hanging by a thread, and if it were not for the prayer of the righteous it would be destroyed already.]
23 But it is by the prayers of the righteous that ye are spared; now therefore, if ye will cast out the righteous from among you then will not the Lord stay his hand; but in his fierce anger he will come out against you; then ye shall be smitten by famine, and by pestilence, and by the sword; and the time is soon at hand except ye repent. [And this shall be the end result of our country, as the wicked and the righteous divide until their is no grey line. Can you see this happening? At that point the judgments of God will be unleashed.]
24 And now it came to pass that the people were more angry with Amulek, and they cried out, saying: This man doth revile against our laws which are just, and our wise lawyers whom we have selected.
25 But Amulek stretched forth his hand [the sign of a servant], and cried the mightier unto them, saying: O ye wicked and perverse generation [people], why hath Satan got such great hold upon your hearts? Why will ye yield yourselves unto him that he may have power over you, to blind your eyes, that ye will not understand the words which are spoken, according to their truth?
26 For behold, have I testified against your law? Ye do not understand; ye say that I have spoken against your law; but I have not, but I have spoken in favor of your law, to your condemnation. [To seek to overthrow the law was a crime, but to condemn according to the law was not.]
27 And now behold, I say unto you, that the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.
28 And now it came to pass that when Amulek had spoken these words the people cried out against him, saying: Now we know that this man is a child of the devil, for he hath lied unto us; for he hath spoken against our law. And now he says that he has not spoken against it. [The equivalent of treason in our day. Freedom of speech was not a Nephite’ right.]
29 And again, he has reviled against our lawyers, and our judges.
30 And it came to pass that the lawyers put it into their hearts that they should remember these things against him.
31 And there was one among them whose name was Zeezrom. Now he was the foremost to accuse Amulek and Alma, he being one of the most expert among them, having much business to do among the people.
32 Now the object of these lawyers was to get gain; and they got gain according to their employ.
This chapter demonstrates the complexity of maneuvering the Nephite judicial laws of their day. What Alma and Amulek were doing was a risky venture and this was well understood by them. Alma, being the former chief judge knew how such things worked and with the Holy Spirit was able to plan accordingly.