Sunday, May 27, 2007

Alma 25

Nehors kill Nehors

We know that many of the Amalekites and Amulonites believed as the Nehors did. What is interesting to note is that the Lamanites and Amalekites and Amulonites who were believers of Nehor (Alma 21:4) actually killed their fellow believers … the Nehors of Ammonihah (see Alma 16:11). This is just another proof that Satan “will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.” (Alma 30:60)

Seeds Once Planted

Once these Lamanites who were controlled by the Amalekites and Amulonites were defeated by the Nephites, they were again persecuted by these same Amalelites and Amulonites in the east wilderness. (Alma 25:5) These Lamanites finally began to realize the truthfulness of Aaron’s words which were preached to them. As such, they “began to disbelieve the traditions of their fathers, and to believe in the Lord.” Consequently, “many of them converted in the wilderness.” (Alma 25:6)

Aaron and his brethren thought that many of these Lamanites were too hard to convert. They did not know at the time that they were actually planting seeds. Because of Aaron and his brethren, many of these Lamanites became converted even though Aaron and his brethren were not present at the time of their conversion. We too ought to remember that sometimes our job is to plant seeds.

Prophecy Fulfilled

Abinadi prophesied that as Amulon and the priests of Noah burnt him, so too would their descendents do the same to many innocent people. Consequently because of their persecuting others, the seed of Amulon and the priests of Noah were hunted down and smitten.

More Fallout from the Conversion in the Wilderness

Once these Lamanites began to see the error of their ways, they were converted and returned to their own lands and joined themselves to the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. They too made a covenant and buried their weapons of war. (Alma 25:14)

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