|17:1 And now it came to pass that as Alma was
journeying from the land of Gideon southward, away to the
land of Manti, behold, to his astonishment, he met with
the sons of Mosiah journeying towards the land of
|17:2 Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the
time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma
did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what
added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in
the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge
of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding
and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that
they might know the word of God.
|17:3 But this is not all; they had given themselves
to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the
spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and
when they taught, they taught with power and authority of
|17:4 And they had been teaching the word of God for
the space of fourteen years among the Lamanites, having
had much success in bringing many to the knowledge of the
truth; yea, by the power of their words many were brought
before the altar of God, to call on his name and confess
their sins before him.
|17:5 Now these are the circumstances which attended
them in their journeyings, for they had many afflictions;
they did suffer much, both in body and in mind, such as
hunger, thirst and fatigue, and also much labor in the
|17:6 Now these were their journeyings: Having taken
leave of their father, Mosiah, in the first year of the
judges; having refused the kingdom which their father was
desirous to confer upon them, and also this was the minds
of the people;
|17:7 Nevertheless they departed out of the land of
Zarahemla, and took their swords, and their
spears, and their bows, and their arrows, and their
slings; and this they did that they might provide food
for themselves while in the wilderness.
|17:8 And thus they departed into the wilderness with
their numbers which they had selected, to go up to the
land of Nephi, to preach the word of God unto the
|17:9 And it came to pass that they journeyed many
days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and prayed
much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his
Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they
might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring, if
it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the
knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness
of the traditions of their fathers, which were not
|17:10 And it came to pass that the Lord did visit
them with his Spirit, and said unto them: Be comforted.
And they were comforted.
|17:11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth
among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word;
yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and
afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto
them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my
hands unto the salvation of many souls.
|17:12 And it came to pass that the hearts of the sons
of Mosiah, and also those who were with them, took
courage to go forth unto the Lamanites to declare unto
them the word of God.
|17:13 And it came to pass when they had arrived in
the borders of the land of the Lamanites, that they
separated themselves and departed one from another,
trusting in the Lord that they should meet again at the
close of their harvest; for they supposed that great was
the work which they had undertaken.
|17:14 And assuredly it was great, for they had
undertaken to preach the word of God to a wild and a
hardened and a ferocious people; a people who delighted
in murdering the Nephites, and robbing and plundering
them; and their hearts were set upon riches, or upon gold
and silver, and precious stones; yet they sought to
obtain these things by murdering and plundering, that
they might not labor for them with their own hands.
|17:15 Thus they were a very indolent people, many of
whom did worship idols, and the curse of God had fallen
upon them because of the traditions of their fathers;
notwithstanding the promises of the Lord were extended
unto them on the conditions of repentance.
|17:16 Therefore, this was the cause for which the
sons of Mosiah had undertaken the work, that perhaps they
might bring them unto repentance; that perhaps they might
bring them to know of the plan of redemption.
|17:17 Therefore they separated themselves one from
another, and went forth among them, every man alone,
according to the word and power of God which was given
|17:18 Now Ammon being the chief among them, or rather
he did administer unto them, and he departed from them,
after having blessed them according to their several
stations, having imparted the word of God unto them, or
administered unto them before his departure; and thus
they took their several journeys throughout the land.
|17:19 And Ammon went to the land of Ishmael, the land
being called after the sons of Ishmael, who also became
|17:20 And as Ammon entered the land of Ishmael, the
Lamanites took him and bound him, as was their custom to
bind all the Nephites who fell into their hands, and
carry them before the king; and thus it was left to the
pleasure of the king to slay them, or to retain them in
captivity, or to cast them into prison, or to cast them
out of his land, according to his will and pleasure.
|17:21 And thus Ammon was carried before the king who
was over the land of Ishmael; and his name was Lamoni;
and he was a descendant of Ishmael.
|17:22 And the king inquired of Ammon if it were his
desire to dwell in the land among the Lamanites, or among
|17:23 And Ammon said unto him: Yea, I desire to dwell
among this people for a time; yea, and perhaps until the
day I die.
|17:24 And it came to pass that king Lamoni was much
pleased with Ammon, and caused that his bands should be
loosed; and he would that Ammon should take one of his
daughters to wife.
|17:25 But Ammon said unto him: Nay, but I will be thy
servant. Therefore Ammon became a servant to king Lamoni.
And it came to pass that he was set among other servants
to watch the flocks of Lamoni, according to the custom of
|17:26 And after he had been in the service of the
king three days, as he was with the Lamanitish servants
going forth with their flocks to the place of water,
which was called the water of Sebus, and all the
Lamanites drive their flocks hither, that they may have
|17:27 Therefore, as Ammon and the servants of the
king were driving forth their flocks to this place of
water, behold, a certain number of the Lamanites, who had
been with their flocks to water, stood and scattered the
flocks of Ammon and the servants of the king, and they
scattered them insomuch that they fled many ways.
|17:28 Now the servants of the king began to murmur,
saying: Now the king will slay us, as he has our brethren
because their flocks were scattered by the wickedness of
these men. And they began to weep exceedingly, saying:
Behold, our flocks are scattered already.
|17:29 Now they wept because of the fear of being
slain. Now when Ammon saw this his heart was swollen
within him with joy; for, said he, I will show forth my
power unto these my fellow-servants, or the power which
is in me, in restoring these flocks unto the king, that I
may win the hearts of these my fellow-servants, that I
may lead them to believe in my words.
|17:30 And now, these were the thoughts of Ammon, when
he saw the afflictions of those whom he termed to be his
|17:31 And it came to pass that he flattered them by
his words, saying: My brethren, be of good cheer and let
us go in search of the flocks, and we will gather them
together and bring them back unto the place of water; and
thus we will preserve the flocks unto the king and he
will not slay us.
|17:32 And it came to pass that they went in search of
the flocks, and they did follow Ammon, and they rushed
forth with much swiftness and did head the flocks of the
king, and did gather them together again to the place of
|17:33 And those men again stood to scatter their
flocks; but Ammon said unto his brethren: Encircle the
flocks round about that they flee not; and I go and
contend with these men who do scatter our flocks.
|17:34 Therefore, they did as Ammon commanded them,
and he went forth and stood to contend with those who
stood by the waters of Sebus; and they were in number not
|17:35 Therefore they did not fear Ammon, for they
supposed that one of their men could slay him according
to their pleasure, for they knew not that the Lord had
promised Mosiah that he would deliver his sons out of
their hands; neither did they know anything concerning
the Lord; therefore they delighted in the destruction of
their brethren; and for this cause they stood to scatter
the flocks of the king.
|17:36 But Ammon stood forth and began to cast stones
at them with his sling; yea, with mighty power he did
sling stones amongst them; and thus he slew a certain
number of them insomuch that they began to be astonished
at his power; nevertheless they were angry because of the
slain of their brethren, and they were determined that he
should fall; therefore, seeing that they could not hit
him with their stones, they came forth with clubs to slay
|17:37 But behold, every man that lifted his club to
smite Ammon, he smote off their arms with his sword; for he did withstand their blows by smiting
their arms with the edge of his sword, insomuch that they
began to be astonished, and began to flee before him;
yea, and they were not few in number; and he caused them
to flee by the strength of his arm.
|17:38 Now six of them had fallen by the sling, but he
slew none save it were their leader with his sword; and he smote off as many of their arms as were
lifted against him, and they were not a few.
|17:39 And when he had driven them afar off, he
returned and they watered their flocks and returned them
to the pasture of the king, and then went in unto the
king, bearing the arms which had been smitten off by the sword of Ammon, of those who sought to slay him; and
they were carried in unto the king for a testimony of the
things which they had done.