More prophesy to be fulfilled. I love the Book of Mormon and the stories contained withing. I love that I can close my eyes and feel myself on the outskirts of a battle field and envision what it would look like and hear the clashing of swords against one another. I don’t really care to see all the blood and gore, but I do like the sounds of all of the voices and the nose of war. I know, I’m weird.
The beginning of Alma 3 is just days after the war between the Amlicites and Lamanites versus the Nephites had ended. The Nephites had buried their dead and there were so many of them that they didn’t count. Men, women and children perished in this horrific battle and even flocks, herds and fields were destroyed. The bones of the Amlicites and Lamanites that weren’t picked by the vultures in the wilderness were buried in the depths of the waters at Sidon.
The Amlicites that had joined the Lamanites, for reasons unbeknownst to anyone else at the time, decided that they wanted to mark themselves. They chose to do so by marking their foreheads in some way with the color red. We learn that the Lamanites have shaved heads and only wear a loin cloth and armor, but the Amlicites choose to leave their hair and put this red mark on their head. They have made their own people, but have fulfilled the words of the prophet Nephi by doing so. The Amlicites have marked themselves as being willfully disobedient to God and have chosen whom they will follow.
Another battle ensues between a new group of Lamanites and the Nephites just days after they get all of their dead buried. Alma, unable to fight due to a wound from the previous struggle sends his armies out. The Nephites are able to defend themselves and send the Lamanites into retreat. Peace again is restored in the land of Zarahemla and the Nephites are able to begin a rebuilding process to care for themselves, their families, widows, and orphans.
I really like the plainness of verse 27 that tells us that each and every person will be judged at the last day for their own deeds and choices.
I leave this chapter blog with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.