Alma

Alma 24

War…

Many people, as we already know, were not converted unto the Lord.  These people got really cranky with those that were now the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and they were out for persecution.  The Lamanites, Amalekites, and the Amulonites came together and prepared to march against the Anti-Nephi-Lehies in war.

The king who had been converted, turned the king over to his son who was then called Anti-Nephi-Lehi and this same year the king died.  Anti-Nephi-Lehi then declared as they saw that the Lamanites and others were going to come against them in war that they should bury their weapons deep in the earth and promise to never go into battle.  They recognized their many grievous sins of their past and having been converted did not want to have any part of slaying another man. The  people willingly buried their weapons deep in the earth as a sign for all that they would more give up their lives to those that come against them than commit any further sin.

War it was.  The group of Lamanites and others came against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi and slayed 1,005 men who died crying the praises of God.  The Lamanites realized that they weren’t fighting back and that they were dying crying the praises of the Lord and stopped fighting and had their hearts filled with compassion.  They then repented of what they had done and also threw away their weapons of war.  Many Lamanites were converted this day, more than were slain.

Of those that were converted, none of them were Amalekites or Amulonites.  We learn in the very last verse a plain and simple gospel principle: when one has learned of the gospel and known of righteousness and turned away from it into sin and transgression, the heart grows harder and into a state that is worse than the state of someone that has never known of the gospel or righteousness.

And I leave this post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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