Alma 28 is a short and sweet chapter only 14 verses long. But, as we know from previous studies, there is not a single verse in all of scripture that isn’t important. What is it that we are meant to learn, understand and apply from these verses?
So the Anti-Nephi-Lehies are now going to be known as the people of Ammon. These are they who won’t take up arms against anyone, for they know that destruction is abhorrent in the sight of God. Once the people of Ammon were settled in the land of Jershon and surrounded for protection by the Nephites, the Lamanites came from the wilderness to slay them. There was a great battle, “even such as one as never had been known among all the people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem; yea and tens of thousands of Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad.” Many Nephites were also killed in this horrible battle. The people of Zarahemla were in mourning.
This battle ends the story of the Sons of Mosiah and their fifteen years of missionary work. Thousands of souls were brought to the fold and thousands perished in battle. Those in Zarahemla, including those in Jershon, still rejoiced in knowing the promises of the Lord and blessings that they would receive. The end of the story goes like this: “And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men. And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing-sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.”
I leave this with you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.