What a lovely chapter Alma 46 is. Some men die, but really….. a fantastic story contained in these 41 verses.
The chapter begins with many of the Nephites not following the words of Helaman and dissenting with a man named Amalickiah. Amalickiah wanted to be king and many of the lower judges followed him because they were desirous to have power.
Take a good read of verse eight and apply the doctrine and principle study skill here…. “Thus wee see how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity and to be led away by the evil one.” I believe that this is so very true….. how quickly people forget God if they are not centered on Christ each and every day.
With the people following Amalickiah, Moroni was distraught (remember that he is the leader of the Nephite armies). Verse 12 reads: “And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it- In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children- and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.” We then learn that Moroni prayed to Heavenly Father and asked for a blessing for all of those that would believe on Christ and thus the people would be called Christians. After Moroni’s prayer, many came to Moroni and covenanted to keep the commandments and they also tossed in their coats. I love the symbolism that the Nephites use here and that they pay tribute to their ancestors Jacob and Joseph.
When the people that were followin Amalickiah saw how many Christians there were, they decided to leave Zarahemla, but Moroni headed them off. Many of these men changed their minds and also entered into covenant, however, some did flee into the wilderness.
This chapter closes with Moroni declaring liberty through all of the land of the Nephites and with Helaman maintaining order over the church. Many people went unto the Lord in death, due to some illness and old age, but those that died with faith in Christ, were happy in Him.
And I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.