An account of the preaching of Aaron and Muloki and their brethren to
Now when Ammon and his brethren separated themselves in the borders of
the land of the Lamanites, behold Aaron took his journey towards the
land which was called by the Lamanites, Jerusalem, calling it after
the land of their fathers' nativity; and it was away joining the
borders of Mormon.
2 Now the Lamanites and the Amalekites and the
people of Amulon had built a great city which was called Jerusalem.
3 Now the Lamanites of themselves were sufficiently hardened, but the
Amalekites and the Amulonites were still harder.
4 Therefore they did
cause the Lamanites that they should harden their hearts that they
should wax strong in wickedness and their abominations.
5 And it came to pass that Aaron came to the city of Jerusalem and firstly
began to preach to the Amalekites.
6 And he began to preach to them in
their synagogues; for they had built synagogues after the order of
the Nehors; for many of the Amalekites and the Amulonites were after
the order of the Nehors.
7 Therefore as Aaron entered into one of their
synagogues to preach unto the people and as he was speaking unto them
behold there arose an Amalekite and began to contend with him saying,
What is that thou hast testified?
8 Hast thou seen an angel?
9 Why do not
angels appear unto us?
10 Behold are not this people as good as thy
11 Thou also sayest except we repent we shall perish.
knowest thou the thought and intent of our heart?
13 How knowest thou
that we have cause to repent?
14 How knowest thou that we are not a
15 Behold we have built sanctuaries, and we do
assemble ourselves together to worship God.
16 We do believe that God
will save all men.
17 Now Aaron said unto him, Believest thou that the Son of God shall come to
redeem mankind from their sins?
18 And the man said unto him, We do not
believe that thou knowest any such thing.
19 We do not believe in these
20 We do not believe that thou knowest of things to
come neither do we believe that thy fathers and also that our fathers
did know concerning the things which they spake of that which is to
21 Now Aaron began to open the scriptures unto them concerning the coming of
Christ and also concerning the resurrection of the dead and that
there could be no redemption for mankind save it were through the
death and sufferings of Christ, and the atonement of his blood.
it came to pass as he began to expound these things unto them they
were angry with him, and began to mock him and they would not hear
the words which he spake.
23 Therefore when he saw that they would not
hear his words he departed out of their synagogue and came over to a
village which was called Ani-anti and there he found Muloki preaching
the word unto them and also Ammah and his brethren.
24 And they
contended with many about the word.
25 And it came to pass that they saw
that the people would harden their hearts therefore they departed and
came over into the land of Middoni.
26 And they did preach the word unto
many and few believed on the words which they taught.
Aaron and a certain number of his brethren were taken and cast into
prison, and the remainder of them fled out of the land of Middoni
unto the regions round about.
28 And those who were cast into prison
suffered many things, and they were delivered by the hand of Lamoni
and Ammon, and they were fed and clothed.
29 And they went forth again
to declare the word and thus they were delivered for the first time
out of prison, and thus they had suffered.
30 And they went forth
whithersoever they were led by the Spirit of the Lord preaching the
word of God in every synagogue of the Amalekites or in every assembly
of the Lamanites where they could be admitted.
31 And it came to pass that the Lord began to bless them insomuch that they
brought many to the knowledge of the truth yea, they did convince
many of their sins and of the tradition of their fathers which were
32 And it came to pass that Ammon and Lamoni returned from the land of
Middoni to the land of Ishmael which was the land of their
33 And King Lamoni would not suffer that Ammon should serve
him or be his servant, but he caused that there should be synagogues
built in the land of Ishmael, and he caused that his people or the
people who were under his reign should assemble themselves together.
34 And he did rejoice over them, and he did teach them many things.
he did also declare unto them that they were a people who were under
him and that they were a free people that they were free from the
oppression of the king his father for that his father had granted
unto him that he might reign over the people who were in the land of
Ishmael and in all the land round about.
36 And he also declared unto
them that they might have the liberty of worshipping the Lord their
God according to their desires in whatsoever place they were in if it
were in the land which was under the reign of King Lamoni.
37 And Ammon
did preach unto the people of king Lamoni.
38 And it came to pass that
he did teach them all things concerning things pertaining to
39 And he did exhort them daily with all diligence, and
they gave heed unto his word, and they were zealous for keeping the
commandments of God.
40 Now as Ammon was thus teaching the people of
Lamoni continually, we will return to the account of Aaron and his
brethren; for after he departed from the land of Middoni he was led
by the spirit to the land of Nephi even to the house of the king
which was over all the land save it were the land of Ishmael and he
was the father of Lamoni.
41 And it came to pass that he went in unto him into the king's palace, with
his brethren, and bowed himself before the king and said unto him,
Behold O king we are the brethren of Ammon whom thou hast delivered
out of prison.
42 And now O king if thou wilt spare our lives we will be
43 And the king said unto them, Arise for I will grant
unto you your lives, and I will not suffer that ye shall be my
servants, but I will insist that ye shall administer unto me; for I
have been somewhat troubled in mind because of the generosity and the
greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon, and I desire to know the
cause why he has not come up out of Middoni with thee.
44 And Aaron said
unto the king, Behold the spirit of the Lord has called him another
way; he has gone to the land of Ishmael to teach the people of
45 Now the king said unto them, what is this that ye have said
concerning the spirit of the Lord?
46 Behold this is the thing which
doth trouble me.
47 And also, what is this that Ammon said, If ye will
repent ye shall be saved, and if ye will not repent, ye shall be cast
off at the last day?
48 And Aaron answered him and said unto him,
Believest thou that there is a God?
49 And the king said, I know that
the Amalekites say that there is a God, and I have granted unto them
that they should build sanctuaries that they may assemble themselves
together to worship him.
50 And if now thou sayest there is a God behold
I will believe.
51 And now when Aaron heard this his heart began to rejoice, and he said,
Behold assuredly as thou livest O king there is a God.
52 And the king
said, Is God that great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the
land of Jerusalem?
53 And Aaron said unto him, Yea, he is that great
Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth;
believest thou this?
54 And he said, Yea, I believe that the great
Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me
concerning all these things and I will believe thy words.
55 And it came to pass that when Aaron saw that the king would believe his
words he began from the creation of Adam reading the scriptures unto
the king: how God created man after his own image and that God gave
him commandments and that because of transgression man had fallen.
56 And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of
Adam; laying the fall of man before him and their carnal state, and
also the plan of redemption which was prepared from the foundation of
the world through Christ for all whosoever would believe on his name.
57 And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself, but
the sufferings and death of Christ atoneth for their sins through
faith and repentance etc.
58 And that he breaketh the bands of death
that the grave shall have no victory and that the sting of death
should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory and Aaron did expound
all these things unto the king.
59 And it came to pass that after Aaron
had expounded these things unto him, the King said, What shall I do
that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken?
what shall I do that I may be born of God having this wicked spirit
rooted out of my breast and receive his spirit that I may be filled
with joy that I may not be cast off at the last day?
61 Behold, said he,
I will give up all that I possess yea, I will forsake my kingdom that
I may receive this great joy.
62 But Aaron said unto him, If thou
desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou
wilt repent of all thy sins and will bow down before God and call on
his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou
receive the hope which thou desirest.
63 And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did
bow down before the Lord upon his knees yea, even he did prostrate
himself upon the earth and cried mightily saying, O God Aaron hath
told me that there is a God and if there is a God and if thou art God
wilt thou make thyself known unto me and I will give away all my sins
to know thee and that I may be raised from the dead and be saved at
the last day.
64 And now when the king had said these words he was
struck as if he were dead.
65 And it came to pass that his servants ran and told the queen all that had
happened unto the king.
66 And she came in unto the king; and when she
saw him lay as if he were dead and also Aaron and his brethren
standing as though they had been the cause of his fall, she was angry
with them and commanded that her servants or the servants of the king
should take them and slay them.
67 Now the servants had seen the cause
of the king's fall.
68 Therefore they durst not lay their hands on
Aaron, and his brethren and they plead with the queen saying, Why
commandest thou that we should slay these men when behold one of them
is mightier than us all?
69 Therefore we shall fall before them.
when the queen saw the fear of the servants, she also began to fear
exceedingly lest there should some evil come upon her.
71 And she
commanded her servants that they should go and call the people that
they might slay Aaron and his brethren.
72 Now when Aaron saw the
determination of the queen and he also knowing the hardness of the
hearts of the people, feared lest that a multitude should assemble
themselves together and there should be a great contention and a
disturbance among them, therefore he put forth his hand and raised
the king from the earth and said unto him, Stand and he stood upon
his feet receiving his strength.
73 Now this was done in the presence of
the queen and many of the servants.
74 And when they saw it they greatly
marveled and began to fear.
75 And the king stood forth and began to
minister unto them.
76 And he did minister unto them insomuch that his
whole household was converted unto the Lord.
77 Now there was a
multitude gathered together because of the commandment of the queen
and there began to be great murmurings among them because of Aaron
and his brethren.
78 But the king stood forth among them and
administered unto them.
79 And they were pacified towards Aaron and
those who were with him.
80 And it came to pass that when the king saw that the people were pacified,
he caused that Aaron and his brethren should stand forth in the midst
of the multitude and that they should preach the word unto them.
it came to pass that the king sent a proclamation throughout all the
land, amongst all his people who were in all his land, who were in
all the regions round about, which was bordering even to the sea on
the east, and on the west, and which was divided from the land of
Zarahemla by a narrow strip of wilderness, which ran from the sea
east even to the sea west and round about on the borders of the
seashore and the borders of the wilderness, which was on the north by
the land of Zarahemla, through the borders of Manti by the head of
the river Sidon, running from the east towards the west; and thus
were the Lamanites and Nephites divided.
82 Now the more idle part of
the Lamanites lived in the wilderness and dwelt in tents.
83 And they
were spread through the wilderness on the west in the land of Nephi,
yea, and also on the west of the land of Zarahemla, in the borders by
the seashore, and on the west in the land of Nephi, in the place of
their fathers' first inheritance, and thus bordering along by the
84 And also, there were many Lamanites on the east by the
seashore, whither the Nephites had driven them.
85 And thus the Nephites
were nearly surrounded by the Lamanites; nevertheless the Nephites
had taken possession of all the northern parts of the land bordering
on the wilderness at the head of the river Sidon, from the east to
the west, round about on the wilderness side on the north; even until
they came to the land which they called Bountiful.
86 And it bordered on
the land which they called Desolation, it being so far northward that
it came into the land which had been peopled and been destroyed of
whose bones we have spoken which was discovered by the people of
Zarahemla, it being the place of their first landing.
87 And they came
from there up into the south wilderness.
88 Thus, the land on the
northward was called Desolation, and the land on the southward was
called Bountiful, it being the wilderness which is filled with all
manner of wild animals of every kind, a part of which had come from
the land northward for food.
89 And now it was only the distance of a
day and a half's journey for a Nephite, on the line Bountiful and the
land Desolation, from the east to the west sea; and thus the land of
Nephi and the land of Zarahemla were nearly surrounded by water,
there being a small neck of land between the land northward and the
90 And it came to pass that the Nephites had inhabited the land Bountiful,
even from the east unto the west sea, and thus the Nephites in their
wisdom with their guards and their armies had hemmed in the Lamanites
on the south, that thereby they should have no more possession on the
north, that they might not overrun the land northward.
91 Therefore the
Lamanites could have no more possessions only in the land of Nephi,
and in the wilderness round about.
92 Now this was wisdom in the
Nephites; as the Lamanites were Aaron, Omner and Himni and their