Thu - Apr 09, 2009 : 11:38 am
Alma : 20
The first thing that stood out to me this time around was the anger of Lamoni's father. Try to place yourself in the situation Lamoni found himself in. There are so many variables in the situation, it's hard to imagine exactly what was going on with the family undercurrents, but holy cow. Lamoni's father drew his freaking sword and tried to kill his son? Yeah, that happens around here with murderers and such, but this was a king, talking to his son who also was a king. And the only thing Lamoni did was basically say, "nope, I'm not going with you to Ishmael, and I'm not gonna kill Ammon." Very interesting.
Also, wow, talk about a potentially contraversial verse in the next one, verse 17. Maybe Ammon was just saying it for dramatic effect, but how could Ammon know the state of the King's soul to the extent he knew it could not be saved if he were killed right then? Was it due to the anger? Did the King already know about and reject the Gospel of Christ? All I know is that unless you're a prophet, you generally don't say things like, "but if thou shouldst fall at this time, in thine anger, thy soul could not be saved." But Ammon definitely knew what he was talking about.
In reading through the end of this chapter, I'm amazed at Ammon's ingenuity. Because of his selflessness, and his true conversion to the Gospel of Christ, he was inspired to say exactly the words Lamoni's father needed to hear in order to pique his interest. Because of that one encounter, Ammon paved the way for his brother to later go and teach the Gospel to Lamoni's father, the King of all the lands of the Lamanites, which in turn, then opened the doors to preaching the Gospel in other cities.
What amazing missionary work. Really amazing.