Sunday, August 30, 2015

Alma 19:16 - 19:20

Alma 19:16 And it came to pass that they did call on the name of the Lord, in their might, even until they had all fallen to the earth, save it were one of the Lamanitish women, whose name was Abish, she having been converted unto the Lord for many years, on account of a remarkable vision of her father—

The servants had all fainted by the same process as everyone else. They had prayed with all their hearts and as a result they all passed out, except for one Lamanite woman named Abish. She had been converted by a vision that her father had and was already possessing a testimony.

She did not need to go through the cleansing process that the others had to in order to remove their sins. She was already living gospel principles and now recognized what was happening to her fellow servants and masters. It is interesting that her conversion originated with a vision by another family member. Joseph Smith’s father had visions that allowed him to accept young Joseph’s pronouncements that he had seen a vision without ridicule. This all shows extensive advanced planning by our Father in Heaven for events in the lives of his children. All these events had to be in place for what Ammon was going to accomplish on his mission to the Lamanites.

Alma 19:17 Thus, having been converted to the Lord, and never having made it known, therefore, when she saw that all the servants of Lamoni had fallen to the earth, and also her mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon lay prostrate upon the earth, she knew that it was the power of God; and supposing that this opportunity, by making known unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God, therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.

Abish seeing the scene before her of all these people passed out on the floor and knowing that it was the power of God that did it and wanting all the people to know that is was that God did all this, ran out of the palace to tell the people what had happened.

Alma 19:18 And they began to assemble themselves together unto the house of the king. And there came a multitude, and to their astonishment, they beheld the king, and the queen, and their servants prostrate upon the earth, and they all lay there as though they were dead; and they also saw Ammon, and behold, he was a Nephite.

As the people entered the palace and saw everyone laying on the floor and appeared to be dead, they observed that one of them was a Nephite.

Alma 19:19 And now the people began to murmur among themselves; some saying that it was a great evil that had come upon them, or upon the king and his house, because he had suffered that the Nephite should remain in the land.

The people began to debate among themselves what could have caused all this. Some were saying that some evil influence was in their mist. Other thought that it was because the king had allowed a Nephite to be in his service.

Alma 19:20 But others rebuked them, saying: The king hath brought this evil upon his house, because he slew his servants who had had their flocks scattered at the waters of Sebus.

On the other hand, others were saying that the king brought this on himself because he had been executing servants in the pass for allowing his flocks to be scattered in the past at the waters of Sebius.

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