Alma 22:1 - 22:5
Alma 22:1 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.
While Ammon returned to the land of under the reign of Lamoni, Aaron was led by the Spirit to the land of Ishmael to visit the father of Lamoni.
Alma 22:2 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.
Aaron enters the palace of the father of Lamoni to introduce himself as the brother of Ammon and that they were the people that he help facilitate their release from prison.
Alma 22:3 And now, O king, if thou wilt spare our lives, we will be thy servants. 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.
Aaron then tries to get the king to allow them to remain in the country by offering what Ammon offered to Lamoni, that is, to be the king’s servant. The king will have none of that but wants to know more concerning what Ammon had been teaching his son Lamoni and why Ammon was so willing to be loving and kind to him with Ammon being a Nephite and all. He also wanted to know why Ammon did not come himself to visit him.
Alma 22:4 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 Lamoni.
Aaron tells the king that the Spirit told Ammon to return to land of Ishmael and continue his efforts with the people of Lamoni.
Alma 22:5 Now the king said unto them: What is this that ye have said concerning the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, this is the thing which doth trouble me.
The king starts off his inquiries by asking about this “Spirit” that both Ammon and Aaron keep referring too. What is it and how does it work. The king is very in his mind over this concept.