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Alma 52 – 63: The Power of Covenants
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Who were the people of Ammon? n Lamanites who had been converted to the gospel through the ministry of Ammon and the other sons of Mosiah (Alma 18-26) n Because of their conversion, they made a covenant to bury their swords and to die at the hands of their enemies rather than to take up their swords against their enemies. (Alma 24)
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What was the nature of the covenant made by the people of Ammon? (Alma 24:11, 12, 17, 18) The King: n 11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do… to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts , for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain n 12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren. The People: n 17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people … took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth. n 18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood…covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.
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Why were the people of Ammon considering breaking their oath? (Alma 53: 13 ) n 13 But it came to pass that when they saw the danger, and the many afflictions and tribulations which the Nephites bore for them , they were moved with compassion and were desirous to take up arms in the defense of their country.
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Were the people of Ammon justified in considering breaking their oath? (Alma 43: 45- 47 ) n 45 Nevertheless, the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for monarchy nor power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for
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