Aaron’s Missionary Labors

The King’s Conversion

Alma 22:15

The king asks what he must do to be born of God, and receive eternal life.

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? Yea, 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? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.”

Alma 22:16

Aaron tells him to have faith, repent and pray.

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.”

Alma 22:17–18

The king kneels down and prays—he asks to know God, and offers to forsake all his sins.

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.”

Alma 22:18

Upon uttering this prayer, the king falls down, apparently dead.

And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead.

Alma 22:19

The servants run and tell the queen that the king is down; the queen, seeing her prostrate husband and Aaron and his friends standing next to him, orders their execution.

And it came to pass that his servants ran and told the queen all that had happened unto the king. 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.

Alma 22:20

The servants, who knew that the missionaries did not attack the king, explain to the queen that they are protected by a supernatural force.

Now the servants had seen the cause of the king’s fall, therefore they durst not lay their hands on Aaron and his brethren; and they pled with the queen saying:

“Why commandest thou that we should slay these men, when behold one of them is mightier than us all? Therefore we shall fall before them.”

Alma 22:21

The queen, seeing the servants’ apparent fear, orders the citizens to lynch Aaron and his companions.

Now when the queen saw the fear of the servants she also began to fear exceedingly, lest there should some evil come upon her. And she commanded her servants that they should go and call the people, that they might slay Aaron and his brethren.

Alma 22:22

Aaron, fearing unrest among the people, commands the king to stand.

Now when Aaron saw the determination of the queen, 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.”

Alma 22:23

The king gets up, converted, and begins converting his household.

And he stood upon his feet, receiving his strength. Now this was done in the presence of the queen and many of the servants. And when they saw it they greatly marveled, and began to fear. And the king stood forth, and began to minister unto them. And he did minister unto them, insomuch that his whole household were converted unto the Lord.

Alma 22:24

The mob that had gathered to lynch the missionaries wonder what is going on.

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.

Alma 22:25–26

The king comes out and assures them that they did him no harm, and tells the missionaries to preach to the mob.

But the king stood forth among them and administered unto them. And they were pacified towards Aaron and those who were with him.

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.