Amalickiah and his Followers

Amalickiah’s Conquest of the Land of Nephi

Alma 47:20

Amalickiah marches his army to the city of Nephi.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies (for he had gained his desires) to the land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city.

Alma 47:21

Amalickiah meets the king, who is pleased that Amalickiah gathered such a large army.

And the king came out to meet him with his guards, for he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his commands, and that Amalickiah had gathered together so great an army to go against the Nephites to battle.

Alma 47:22

Amalickiah’s servants approach the king and greet him with a bow.

But behold, as the king came out to meet him Amalickiah caused that his servants should go forth to meet the king. And they went and bowed themselves before the king, as if to reverence him because of his greatness.

Alma 47:23

The king raises his hand as if to lift them from their bow as a token of peace.

And it came to pass that the king put forth his hand to raise them, as was the custom with the Lamanites, as a token of peace, which custom they had taken from the Nephites.

Alma 47:24

As the king raises the first servant, the servant stabs the king in the heart; the king falls to the ground.

And it came to pass that when he had raised the first from the ground, behold he stabbed the king to the heart; and he fell to the earth.

Alma 47:25–26

Frightened, the innocent servants of the king run away, and the guilty servants of Amalickiah begin blaming them for the king’s death.

Now the servants of the king fled; and the servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:

“Behold, the servants of the king have stabbed him to the heart, and he has fallen and they have fled; behold, come and see. ”

Alma 47:27

Amalickiah and his army approach the crime scene, and pretending to be angry, he orders that the king’s servants be apprehended and put to death.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah commanded that his armies should march forth and see what had happened to the king; and when they had come to the spot, and found the king lying in his gore, Amalickiah pretended to be wroth, and said:

“Whosoever loved the king, let him go forth, and pursue his servants that they may be slain.”

Alma 47:28

A search party is dispatched in search of the innocent servants.

And it came to pass that all they who loved the king, when they heard these words, came forth and pursued after the servants of the king.

Alma 47:29

Seeing they are being followed, the servants of the king escape northward, and arrive in the land of Zarahemla, where they join the Ammonites.

Now when the servants of the king saw an army pursuing after them, they were frightened again, and fled into the wilderness, and came over into the land of Zarahemla and joined the people of Ammon.

Alma 47:30–31

The search party returns empty handed, and thus Amalickiah, through fraud, murder, and deceit, gains total control over the Lamanites.

And the army which pursued after them returned, having pursued after them in vain; and thus Amalickiah, by his fraud, gained the hearts of the people. And it came to pass on the morrow he entered the city Nephi with his armies, and took possession of the city.

Alma 47:32–33

When the queen finds out about the king’s death, she calls for Amalickiah and requests witnesses of the murder.

And now it came to pass that the queen, when she had heard that the king was slain—for Amalickiah had sent an embassy to the queen informing her that the king had been slain by his servants, that he had pursued them with his army, but it was in vain, and they had made their escape—Therefore, when the queen had received this message she sent unto Amalickiah, desiring him that he would spare the people of the city; and she also desired him that he should come in unto her; and she also desired him that he should bring witnesses with him to testify concerning the death of the king.

Alma 47:34

Amalickiah meets the queen with his servants who killed the king; and they tell about the king’s servants who escape, and the queen believes them.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah took the same servant that slew the king, and all them who were with him, and went in unto the queen, unto the place where she sat; and they all testified unto her that the king was slain by his own servants; and they said also:

“They have fled; does not this testify against them?”

And thus they satisfied the queen concerning the death of the king.

Alma 47:35

Amalickiah eventually marries the queen, and thus becomes the supreme authority over the entire Lamanite nation.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen, and took her unto him to wife; and thus by his fraud, and by the assistance of his cunning servants, he obtained the kingdom; yea, he was acknowledged king throughout all the land, among all the people of the Lamanites, who were composed of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, and all the dissenters of the Nephites, from the reign of Nephi down to the present time.

Alma 47:36

Those like Amalickiah, the Nephite dissenters, often become more wicked and ferocious than those who never knew the way of the Lord.

Now these dissenters, having the same instruction and the same information of the Nephites, yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the Lord, nevertheless, it is strange to relate, not long after their dissensions they became more hardened and impenitent, and more wild, wicked and ferocious than the Lamanites— drinking in with the traditions of the Lamanites; giving way to indolence, and all manner of lasciviousness; yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their God.