Amalickiah and his Followers

Beginning of Amalickiah’s War Campaign

Alma 48:1

As king of the Lamanites, Amalickiah starts a campaign against the Nephites; he sends messengers among his Lamanites people to publicly speak against the Nephites.

And now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom he began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi; yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from their towers, against the Nephites.

Alma 48:2–4

The campaign is successful, and the Lamanites develop an increasing attitude of hostility towards the Nephites, and Amalickiah gathers a huge army, determined to conquer and enslave the Nephites.

And thus he did inspire their hearts against the Nephites, insomuch that in the latter end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges, he having accomplished his designs thus far, yea, having been made king over the Lamanites, he sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites.

Therefore he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger, insomuch that he had gathered together a numerous host to go to battle against the Nephites. For he was determined, because of the greatness of the number of his people, to overpower the Nephites and to bring them into bondage.

Alma 48:5

Amalickiah appoints Zoramites as chief captains of his army—the Zoramites, being former Nephites, knew the Nephite strategies and weaknesses well.

And thus he did appoint chief captains of the Zoramites, they being the most acquainted with the strength of the Nephites, and their places of resort, and the weakest parts of their cities; therefore he appointed them to be chief captains over his armies.

Alma 48:6

Amalickiah leads his troops in a massive march towards Zarahemla.

And it came to pass that they took their camp, and moved forth toward the land of Zarahemla in the wilderness.