Ammon Perceived the Thoughts of the King

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Ammon, living near unto God was filled with His Spirit, and discerned by it what were the thoughts in the king's heart.

The king marvelled because Ammon knew his hidden thoughts. Ammon's miraculous exploits at the Waters of Sebus in protecting the king's flocks and servants wherein with sling and sword he slew seven of the robbers, and also cut off the arms of many others, filled Lamoni with amazement, leaving him in bewildered wonderment. Although such feats of strength and physical courage were beforetime unheard of among them, the savage Lamanite nature took in it an intense delight or satisfaction. But, not so with King Lamoni. He continued to marvel. Ammon, in a very tactful way, suggest to the king that all these things were only what should be expected of a servant, and in themselves were only the result of duty performed by him. Ammon told Lamoni that as long as he was the king's servant he would do all the king desired, but only if it were right. I am a man, and am thy servant, command me, and whatsoever thou doth wish, I will do.

Lamoni listened fearingly to the attempts Ammon made to assuage or pacify his trepidation. However, he again began to wonder how it was that Ammon could make out as with the eye his innermost thoughts. At last, when his fears had been allayed, Lamoni commenced to speak. The thought that was uppermost in his mind, first found expression. Who art thou? Art thou that Great Spirit, who knows all things?

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3