And Ammon Began to Speak with Boldness

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Notwithstanding Lamoni's deceitful cunning in his attempt to beguile Ammon into disclosing the source of his great power, Ammon seized the opportunity to question the king about sacred things, and afterwards to expound to him the principles of Life and Salvation.

Ammon's first question to the king was, "Believest thou there is a God?" To Ammon's bold question Lamoni was without an answer. "I do not know what that meaneth," he said. In explaining the meaning of his question, Ammon told the king that the Great Spirit in whom the king did believe was God, (v. 5) and that the Great Spirit, or God, was the Creator of all things both in Heaven and upon the earth.

The questions asked by Ammon, and his explanation of them awakened in Lamoni a dormant sense of truth and justice. A mutual exposition of the beliefs of each gave Ammon the chance he had been waiting for. He set forth the meaning, or the purpose of God's Plan of Salvation; he told the king that in the beginning all men were created after the image of God, and that he had been called by God's Holy Spirit to teach these things to the people that in the end they would be just and seek what is true.

Art thou sent from God? Ammon's answer to Lamoni's direct question was equally to the point. Abiding in Ammon was an undivided portion of God's Spirit which gave unto him a clear perception of truth. In other words, the Holy Spirit of God imbued Ammon with a knowledge of that which is just and true. That Spirit also gave him power to do those things which he saw fit and in which the Holy Spirit concurred. It was by this power that Ammon was able to save the king's flocks at the Waters of Sebus, and by it he attended to his duties as a servant to the king. In righteousness, Ammon told Lamoni, all things are possible according to the faith one has in God.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3