“I Am a Man”

Brant Gardner

Ammon continues to assert his essential humanity. He says "I am a man." What Ammon now does is take this opportunity to explain much of the plan of life to King Lamoni. He will teach the King what the King should know to understand where Ammon receives his abilities. At this point, we do not know what King Lamoni might have assumed about the Holy Spirit. As a probable polytheist, King Lamoni may have simply accepted the Holy Spirit as another deity of lesser rank. In any case, what Ammon has told the king is that Ammon is a man, but that there is a Holy Spirit associated with God that is the source of his "knowledge, and also according to…faith and desires which are in God."

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon