Ammon Rehearsed to the King All Things from the Beginning of the World

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

After Ammon had disclosed to King Lamoni wherefrom the great power came that enabled him in his service as one of the king's servants, he began to expound the records and Scriptures of the Nephites down to the time that father Lehi, the great progenitor of both the Nephites and Lamanites, left Jerusalem. He related to Lamoni the sufferings of Lehi's little company in their journey through the wilderness, of the hunger and thirst they had endured, and also of the blessings they received through their faith in God. He told the king of Adam, and of the punishment his disobedience brought upon all mankind. But not only did Ammon stress the words of the ancient Hebrew prophets, he gave equal significance to those of the Nephites. He told the king and also his servants who had congregated around him about the rebellions of Laman and Lemuel, and of their being assisted in their uprisings by the sons of Ishmael. He further told them that the wicked traditions of their fathers which had been handed down to them were not true, and of the desire of the Nephites to live with their brethren, the Lamanites, in peace and concord.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3