“They Had Seen Angels”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
Angels have a significant mission. They preach the gospel. They bear witness of Christ and his gospel to the “chosen vessels,” that the chosen vessels may then bear witness to the residue of the people (see Moroni 7:31-32).

“The Seed of Amulon”

It became obvious to some among the Lamanites that the power of God was with the Nephites. As they lamented their afflictions, they were reminded of the words Aaron and his brethren had spoken to them and realized that the traditions of their fathers were lies and vanity. Such thinking would have been regarded as traitorous by the children of Amulon, who, in the dark spirit of their father, caused that the Lamanites who had started to believe in the Lord should be burned to death.

In so doing, the seed of Amulon was fulfilling the prophecy of Abinadi who, while he was being scorched by the flames that took his life, cried out saying: “Behold, even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire; and this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God” (Mosiah 17:15).

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3