“Father of Lamoni, King of the Lamanites”

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

The king over all the Lamanite territories at the time of the fourteen-year mission of the sons of Mosiah remains unnamed in the text of the Book of Mormon. He is referred to simply as “the father of Lamoni.” As we have seen, Lamoni is the lesser Lamanite king who has been converted, along with his wife and his court, through the devoted labors of Ammon (see Alma 17–19). The “chance” encounter between the father of Lamoni and his son, who is en route to Middoni with Ammon, sets the stage for the father’s eventual conversion through the ministry of Aaron. It will be through the proclamation of the great king that the Church can be established throughout the Lamanite country. The father of Lamoni is an example of a man of courage who is willing to respond to the Spirit of the Lord in altogether relinquishing the misguided traditions of his fathers and embracing an entirely new way of life.

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1