“Lamanites Began to Hunt the Seed of Amulon and His Brethren and Began to Slay Them”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

Those Lamanites who were converted unto the Lord, and therefore were burned to death by the apostate Nephites, had many relatives and sympathizers who became increasingly angry with the Amulonites because of the loss of their loved ones. Strife and resentment that daily became more bitter roused the malignant passions that were folded up in the breasts of the savage Lamanites. To be ruled by the hated Nephites, or them that they regarded as such, was, they thought, bad enough; but when these rulers exercised unjust authority or wicked dominion even to the taking of innocent lives, open rebellion against the perpetrators thereof seemed to be the Lamanites' only recourse. With each fire the Amulonites kindled, the victims of the martyr's pyre cried aloud for vengeance, and it was not long until their united appeals brought retribution upon the heads of the offending, faithless Nephites. The Lamanites, unwilling to grapple any longer with the merciless rule of the usurpers, "began to hunt the seed of Amulon and his brethren and began to slay them." The pursuit of the renegade Nephites did not end with the overthrow of their forced control of government, but the Lamanites followed the fleeing Amulonites even farther into the East Wilderness to avenge their wanton rule.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3