Ammon now turns from the salvation of the Lamanites to the more personal salvation he and his brethren underwent. Verse 17 is the beginning of his declaration of the path that they had individually walked. These were men who has attempted to destroy the church of God, and rather than detroy them, God transformed them. It is very likely that Ammon saw in the transformation of the Lamanites a direct parallel to his and his brothers’ experience. All were enemies of the church, and all were transformed into powerful testators for God.