Amalekite in Jerusalem²

Resident of Jerusalem², Contender with Aaron²

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Amalekite in Jerusalem²

At the beginning of Aaron’s missionary labors among the Lamanites around 90 BC, Aaron preached to the people in the city of Jerusalem, which had been built up by the Lamanites and the Nephite apostates known as Amalekites and Amulonites, who were followers of the tradition of the Nehors. In one of the synagogues where Aaron was preaching, an Amalekite arose and contended with him sharply. “Thou also sayest, except we repent we shall perish. How knowest thou the thought and intent of our hearts? How knowest thou that we have cause to repent? How knowest thou that we are not a righteous people? Behold, we have built sanctuaries, and we do assemble ourselves together to worship God. We do believe that God will save all men”. Aaron asked him, “Believest thou that the Son of God shall come to redeem mankind from their sins?”. When the Amalekite disputed the doctrine as foolishness, Aaron began to teach the scriptures concerning the necessity of the Atonement. But the people responded with anger and would not listen. Seeing the hardness of their hearts, Aaron left them and joined his companion Muloki to continue their labors in other areas. Soon thereafter they were cast into prison and were later freed by Ammon and King Lamoni.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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