Amalekites

Group of Nephite apostates

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Amalekites

The Amalekites were a group of apostates in the city of Jerusalem who, like the Amulonites, practiced the philosophy of the Nehors. Aaron, son of Mosiah, preached the Atonement in their synagogues around 90 BC but met with sharp resistance—since they believed all mankind would be saved and saw no need for the Redeemer. “And the Amalekites were not converted, save only one; neither were any of the Amulonites; but they did harden their hearts, and also the hearts of the Lamanites in that part of the land wheresoever they dwelt, yea, and all their villages and all their cities”. The Amalekites stirred up the Lamanites against the Lamanite converts of the sons of Mosiah. They were appointed captains of the Lamanite armies because of their murderous dispositions. Generally, they instigated the Lamanites to go to war against the Nephites.

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

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