Amlicites

Nephite faction desiring king

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Amlicites

The Amlicites were followers of Amlici during the time that Alma the Younger was high priest and chief judge of the land. “Now the people of Amlici were distinguished by the name of Amlici, being called Amlicites; and the remainder were called Nephites, or the people of God”. The Amlicites, because of their obsession with priestcraft, were willing to negotiate alliances with the Lamanites in order to establish their authority over the Nephites. “And the Amlicites were distinguished from the Nephites, for they had marked themselves with red in their foreheads after the manner of the Lamanites; nevertheless they had not shorn their heads like unto the Lamanites”. In marking themselves in this way, the Amlicites were unaware that they were fulfilling a prophecy given to Nephi.

Behold, the Lamanites have I cursed, and I will set a mark on them that they and their seed may be separated from thee and thy seed, from this time henceforth and forever, except they repent of their wickedness and turn to me that I may have mercy upon them.
And again: I will set a mark upon him that mingleth his seed with thy brethren, that they may be cursed also.
And again: I will set a mark upon him that fighteth against thee and thy seed.

The Amlicites were either slain by the Nephites who stood up for freedom or were dispersed into the wilderness.

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

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