Antionah

A chief ruler in Ammonihah

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Antionah

Antionah was “a chief ruler” among the people of Ammonihah at the time Alma was preaching there around 82 BC. He challenged Alma concerning the doctrine of immortality through the Resurrection, citing the reference in the scriptures that Adam and Eve were prevented from partaking of the fruit of the tree of life because cherubim had been placed to guard to the way. “And thus we see that there was no possible chance that they should live forever”. That statement allowed Alma to explain that “there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead”. He then bore testimony concerning the plan of redemption and the fundamentals of faith and repentance. Antionah and the remaining leadership of the city—with the exception of Zeezrom—rejected the message of Alma.

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

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