Lamanite King³

Partner of Amalickiah

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Lamanite King³

Amalickiah was a Nephite dissenter determined to take over the reigns of power in the Nephite nation by insurrection and force. When Moroni hoisted the title of liberty and thwarted his design, Amalickiah fled to the Lamanites and by such strategies as poisoning the Lamanite military leader Lehonti, gained control over the Lamanite armies. Amalickiah then marched with his forces to the city of Nephi in the land of Nephi where the king of the Lamanites had his throne. The servants of Amalickiah went forward to greet the king, “as if to reverence him because of his greatness” , but instead they carried out their leader’s command to stab the king to death. They then proclaimed that the king’s own fleeing servants had committed the murder. “And the army which pursued after them returned, having pursued after them in vain; and thus Amalickiah, by his fraud, gained the hearts of the people”.

Thereafter Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen of the Lamanites and took her to be his wife. His plan to take over the Lamanite nation was therefore complete, and he unleashed a massive assault of Lamanite warriors against the Nephite strongholds, certain that he would “reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites”. However, Amalickiah’s master plan was ultimately brought down by Moroni and his forces. He had underestimated the strength of conviction the Nephites felt about supporting “their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians”. From around 73 BC until his death around 65 BC—when the Nephite general Teancum plunged a javelin into his heart as he slept —Amalickiah had used every means of deception to destroy the Church of God and the government of the people in order to usurp power for himself.

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

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