Aaron and his brothers, the sons of Mosiah, embarked on a remarkable missionary journey among the Lamanites that was to last fourteen years. At first rejected, persecuted, and even imprisoned, Aaron was eventually “led by the Spirit to the land of Nephi” , where he had the opportunity to present the gospel plan to the great king over all the Lamanites. The king’s heart had already been softened by the love that Aaron’s brother, Ammon, had shown his son, King Lamoni of the land of Ishmael. Therefore, the great king was receptive to Aaron’s message and was overcome by the Spirit. However, the queen mistook his spiritual rapture for death and ordered her servants to slay Aaron and his companions as murderers. Knowing the truth of the situation, the servants refused, fearing for their own safety before the messengers of the Lord. When she observed the panic of her servants, “she also began to fear exceedingly, lest there should some evil come upon her. And she commanded her servants that they should go and call the people, that they might slay Aaron and his brethren”.
At that point, Aaron, knowing the suspicions of the citizens of the land, raised the king from his spiritual rest, much to the astonishment of the queen and her servants. The king ministered to all of them, and “his whole household were converted unto the Lord”. By proclamation of the king, missionary work was then permitted throughout the land, resulting in the conversion of many thousands of Lamanites. Eventually, these people, who called themselves “Anti-Nephi-Lehies” , abandoned forever their former weapons of war and were given a protectorate among the Nephites. The sons of these people—also known as the “people of Ammon”—became the 2,000.