The wife of King Lamoni is one of the most exemplary women depicted in the Book of Mormon. The account of her conversion is brief, and she remains unnamed in the record, but her faith was extolled by Ammon, and her example of coming unto Christ, following in the footsteps of her husband, was instrumental in bringing many of the Lamanite people into the fold.
History: When the sons of Mosiah commenced their missionary labors among the Lamanites around 90 BC, Ammon, the administrative leader among them, traveled to the land of Ishmael. There he found favor with the king of the land, Lamoni, by showing himself to be a loyal and productive servant. Lamoni was receptive to Ammon’s missionary message—so much so that the king was overcome by “the light of the glory of God” and “was carried away in God”. The queen and her sons and daughters mourned over him anxiously for two days and two nights. But the queen had not given up hope for her husband’s recovery. She summoned Ammon, whom the servants had identified to her as “a prophet of a holy God” with “power to do many mighty works in his name”. This seed of faith shown by the queen was welcomed by Ammon, who, upon visiting Lamoni, assured the queen that her husband was not dead—but “he sleepeth in God”. When she affirmed her belief in his words, Ammon said to her, “Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say unto thee, woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites”.
Throughout the night the queen watched over her husband, awaiting his restoration. In accordance with Ammon’s word, the king arose the next day, reaching out his hand to his wife as he blessed the name of God and blessed the faithful queen also. He bore testimony of having seen the Redeemer in vision and also invoked a reference to the mother of Jesus who should bring Him into the world. So great was the joy of the king and queen that they both were overpowered by the Spirit and fell to the ground. Ammon, too, having given thanks to God for the remarkable manifestation of the Spirit, collapsed in joy. Soon thereafter, the queen was awakened by the touch of Abish, a Lamanite woman who had secretly converted to the faith. The queen exclaimed, “O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this people!”. She then took her husband by the hand and brought him back to consciousness, whereupon he restored order among his worried subjects. Shortly thereafter, Ammon arose also and witnessed to the people the nature of the spiritual experience and testified that the three had indeed conversed with the angels of God. Many believed the words about “things of God, and of his righteousness” , and a church was established in the land. Thus the work of the Lord commenced among the Lamanites, with King Lamoni and his wife, through their example and testimony, becoming the instruments of persuasion to many of their people.R