Lamanite Queen³

Wife of Amalickiah

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Lamanite Queen³

During the days of Captain Moroni, the wife of the Lamanite king was tricked by Amalickiah into becoming his wife and an unwitting instrument in his plans for universal conquest. Amalickiah, a Nephite dissenter , had an obsession with becoming leader of the entire land—over both the Lamanites and Nephites. 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 used every means of deception to destroy the Church of God and the government of the people in order to usurp total power for himself. When Moroni hoisted the title of liberty and thwarted Amalickiah’s design to lead his treasonous forces against Zarahemla, Amalickiah fled to the Lamanite side. With cunning he gained control of the Lamanite armies around 72 BC and then conspired to murder the Lamanite king, blaming the death on the king’s own servants. When the queen petitioned Amalickiah for an accounting of the tragic death of her husband, Amalickiah readily provided witnesses to substantiate his lies.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen, and took her unto him to wife; and thus by his fraud, and by the assistance of his cunning servants, he obtained the kingdom; yea, he was acknowledged king throughout all the land, among all the people of the Lamanites, who were composed of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, and all the dissenters of the Nephites, from the reign of Nephi down to the present time.

Thereafter he unleashed a massive assault of Lamanite warriors against the Nephite strongholds, certain of the success of his plan to “reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites”. Such was not the case, however, as Moroni and his supporters of liberty secured decisive victories.

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

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