Alma’s Ministry in Ammonihah

Exchange Between Amulek and Zeezrom

Alma 11:21

Zeezrom asks Amulek if he will answer a few questions.

And this Zeezrom began to question Amulek, saying:

“Will ye answer me a few questions which I shall ask you?”

Now Zeezrom was a man who was expert in the devices of the devil, that he might destroy that which was good; therefore, he said unto Amulek:

“Will ye answer the questions which I shall put unto you?”

Alma 11:22

Amulek says he will respond according to the will of God.

And Amulek said unto him:

“Yea, if it be according to the Spirit of the Lord, which is in me.

For I shall say nothing which is contrary to the Spirit of the Lord.”

Alma 11:22

Zeezrom offers Amulek a sum of money to deny the existence of God.

And Zeezrom said unto him:

“Behold, here are six onties of silver,
and all these will I give thee,
if thou wilt deny the existence
of a Supreme Being.”

Alma 11:23–25

Amulek vehemently refuses, and rebukes Zeezrom.

Now Amulek said:

“O thou child of hell, why tempt ye me?
knowest thou that the righteous
yieldeth to no such temptations?
believest thou that there is no God?
I say unto you, Nay,
thou knowest that there is a God,
but thou lovest that lucre more than him.
and now thou hast lied before God unto me.

Thou saidst unto me:

‘Behold these six onties,
which are of great worth,
I will give unto thee’

“When thou hadst it in thy heart
to retain them from me;
and it was only thy desire
that I should deny the true and living God,
that thou mightest have cause to destroy me.
and now behold, for this great evil
thou shalt have thy reward.”

Alma 11:25–27

Zeezrom then asks Amulek if there is a God; Amulek says yes.

And Zeezrom said unto him:

“Thou sayest there is a true and living God?”

And Amulek said:

“Yea, there is a true and living God.”

Alma 11:28–29

Zeezrom asks if there is more than one God; Amulek says no.

Now Zeezrom said:

“Is there more than one God?”

And he answered,

“No.”

Alma 11:30–31

Zeezrom asks how Amulek knows these things; Amulek says that an angel told him.

Now Zeezrom said unto him again:

“How knowest thou these things?”

And he said:

“An angel hath made them known unto me.”

Alma 11:32–33

Zeezrom asks if the prophesy of the person who will come refers to the Son of God; Amulek says it does.

And Zeezrom said again:

“Who is he that shall come?
is it the Son of God?”

And he said unto him,

“Yea.”

Alma 11:34

Zeezrom asks if the Son of God will save his people in their sins; Amulek says no.

And Zeezrom said again:

“Shall he save his people in their sins?”

And Amulek answered and said unto him:

“I say unto you he shall not,
for it is impossible for him to deny his word.”

Alma 11:35

Zeezrom scoffs at Amulek’s comments, trying to find fault.

Now Zeezrom said unto the people:

“See that ye remember these things;
for he said there is but one God;
yet he saith that the Son of God shall come,
but he shall not save his people—
as though he had authority to command God.”

Alma 11:36–37

Amulek refutes Zeezrom’s comments and explains that you cannot be save in your sins.

Now Amulek saith again unto him:

“Behold thou hast lied, for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said he shall not save his people in their sins.

“And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.”

Alma 11:38

Zeezrom asks Amulek if the Son of God is the Eternal Father.

Now Zeezrom saith again unto him:

“Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father?”

Alma 11:39–46

Amulek explains that the Son of God is the Eternal Father will come to save those who believe in him; he also teaches about the resurrection and judgment.

And Amulek said unto him:

Now, when Amulek had finished these words the people began again to be astonished, and also Zeezrom began to tremble. And thus ended the words of Amulek, or this is all that I have written.