Alma’s Ministry in Ammonihah

Meeting Amulek

Alma 8:18

Alma returns to Ammonihah, this time taking an alternate route.

Now it came to pass that after Alma had received his message from the angel of the Lord he returned speedily to the land of Ammonihah. And he entered the city by another way, yea, by the way which is on the south of the city of Ammonihah.

Alma 8:19

As he enters the city, he meets a man and asks him for some food.

And as he entered the city he was an hungered, and he said to a man:

“Will ye give to an humble
servant of God something to eat?”

Alma 8:20

The man tells Alma that an angel had told him to receive a prophet—he recognizes Alma as that prophet.

And the man said unto him:

“I am a Nephite, and I know that thou art a holy prophet of God, for thou art the man whom an angel said in a vision:

‘Thou shalt receive.’

“Therefore, go with me into my house and I will impart unto thee of my food; and I know that thou wilt be a blessing unto me and my house.”

Alma 8:21–22

The man’s name is Amulek; he and Alma enjoy a meal together.

And it came to pass that the man received him into his house; and the man was called Amulek; and he brought forth bread and meat and set before Alma. And it came to pass that Alma ate bread and was filled; and he blessed Amulek and his house, and he gave thanks unto God.

Alma 8:23–26

Alma explains to Amulek that he is on an errand from God, and that the people of Ammonihah had rejected him, but he is now required to go back.

And after he had eaten and was filled he said unto Amulek:

“I am Alma, and am the high priest over the church of God throughout the land. And behold, I have been called to preach the word of God among all this people, according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy; and I was in this land and they would not receive me, but they cast me out and I was about to set my back towards this land forever.

“But behold, I have been commanded that I should turn again and prophesy unto this people, yea, and to testify against them concerning their iniquities.

“And now, Amulek, because thou hast fed me and taken me in, thou art blessed; for I was an hungered, for I had fasted many days.”

Alma 8:27–29

Alma and Amulek prepare together for many days—the Lord then tells Alma to have Amulek join him in his preaching to the people.

And Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people. And it came to pass that the people did wax more gross in their iniquities. And the word came to Alma, saying:

“Go; and also say unto my servant Amulek, go forth and prophesy unto this people, saying:

‘Repent ye, for thus saith the Lord:

“Except ye repent
I will visit this people in mine anger

“yea, and I will not
turn my fierce anger away.”’”