Ammon Meets King Lamoni’s Father


Lamoni wants Ammon to meet his father

King Lamoni wanted to take Ammon to meet his father. The Lord warned Ammon not to go, because Lamoni’s father would try to kill him. Alma 20:1–2

Ammon goes to land of Middoni

The Lord told Ammon to go to the land of Middoni, where his brother Aaron was in prison. King Lamoni went with Ammon. Alma 20:3–4

They met Lamoni's father

As they traveled, they met King Lamoni’s father, the king over all the land. He asked Lamoni where he was going with a lying Nephite. Alma 20:8, 10

His father wanted Lamoni to kill Ammon

Lamoni told his father about Ammon and his brothers. Angry, Lamoni’s father ordered Lamoni to kill Ammon and to not go to the land of Middoni. Alma 20:11–14

Lamoni refused

Lamoni would not kill Ammon and said that they were going to free Aaron. His father became angrier and raised his sword to kill Lamoni. Alma 20:15–16

Ammon defended Lamoni

When Ammon stepped forward to protect Lamoni, his father tried to kill Ammon. He defended himself and wounded the arm of Lamoni’s father. Alma 20:17–20

Ammon could kill Lamoni's father

When Lamoni’s father saw that Ammon could kill him, he said that he would give Ammon up to half his kingdom to spare his life. Alma 20:21–23

Ammon wanted the other missionaries freed

Ammon said that he wanted Aaron and his companions to be freed from prison, and for the old king to not be angry with Lamoni. Alma 20:24

Lamoni's father wanted to learn more

Seeing that Ammon did not want to hurt him, and amazed at how much Ammon loved Lamoni, the old king invited Ammon and his brothers to teach him. Alma 20:25–27

Aaron and others freed

Ammon and King Lamoni went to the land of Middoni. Lamoni spoke with the king there, and Aaron and his companions were set free. Alma 20:28

They had been treated badly

Ammon was sad to see how badly they had been treated. They had suffered many things, but they had been patient in their sufferings. Alma 20:29

[illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Thompson