Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, February 4

Book of Mormon | “Ammonihah: Order of Nehors versus Order of the Son of God; Authority, Power, and Judgment: Part 7” by grego

Book of Mormon | “Ammonihah: Order of Nehors versus Order of the Son of God; Authority, Power, and Judgment: Part 7”
by grego

Part 7

**The leaders of the people of the city of Ammonihah ask Alma and Amulek,
Alma 14:21 How shall we look when we are damned?

Well, shortly thereafter, it was hard to tell, because those same leaders were buried in the rubble when they fell down and the prison collapsed on top of them (Alma 14:27), making them a physical “lost and fallen people” as Alma had preached they were spiritually:
Alma 9:30 …ye are a lost and a fallen people.

However, for their fellow city-citizens, the answer is somewhat clearer:
Alma 16:10 …the carcases were mangled by dogs and wild beasts of the wilderness.
Alma 16:11 …after many days their dead bodies were heaped up upon the face of the earth, and they were covered with a shallow covering. And now so great was the scent thereof that the people did not go in to possess the land of Ammonihah for many years…

Pretty much how I would expect a damned person to look…

There are many parallels and many examples of irony:

**The people in the city of Ammonihah say,
Alma 9:2 …Suppose ye that we shall believe the testimony of one man, although he should preach unto us that the earth should pass away?
Alma 9:3 Now they understood not the words which they spake; for they knew not that the earth should pass away.
Alma 9:4 And they said also: We will not believe thy words if thou shouldst prophesy that this great city should be destroyed in one day.
Alma 9:5 Now they knew not that God could do such marvelous works, for they were a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked people.

Here, the people say that they will not believe Alma’s words, as he is the only one testifying of them; in other words, they refuse to accept his authority. Also, they deny a basic prophecy, and unknowingly foreshadow their own destiny.
The reason they will not believe is that they are a very unbelieving people. Also, they do not understand God. Which fits in beautifully with the next verse:
Alma 9:6 …Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this people, to declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?

When Amulek also testifies, they are astonished, but it does little to change many of their hearts.

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