One of the great characteristics of Alma was that he didn’t try to do this great work of preaching repentance to the people in Ammonihah by himself. He asked for Amulek’s help.
Christ also didn’t do everything alone when He walked this earth. He definitely could have. He could have said, “Stand back. I’ll handle this.” Rather it was “Come, follow me.”
“He inspired, invited, instructed, and then trusted His followers ‘to do the things which ye have seen me do.’ In this way, Jesus Christ built up not only His Church but also His servants.”Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Alma and Amulek
Amulek starts teaching the people after Alma finishes. Alma is the full-time missionary; Amulek is the member missionary. Together, they make an awesome team.
Amulek introduces himself as a “man of no small reputation among all those who know me; yea, and behold, I have many kindreds and friends, and I have also acquired much riches by the hand of my industry.” (4) He was a man of means in this city, and admits to not knowing much about the ways of God before meeting Alma. Then he corrects himself, saying he has seen much of the mysteries and marvelous power of God in how the Lord has saved their people over and over again.
- Do I take the marvelous power of God for granted, or have I become blinded to it?
- What can I do in my life to cultivate the power to see and be grateful to God for all His blessings?
Amulek tells the people that “Nevertheless, I did harden my heart; for I was called many times and I would not hear; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know.” (6)
- Do I harden my heart so that I cannot hear the still, small voice of the Spirit?
- Do I know how merciful God has been to me and my family, yet not know?
Perhaps, like Amulek, you know in your heart that the Lord has ‘called [you] many times,’ but you ‘would not hear.’
Nevertheless, the Lord sees in your what He saw in Amulek—the potential of a valiant servant with an important work to do and with a testimony to share. There is service that no one else can give in quite the same way…Listen with your heart and follow the promptings of the Spirit.”Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Alma and Amulek
Take time to listen.
- Is the Spirit calling you to love others more? Is He calling you to serve in better ways?
- Will you listen and heed that call?
Our beloved Savior knows where you are. He knows your heart. He wants to rescue you. He will reach out to you. Just open your heart to Him.”Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Alma and Amulek
An angel comes to Amulek and commands him to go home and feed God’s prophet that he will find.
Amulek obeys, and now he knows. He bears testimony that he knows Alma to be a holy man, a man sent by God.
The people are astonished at Amulek’s testimony. (12) Here is a second witness they asked for, and it is one of their own.
But many lawyers the crowd want to “question them, that by their cunning devices they might catch them in their words; that they might find witness against them, that they might deliver them to their judges…” (13)
Amulek is given the gift of discernment by God and knows what they are doing. He chastises them and tells them “that if the time should come that the voice of this people should choose iniquity…they would be ripe for destruction.” (19)
He tells them again to repent and says that the only reason they haven’t been destroyed yet and are spared is because of the “prayers of the righteous.” (22)
This shows how much power comes from prayer, even to physical salvation. The righteous people, though small in number, kept the city of Ammonihah from being destroyed at this time.
Amulek says that if the day comes when they cast these righteous people out, that the Lord’s hand won’t be stayed any longer.
The people cry out against him at these words, saying he is of the devil. Amulek cries back even louder against them.
O ye wicked and perverse generation, why hath Satan got such great hold upon your hearts? Why will ye yield yourselves unto him that he may have power over you, to blind your eyes, that ye will not understand the words which are spoken, according to their truth?Alma 10:25
By small and simple means, great things shall come to pass when we yield to the Spirit. An example of this is daily repentance. It is a small act, yet it yields huge results in humility and is vital to our salvation.
In reverse, as this verse above shows, by small and simple means, Satan can gain great hold of our hearts if we yield to him.
- What small and simple things am I doing consistently in my life?
- Are these small and simple things leading me to yield to God or the devil?
Amulek tells the people that the foundation of their destruction is already being laid by their unrighteous lawyers and judges. This proclamation sends his accusers into a frenzy. The lawyers and judges HATE Amulek more than ever, because they are guilty and the wicked take the truth to be hard.
And it came to pass that the lawyers put it into their hearts that they should remember these things against him.”Alma 10:30
They hold a grudge and lots of hate, and they aren’t humble at all to be able to hold an ounce of forgiveness in their hearts.
Do I ever let hate or grudges or offenses work in me so that they harden my heart and don’t allow forgiveness or mercy to be part of my life?
Among the chief of Amulek’s persecutors is a lawyer named Zeezrom.
Now the object of these lawyers was to get gain; and they got gain according to their employ.”Alma 10:32
- What is my objective in life?
- What principles guide my actions?
If love and forgiveness are not strong motivators behind my actions, I risk becoming hard-hearted like the people of Ammonihah.
How can I guard myself from getting hardened like them and having vain objectives?
Will I choose to know the things of God and obey His prophets today?