King Lamoni hasn’t moved for two days and nights. His people are “about to take his body and lay it in a sepulcher, which they had made for the purpose of burying their dead.” (1) But the king’s wife hears of Ammon and calls him to her.
She believes he is a prophet of God, with power to do “many mighty works in his name.” (4) She doesn’t believe her husband is dead and asks Ammon to help him, demonstrating great faith in things that can’t be seen, but are true. Ammon knows Lamoni isn’t dead.
“for he knew that King Lamoni was under the power of God; he knew that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind, and the light which did light up his mind, which was the light of the glory of God, which was a marvelous light of his goodness—yea, this light had infused such joy into his soul, the cloud of darkness having been dispelled, and that the light of everlasting life was lit up in his soul, yea, he knew that this had overcome his natural frame, and he was carried away in God—” (6)
This spiritual transformation overcame Lamoni’s physical body.
Ammon tells the queen that Lamoni is sleeping in God and will rise the next day. Ammon asks if she believes, and she tells him she believes all he hath said. He blesses her for her “exceeding faith.” (10) She watches over her husband from that time forward, but no more grieves. She believes he will rise.
And he does.
When Lamoni rises the next day, he immediately praises God and also his wife. He bears mighty testimony.
For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman…”Alma 19:13
Maybe this was why he was so overcome when he saw his wife. Seeing Mary, the mother of God, in a vision probably softened his heart toward the great role women played in mortality.
After he bears testimony that Jesus will redeem all who believe on His name, he sinks to the ground again with joy. The queen, too, “sunk down, being overpowered by the Spirit.” (13)
Ammon falls down and pours “out his soul in prayer and thanksgiving to God for what he had done for his brethren; and he was also overpowered with joy; and thus they all three had sunk to the earth.” (14)
The servants, seeing this all play out, also drop to the ground and begin crying unto the Lord, “for the fear of the Lord had come upon them also…” (15) They all are overcome as well, except for one woman who had already “been converted unto the Lord for many years, on account of a remarkable vision of her father—” (16)
This shows the great influence (good or bad) one person can have on a family. This Abish’s family lived in a wicked society, yet her father had a vision from God, and it converted him and his daughter to the truth.
She knows what is happening is by the power of God, “and supposing that this opportunity, by making known unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God, therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.” (17)
For years, she had been valiant in Christ in secret. Now, she sees a missionary opportunity and grabs onto it, running from house to house to share this miraculous event, because she cares for her people and wants them to have the joy she has.
Her high hopes crash as the bystanders begin to contend one with another, almost coming to blows. One tries to kill Ammon, but as he lifts his sword, he falls dead to the ground, stunning the crowd.
Abish is sorrowful that the people are fighting amongst themselves, instead of praising God. Even though one man just died for trying to touch Ammon, she does not fear. She “went and took the queen by the hand, that perhaps she might raise her from the ground.” (29) And the queen arises and praises God.
O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this people.”Alma 19:29
Her first thoughts are for her people, a sign of a good leader. She speaks many words that are not understood and then raises Lamoni. As he sees the people contending one with another he “began to rebuke them, and to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of Ammon; and as many as heard his words believed, and were converted unto the Lord.” (31) Many would not listen though, and went their way.
When Ammon arises, he also “administered unto them, and also did all the servants of Lamoni; and they did all declare unto the people the self-same thing—that their hearts had been changed; that they had no more desire to do evil.” (33)
This is the mighty change of heart we must strive to receive from God. He is the heart softener and conditioner. He can change hearts of stone to hearts of flesh…and save us.
Many are baptized and receive this change of heart, because the converted people cared enough to share the joy God had given them.
And thus the work of the Lord did commence among the Lamanites; thus the Lord did begin to pour out his Spirit upon them; and we see that his arm is extended to all people who will repent and believe on his name.”Alma 19:36
God is no respecter of persons. He will save any culture, any race, any nation, any people who turn to Him in faith and repentance.
Do I care enough to share my testimony of Christ with those around me?