Mission to the Lamanites

Lamoni’s Interrogation

Alma 18:12

Ammon, having finished his jobs, returns to the king.

And it came to pass that when Ammon had made ready the horses and the chariots for the king and his servants, he went in unto the king, …

Alma 18:12–13

He notices the king’s strange facial expression and begins to leave, but a servant tell him the king wants him to stay.

…and he saw that the countenance of the king was changed; therefore he was about to return out of his presence.

And one of the king’s servants said unto him, “Rabbanah,” which is, being interpreted, powerful or great king, considering their kings to be powerful; and thus he said unto him:

“Rabbanah, the king desireth thee to stay.”

Alma 18:14

Ammon asks the king what he can do for him; the king remains silent for an awkwardly long period of time.

Therefore Ammon turned himself unto the king, and said unto him:

“What wilt thou that I should do for thee, O king?”

And the king answered him not for the space of an hour, according to their time, for he knew not what he should say unto him.

Alma 18:15

Ammon again asks what the king wants of him.

And it came to pass that Ammon said unto him again:

“What desirest thou of me?”

But the king answered him not.

Alma 18:16–17

Ammon, reading the king’s mind, asks if the king is in awe because of the incident at Sebus; he then reaffirms that he is the king’s servant.

And it came to pass that Ammon, being filled with the Spirit of God, therefore he perceived the thoughts of the king. And he said unto him:

“Is it because thou hast heard that I defended thy servants and thy flocks, and slew seven of their brethren with the sling and with the sword, and smote off the arms of others, in order to defend thy flocks and thy servants; behold, is it this that causeth thy marvelings? I say unto you, what is it, that thy marvelings are so great?

“Behold, I am a man, and am thy servant; therefore, whatsoever thou desirest which is right, that will I do.”

Alma 18:18

The king, again impressed by Ammon, asks him if he is the Great Spirit.

Now when the king had heard these words, he marveled again, for he beheld that Ammon could discern his thoughts; but notwithstanding this, king Lamoni did open his mouth, and said unto him:

“Who art thou?
art thou that Great Spirit,
who knows all things?”

Alma 18:19

Ammon says that he is not.

Ammon answered and said unto him:

“I am not.”

Alma 18:10–21

The king asks how he could read his mind, and how he could have the power to fend off the hostiles like he did.

And the king said:

“how knowest thou the thoughts of my heart? Thou mayest speak boldly, and tell me concerning these things; and also tell me by what power ye slew and smote off the arms of my brethren that scattered my flocks—

“And now, if thou wilt tell me concerning these things, whatsoever thou desirest I will give unto thee; and if it were needed, I would guard thee with my armies; but I know that thou art more powerful than all they; nevertheless, whatsoever thou desirest of me I will grant it unto thee.”