Mission to the Lamanites

Merger with the Anti–Nephi–Lehites

Alma 24:5–6

In Midian, Ammon meets up with Aaron and his other brothers and their new converts, who are known as the Anti–Nephi–Lehites; The Anti–Nephi–Lehites are being targeted and threatened by those Lamanites who did not convert.

Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti–Nephi–Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.

Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto the Lord that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.

Alma 24:7–16

The king of the Anti–Nephi–Lehites speaks to his people about their conversion and their vows never to fight again.

Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter:

Alma 24:17–18

The Anti–Nephi–Lehites bury their weapons into the ground, promising never to pick them up again.

And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.

Alma 24:19

The Anti–Nephi–Lehites are an illustration of firm faithfulness.

And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.