Alma’s Ministry in Ammonihah

Initial Rejection in Ammonihah

Alma 8:6–7

Alma travels from Melek to Ammonihah.

So that when he had finished his work at Melek he departed thence, and traveled three days’ journey on the north of the land of Melek; and he came to a city which was called Ammonihah.

Now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their lands, and their cities, and their villages, yea, even all their small villages, after the name of him who first possessed them; and thus it was with the land of Ammonihah.

Alma 8:8–10

Alma, aware of the city’s problems, prays for strength and success.

And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the city of Ammonihah he began to preach the word of God unto them. Now Satan had gotten great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonihah; therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma.

Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mighty prayer, that he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city; that he would also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance.

Alma 8:11–12

The people of Ammonihah are not receptive to Alma, and do not consider his authority legitimate.

Nevertheless, they hardened their hearts, saying unto him:

“Behold, we know that thou art Alma; and we know that thou art high priest over the church which thou hast established in many parts of the land, according to your tradition; and we are not of thy church, and we do not believe in such foolish traditions.

“And now we know that because we are not of thy church we know that thou hast no power over us; and thou hast delivered up the judgment–seat unto Nephihah; therefore thou art not the chief judge over us.”

Alma 8:13

The people spit on Alma and kick him out of the city, so he heads towards the city of Aaron.

Now when the people had said this, and withstood all his words, and reviled him, and spit upon him, and caused that he should be cast out of their city, he departed thence and took his journey towards the city which was called Aaron.