Alma 47:1 Now we will return in our record to Amalickiah and those which fled with him into the wilderness. For behold, he had took those which were with him and went up into the land of Nephi among the Lamanites and did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the people of Nephi, insomuch that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land among all his people that they should gather themselves together again to go to battle against the Nephites.
Alma 47:2 And it came to pass that when the proclamation had gone forth among them, they were exceeding fraid. Yea, they feared to displease the king; and they also feared to go to battle against the Nephites lest they should lose their lives. And it came to pass that they would not—or the more part of them would not—obey the commandment of the king.
Alma 47:3 And now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobedience. Therefore he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obedient unto his commands, and commanded him that he should go forth and compel them to arms.
Alma 47:4 Now behold, this was the desires of Amalickiah; for he being a very subtle man to do evil, therefore he laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the Lamanites.
Alma 47:5 And now he had gat the command of those parts of the Lamanites which were in favor of the king; and he sought to gain favor of those which were not obedient. Therefore he went forward to the place which was called Oneidah, for thither had all the Lamanites fled. For they discovered the army coming; and supposing that they were coming to destroy them, therefore they fled to Oneidah, to the place of arms.
Alma 47:6 And they had appointed a man to be a king and a leader over them, being fixed in their minds with a determined resolution that they would not be subjected to go against the Nephites.
Alma 47:7 And it came to pass that they had gathered themselves together upon the top of the mount which was called Antipas in preparation to battle.
Alma 47:8 Now it was not Amalickiah’s intention to give them battle according to the commandments of the king. But behold, it was his intention to gain favor with the armies of the Lamanites, that he might place himself at their head and dethrone the king and take possession of the kingdom.
Alma 47:9 And behold, it came to pass that he caused his army to pitch their tents in the valley which was near the mount Antipas.
Alma 47:10 And it came to pass that when it was night, he sent a secret embassy into the mount Antipas, desiring that the leader of those which were upon the mount, whose name was Lehonti, that he should come down to the foot of the mount, for he desired to speak with him.
Alma 47:11 And it came to pass that when Lehonti received the message, he durst not go down to the foot of the mount. And it came to pass that Amalickiah sent again the second time, desiring him to come down. And it came to pass that Lehonti would not. And he sent again the third time.
Alma 47:12 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah found that he could not get Lehonti to come down off from the mount, he went up into the mount, nearly to Lehonti’s camp. And he sent again the fourth time his message unto Lehonti, desiring that he would come down and that he would bring his guards with him.
Alma 47:13 And it came to pass that when Lehonti had come down with his guards to Amalickiah that Amalickiah desired him to come down with his army in the nighttime and surround those men in their camps over whom the king had gave him command, and that he would deliver them up into Lehonti’s hands if he would make him, Amalickiah, the second leader over the whole army.
Alma 47:14 And it came to pass that Lehonti came down with his men and surrounded the men of Amalickiah, so that before they awoke at the dawn of the day, they were surrounded by the armies of Lehonti.
Alma 47:15 And it came to pass that when they saw that they were surrounded, they pled with Amalickiah that he would suffer them to fall in with their brethren, that they might not be destroyed. Now this was the very thing which Amalickiah desired.
Alma 47:16 And it came to pass that he delivered his men, contrary to the commands of the king. Now this was the thing that Amalickiah desired, that he might accomplish his designs in dethroning the king.
Alma 47:17 Now it was the custom among the Lamanites, if their chief leader was killed, to appoint the second leader to be their chief leader.
Alma 47:18 And it came to pass that Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died.
Alma 47:19 Now when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander.
Alma 47:20 And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies, for he had gained his desires, to the land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city.
Alma 47:21 And the king came out to meet him with his guards, for he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his commands and that Amalickiah had gathered together so great an army for to go against the Nephites to battle.
Alma 47:22 But behold, as the king came out to meet him, Amalickiah caused that his servants should go forth to meet the king. And they went forth and bowed themselves before the king, as if to reverence him because of his greatness.
Alma 47:23 And it came to pass that the king put forth his hand to raise them, as was the custom with the Lamanites—and a token of peace—which custom they had taken from the Nephites.
Alma 47:24 And it came to pass that when he had raised the first from the ground, behold, he stabbed the king to the heart and he fell to the earth.
Alma 47:25 Now the servants of the king fled. And the servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:
Alma 47:26 Behold, the servants of the king have stabbed him to the heart, and he has fell and they have fled. Behold, come and see!
Alma 47:27 And it came to pass that Amalickiah commanded that his armies should march forth and see what had happened to the king. And when they had come to the spot and found the king lying in his gore, Amalickiah pretended to be wroth and said: Whosoever loved the king, let him go forth and pursue his servants, that they may be slain.
Alma 47:28 And it came to pass that all they who loved the king, when they heard these words, came forth and pursued after the servants of the king.
Alma 47:29 Now when the servants of the king saw an army pursuing after them, they were frightened again and fled into the wilderness and came over into the land of Zarahemla and joined the people of Ammon.
Alma 47:30 And the army which pursued after them returned, having pursued after them in vain. And thus Amalickiah by his fraud gained the hearts of the people.
Alma 47:31 And it came to pass on the morrow he entered the city Nephi with his armies and took possession of the city.
Alma 47:32 And now it came to pass that the queen, when she had heard that the king was slain—for Amalickiah had sent an embassy to the queen informing her that the king had been slain by his servants, that he had pursued them with his army, but it was in vain and they had made their escape--
Alma 47:33 therefore when the queen had received this message, she sent unto Amalickiah, desiring him that he would spare the people of the city. And she also desired him that he should come in unto her. And she also desired him that he should bring witnesses with him to testify concerning the death of the king.
Alma 47:34 And it came to pass that Amalickiah took that same servant that slew the king, and also they which were with him, and went in unto the queen, unto the place where she sat. And they all testified unto her that the king was slain by his own servants. And they said also: They have fled. Does not this testify against them? And thus they satisfied the queen concerning the death of the king.
Alma 47:35 And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen and took her unto him to wife. And thus by his fraud and by the assistance of his cunning servants, he obtained the kingdom. Yea, he was acknowledged king throughout all the land among all the people of the Lamanites, which was composed of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, and all the dissenters of the Nephites from the reign of Nephi down to the present time.
Now there were some amongst the tribes of the savages who had been instructed in the ways of God, and taught to walk in the path of righteousness;
The Late War, 1816, 26:18
Alma 47:36 Now these dissenters, having the same instruction and the same information of the Nephites, yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the Lord, nevertheless it is strange to relate, not long after their dissensions, they became more hardened and impenitent and more wild, wicked, and ferocious than the Lamanites, drinking in with the traditions of the Lamanites, giving way to indolence and all manner of lasciviousness, yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their God.