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Passage: Alma 12:23 - Alma 12:43
23 And their hearts were set upon riches, or upon gold and silver and precious stones,
24 Yet they sought to obtain these things by murdering and plundering, that they might not labor for them with their own hands.
25 Thus they were a very indolent people, many of whom did worship idols; And the curse of God had fallen upon them because of the traditions of their fathers, Notwithstanding the promises of the Lord were extended unto them on the conditions of repentance.
26 Therefore, this was the cause for which the sons of Mosiah had undertaken the work: That perhaps they might bring them unto repentance, That perhaps they might bring them to know of the plan of redemption;
27 Therefore, they separated themselves one from another and went forth among them, every man alone, according to the word and power of God which was given unto him.
28 Now Ammon being the chief among them, or rather he did minister unto them, And he departed from them after having blessed them according to their several stations, having imparted the word of God unto them, or administered unto them before his departure; And thus they took their several journeys throughout the land.
29 And Ammon went to the Land of Ishmael, the land being called after the sons of Ishmael which also became Lamanites.
30 And as Ammon entered the Land of Ishmael, the Lamanites took him and bound him, as was their custom to bind all the Nephites which fell into their hands and carry them before the king;
31 And thus it was left to the pleasure of the king- to slay them, or to retain them in captivity, or to cast them into prison, or to cast them out of his land- according to his will and pleasure.
32 And thus Ammon was carried before the king which was over the Land of Ishmael; And his name was Lamoni, And he was a descendant of Ishmael.
33 And the king inquired of Ammon if it were his desires to dwell in the land among the Lamanites, or among his people.
34 And Ammon said unto him: "Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time, yea, and perhaps until the day I die."
35 And it came to pass that King Lamoni was much pleased with Ammon and caused that his bands should be loosed; And he would that Ammon should take one of his daughters to wife.
36 But Ammon saith unto him: "Nay, but I will be thy servant"; Therefore, Ammon became a servant to King Lamoni.
37 And it came to pass that he was set among other servants to watch the flocks of Lamoni according to the custom of the Lamanites.
38 And it came to pass that after he had been in the service of the king three days, that as he was with the Lamanitish servants a going forth with their flocks to the place of water which was called the Waters of Sebus- and all the Lamanites drive their flocks hither that they might have water-
39 Therefore, as Ammon and the servants of the king were driving forth their flocks to this place of water, Behold, a certain number of the Lamanites who had been with their flocks to water stood and scattered the flocks of Ammon and the servants of the king; And they scattered them insomuch that they fled many ways.
40 Now the servants of the king began to murmur, saying: "Now the king will slay us as he has our brethren because their flocks were scattered by the wickedness of these men."
41 And they began to weep exceedingly, saying: "Behold, our flocks are scattered already."
42 Now they wept because of the fear of being slain;
43 Now when Ammon saw this, his heart was swollen within him with joy, for, said he: "I will show forth my power unto these my fellow servants, or the power which is in me, in restoring these flocks unto the king, That I may win the hearts of these my fellow servants, That I may lead them to believe in my words."
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