This article is about the prominent Book of Mormon missionary. For the Book of Mormon explorer, see Ammon
According to the Book of Mormon
was a prominent Nephite
missionary, and son of King Mosiah
. He was originally opposed to the church but, along with his brothers and Alma the Younger
, was miraculously converted. Following his conversion he served a mission to the Lamanites
and converted Lamoni
and his people.
Early Life and Conversion
As one of the four sons of King Mosiah, Ammon had tremendous influence among his people, the Nephites. He rejected the Church and attempted to turn the people from the teachings of the prophets. Because of the fervent prayers of their parents, Alma the Younger and the four sons of Mosiah had a conversion experience much like that of Saul of Tarsus
. An angel appeared to them on the road and rebuked them for their wickedness. The shock put Alma the Younger into an insensible state for a time; the specific effect upon Ammon is not recorded, but he became fully converted to the Gospel and desired to serve as a missionary to the Lamanites.
Ammon and his brothers spent several years teaching the Gospel to the Lamanites. Ammon chose to go first to the land of Ishmael. He was captured by the Lamanites and taken before their king, Lamoni. Lamoni asked his purpose in straying so far from Nephite lands. When Ammon replied that he wanted only to serve, the king, impressed, offered him one... Read More