Amalickiah helped convince the Lamanite king to command his people to go to war against the Nephites. Most of the Lamanites who were called to battle refused to fight the Nephites and appointed Lehonti as their leader. After being commanded by the king to lead the obedient soldiers to compel their brethren to arms, Amalickiah used treachery, intrigue, and murder to take control of the entire army and then to become king of the Lamanites. Meanwhile, Captain Moroni helped the Nephites fortify themselves against the attacks of their enemies so they could maintain their liberty and freedom of worship.
We should strive to on higher ground, the following is a statement by Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
“Some may try to provoke us and engage us in argument. In the Book of Mormon, we read about Lehonti and his men camped upon a mount. The traitorous Amalickiah urged Lehonti to ‘come down’ and meet him in the valley. But when Lehonti left the high ground, he was poisoned ‘by degrees’ until he died, and his army fell into Amalickiah’s hands (see Alma 47). By arguments and accusations, some people bait us to leave the high ground. The high ground is where the light is. It’s where we see the first light of morning and the last light in the evening. It is the safe ground. It is true and where knowledge is. Sometimes others want us to come down off the high ground and join them in a theological scrum in the mud. These few contentious individuals are set on picking religious fights, online or in person. We are always better staying on the higher ground of mutual respect and love” (Robert D. Hales, “Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 74) #lds #ldsseminary #bookofmormon #sharegoodness #captainmoroni #titleofliberty