King-men Versus Freemen

“King-men Versus Freemen,” Friend, July 1994, 18

King-men Versus Freemen

Pahoran didn’t want to change some laws

Some Nephites asked the chief judge, Pahoran, to change some of the laws of the land. Pahoran would not do it. Alma 51:2–3

Some wanted a king

These people became angry and wanted to remove Pahoran as chief judge. They did not want judges. They wanted to have a king. Alma 51:4–5


Called king-men, they hoped that one of them would become king and have power over the people. Alma 51:8


The Nephites who wanted to keep Pahoran as chief judge were called freemen. They wanted to be free to live and worship as they chose. Alma 51:6

Most people voted for freemen

The people voted between the freemen and the king-men. Most of them voted for the freemen. They wanted a judge, not a king. Alma 51:7

Amalickiah gathered army of Lamanites to attack Nephites

At this same time, Amalickiah was gathering a large army of Lamanites to attack the Nephites. Alma 51:9

King-men refused to defend their country

When the king-men heard that the Lamanites were coming, they were pleased and refused to help defend their country. Alma 51:13

That made Moroni angry

Captain Moroni was angry with the king-men for not fighting for freedom. He had worked hard to keep the Nephites free. Alma 51:14

Moroni asked for power to force king-men to fight Lamanties

He asked the governor for power to force the king-men to either fight the Lamanites or be put to death. Alma 51:15

He got that power

When the governor, Pahoran, gave him this power, Moroni led his army against the king-men. Alma 51:16–18

Some king-men killed, others defended country

Many king-men were killed; some were put into prison. The rest agreed to help defend their country against the Lamanites. Alma 51:19–20

Illustrated by Jerry Thompson