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Chapter 17: Alma and His People Escape
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“Chapter 17: Alma and His People Escape,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 47–48

“Chapter 17,” Book of Mormon Stories, 47–48

Chapter 17

Alma and His People Escape

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One day while Alma’s people were working in their fields, a Lamanite army crossed the border into their land.

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The Nephites were frightened and ran to the city for safety. Alma told them to remember God and he would help them. The Nephites began to pray.

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The Lord softened the hearts of the Lamanites, and they did not hurt the Nephites. The Lamanites had become lost while trying to find King Limhi’s people.

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The Lamanites promised Alma that they would not bother his people if he would tell them how to get back to their land. Alma showed them the way.

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But the Lamanites did not keep their promise. They put guards around the land, and Alma and his people were no longer free.

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The Lamanite king made Amulon the ruler over Alma’s people. Amulon had been a Nephite and a wicked priest of King Noah.

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Amulon made Alma’s people work very hard. They prayed for help, but Amulon said anyone caught praying would be killed. The people continued praying in their hearts.

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God heard their prayers and strengthened the people so their work seemed easier. The people were cheerful and patient.

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God was pleased that the people were faithful. He told Alma that he would help them escape from the Lamanites.

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During the night the people gathered their food and animals. The next morning God kept the Lamanites asleep while Alma and his people left the city.

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After traveling for 12 days, the people arrived at Zarahemla, where King Mosiah and his people welcomed them.