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Chapter 21: The Amlicites
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“Chapter 21: The Amlicites,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 56–57

“Chapter 21,” Book of Mormon Stories, 56–57

Chapter 21

The Amlicites

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Amlici was a clever, wicked man who wanted to be king of the Nephites. He had many followers.

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The righteous Nephites did not want Amlici to be their king. They knew he wanted to destroy God’s Church.

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The Nephites gathered in various groups to decide if Amlici should be king. Most of the people voted against Amlici, and he did not become king.

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Amlici and his followers became angry. They left the Nephites, made Amlici their king, and called themselves Amlicites. Amlici ordered them to fight the Nephites.

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The righteous Nephites prepared to defend themselves with bows and arrows, swords, and other weapons.

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The Amlicites attacked, and the Nephites, who were led by Alma and strengthened by the Lord, killed many of them. The rest of the Amlicites ran away.

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Alma sent spies to watch the Amlicites. The spies saw them join a large army of Lamanites and attack Nephites living near Zarahemla.

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The Nephites prayed, and God helped them again. They killed many soldiers of the Lamanite-Amlicite army.

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Alma and Amlici fought each other with swords. Alma prayed that his life would be spared, and God gave him the strength to kill Amlici.

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The Nephites chased the Lamanites and Amlicites into the wilderness. Many of the wounded died there and were eaten by wild animals.

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Like the Lamanites, the Amlicites marked themselves with red, which fulfilled a prophecy. The Amlicites had separated themselves from the blessings of the gospel.