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Now that King Limhi has urged his people to return to the covenant, he brings Ammon the prophet forward to teach the people (verses 1-2).
Ammon tells the story of his adventures, the story of their people, and also the things which King Benjamin had taught the people ” so that they might understand all the words which he spake” (verse 3).
When the teaching was done, King Limhi sent all the people home to their own families to discuss and ponder and reflect (verse 4).
Then he brings the records of his people for Ammon to read (verse 5). King Limhi also asked Ammon if he can interpret languages, and Ammon tells him that he cannot (verse 6).
King Limhi says that the reason he is asking is because he sent out a group of people to try and find the land of Zarahemla again, so that they could ask for help because of the bondage forced upon them by the Lamanites (verse 7). But this group got lost, and while they were lost, “discovered a land which was covered with bones… and was also covered with ruins of buildings of every kind…” (verse 8). To prove this, the group had brought back some records of that “ruined” people, and some of their battle gear (verses 9-10).
These records and the markings on the battle gear are in a language no one can translate, “therefore I said unto thee: Canst thou translate?” (verse 11). So, King Limhi asks Ammon if – since Ammon himself cannot translate – if Ammon knows anyone who can because these records might “give us a knowledge of a remnant of the people who have been destroyed… or, perhaps, they will give us a knowledge of this very people… (and) the cause of their destruction” (verse 12).
But Ammon still has good news for King Limhi! Ammon may not be able to translate the records, but he knows someone who can!
“… for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God…” (verse 13).
The person with this gift, Ammon says, is called a “seer” (verse 13).
And “a seer is greater than a prophet” (verse 15).
And “a seer is a revelator and a prophet also”, and this gift is “given him from God” (verse 16).
“But a seer can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed, or rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them, and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known” (verse 17).
So, Ammon teaches, this ability is a gift from God and by the power of God, for the benefit of “his fellow beings” (verse 17).
And it is the king of Zarahemla who has that “high gift from God”, Ammon tells King Limhi (verse 14).
This good news made the king rejoice “exceedingly, and (he) gave thanks to God” for the “unfolding (of) all such mysteries” (verse 19).
“O how marvelous are the works of the Lord…” (verse 20).
Yes we, His people, do not understand because we do not seek wisdom and do not want Him to rule over us (verse 20). This makes us like “a wild flock which fleeth from the shepherd, and scattereth, and are driven, and are devoured…” (verse 21).