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The king’s proclamation went out to all the people, commanding the people not to harm Ammon or Aaron or the other missionaries (verse 1), and that the should have free access to their places of worship (verse 2).
“And thus they might go forth and preach the word according to their desires, for the king had been converted unto the Lord…” (verse 3).
Once this news was out to the people, Aaron and his fellow missionaries traveled from city to city, establishing churches (verse 4). Thousands were converted, and were taught the scriptures and prophesies (verse 5).
“And as sure as the Lord liveth, so sure as many as believed, or as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth, through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren, according to the spirit of revelation and of prophecy, and the power of God working miracles in them” (verse 6).
These people, it says, were so converted that they never fell away from the truth, “for they became a righteous people; they did lay down their weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God anymore” (verse 7). Many Lamanites throughout the land were converted (verses 8-13), but the Amalekites and Amulonites were not converted (verse 14) – except one, which must be a marvelous story and such sacrifice by that one.
All those who did “repent and come to the knowledge of the truth… were converted” (verse 15). They were so changed that they were no more called Lamanites (new names are always part of covenant making – Abram to Abraham, etc.) (verses 16-17).
“And they began to be a very industrious people; yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites; therefore, they did open a correspondence with them, and the curse of God did no more follow them” (verse 18).
This chapter is such a marvelous example, because it shows that the way to be completely converted, the way to be at-one, the way to be Zion, is to bury our weapons of war, our weapons of rebellion, and no more pick them up. We can only be at-one with God when we are not fighting against Him, and we can only be at-one with people when we are not fighting against them. This is an offering of peace because we have become at-one with God, not because someone does or does not deserve it. The peace offering comes through “opening a correspondence” in some way, and it is not until this atonement is made that the burden (message) of the curse is lifted (Isaiah 22:23,25). Only then are we at-one, and only then are we Zion.