|26:1 And now, these are the words of Ammon to his
brethren, which say thus: My brothers and my brethren,
behold I say unto you, how great reason have we to
rejoice; for could we have supposed when we started from
the land of Zarahemla that God would have granted unto us
such great blessings?
|26:2 And now, I ask, what great blessings has he
bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?
|26:3 Behold, I answer for you; for our brethren, the
Lamanites, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest
abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold
the marvelous light of God! And this is the blessing
which hath been bestowed upon us, that we have been made
instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great
|26:4 Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have
been brought into the fold of God.
|26:5 Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye,
for ye did 1thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your
might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the
number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into
the garners, that they are not wasted.
|| Revelation 14:15: ...Thrust in thy sickle, and
|26:6 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm
at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up
by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall
be gathered together in their place, that the storm
cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be
driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth
to carry them.
|26:7 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord
of the harvest, and they are his; and he 1will
raise them up at the last day.
|| John 6:40: ...and I
will raise him up at the last day.
|26:8 Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to
his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for
he doth work righteousness forever.
|26:9 For if we had not come up out of the land of
Zarahemla, these our dearly beloved brethren, who have so
dearly beloved us, would still have been racked with
hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been
strangers to God.
|26:10 And it came to pass that when Ammon had said
these words, his brother Aaron rebuked him, saying:
Ammon, I fear that thy joy doth carry thee away unto
|26:11 But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my
own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is
full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice
in my God.
|26:12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my
strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself,
but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do
all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have
wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name
|26:13 Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has
he loosed from the pains of hell; and they are brought to sing redeeming love,
and this because of the power of his word which is in us,
therefore have we not great reason to rejoice?
|26:14 Yea, we have reason to praise him forever, for
he is the Most High God, and has loosed our brethren from
the chains of hell.
|26:15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting
darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them
into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting
salvation; and they are encircled about with the
matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been
instruments in his hands of doing this great and
|26:16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in
the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea,
we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too
much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great
power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering
towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I
cannot say the smallest part which I feel.
|26:17 Who could have supposed that our God would have
been so merciful as to have snatched us from our awful,
sinful, and polluted state?
|26:18 Behold, we went forth even in wrath, with
mighty threatenings to destroy his church.
|26:19 Oh then, why did he not consign us to an awful
destruction, yea, why did he not let the sword of his justice fall upon us, and doom us to
|26:20 Oh, my soul, almost as it were, fleeth at the
thought. Behold, he did not exercise his justice upon us,
but in his great mercy hath brought us over that
everlasting gulf of death and misery, even to the
salvation of our souls.
|26:21 And now behold, my brethren, what natural man
is there that knoweth these things? I say unto you, there
is none that knoweth these things, save it be the
|26:22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith,
and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually
without ceasing--unto such it is given to know the
mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to
reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it
shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to
repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring
these our brethren to repentance.
|26:23 Now do ye remember, my brethren, that we said
unto our brethren in the land of Zarahemla, we go up to
the land of Nephi, to preach unto our brethren, the
Lamanites, and they laughed us to scorn?
|26:24 For they said unto us: Do ye suppose that ye
can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth? Do
ye suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the
incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers, as
stiffnecked a people as they are; whose hearts delight in
the shedding of blood; whose days have been spent in the
grossest iniquity; whose ways have been the ways of a
transgressor from the beginning? Now my brethren, ye
remember that this was their language.
|26:25 And moreover they did say: Let us take up arms
against them, that we destroy them and their iniquity out
of the land, lest they overrun us and destroy us.
|26:26 But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into
the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our
brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save
some few of their souls.
|26:27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were
about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and
said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear
with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you
|26:28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth
amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings,
and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have
traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of
the world--not upon the mercies of the world alone but
upon the mercies of God.
|26:29 And we have entered into their houses and
taught them, and we have taught them in their streets;
yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we
have also entered into their temples and their synagogues
and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked,
and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have
been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and
cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of God
we have been delivered again.
|26:30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions,
and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of
saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be
full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.
|26:31 Now behold, we can look forth and see the
fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you,
Nay, they are many; yea, and we can witness of their
sincerity, because of their love towards their brethren
and also towards us.
|26:32 For behold, they had rather sacrifice their
lives than even to take the life of their enemy; and they
have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth,
because of their love towards their brethren.
|26:33 And now behold I say unto you, has there been
so great love in all the land? Behold, I say unto you,
Nay, there has not, even among the Nephites.
|26:34 For behold, they would take up arms against
their brethren; they would not suffer themselves to be
slain. But behold how many of these have laid down their
lives; and we know that they have gone to their God,
because of their love and of their hatred to sin.
|26:35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say
unto you, there never were men that had so great reason
to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy
is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has
all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he
comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being,
even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe
on his name.
|26:36 Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast;
for this is my life and my light, my joy and my
salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea,
blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of
this people, who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and
has been lost from its body in a strange land; yea, I
say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful
of us, wanderers in a strange land.
|26:37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of
every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he
numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over
all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great
thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God