Alma, repentance, consequence, Ammonihah, Amulek
Alma The Younger's missionary journey to Ammonihah is one of the most disturbing episodes in the Book of Mormon: scriptures are burned (Alma 14:8); converted males are "cast out" and stoned by former friends (Alma 14:7); Amulek, a respected citizen, and Alma, high priest of the church and retired chief judge, are spit upon, mocked, imprisoned, stripped naked, humiliated, starved, and beaten (Alma 14:4-22); and innocent women and children are "cast into the fire" and burned to death (Alma 14:8). Alma and Amulek are "carried... forth to the place of martyrdom;' and forced to "witness" (Alma 14:9) the "pains of the women and children'' as they are "consuming in the fire" (Alma 14:10). These events, the Ammonihahite disregard for human life, and the fire are horrifying and extraordinarily cruel.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Alma's Hell: Repentance, Consequence, and the Lake of Fire and Brimstone,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 28:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol28/iss1/2