Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 35 (They Did Not Cast Them Out)

9 And he breathed out many threatenings against them. And now the people of Ammon did not fear their words; therefore they did not cast them out, but they did receive all the poor of the Zoramites that came over unto them; and they did nourish them, and did clothe them, and did give unto them lands for their inheritance; and they did administer unto them according to their wants.

This is a slightly political post, but it follows pretty closely from the text.

The Book of Mormon has repeatedly illustrated the proper way to treat those who are refugees who stand in need. The people at Zarahemla welcomed the anti-Nephi Lehi Lamanites with open arms. Now in turn, those people welcome the Zoramite refugees who were kicked out of their country because of their new found faith. 

Even when the people are threatened and urged to kick out these refugees, they continue to help them. Even though it would have been politically expedient to reject them, they didn’t. Even though this decision would ultimately spark a war, they stood strong and did what was right. 

I am grateful the church has spoken strongly in favor of helping modern day refugees. I hope we can welcome and love those who are different from us and help nourish them and administer to them.


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