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|Title||KnoWhy #163 - Why Did Moroni Change His Mind about Exchanging Prisoners with Ammoron? (Alma 55:2)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ammoron; Captain Moroni; Lamanite; Letters; Nephite; Prisoners; Warfare; Zoramite|
After initially agreeing to exchange prisoners with Ammoron, Moroni later refused the exchange. Why would Moroni set forth the terms for a prisoner exchange and then change his mind once Ammoron accepted his offer? A careful reading of Moroni’s epistle shows that, rather than going back on his word, Moroni was likely justified in withdrawing his offer. Ammoron had refused the most essential part of the bargain—to cease the war—and Moroni was certainly not going to grant him “any more power than what he hath got.” These epistles demonstrate that Moroni was able to channel his passion toward defending and protecting his people as God had entrusted him to do.
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