After Alma was called back to the land of
Ammonihah he was accepted and taken in by
a man named Amulek. Amulek was eager to help
Alma, explaining that “He hath blessed mine
house, he hath blessed me, and my women, and
my children, and my father and my kinsfolk.”
This explanation of conversion is notable
for both historical and narrative contexts.
First it gives us insight into how Book of
Mormon communities and families were structured.
Amulek referring to his “house” as being
his women, children, father and kinsfolk implies
that his house was much more than a single
dwelling and that it consisted of more than
the two-generation living situation typical
of today. Second, this mention of Amulek’s
family and their happiness as cause for his
conversion takes on a tragic tone as later
he and Alma are forced to watch the brutal
execution of the converts. Amulek clearly
implied that his entire family was among those
converts. Though we can learn a lot about
the day-to-day existence of Amulek’s culture
from what seemed to be a piece of trivia about
his family, we also gain insight to the profound
loss and torture Amulek was subject to due to his faith.
And now you know why.