Looking at what happened to Lehonti compared to the true Christians, why is it important to never compromise our covenants or standards?
Amalickiah seeks to be king and destroy the church. When Captain Moroni hears of this, he creates the title of liberty. He prays for freedom and marches through the city with covenant to keep commandments and preserve liberty. Amalickiahites flee but most are cut off. Amalickiah escapes and gains favour with Lamanite king. He stirs up the king to go to war. Through political deception, he tempts Lehonti off the mount, betrays the King, then assassinates them both. He marries the queen and becomes king of the Lamanites.
“And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.”
Rachael D: Amalickiah was so subtle, he made everyone think that they were in control, Lehonti, the queen and the lamanites and in the end he got what he wanted. Lehonti three times refused to go down to the bottom of the mountain because he knew the danger. He thought he was safe the fourth time to go down just a little with his guards to meet Amalickiah. We need to keep the commandments with exactness because when we start to justify just a little here and there we may think we are in control but we could be getting poisoned by degrees that we don’t even notice.