(8:1, 4, 5) And it came to pass
(8:1-3) After King Limhi is done with his speech, he makes Ammon tell everyone what his people
have been up to since the time that Zeniff left the land of Zarahemla. Ammon agrees, and throws in King Benjamin's speech as a bonus.
(8:1) "After king Limhi had made an end of speaking to his people, for he spake many things unto them and only a few of them have
I written in this book, he told his people all the things concerning their brethren who were in the land of Zarahemla."
(8:2) "And he caused that Ammon should ... rehearse unto them all that had
happened unto their brethren from the time that Zeniff went up out of the land even until the time that he himself came
up out of the land."
(8:3) "And he also rehearsed unto them the last words which king Benjamin had taught them."
(8:4-6) Then King Limhi dismisses his people and the "multitude" go home. Lemhi brings out the
plates of his people and makes Ammon read them. After Ammon finishes reading the plates,
Limhi asks him if he can interpret languages. Ammon says he can't.
(8:4) "After he had done all this, that king Limhi dismissed the
multitude, and caused that they should return every one unto his own house."
(8:5) "He caused that the plates which contained the record of his people from the
time that they left the land of Zarahemla, should be brought before Ammon, that he might read them."
(8:6) "Now, as soon as Ammon had read the record, the king inquired of him to know if he could interpret
languages, and Ammon told him that he could not."
(8:7-10) King Limhi explains how he sent
a search party to find Zarahemla, but they couldn't find it. They got lost in the wilderness for many days and came
upon a land of many waters, which was covered with the bones of men and beasts. Among the ruins they found 24 golden engraved plates,
breastplates of brass and copper, and rusty swords.
(8:7) "And the king said ... I caused that forty and three of my people should take a journey into the wilderness, that
thereby they might find the land of Zarahemla."
(8:8) "And they were lost in the wilderness for the space of many days ... having traveled in a land among many waters,
having discovered a land which was covered with bones of men, and of beasts, and was also covered with ruins of buildings of every kind
... peopled with a people who were as numerous as the hosts of Israel."
(8:9) "And ... they have brought twenty-four plates which are filled with engravings, and they are of pure gold."
(8:10) "And behold, also, they have brought breastplates, which are large, and they are of brass and of copper."
(8:11) "They brought swords."
Ammon finds ancient swords. If swords existed in pre-Columbian America, why is there no evidence of it today?
(8:12-14) Then King Limhi asks him again if he can translate, or if he knows anyone else who can.
Ammon says that the King of Zarahemla could probably do it. He's a seer, after all.
(8:12) "Knowest thou of any one that can translate?"
(8:13) "Now Ammon said unto him: I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records ... it is a gift from God.
And the things are called interpreters ... whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer."
(8:14) "And behold, the king of the people who are in the land of Zarahemla is the man that is commanded to do these things."
(8:15-17) King Limhi was happy to have found a seer. Both Ammon and Limhi agreed that seers are far
superior to prophets. You see, a seer is both a revelator and a prophet. (Of course,
Joseph Smith was all three). Seers are handy to have around, because
they reveal stuff, tell secrets, light up hidden things, make things known, and make other things known that couldn't have been known otherwise.
It's a hard job.
(8:15) "A seer is greater than a prophet. He is a revelator with a Divine gift that is greater than all others."
(8:16) "A seer is a revelator and a prophet also; and a gift which is greater can no man have."
(8:17) "A seer can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed."