After the Anti-Nephi-Lehies were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the buried their weapons of war and covenanted to never shed blood again. Shortly thereafter, they are attacked by their unconverted brethren, and allow themselves to be slain rather than fight back. Because of this moving and courageous act, some have called the Anti-Nephi-Lehies "pacifists," but various details in their story illustrate that this is not entirely accurate. Rather than a principled renunciation of war, it seems the Anti-Nephi-Lehies were renouncing their past participation in a truly murderous and blood-thirsty culture. Nonetheless, the people of Ammon remain an enduring example of the power of the gospel to bring peace and overcome violence. Read at