We are reading the Book of Mormon as a family, and last night we came to the story of Amulek and Zeezrom. Would it surprise you to learn that Zeezrom is my favorite character in the Book of Mormon? Of course, Zeezrom was a lawyer, who is described as “a man who was expert in the devices of the devil.” (Alma 11:21) At one point in the exchange with Amulek, Zeezrom attempts to purchase Amulek’s testimony against God, and Zeezrom fails. (Alma 11:22) But when Amulek describes spiritual death, “Zeezrom began to tremble.” (Alma 11:46) Then Alma jumps in, calls Zeezrom a liar and reads his mind — “Now Zeezrom, seeing that thou hast been taken in thy lying and craftiness, for thou hast not lied unto men only but thou hast lied unto God; for behold, he knows all thy thoughts, and thou seest that thy thoughts are made known unto us by his Spirit.” (Alma 12:3) At this point, Zeezrom changes from adversary to student as he “began to inquire of them diligently.” (Alma 12:8) Eventually, he is totally converted and confesses his sins to the people, who “spit upon him, and cast him out from among them.” (Alma 14:6-7) Zeezrom takes ill with a “burning fever,” and he is healed by Alma. (Alma 15) Ultimately, Zeezrom becomes a missionary. (Alma 31)
I love this story! Not only because it shows that lawyers are not irretrievably lost, but because it shows how the Lord can use a passionate man for good. Also, I see the power of a sincere testimony over a cunning mind. Perhaps most importantly, however, I see a talented and capable and respected man who is willing to humble himself before truth. Surely, a harder man, such as Korihor, could have withstood Amulek’s testimony. I infer that Zeezrom must have been a sincere man, like Paul, who was simply misguided. He not only lied to the people and to God, but to himself, as most of us are tempted to do in prideful moments. Zeezrom’s repentence and subsequent faithfulness are a great example to me.
So, does anyone else want to share thoughts on a favorite Book of Mormon character?