Samuel the Lamanite

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According to the Book of Mormon, Samuel the Lamanite is a prophet who lived in the ancient Americas, sent by Jesus Christ around 5 BC to teach and warn the Nephites just before his birth in the Old World. The account is recorded in Helaman 13-16.


Samuel is notable in the Book of Mormon as he is a Lamanite prophet. Lamanites generally are described as wicked, and most prophets are Nephites.

After attempting to preach to the people in Zarahemla, and being rejected, he was told by revelation to return and prophesy to the people. He was not allowed into the city. In one of the more iconic stories of the Book of Mormon, he preached on the wall of the city, calling the people to repentance for their sins, prophesying about the impending advent of Jesus Christ in the Old World, and warning of the destruction of the Nephite nation. The people in the city tried to kill him by throwing stones and shooting arrows, but he was protected from harm by divine providence.

Highlights in the Ministry of Samuel the Lamanite
Prophecy of Samuel to the Nephites Helaman 13-15
Comes into Zarahemla Helaman 13:2
Speaks words of the Lord Helaman 13:5
Foretells signs of Christ's birth Helaman 14:2–6
Foretells signs of Christ's death Helaman 14:14, 20-28
Teaches of resurrection and redemption Helaman 14:15–19
Those who believe desire baptism Helaman 16:1–3
Many are angry and try to kill Samuel Helaman 16:2, 6
Flees Helaman 16:7
Prophecies all fulfilled 3 Nephi 23:7–10

In popular media[edit]

In 1997, Donny Osmond left his starring role in the tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to play the role of Samuel the Lamanite in the Hill Cumorah Pageant.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Donny Osmond Sheds Dreamcoat To Star in Mormon Pageant July 11-19", Playbill, 12 July 1997, archived from the original on 3 December 2012, retrieved 2013-03-14
  2. ^ "Donny Osmond is sticking to his spiritual guns", Names in the News, Associated Press, 8 July 1997, retrieved 2013-03-14

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