And it came to pass when they had arrived in the borders of the land of the Lamanites, that they themselves and departed one from another, trusting in the Lord that they should meet again at the close of their ; for they supposed that great was the work which they had undertaken.The second time is when Ammon is looking back on their mission, rejoicing in their success in Alma 26. They did meet again at the close of their harvest and Ammon is referring to their harvest in verse 7. In verses 5-7 he uses agricultural imagery that seems to be drawn from ancient Israelite culture.
Similar metaphors are found in Joel 3:13
Put ye in the , for the is ripe: come, get you down; for the is full, the overflow; for their wickedness great.and Micah 4:12
But they know not the thoughts of the , neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.Notice also how Ammon says that the sheaves shall be gathered when the storms and whirlwinds come. These are ancient Israelite metaphors associated with scattering. For instance, in Zechariah 7:14
But I them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not.See also similar statements in Habakkuk 3:14 and Isaiah 41:16 for instance. Ammon argues that since the sheaves are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, they will be gathered when the winds come, instead of scattered like Israel of old. Ammon certainly knew of the Lord's promises to the Lamanites pertaining to the latter-day gathering, in addition to making a case for the converts at his time.
Another connection I noticed is a few verses later in Alma 26, where Ammon describes the change that happened to the Lamanite converts.
The language is very similar to Alma-2's description of the change that happened to the "fathers" of the Nephites in ZarahemlaBehold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of ; and they are brought to redeeming love, and this because of the power of his word which is in us, therefore have we not great reason to rejoice?
At this point, Ammon had met Alma again and might have even read the account of his preaching in Zarahemla. Still I sense use of symbolism that is much older and speculate about similar content and a common source on the brass plates, even though I have no other evidence to back that up.Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the of death, and the of hell, and an everlasting destruction did await them.