Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Your actions speak so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying.”
How much more important is it then that my actions speak loudly enough that people want to hear what I have to say?
This is what Ammon’s actions in defense of his new friend did for his friend’s father, and it had a major impact on an entire nation of people.
What King Laman thought he knew about his enemies, the Nephites, clashed so severely with the kind of person that he experienced when he met his son, Lamoni, with Ammon (the Nephite), that he couldn’t rest easy in his mind until someone (Ammon’s brother, Aaron and company) came along who could explain what could drive that kind of loyalty and love.
What powerful ripple effects occur when we live like we believe!
“3 And now, O king, if thou wilt spare our lives, we will be thy servants. And the king said unto them: Arise, for I will grant unto you your lives, and I will not suffer that ye shall be my servants; but I will insist that ye shall administer unto me; for I have been somewhat troubled in mind because of the generosity and the greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon; and I desire to know the cause why he has not come up out of Middoni with thee?” Alma 22:3 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/22?verse=3&lang=eng#p3