“they were distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.
And they did look upon shedding the blood of their brethren with the greatest abhorrence; and they never could be prevailed upon to take up arms against their brethren; and they never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.
Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner which could be inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the sword or cimeter to smite them.
And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of the Lord.” (Alma 27:27-30)
That was a description of the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi. At one time, these people were blood thirsty warriors, but they repented of their sins; and to repent, they buried their weapons of war and vowed never to kill again.
This is what I previously wrote after reading Alma 27: Protecting The Nonviolent