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3 Nephi 1-9
3 Nephi 1
1 Now it came to pass that the ninety and first year had passed away and it was six
hundred years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; and it was in the year that
Lachoneus was the chief judge and the governor over the land.
2 And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had departed out of the land of Zarahemla, giving
charge unto his son Nephi, who was his eldest son, concerning the plates of brass,
and all the records which had been kept, and all those things which had been kept
sacred from the departure of Lehi out of Jerusalem.
3 Then he departed out of the land, and whither he went, no man knoweth; and his
son Nephi did keep the records in his stead, yea, the record of this people.
4 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold,
the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began
to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be
fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.
6 And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past,
and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning
this thing hath been vain.
7 And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and
the people who believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things
which had been spoken might not come to pass.
8 But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day and that night and that day
which should be as one day as if there were no night, that they might know that their
faith had not been vain.
9 Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all
those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should
come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.
10 Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of
his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.
11 And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and
cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be
destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.
12 And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord, all that day; and behold,
the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:
13 Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on
this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show
unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the
mouth of my holy prophets.
14 Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfill all things which I have made known unto
the children of men from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of
the Father and of the Son -- of the Father because of me, and of the Son because
of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.
15 And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according
as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness;
and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night
16 And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who fell
to the earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of
destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets
had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand.
17 And they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear; yea, in fine,
all the people upon the face of the whole earth from the west to the east, both in
the land north and in the land south, were so exceedingly astonished that they fell
to the earth.
18 For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years,
and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear
because of their iniquity and their unbelief.
19 And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as
light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the
morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that
the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given.
20 And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of
21 And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.
22 And it came to pass that from this time forth there began to be lyings sent forth
among the people, by Satan, to harden their hearts, to the intent that they might
not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen; but notwithstanding these
lyings and deceivings the more part of the people did believe, and were converted
unto the Lord.
23 And it came to pass that Nephi went forth among the people, and also many others,
baptizing unto repentance, in the which there was a great remission of sins. And
thus the people began again to have peace in the land.
24 And there were no contentions, save it were a few that began to preach, endeavoring
to prove by the scriptures that it was no more expedient to observe the law of Moses.
Now in this thing they did err, having not understood the scriptures.
25 But it came to pass that they soon became converted, and were convinced of the
error which they were in, for it was made known unto them that the law was not yet
fulfilled, and that it must be fulfilled in every whit; yea, the word came unto them
that it must be fulfilled; yea, that one jot or tittle should not pass away till
it should all be fulfilled; therefore in this same year were they brought to a knowledge
of their error and did confess their faults.
26 And thus the ninety and second year did pass away, bringing glad tidings unto
the people because of the signs which did come to pass, according to the words of
the prophecy of all the holy prophets.
27 And it came to pass that the ninety and third year did also pass away in peace,
save it were for the Gadianton robbers, who dwelt upon the mountains, who did infest
the land; for so strong were their holds and their secret places that the people
could not overpower them; therefore they did commit many murders, and did do much
slaughter among the people.
28 And it came to pass that in the ninety and fourth year they began to increase
in great degree, because there were many dissenters of the Nephites who did flee
unto them, which did cause much sorrow unto those Nephites who did remain in the
29 And there was also a cause of much sorrow among the Lamanites; for behold, they
had many children who did grow up and began to wax strong in years, that they became
for themselves, and were led away by some who were Zoramites, by their lyings and
their flattering words, to join those Gadianton robbers.
30 And thus were the Lamanites afflicted also, and began to decrease as to their
faith and righteousness, because of the wickedness of the rising generation.
3 Nephi 2
1 And it came to pass that thus passed away the ninety and fifth year also, and the
people began to forget those signs and wonders which they had heard, and began to
be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven, insomuch that they
began to be hard in their hearts, and blind in their minds, and began to disbelieve
all which they had heard and seen --
2 Imagining up some vain thing in their hearts, that it was wrought by men and by
the power of the devil, to lead away and deceive the hearts of the people; and thus
did Satan get possession of the hearts of the people again, insomuch that he did
blind their eyes and lead them away to believe that the doctrine of Christ was a
foolish and a vain thing.
3 And it came to pass that the people began to wax strong in wickedness and abominations;
and they did not believe that there should be any more signs or wonders given; and
Satan did go about, leading away the hearts of the people, tempting them and causing
them that they should do great wickedness in the land.
4 And thus did pass away the ninety and sixth year; and also the ninety and seventh
year; and also the ninety and eighth year; and also the ninety and ninth year;
5 And also an hundred years had passed away since the days of Mosiah, who was king
over the people of the Nephites.
6 And six hundred and nine years had passed away since Lehi left Jerusalem.
7 And nine years had passed away from the time when the sign was given, which was
spoken of by the prophets, that Christ should come into the world.
8 Now the Nephites began to reckon their time from this period when the sign was
given, or from the coming of Christ; therefore, nine years had passed away.
9 And Nephi, who was the father of Nephi, who had the charge of the records, did
not return to the land of Zarahemla, and could nowhere be found in all the land.
10 And it came to pass that the people did still remain in wickedness, notwithstanding
the much preaching and prophesying which was sent among them; and thus passed away
the tenth year also; and the eleventh year also passed away in iniquity.
11 And it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars and contentions
throughout all the land; for the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous, and did
slay so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did spread so much
death and carnage throughout the land, that it became expedient that all the people,
both the Nephites and the Lamanites, should take up arms against them.
12 Therefore, all the Lamanites who had become converted unto the Lord did unite
with their brethren, the Nephites, and were compelled, for the safety of their lives
and their women and their children, to take up arms against those Gadianton robbers,
yea, and also to maintain their rights, and the privileges of their church and of
their worship, and their freedom and their liberty.
13 And it came to pass that before this thirteenth year had passed away the Nephites
were threatened with utter destruction because of this war, which had become exceedingly
14 And it came to pass that those Lamanites who had united with the Nephites were
numbered among the Nephites;
15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the
16 And their young men and their daughters became exceedingly fair, and they were
numbered among the Nephites, and were called Nephites. And thus ended the thirteenth
17 And it came to pass in the commencement of the fourteenth year, the war between
the robbers and the people of Nephi did continue and did become exceedingly sore;
nevertheless, the people of Nephi did gain some advantage of the robbers, insomuch
that they did drive them back out of their lands into the mountains and into their
18 And thus ended the fourteenth year. And in the fifteenth year they did come forth
against the people of Nephi; and because of the wickedness of the people of Nephi,
and their many contentions and dissensions, the Gadianton robbers did gain many advantages
19 And thus ended the fifteenth year, and thus were the people in a state of many
afflictions; and the sword of destruction did hang over them, insomuch that they
were about to be smitten down by it, and this because of their iniquity.
3 Nephi 3
1 And now it came to pass that in the sixteenth year from the coming of Christ, Lachoneus,
the governor of the land, received an epistle from the leader and the governor of
this band of robbers; and these were the words which were written, saying:
2 Lachoneus, most noble and chief governor of the land, behold, I write this epistle
unto you, and do give unto you exceedingly great praise because of your firmness,
and also the firmness of your people, in maintaining that which ye suppose to be
your right and liberty; yea, ye do stand well, as if ye were supported by the hand
of a god, in the defence of your liberty, and your property, and your country, or
that which ye do call so.
3 And it seemeth a pity unto me, most noble Lachoneus, that ye should be so foolish
and vain as to suppose that ye can stand against so many brave men who are at my
command, who do now at this time stand in their arms, and do await with great anxiety
for the word -- Go down upon the Nephites and destroy them.
4 And I, knowing of their unconquerable spirit, having proved them in the field of
battle, and knowing of their everlasting hatred towards you because of the many wrongs
which ye have done unto them, therefore if they should come down against you they
would visit you with utter destruction.
5 Therefore I have written this epistle, sealing it with mine own hand, feeling for
your welfare, because of your firmness in that which ye believe to be right, and
your noble spirit in the field of battle.
6 Therefore I write unto you, desiring that ye would yield up unto this my people,
your cities, your lands, and your possessions, rather than that they should visit
you with the sword and that destruction should come upon you.
7 Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted
with our secret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us -- not
our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.
8 And behold, I swear unto you, if ye will do this, with an oath, ye shall not be
destroyed; but if ye will not do this, I swear unto you with an oath, that on the
morrow month I will command that my armies shall come down against you, and they
shall not stay their hand and shall spare not, but shall slay you, and shall let
fall the sword upon you even until ye shall become extinct.
9 And behold, I am Giddianhi; and I am the governor of this the secret society of
Gadianton; which society and the works thereof I know to be good; and they are of
ancient date and they have been handed down unto us.
10 And I write this epistle unto you, Lachoneus, and I hope that ye will deliver
up your lands and your possessions, without the shedding of blood, that this my people
may recover their rights and government, who have dissented away from you because
of your wickedness in retaining from them their rights of government, and except
ye do this, I will avenge their wrongs. I am Giddianhi.
11 And now it came to pass when Lachoneus received this epistle he was exceedingly
astonished, because of the boldness of Giddianhi demanding the possession of the
land of the Nephites, and also of threatening the people and avenging the wrongs
of those that had received no wrong, save it were they had wronged themselves by
dissenting away unto those wicked and abominable robbers.
12 Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened
by the demands and the threatenings of a robber; therefore he did not hearken to
the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his
people should cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should
come down against them.
13 Yea, he sent a proclamation among all the people, that they should gather together
their women, and their children, their flocks and their herds, and all their substance,
save it were their land, unto one place.
14 And he caused that fortifications should be built round about them, and the strength
thereof should be exceedingly great. And he caused that armies, both of the Nephites
and of the Lamanites, or of all them who were numbered among the Nephites, should
be placed as guards round about to watch them, and to guard them from the robbers
day and night.
15 Yea, he said unto them: As the Lord liveth, except ye repent of all your iniquities,
and cry unto the Lord, ye will in no wise be delivered out of the hands of those
16 And so great and marvelous were the words and prophecies of Lachoneus that they
did cause fear to come upon all the people; and they did exert themselves in their
might to do according to the words of Lachoneus.
17 And it came to pass that Lachoneus did appoint chief captains over all the armies
of the Nephites, to command them at the time that the robbers should come down out
of the wilderness against them.
18 Now the chiefest among all the chief captains and the great commander of the armies
of the Nephites was appointed, and his name was Gidgiddoni.
19 Now it was the custom among all the Nephites to appoint for their chief captains,
(save it were in their times of wickedness) some one that had the spirit of revelation
and also prophecy; therefore, this Gidgiddoni was a great prophet among them, as
also was the chief judge.
20 Now the people said unto Gidgiddoni: Pray unto the Lord, and let us go up upon
the mountains and into the wilderness, that we may fall upon the robbers and destroy
them in their own lands.
21 But Gidgiddoni saith unto them: The Lord forbid; for if we should go up against
them the Lord would deliver us into their hands; therefore we will prepare ourselves
in the center of our lands, and we will gather all our armies together, and we will
not go against them, but we will wait till they shall come against us; therefore
as the Lord liveth, if we do this he will deliver them into our hands.
22 And it came to pass in the seventeenth year, in the latter end of the year, the
proclamation of Lachoneus had gone forth throughout all the face of the land, and
they had taken their horses, and their chariots, and their cattle, and all their
flocks, and their herds, and their grain, and all their substance, and did march
forth by thousands and by tens of thousands, until they had all gone forth to the
place which had been appointed that they should gather themselves together, to defend
themselves against their enemies.
23 And the land which was appointed was the land of Zarahemla, and the land which
was between the land Zarahemla and the land Bountiful, yea, to the line which was
between the land Bountiful and the land Desolation.
24 And there were a great many thousand people who were called Nephites, who did
gather themselves together in this land. Now Lachoneus did cause that they should
gather themselves together in the land southward, because of the great curse which
was upon the land northward.
25 And they did fortify themselves against their enemies; and they did dwell in one
land, and in one body, and they did fear the words which had been spoken by Lachoneus,
insomuch that they did repent of all their sins; and they did put up their prayers
unto the Lord their God, that he would deliver them in the time that their enemies
should come down against them to battle.
26 And they were exceedingly sorrowful because of their enemies.
And Gidgiddoni did cause that they should make weapons of war of every kind, and
they should be strong with armor, and with shields, and with bucklers, after the
manner of his instruction.
3 Nephi 4
1 And it came to pass that in the latter end of the eighteenth year those armies
of robbers had prepared for battle, and began to come down and to sally forth from
the hills, and out of the mountains, and the wilderness, and their strongholds, and
their secret places, and began to take possession of the lands, both which were in
the land south and which were in the land north, and began to take possession of
all the lands which had been deserted by the Nephites, and the cities which had been
2 But behold, there were no wild beasts nor game in those lands which had been deserted
by the Nephites, and there was no game for the robbers save it were in the wilderness.
3 And the robbers could not exist save it were in the wilderness, for the want of
food; for the Nephites had left their lands desolate, and had gathered their flocks
and their herds and all their substance, and they were in one body.
4 Therefore, there was no chance for the robbers to plunder and to obtain food, save
it were to come up in open battle against the Nephites; and the Nephites being in
one body, and having so great a number, and having reserved for themselves provisions,
and horses and cattle, and flocks of every kind, that they might subsist for the
space of seven years, in the which time they did hope to destroy the robbers from
off the face of the land; and thus the eighteenth year did pass away.
5 And it came to pass that in the nineteenth year Giddianhi found that it was expedient
that he should go up to battle against the Nephites, for there was no way that they
could subsist save it were to plunder and rob and murder.
6 And they durst not spread themselves upon the face of the land insomuch that they
could raise grain, lest the Nephites should come upon them and slay them; therefore
Giddianhi gave commandment unto his armies that in this year they should go up to
battle against the Nephites.
7 And it came to pass that they did come up to battle; and it was in the sixth month;
and behold, great and terrible was the day that they did come up to battle; and they
were girded about after the manner of robbers; and they had a lamb-skin about their
loins, and they were dyed in blood, and their heads were shorn, and they had head-plates
upon them; and great and terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi,
because of their armor, and because of their being dyed in blood.
8 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance
of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to
the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of
9 And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout
with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites
had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.
10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them;
but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when
the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea,
in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.
11 And the battle commenced in this the sixth month; and great and terrible was the
battle thereof, yea, great and terrible was the slaughter thereof, insomuch that
there never was known so great a slaughter among all the people of Lehi since he
12 And notwithstanding the threatenings and the oaths which Giddianhi had made, behold,
the Nephites did beat them, insomuch that they did fall back from before them.
13 And it came to pass that Gidgiddoni commanded that his armies should pursue them
as far as the borders of the wilderness, and that they should not spare any that
should fall into their hands by the way; and thus they did pursue them and did slay
them, to the borders of the wilderness, even until they had fulfilled the commandment
14 And it came to pass that Giddianhi, who had stood and fought with boldness, was
pursued as he fled; and being weary because of his much fighting he was overtaken
and slain. And thus was the end of Giddianhi the robber.
15 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites did return again to their
place of security. And it came to pass that this nineteenth year did pass away, and
the robbers did not come again to battle; neither did they come again in the twentieth
16 And in the twenty and first year they did not come up to battle, but they came
up on all sides to lay siege round about the people of Nephi; for they did suppose
that if they should cut off the people of Nephi from their lands, and should hem
them in on every side, and if they should cut them off from all their outward privileges,
that they could cause them to yield themselves up according to their wishes.
17 Now they had appointed unto themselves another leader, whose name was Zemnarihah;
therefore it was Zemnarihah that did cause that this siege should take place.
18 But behold, this was an advantage to the Nephites; for it was impossible for the
robbers to lay siege sufficiently long to have any effect upon the Nephites, because
of their much provision which they had laid up in store,
19 And because of the scantiness of provisions among the robbers -- for behold, they
had nothing save it were meat for their subsistence, which meat they did obtain in
20 And it came to pass that the wild game became scarce in the wilderness -- insomuch
that the robbers were about to perish with hunger.
21 And the Nephites were continually marching out by day and by night, and falling
upon their armies, and cutting them off by thousands and by tens of thousands.
22 And thus it became the desire of the people of Zemnarihah to withdraw from their
design, because of the great destruction which came upon them by night and by day.
23 And it came to pass that Zemnarihah did give command unto his people that they
should withdraw themselves from the siege, and march into the furthermost parts of
the land northward.
24 And now, Gidgiddoni being aware of their design, and knowing of their weakness
because of the want of food, and the great slaughter which had been made among them,
therefore he did send out his armies in the night-time, and did cut off the way of
their retreat, and did place his armies in the way of their retreat.
25 And this did they do in the night-time, and got on their march beyond the robbers,
so that on the morrow, when the robbers began their march, they were met by the armies
of the Nephites both in their front and in their rear.
26 And the robbers who were on the south were also cut off in their places of retreat.
And all these things were done by command of Gidgiddoni.
27 And there were many thousands who did yield themselves up prisoners unto the Nephites,
and the remainder of them were slain.
28 And their leader, Zemnarihah, was taken and hanged upon a tree, yea, even upon
the top thereof until he was dead. And when they had hanged him until he was dead
they did fell the tree to the earth, and did cry with a loud voice, saying:
29 May the Lord preserve his people in righteousness and in holiness of heart, that
they may cause to be felled to the earth all who shall seek to slay them because
of power and secret combinations, even as this man hath been felled to the earth.
30 And they did rejoice and cry again with one voice, saying: May the God of Abraham,
and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, protect this people in righteousness,
so long as they shall call on the name of their God for protection.
31 And it came to pass that they did break forth, all as one, in singing, and praising
their God for the great thing which he had done for them, in preserving them from
falling into the hands of their enemies.
32 Yea, they did cry: Hosanna to the Most High God. And they did cry: Blessed be
the name of the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God.
33 And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because
of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies;
and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had
been delivered from an everlasting destruction.
3 Nephi 5
1 And now behold, there was not a living soul among all the people of the Nephites
who did doubt in the least the words of all the holy prophets who had spoken; for
they knew that it must needs be that they must be fulfilled.
2 And they knew that it must be expedient that Christ had come, because of the many
signs which had been given, according to the words of the prophets; and because of
the things which had come to pass already they knew that it must needs be that all
things should come to pass according to that which had been spoken.
3 Therefore they did forsake all their sins, and their abominations, and their whoredoms,
and did serve God with all diligence day and night.
4 And now it came to pass that when they had taken all the robbers prisoners, insomuch
that none did escape who were not slain, they did cast their prisoners into prison,
and did cause the word of God to be preached unto them; and as many as would repent
of their sins and enter into a covenant that they would murder no more were set at
5 But as many as there were who did not enter into a covenant, and who did still
continue to have those secret murders in their hearts, yea, as many as were found
breathing out threatenings against their brethren were condemned and punished according
to the law.
6 And thus they did put an end to all those wicked, and secret, and abominable combinations,
in the which there was so much wickedness, and so many murders committed.
7 And thus had the twenty and second year passed away, and the twenty and third year
also, and the twenty and fourth, and the twenty and fifth; and thus had twenty and
five years passed away.
8 And there had many things transpired which, in the eyes of some, would be great
and marvelous; nevertheless, they cannot all be written in this book; yea, this book
cannot contain even a hundredth part of what was done among so many people in the
space of twenty and five years;
9 But behold there are records which do contain all the proceedings of this people;
and a shorter but true account was given by Nephi.
10 Therefore I have made my record of these things according to the record of Nephi,
which was engraven on the plates which were called the plates of Nephi.
11 And behold, I do make the record on plates which I have made with mine own hands.
12 And behold, I am called Mormon, being called after the land of Mormon, the land
in which Alma did establish the church among the people, yea, the first church which
was established among them after their transgression.
13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of
him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.
14 And it hath become expedient that I, according to the will of God, that the prayers
of those who have gone hence, who were the holy ones, should be fulfilled according
to their faith, should make a record of these things which have been done --
15 Yea, a small record of that which hath taken place from the time that Lehi left
Jerusalem, even down until the present time.
16 Therefore I do make my record from the accounts which have been given by those
who were before me, until the commencement of my day;
17 And then I do make a record of the things which I have seen with mine own eyes.
18 And I know the record which I make to be a just and a true record; nevertheless
there are many things which, according to our language, we are not able to write.
19 And now I make an end of my saying, which is of myself, and proceed to give my
account of the things which have been before me.
20 I am Mormon, and a pure descendant of Lehi. I have reason to bless my God and
my Savior Jesus Christ, that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem,
(and no one knew it save it were himself and those whom he brought out of that land)
and that he hath given me and my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our
21 Surely he hath blessed the house of Jacob, and hath been merciful unto the seed
22 And insomuch as the children of Lehi have kept his commandments he hath blessed
them and prospered them according to his word.
23 Yea, and surely shall he again bring a remnant of the seed of Joseph to the knowledge
of the Lord their God.
24 And as surely as the Lord liveth, will he gather in from the four quarters of
the earth all the remnant of the seed of Jacob, who are scattered abroad upon all
the face of the earth.
25 And as he hath covenanted with all the house of Jacob, even so shall the covenant
wherewith he hath covenanted with the house of Jacob be fulfilled in his own due
time, unto the restoring all the house of Jacob unto the knowledge of the covenant
that he hath covenanted with them.
26 And then shall they know their Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
and then shall they be gathered in from the four quarters of the earth unto their
own lands, from whence they have been dispersed; yea, as the Lord liveth so shall
it be. Amen.
3 Nephi 6
1 And now it came to pass that the people of the Nephites did all return to their
own lands in the twenty and sixth year, every man, with his family, his flocks and
his herds, his horses and his cattle, and all things whatsoever did belong unto them.
2 And it came to pass that they had not eaten up all their provisions; therefore
they did take with them all that they had not devoured, of all their grain of every
kind, and their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and they did
return to their own lands and their possessions, both on the north and on the south,
both on the land northward and on the land southward.
3 And they granted unto those robbers who had entered into a covenant to keep the
peace of the land, who were desirous to remain Lamanites, lands, according to their
numbers, that they might have, with their labors, wherewith to subsist upon; and
thus they did establish peace in all the land.
4 And they began again to prosper and to wax great; and the twenty and sixth and
seventh years passed away, and there was great order in the land; and they had formed
their laws according to equity and justice.
5 And now there was nothing in all the land to hinder the people from prospering
continually, except they should fall into transgression.
6 And now it was Gidgiddoni, and the judge, Lachoneus, and those who had been appointed
leaders, who had established this great peace in the land.
7 And it came to pass that there were many cities built anew, and there were many
old cities repaired.
8 And there were many highways cast up, and many roads made, which led from city
to city, and from land to land, and from place to place.
Donald W. Parry. Neil A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. 2007.
The simple and extended synonymous refrains in these verses serve to emphasize the
concept of “many” in Mormon’s description of the progress of the people after they
defeated the robbers:
7 And it came to pass that there were many cities built anew,
and there were many old cities repaired.
8 And there were many highways cast up,
and many roads made,
which led from city to city,
and from land to land,
and from place to place.
9 And thus passed away the twenty and eighth year, and the people had continual peace.
10 But it came to pass in the twenty and ninth year there began to be some disputings
among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their
exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions;
11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers.
12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and
their chances for learning, yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and
others did receive great learning because of their riches.
13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return
railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner
of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent
14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church
began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken
up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto
the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast,
and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.
15 Now the cause of this iniquity of the people was this -- Satan had great power,
unto the stirring up of the people to do all manner of iniquity, and to the puffing
them up with pride, tempting them to seek for power, and authority, and riches, and
the vain things of the world.
16 And thus Satan did lead away the hearts of the people to do all manner of iniquity;
therefore they had enjoyed peace but a few years.
17 And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year -- the people having been
delivered up for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations
of the devil whithersoever he desired to carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity
he desired they should -- and thus in the commencement of this, the thirtieth year,
they were in a state of awful wickedness.
18 Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them,
for it had been taught unto them; therefore they did wilfully rebel against God.
19 And now it was in the days of Lachoneus, the son of Lachoneus, for Lachoneus did
fill the seat of his father and did govern the people that year.
20 And there began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth, standing among
the people in all the land, preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities
of the people, and testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord
would make for his people, or in other words, the resurrection of Christ; and they
did testify boldly of his death and sufferings.
21 Now there were many of the people who were exceedingly angry because of those
who testified of these things; and those who were angry were chiefly the chief judges,
and they who had been high priests and lawyers; yea, all those who were lawyers were
angry with those who testified of these things.
22 Now there was no lawyer nor judge nor high priest that could have power to condemn
any one to death save their condemnation was signed by the governor of the land.
23 Now there were many of those who testified of the things pertaining to Christ
who testified boldly, who were taken and put to death secretly by the judges, that
the knowledge of their death came not unto the governor of the land until after their
24 Now behold, this was contrary to the laws of the land, that any man should be
put to death except they had power from the governor of the land --
25 Therefore a complaint came up unto the land of Zarahemla, to the governor of the
land, against these judges who had condemned the prophets of the Lord unto death,
not according to the law.
26 Now it came to pass that they were taken and brought up before the judge to be
judged of the crime which they had done, according to the law which had been given
by the people.
27 Now it came to pass that those judges had many friends and kindreds; and the remainder,
yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests, did gather themselves together,
and unite with the kindreds of those judges who were to be tried according to the
28 And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant
which was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the
devil, to combine against all righteousness.
29 Therefore they did combine against the people of the Lord, and enter into a covenant
to destroy them, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of
justice, which was about to be administered according to the law.
30 And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they
did covenant one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over
the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings.
3 Nephi 7
1 Now behold, I will show unto you that they did not establish a king over the land;
but in this same year, yea, the thirtieth year, they did destroy upon the judgment
seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the land.
2 And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from
another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends;
and thus they did destroy the government of the land.
3 And every tribe did appoint a chief or a leader over them; and thus they became
tribes and leaders of tribes.
4 Now behold, there was no man among them save he had much family and many kindreds
and friends; therefore their tribes became exceedingly great.
5 Now all this was done, and there were no wars as yet among them; and all this iniquity
had come upon the people because they did yield themselves unto the power of Satan.
6 And the regulations of the government were destroyed, because of the secret combination
of the friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets.
7 And they did cause a great contention in the land, insomuch that the more righteous
part of the people had nearly all become wicked; yea, there were but few righteous
men among them.
8 And thus six years had not passed away since the more part of the people had turned
from their righteousness, like the dog to his vomit, or like the sow to her wallowing
in the mire.
9 Now this secret combination, which had brought so great iniquity upon the people,
did gather themselves together, and did place at their head a man whom they did call
10 And they did call him their king; therefore he became a king over this wicked
band; and he was one of the chiefest who had given his voice against the prophets
who testified of Jesus.
11 And it came to pass that they were not so strong in number as the tribes of the
people, who were united together save it were their leaders did establish their laws,
every one according to his tribe; nevertheless they were enemies; notwithstanding
they were not a righteous people, yet they were united in the hatred of those who
had entered into a covenant to destroy the government.
12 Therefore, Jacob seeing that their enemies were more numerous than they, he being
the king of the band, therefore he commanded his people that they should take their
flight into the northernmost part of the land, and there build up unto themselves
a kingdom, until they were joined by dissenters, (for he flattered them that there
would be many dissenters) and they become sufficiently strong to contend with the
tribes of the people; and they did so.
13 And so speedy was their march that it could not be impeded until they had gone
forth out of the reach of the people. And thus ended the thirtieth year; and thus
were the affairs of the people of Nephi.
14 And it came to pass in the thirty and first year that they were divided into tribes,
every man according to his family, kindred and friends; nevertheless they had come
to an agreement that they would not go to war one with another; but they were not
united as to their laws, and their manner of government, for they were established
according to the minds of those who were their chiefs and their leaders. But they
did establish very strict laws that one tribe should not trespass against another,
insomuch that in some degree they had peace in the land; nevertheless, their hearts
were turned from the Lord their God, and they did stone the prophets and did cast
them out from among them.
15 And it came to pass that Nephi -- having been visited by angels and also the voice
of the Lord, therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and having had
power given unto him that he might know concerning the ministry of Christ, and also
being eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness
16 Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of
their minds -- went forth among them in that same year, and began to testify, boldly,
repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
17 And he did minister many things unto them; and all of them cannot be written,
and a part of them would not suffice, therefore they are not written in this book.
And Nephi did minister with power and with great authority.
18 And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater
power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for
so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him
19 And in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even
his brother did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death
by the people.
20 And the people saw it, and did witness of it, and were angry with him because
of his power; and he did also do many more miracles, in the sight of the people,
in the name of Jesus.
21 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away, and there were
but few who were converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted did truly
signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God,
which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed.
22 And as many as had devils cast out from them, and were healed of their sicknesses
and their infirmities, did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought
upon by the Spirit of God, and had been healed; and they did show forth signs also
and did do some miracles among the people.
23 Thus passed away the thirty and second year also. And Nephi did cry unto the people
in the commencement of the thirty and third year; and he did preach unto them repentance
and remission of sins.
24 Now I would have you to remember also, that there were none who were brought unto
repentance who were not baptized with water.
25 Therefore, there were ordained of Nephi, men unto this ministry, that all such
as should come unto them should be baptized with water, and this as a witness and
a testimony before God, and unto the people, that they had repented and received
a remission of their sins.
26 And there were many in the commencement of this year that were baptized unto repentance;
and thus the more part of the year did pass away.
3 Nephi 8
1 And now it came to pass that according to our record, and we know our record to
be true, for behold, it was a just man who did keep the record -- for he truly did
many miracles in the name of Jesus; and there was not any man who could do a miracle
in the name of Jesus save he were cleansed every whit from his iniquity --
2 And now it came to pass, if there was no mistake made by this man in the reckoning
of our time, the thirty and third year had passed away;
3 And the people began to look with great earnestness for the sign which had been
given by the prophet Samuel, the Lamanite, yea, for the time that there should be
darkness for the space of three days over the face of the land.
4 And there began to be great doubtings and disputations among the people, notwithstanding
so many signs had been given.
5 And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth
day of the month, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known
in all the land.
6 And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there was terrible thunder,
insomuch that it did shake the whole earth as if it was about to divide asunder.
7 And there were exceedingly sharp lightnings, such as never had been known in all
8 And the city of Zarahemla did take fire.
9 And the city of Moroni did sink into the depths of the sea, and the inhabitants
thereof were drowned.
10 And the earth was carried up upon the city of Moronihah that in the place of the
city there became a great mountain.
11 And there was a great and terrible destruction in the land southward.
12 But behold, there was a more great and terrible destruction in the land northward;
for behold, the whole face of the land was changed, because of the tempest and the
whirlwinds and the thunderings and the lightnings, and the exceedingly great quaking
of the whole earth;
13 And the highways were broken up, and the level roads were spoiled, and many smooth
places became rough.
14 And many great and notable cities were sunk, and many were burned, and many were
shaken till the buildings thereof had fallen to the earth, and the inhabitants thereof
were slain, and the places were left desolate.
15 And there were some cities which remained; but the damage thereof was exceedingly
great, and there were many of them who were slain.
16 And there were some who were carried away in the whirlwind; and whither they went
no man knoweth, save they know that they were carried away.
17 And thus the face of the whole earth became deformed, because of the tempests,
and the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the quaking of the earth.
18 And behold, the rocks were rent in twain; they were broken up upon the face of
the whole earth, insomuch that they were found in broken fragments, and in seams
and in cracks, upon all the face of the land.
19 And it came to pass that when the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the storm,
and the tempest, and the quakings of the earth did cease -- for behold, they did
last for about the space of three hours; and it was said by some that the time was
greater; nevertheless, all these great and terrible things were done in about the
space of three hours -- and then behold, there was darkness upon the face of the
20 And it came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all the face of the land,
insomuch that the inhabitants thereof who had not fallen could feel the vapor of
21 And there could be no light, because of the darkness, neither candles, neither
torches; neither could there be fire kindled with their fine and exceedingly dry
wood, so that there could not be any light at all;
22 And there was not any light seen, neither fire, nor glimmer, neither the sun,
nor the moon, nor the stars, for so great were the mists of darkness which were upon
the face of the land.
23 And it came to pass that it did last for the space of three days that there was
no light seen; and there was great mourning and howling and weeping among all the
people continually; yea, great were the groanings of the people, because of the darkness
and the great destruction which had come upon them.
24 And in one place they were heard to cry, saying: O that we had repented before
this great and terrible day, and then would our brethren have been spared, and they
would not have been burned in that great city Zarahemla.
25 And in another place they were heard to cry and mourn, saying: O that we had repented
before this great and terrible day, and had not killed and stoned the prophets, and
cast them out; then would our mothers and our fair daughters, and our children have
been spared, and not have been buried up in that great city Moronihah. And thus were
the howlings of the people great and terrible.
3 Nephi 9
1 And it came to pass that there was a voice heard among all the inhabitants of the
earth, upon all the face of this land, crying:
2 Wo, wo, wo unto this people; wo unto the inhabitants of the whole earth except
they shall repent; for the devil laugheth, and his angels rejoice, because of the
slain of the fair sons and daughters of my people; and it is because of their iniquity
and abominations that they are fallen!
3 Behold, that great city Zarahemla have I burned with fire, and the inhabitants
4 And behold, that great city Moroni have I caused to be sunk in the depths of the
sea, and the inhabitants thereof to be drowned.
5 And behold, that great city Moronihah have I covered with earth, and the inhabitants
thereof, to hide their iniquities and their abominations from before my face, that
the blood of the prophets and the saints shall not come any more unto me against
6 And behold, the city of Gilgal have I caused to be sunk, and the inhabitants thereof
to be buried up in the depths of the earth;
7 Yea, and the city of Onihah and the inhabitants thereof, and the city of Mocum
and the inhabitants thereof, and the city of Jerusalem and the inhabitants thereof;
and waters have I caused to come up in the stead thereof, to hide their wickedness
and abominations from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints
shall not come up any more unto me against them.
8 And behold, the city of Gadiandi, and the city of Gadiomnah, and the city of Jacob,
and the city of Gimgimno, all these have I caused to be sunk, and made hills and
valleys in the places thereof; and the inhabitants thereof have I buried up in the
depths of the earth, to hide their wickedness and abominations from before my face,
that the blood of the prophets and the saints should not come up any more unto me
9 And behold, that great city Jacobugath, which was inhabited by the people of king
Jacob, have I caused to be burned with fire because of their sins and their wickedness,
which was above all the wickedness of the whole earth, because of their secret murders
and combinations; for it was they that did destroy the peace of my people and the
government of the land; therefore I did cause them to be burned, to destroy them
from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints should not come
up unto me any more against them.
10 And behold, the city of Laman, and the city of Josh, and the city of Gad, and
the city of Kishkumen, have I caused to be burned with fire, and the inhabitants
thereof, because of their wickedness in casting out the prophets, and stoning those
whom I did send to declare unto them concerning their wickedness and their abominations.
11 And because they did cast them all out, that there were none righteous among them,
I did send down fire and destroy them, that their wickedness and abominations might
be hid from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints whom I
sent among them might not cry unto me from the ground against them.
12 And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land, and upon this
people, because of their wickedness and their abominations.
13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not
now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?
14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life.
Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will
I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.
15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth,
and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in
the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.
16 I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning
my coming are fulfilled.
17 And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God;
and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption
cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.
18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end.
19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices
and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices
and your burnt offerings.
20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize
with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith
in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy
Ghost, and they knew it not.
21 Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save
the world from sin.
22 Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive,
for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and
have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth,
and be saved.