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A Library Tour of Alma 55-63
1 Now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this epistle he was more angry,
because he knew that Ammoron had a perfect knowledge of his fraud; yea, he knew that
Ammoron knew that it was not a just cause that had caused him to wage a war against
the people of Nephi.
2 And he said: Behold, I will not exchange prisoners with Ammoron save he will withdraw
his purpose, as I have stated in my epistle; for I will not grant unto him that he
shall have any more power than what he hath got.
3 Behold, I know the place where the Lamanites do guard my people whom they have
taken prisoners; and as Ammoron would not grant unto me mine epistle, behold, I will
give unto him according to my words; yea, I will seek death among them until they
shall sue for peace.
4 And now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words, he caused that a
search should be made among his men, that perhaps he might find a man who was a descendant
of Laman among them.
5 And it came to pass that they found one, whose name was Laman; and he was one of
the servants of the king who was murdered by Amalickiah.
6 Now Moroni caused that Laman and a small number of his men should go forth unto
the guards who were over the Nephites.
7 Now the Nephites were guarded in the city of Gid; therefore Moroni appointed Laman
and caused that a small number of men should go with him.
8 And when it was evening Laman went to the guards who were over the Nephites, and
behold, they saw him coming and they hailed him; but he saith unto them: Fear not;
behold, I am a Lamanite. Behold, we have escaped from the Nephites, and they sleep;
and behold we have taken of their wine and brought with us.
9 Now when the Lamanites heard these words they received him with joy; and they said
unto him: Give us of your wine, that we may drink; we are glad that ye have thus
taken wine with you for we are weary.
10 But Laman said unto them: Let us keep of our wine till we go against the Nephites
to battle. But this saying only made them more desirous to drink of the wine;
11 For, said they: We are weary, therefore let us take of the wine, and by and by
we shall receive wine for our rations, which will strengthen us to go against the
12 And Laman said unto them: You may do according to your desires.
13 And it came to pass that they did take of the wine freely; and it was pleasant
to their taste, therefore they took of it more freely; and it was strong, having
been prepared in its strength.
14 And it came to pass they did drink and were merry, and by and by they were all
15 And now when Laman and his men saw that they were all drunken, and were in a deep
sleep, they returned to Moroni and told him all the things that had happened.
16 And now this was according to the design of Moroni. And Moroni had prepared his
men with weapons of war; and he went to the city Gid, while the Lamanites were in
a deep sleep and drunken, and cast in weapons of war unto the prisoners, insomuch
that they were all armed;
17 Yea, even to their women, and all those of their children, as many as were able
to use a weapon of war, when Moroni had armed all those prisoners; and all those
things were done in a profound silence.
18 But had they awakened the Lamanites, behold they were drunken and the Nephites
could have slain them.
19 But behold, this was not the desire of Moroni; he did not delight in murder or
bloodshed, but he delighted in the saving of his people from destruction; and for
this cause he might not bring upon him injustice, he would not fall upon the Lamanites
and destroy them in their drunkenness.
20 But he had obtained his desires; for he had armed those prisoners of the Nephites
who were within the wall of the city, and had given them power to gain possession
of those parts which were within the walls.
21 And then he caused the men who were with him to withdraw a pace from them, and
surround the armies of the Lamanites.
22 Now behold this was done in the night-time, so that when the Lamanites awoke in
the morning they beheld that they were surrounded by the Nephites without, and that
their prisoners were armed within.
23 And thus they saw that the Nephites had power over them; and in these circumstances
they found that it was not expedient that they should fight with the Nephites; therefore
their chief captains demanded their weapons of war, and they brought them forth and
cast them at the feet of the Nephites, pleading for mercy.
24 Now behold, this was the desire of Moroni. He took them prisoners of war, and
took possession of the city, and caused that all the prisoners should be liberated,
who were Nephites; and they did join the army of Moroni, and were a great strength
to his army.
25 And it came to pass that he did cause the Lamanites, whom he had taken prisoners,
that they should commence a labor in strengthening the fortifications round about
the city Gid.
26 And it came to pass that when he had fortified the city Gid, according to his
desires, he caused that his prisoners should be taken to the city Bountiful; and
he also guarded that city with an exceedingly strong force.
27 And it came to pass that they did, notwithstanding all the intrigues of the Lamanites,
keep and protect all the prisoners whom they had taken, and also maintain all the
ground and the advantage which they had retaken.
28 And it came to pass that the Nephites began again to be victorious, and to reclaim
their rights and their privileges.
29 Many time did the Lamanites attempt to encircle them about by night, but in these
attempts they did lose many prisoners.
30 And many times did they attempt to administer of their wine to the Nephites, that
they might destroy them with poison or with drunkenness.
31 But behold, the Nephites were not slow to remember the Lord their God in this
their time of affliction. They could not be taken in their snares; yea, they would
not partake of their wine, save they had first given to some of the Lamanite prisoners.
32 And they were thus cautious that no poison should be administered among them;
for if their wine would poison a Lamanite it would also poison a Nephite; and thus
they did try all their liquors.
33 And now it came to pass that it was expedient for Moroni to make preparations
to attack the city Morianton; for behold, the Lamanites had, by their labors, fortified
the city Morianton until it had become an exceeding stronghold.
34 And they were continually bringing new forces into that city, and also new supplies
35 And thus ended the twenty and ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people
1 And now it came to pass in the commencement of the thirtieth year of the reign
of the judges, on the second day in the first month, Moroni received an epistle from
Helaman, stating the affairs of the people in that quarter of the land.
2 And these are the words which he wrote, saying: My dearly beloved brother, Moroni,
as well in the Lord as in the tribulations of our warfare; behold, my beloved brother,
I have somewhat to tell you concerning our warfare in this part of the land.
3 Behold, two thousand of the sons of those men whom Ammon brought down out of the
land of Nephi -- now ye have known that these were descendants of Laman, who was
the eldest son of our father Lehi;
4 Now I need not rehearse unto you concerning their traditions or their unbelief,
for thou knowest concerning all these things --
5 Therefore it sufficeth me that I tell you that two thousand of these young men
have taken their weapons of war, and would that I should be their leader; and we
have come forth to defend our country.
6 And now ye also know concerning the covenant which their fathers made, that they
would not take up their weapons of war against their brethren to shed blood.
7 But in the twenty and sixth year, when they saw our afflictions and our tribulations
for them, they were about to break the covenant which they had made and take up their
weapons of war in our defence.
8 But I would not suffer them that they should break this covenant which they had
made, supposing that God would strengthen us, insomuch that we should not suffer
more because of the fulfilling the oath which they had taken.
9 But behold, here is one thing in which we may have great joy. For behold, in the
twenty and sixth year, I, Helaman, did march at the head of these two thousand young
men to the city of Judea, to assist Antipus, whom ye had appointed a leader over
the people of that part of the land.
10 And I did join my two thousand sons, (for they are worthy to be called sons) to
the army of Antipus, in which strength Antipus did rejoice exceedingly; for behold,
his army had been reduced by the Lamanites because their forces had slain a vast
number of our men, for which cause we have to mourn.
11 Nevertheless, we may console ourselves in this point, that they have died in the
cause of their country and of their God, yea, and they are happy.
12 And the Lamanites had also retained many prisoners, all of whom are chief captains,
for none other have they spared alive. And we suppose that they are now at this time
in the land of Nephi; it is so if they are not slain.
13 And now these are the cities of which the Lamanites have obtained possession by
the shedding of the blood of so many of our valiant men:
14 The land of Manti, or the city of Manti, and the city of Zeezrom, and the city
of Cumeni, and the city of Antiparah.
15 And these are the cities which they possessed when I arrived at the city of Judea;
and I found Antipus and his men toiling with their might to fortify the city.
16 Yea, and they were depressed in body as well as in spirit, for they had fought
valiantly by day and toiled by night to maintain their cities; and thus they had
suffered great afflictions of every kind.
17 And now they were determined to conquer in this place or die; therefore you may
well suppose that this little force which I brought with me, yea, those sons of mine,
gave them great hopes and much joy.
18 And now it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that Antipus had received
a greater strength to his army, they were compelled by the orders of Ammoron to not
come against the city of Judea, or against us, to battle.
19 And thus were we favored of the Lord; for had they come upon us in this our weakness
they might have perhaps destroyed our little army; but thus were we preserved.
20 They were commanded by Ammoron to maintain those cities which they had taken.
And thus ended the twenty and sixth year. And in the commencement of the twenty and
seventh year we had prepared our city and ourselves for defence.
21 Now we were desirous that the Lamanites should come upon us; for we were not desirous
to make an attack upon them in their strongholds.
22 And it came to pass that we kept spies out round about, to watch the movements
of the Lamanites, that they might not pass us by night nor by day to make an attack
upon our other cities which were on the northward.
23 For we knew in those cities they were not sufficiently strong to meet them; therefore
we were desirous, if they should pass by us, to fall upon them in their rear, and
thus bring them up in the rear at the same time they were met in the front. We supposed
that we could overpower them; but behold, we were disappointed in this our desire.
24 They durst not pass by us with their whole army, neither durst they with a part,
lest they should not be sufficiently strong and they should fall.
25 Neither durst they march down against the city of Zarahemla; neither durst they
cross the head of Sidon, over to the city of Nephihah.
26 And thus, with their forces, they were determined to maintain those cities which
they had taken.
27 And now it came to pass in the second month of this year, there was brought unto
us many provisions from the fathers of those my two thousand sons.
28 And also there were sent two thousand men unto us from the land of Zarahemla.
And thus we were prepared with ten thousand men, and provisions for them, and also
for their wives and their children.
29 And the Lamanites, thus seeing our forces increase daily, and provisions arrive
for our support, they began to be fearful, and began to sally forth, if it were possible
to put an end to our receiving provisions and strength.
30 Now when we saw that the Lamanites began to grow uneasy on this wise, we were
desirous to bring a stratagem into effect upon them; therefore Antipus ordered that
I should march forth with my little sons to a neighboring city, as if we were carrying
provisions to a neighboring city.
31 And we were to march near the city of Antiparah, as if we were going to the city
beyond, in the borders by the seashore.
32 And it came to pass that we did march forth, as if with our provisions, to go
to that city.
33 And it came to pass that Antipus did march forth with a part of his army, leaving
the remainder to maintain the city. But he did not march forth until I had gone forth
with my little army, and came near the city Antiparah.
34 And now, in the city Antiparah were stationed the strongest army of the Lamanites;
yea, the most numerous.
35 And it came to pass that when they had been informed by their spies, they came
forth with their army and marched against us.
36 And it came to pass that we did flee before them, northward. And thus we did lead
away the most powerful army of the Lamanites;
37 Yea, even to a considerable distance, insomuch that when they saw the army of
Antipus pursuing them, with their might, they did not turn to the right nor to the
left, but pursued their march in a straight course after us; and, as we suppose,
it was their intent to slay us before Antipus should overtake them, and this that
they might not be surrounded by our people.
38 And now Antipus, beholding our danger, did speed the march of his army. But behold,
it was night; therefore they did not overtake us, neither did Antipus overtake them;
therefore we did camp for the night.
39 And it came to pass that before the dawn of the morning, behold, the Lamanites
were pursuing us. Now we were not sufficiently strong to contend with them; yea,
I would not suffer that my little sons should fall into their hands; therefore we
did continue our march, and we took our march into the wilderness.
40 Now they durst not turn to the right nor to the left lest they should be surrounded;
neither would I turn to the right nor to the left lest they should overtake me, and
we could not stand against them, but be slain, and they would make their escape;
and thus we did flee all that day into the wilderness, even until it was dark.
41 And it came to pass that again, when the light of the morning came we saw the
Lamanites upon us, and we did flee before them.
42 But it came to pass that they did not pursue us far before they halted; and it
was in the morning of the third day of the seventh month.
43 And now, whether they were overtaken by Antipus we knew not, but I said unto my
men: Behold, we know not but they have halted for the purpose that we should come
against them, that they might catch us in their snare;
44 Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?
45 And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great
courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.
46 For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even
so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that
we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would
let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more
upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been
taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt
our mothers knew it.
49 And it came to pass that I did return with my two thousand against these Lamanites
who had pursued us. And now behold, the armies of Antipus had overtaken them, and
a terrible battle had commenced.
50 The army of Antipus being weary, because of their long march in so short a space
of time, were about to fall into the hands of the Lamanites; and had I not returned
with my two thousand they would have obtained their purpose.
51 For Antipus had fallen by the sword, and many of his leaders, because of their
weariness, which was occasioned by the speed of their march -- therefore the men
of Antipus, being confused because of the fall of their leaders, began to give way
before the Lamanites.
52 And it came to pass that the Lamanites took courage, and began to pursue them;
and thus were the Lamanites pursuing them with great vigor when Helaman came upon
their rear with his two thousand, and began to slay them exceedingly, insomuch that
the whole army of the Lamanites halted and turned upon Helaman.
53 Now when the people of Antipus saw that the Lamanites had turned them about, they
gathered together their men and came again upon the rear of the Lamanites.
54 And now it came to pass that we, the people of Nephi, the people of Antipus, and
I with my two thousand, did surround the Lamanites, and did slay them; yea, insomuch
that they were compelled to deliver up their weapons of war and also themselves as
prisoners of war.
55 And now it came to pass that when they had surrendered themselves up unto us,
behold, I numbered those young men who had fought with me, fearing lest there were
many of them slain.
56 But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth;
yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known
to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they
fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the
Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war.
57 And as we had no place for our prisoners, that we could guard them to keep them
from the armies of the Lamanites, therefore we sent them to the land of Zarahemla,
and a part of those men who were not slain of Antipus, with them; and the remainder
I took and joined them to my stripling Ammonites, and took our march back to the
city of Judea.
1 And now it came to pass that I received an epistle from Ammoron, the king, stating
that if I would deliver up those prisoners of war whom we had taken that he would
deliver up the city of Antiparah unto us.
2 But I sent an epistle unto the king, that we were sure our forces were sufficient
to take the city of Antiparah by our force; and by delivering up the prisoners for
that city we should suppose ourselves unwise, and that we would only deliver up our
prisoners on exchange.
3 And Ammoron refused mine epistle, for he would not exchange prisoners; therefore
we began to make preparations to go against the city of Antiparah.
4 But the people of Antiparah did leave the city, and fled to their other cities,
which they had possession of, to fortify them; and thus the city of Antiparah fell
into our hands.
5 And thus ended the twenty and eighth year of the reign of the judges.
6 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the twenty and ninth year, we received
a supply of provisions, and also an addition to our army, from the land of Zarahemla,
and from the land round about, to the number of six thousand men, besides sixty of
the sons of the Ammonites who had come to join their brethren, my little band of
two thousand. And now behold, we were strong, yea, and we had also plenty of provisions
brought unto us.
7 And it came to pass that it was our desire to wage a battle with the army which
was placed to protect the city Cumeni.
8 And now behold, I will show unto you that we soon accomplished our desire; yea,
with our strong force, or with a part of our strong force, we did surround, by night,
the city Cumeni, a little before they were to receive a supply of provisions.
9 And it came to pass that we did camp round about the city for many nights; but
we did sleep upon our swords, and keep guards, that the Lamanites could not come
upon us by night and slay us, which they attempted many times; but as many times
as they attempted this their blood was spilt.
10 At length their provisions did arrive, and they were about to enter the city by
night. And we, instead of being Lamanites, were Nephites; therefore, we did take
them and their provisions.
11 And notwithstanding the Lamanites being cut off from their support after this
manner, they were still determined to maintain the city; therefore it became expedient
that we should take those provisions and send them to Judea, and our prisoners to
the land of Zarahemla.
12 And it came to pass that not many days had passed away before the Lamanites began
to lose all hopes of succor; therefore they yielded up the city unto our hands; and
thus we had accomplished our designs in obtaining the city Cumeni.
13 But it came to pass that our prisoners were so numerous that, notwithstanding
the enormity of our numbers, we were obliged to employ all our force to keep them,
or to put them to death.
14 For behold, they would break out in great numbers, and would fight with stones,
and with clubs, or whatsoever thing they could get into their hands, insomuch that
we did slay upwards of two thousand of them after they had surrendered themselves
prisoners of war.
15 Therefore it became expedient for us, that we should put an end to their lives,
or guard them, sword in hand, down to the land of Zarahemla; and also our provisions
were not any more than sufficient for our own people, notwithstanding that which
we had taken from the Lamanites.
16 And now, in those critical circumstances, it became a very serious matter to determine
concerning these prisoners of war; nevertheless, we did resolve to send them down
to the land of Zarahemla; therefore we selected a part of our men, and gave them
charge over our prisoners to go down to the land of Zarahemla.
17 But it came to pass that on the morrow they did return. And now behold, we did
not inquire of them concerning the prisoners; for behold, the Lamanites were upon
us, and they returned in season to save us from falling into their hands. For behold,
Ammoron had sent to their support a new supply of provisions and also a numerous
army of men.
18 And it came to pass that those men whom we sent with the prisoners did arrive
in season to check them, as they were about to overpower us.
19 But behold, my little band of two thousand and sixty fought most desperately;
yea, they were firm before the Lamanites, and did administer death unto all those
who opposed them.
20 And as the remainder of our army were about to give way before the Lamanites,
behold, those two thousand and sixty were firm and undaunted.
21 Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness;
yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember
the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.
22 And now behold, it was these my sons, and those men who had been selected to convey
the prisoners, to whom we owe this great victory; for it was they who did beat the
Lamanites; therefore they were driven back to the city of Manti.
23 And we retained our city Cumeni, and were not all destroyed by the sword; nevertheless,
we had suffered great loss.
24 And it came to pass that after the Lamanites had fled, I immediately gave orders
that my men who had been wounded should be taken from among the dead, and caused
that their wounds should be dressed.
25 And it came to pass that there were two hundred, out of my two thousand and sixty,
who had fainted because of the loss of blood; nevertheless, according to the goodness
of God, and to our great astonishment, and also the joy of our whole army, there
was not one soul of them who did perish; yea, and neither was there one soul among
them who had not received many wounds.
26 And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they
should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we
do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith
in that which they had been taught to believe -- that there was a just God, and whosoever
did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power.
27 Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their
minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.
28 And now it came to pass that after we had thus taken care of our wounded men,
and had buried our dead and also the dead of the Lamanites, who were many, behold,
we did inquire of Gid concerning the prisoners whom they had started to go down to
the land of Zarahemla with.
29 Now Gid was the chief captain over the band who was appointed to guard them down
to the land.
30 And now, these are the words which Gid said unto me: Behold, we did start to go
down to the land of Zarahemla with our prisoners. And it came to pass that we did
meet the spies of our armies, who had been sent out to watch the camp of the Lamanites.
31 And they cried unto us, saying -- Behold, the armies of the Lamanites are marching
towards the city of Cumeni; and behold, they will fall upon them, yea, and will destroy
32 And it came to pass that our prisoners did hear their cries, which caused them
to take courage; and they did rise up in rebellion against us.
33 And it came to pass because of their rebellion we did cause that our swords should
come upon them. And it came to pass that they did in a body run upon our swords,
in the which, the greater number of them were slain; and the remainder of them broke
through and fled from us.
34 And behold, when they had fled and we could not overtake them, we took our march
with speed towards the city Cumeni; and behold, we did arrive in time that we might
assist our brethren in preserving the city.
35 And behold, we are again delivered out of the hands of our enemies. And blessed
is the name of our God; for behold, it is he that has delivered us; yea, that has
done this great thing for us.
36 Now it came to pass that when I, Helaman, had heard these words of Gid, I was
filled with exceeding joy because of the goodness of God in preserving us, that we
might not all perish; yea, and I trust that the souls of them who have been slain
have entered into the rest of their God.
1 And behold, now it came to pass that our next object was to obtain the city of
Manti; but behold, there was no way that we could lead them out of the city by our
small bands. For behold, they remembered that which we had hitherto done; therefore
we could not decoy them away from their strongholds.
2 And they were so much more numerous than was our army that we durst not go forth
and attack them in their strongholds.
3 Yea, and it became expedient that we should employ our men to the maintaining those
parts of the land which we had regained of our possessions; therefore it became expedient
that we should wait, that we might receive more strength from the land of Zarahemla
and also a new supply of provisions.
4 And it came to pass that I thus did send an embassy to the governor of our land,
to acquaint him concerning the affairs of our people. And it came to pass that we
did wait to receive provisions and strength from the land of Zarahemla.
5 But behold, this did profit us but little; for the Lamanites were also receiving
great strength from day to day, and also many provisions; and thus were our circumstances
at this period of time.
6 And the Lamanites were sallying forth against us from time to time, resolving by
stratagem to destroy us; nevertheless we could not come to battle with them, because
of their retreats and their strongholds.
7 And it came to pass that we did wait in these difficult circumstances for the space
of many months, even until we were about to perish for the want of food.
8 But it came to pass that we did receive food, which was guarded to us by an army
of two thousand men to our assistance; and this is all the assistance which we did
receive, to defend ourselves and our country from falling into the hands of our enemies,
yea, to contend with an enemy which was innumerable.
9 And now the cause of these our embarrassments, or the cause why they did not send
more strength unto us, we knew not; therefore we were grieved and also filled with
fear, lest by any means the judgments of God should come upon our land, to our overthrow
and utter destruction.
10 Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen
us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength
that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support
of our people.
11 Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that
he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did
grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance
12 And we did take courage with our small force which we had received, and were fixed
with a determination to conquer our enemies, and to maintain our lands, and our possessions,
and our wives, and our children, and the cause of our liberty.
13 And thus we did go forth with all our might against the Lamanites, who were in
the city of Manti; and we did pitch our tents by the wilderness side, which was near
to the city.
14 And it came to pass that on the morrow, that when the Lamanites saw that we were
in the borders by the wilderness which was near the city, that they sent out their
spies round about us that they might discover the number and the strength of our
15 And it came to pass that when they saw that we were not strong, according to our
numbers, and fearing that we should cut them off from their support except they should
come out to battle against us and kill us, and also supposing that they could easily
destroy us with their numerous hosts, therefore they began to make preparations to
come out against us to battle.
16 And when we saw that they were making preparations to come out against us, behold,
I caused that Gid, with a small number of men, should secrete himself in the wilderness,
and also that Teomner and a small number of men should secrete themselves also in
17 Now Gid and his men were on the right and the others on the left; and when they
had thus secreted themselves, behold, I remained, with the remainder of my army,
in that same place where we had first pitched our tents against the time that the
Lamanites should come out to battle.
18 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did come out with their numerous army against
us. And when they had come and were about to fall upon us with the sword, I caused
that my men, those who were with me, should retreat into the wilderness.
19 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did follow after us with great speed, for
they were exceedingly desirous to overtake us that they might slay us; therefore
they did follow us into the wilderness; and we did pass by in the midst of Gid and
Teomner, insomuch that they were not discovered by the Lamanites.
20 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had passed by, or when the army had
passed by, Gid and Teomner did rise up from their secret places, and did cut off
the spies of the Lamanites that they should not return to the city.
21 And it came to pass that when they had cut them off, they ran to the city and
fell upon the guards who were left to guard the city, insomuch that they did destroy
them and did take possession of the city.
22 Now this was done because the Lamanites did suffer their whole army, save a few
guards only, to be led away into the wilderness.
23 And it came to pass that Gid and Teomner by this means had obtained possession
of their strongholds. And it came to pass that we took our course, after having traveled
much in the wilderness towards the land of Zarahemla.
24 And when the Lamanites saw that they were marching towards the land of Zarahemla,
they were exceedingly afraid, lest there was a plan laid to lead them on to destruction;
therefore they began to retreat into the wilderness again, yea, even back by the
same way which they had come.
25 And behold, it was night and they did pitch their tents, for the chief captains
of the Lamanites had supposed that the Nephites were weary because of their march;
and supposing that they had driven their whole army therefore they took no thought
concerning the city of Manti.
26 Now it came to pass that when it was night, I caused that my men should not sleep,
but that they should march forward by another way towards the land of Manti.
27 And because of this our march in the night-time, behold, on the morrow we were
beyond the Lamanites, insomuch that we did arrive before them at the city of Manti.
28 And thus it came to pass, that by this stratagem we did take possession of the
city of Manti without the shedding of blood.
29 And it came to pass that when the armies of the Lamanites did arrive near the
city, and saw that we were prepared to meet them, they were astonished exceedingly
and struck with great fear, insomuch that they did flee into the wilderness.
30 Yea, and it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did flee out of all
this quarter of the land. But behold, they have carried with them many women and
children out of the land.
31 And those cities which had been taken by the Lamanites, all of them are at this
period of time in our possession; and our fathers and our women and our children
are returning to their homes, all save it be those who have been taken prisoners
and carried off by the Lamanites.
32 But behold, our armies are small to maintain so great a number of cities and so
33 But behold, we trust in our God who has given us victory over those lands, insomuch
that we have obtained those cities and those lands, which were our own.
34 Now we do not know the cause that the government does not grant us more strength;
neither do those men who came up unto us know why we have not received greater strength.
35 Behold, we do not know but what ye are unsuccessful, and ye have drawn away the
forces into that quarter of the land; if so, we do not desire to murmur.
36 And if it is not so, behold, we fear that there is some faction in the government,
that they do not send more men to our assistance; for we know that they are more
numerous than that which they have sent.
37 But, behold, it mattereth not -- we trust God will deliver us, notwithstanding
the weakness of our armies, yea, and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies.
38 Behold, this is the twenty and ninth year, in the latter end, and we are in the
possession of our lands; and the Lamanites have fled to the land of Nephi.
39 And those sons of the people of Ammon, of whom I have so highly spoken, are with
me in the city of Manti; and the Lord had supported them, yea, and kept them from
falling by the sword, insomuch that even one soul has not been slain.
40 But behold, they have received many wounds; nevertheless they stand fast in that
liberty wherewith God has made them free; and they are strict to remember the Lord
their God from day to day; yea, they do observe to keep his statutes, and his judgments,
and his commandments continually; and their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning
that which is to come.
41 And now, my beloved brother, Moroni, may the Lord our God, who has redeemed us
and made us free, keep you continually in his presence; yea, and may he favor this
people, even that ye may have success in obtaining the possession of all that which
the Lamanites have taken from us, which was for our support. And now, behold, I close
mine epistle. I am Helaman, the son of Alma.
1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year of the reign of the judges over the people
of Nephi, after Moroni had received and had read Helaman's epistle, he was exceedingly
rejoiced because of the welfare, yea, the exceeding success which Helaman had had,
in obtaining those lands which were lost.
2 Yea, and he did make it known unto all his people, in all the land round about
in that part where he was, that they might rejoice also.
3 And it came to pass that he immediately sent an epistle to Pahoran, desiring that
he should cause men to be gathered together to strengthen Helaman, or the armies
of Helaman, insomuch that he might with ease maintain that part of the land which
he had been so miraculously prospered in regaining.
4 And it came to pass when Moroni had sent this epistle to the land of Zarahemla,
he began again to lay a plan that he might obtain the remainder of those possessions
and cities which the Lamanites had taken from them.
5 And it came to pass that while Moroni was thus making preparations to go against
the Lamanites to battle, behold, the people of Nephihah, who were gathered together
from the city of Moroni and the city of Lehi and the city of Morianton, were attacked
by the Lamanites.
6 Yea, even those who had been compelled to flee from the land of Manti, and from
the land round about, had come over and joined the Lamanites in this part of the
7 And thus being exceedingly numerous, yea, and receiving strength from day to day,
by the command of Ammoron they came forth against the people of Nephihah, and they
did begin to slay them with an exceedingly great slaughter.
8 And their armies were so numerous that the remainder of the people of Nephihah
were obliged to flee before them; and they came even and joined the army of Moroni.
9 And now as Moroni had supposed that there should be men sent to the city Nephihah,
to the assistance of the people to maintain that city, and knowing that it was easier
to keep the city from falling into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it from
them, he supposed that they would easily maintain that city.
10 Therefore he retained all his force to maintain those places which he had recovered.
11 And now, when Moroni saw that the city of Nephihah was lost he was exceedingly
sorrowful, and began to doubt, because of the wickedness of the people, whether they
should not fall into the hands of their brethren.
12 Now this was the case with all his chief captains. They doubted and marveled also
because of the wickedness of the people, and this because of the success of the Lamanites
13 And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government, because of their
indifference concerning the freedom of their country.
1 And it came to pass that he wrote again to the governor of the land, who was Pahoran,
and these are the words which he wrote, saying: Behold, I direct mine epistle to
Pahoran, in the city of Zarahemla, who is the chief judge and the governor over the
land, and also to all those who have been chosen by this people to govern and manage
the affairs of this war.
2 For behold, I have somewhat to say unto them by the way of condemnation; for behold,
ye yourselves know that ye have been appointed to gather together men, and arm them
with swords, and with cimeters, and all manner of weapons of war of every kind, and
send forth against the Lamanites, in whatsoever parts they should come into our land.
3 And now behold, I say unto you that myself, and also my men, and also Helaman and
his men, have suffered exceedingly great sufferings; yea, even hunger, thirst, and
fatigue, and all manner of afflictions of every kind.
4 But behold, were this all we had suffered we would not murmur nor complain.
5 But behold, great has been the slaughter among our people; yea, thousands have
fallen by the sword, while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our
armies sufficient strength and succor for them. Yea, great has been your neglect
6 And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly great neglect;
yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state.
7 Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while
your enemies are spreading the work of death around you? Yea, while they are murdering
thousands of your brethren --
8 Yea, even they who have looked up to you for protection, yea, have placed you in
a situation that ye might have succored them, yea, ye might have sent armies unto
them, to have strengthened them, and have saved thousands of them from falling by
9 But behold, this is not all -- ye have withheld your provisions from them, insomuch
that many have fought and bled out their lives because of their great desires which
they had for the welfare of this people; yea, and this they have done when they were
about to perish with hunger, because of your exceedingly great neglect towards them.
10 And now, my beloved brethren -- for ye ought to be beloved; yea, and ye ought
to have stirred yourselves more diligently for the welfare and the freedom of this
people; but behold, ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall
come upon your heads for vengeance; yea, for known unto God were all their cries,
and all their sufferings --
11 Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the
exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if
ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain.
12 Do ye suppose that, because so many of your brethren have been killed it is because
of their wickedness? I say unto you, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in
vain; for I say unto you, there are many who have fallen by the sword; and behold
it is to your condemnation;
13 For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment
may come upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost
because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their
14 And now behold, I say unto you, I fear exceedingly that the judgments of God will
come upon this people, because of their exceeding slothfulness, yea, even the slothfulness
of our government, and their exceedingly great neglect towards their brethren, yea,
towards those who have been slain.
15 For were it not for the wickedness which first commenced at our head, we could
have withstood our enemies that they could have gained no power over us.
16 Yea, had it not been for the war which broke out among ourselves; yea, were it
not for these king-men, who caused so much bloodshed among ourselves; yea, at the
time we were contending among ourselves, if we had united our strength as we hitherto
have done; yea, had it not been for the desire of power and authority which those
king-men had over us; had they been true to the cause of our freedom, and united
with us, and gone forth against our enemies, instead of taking up their swords against
us, which was the cause of so much bloodshed among ourselves; yea, if we had gone
forth against them in the strength of the Lord, we should have dispersed our enemies,
for it would have been done, according to the fulfilling of his word.
17 But behold, now the Lamanites are coming upon us, taking possession of our lands,
and they are murdering our people with the sword, yea, our women and our children,
and also carrying them away captive, causing them that they should suffer all manner
of afflictions, and this because of the great wickedness of those who are seeking
for power and authority, yea, even those king-men.
18 But why should I say much concerning this matter? For we know not but what ye
yourselves are seeking for authority. We know not but what ye are also traitors to
19 Or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country
and ye are surrounded by security, that ye do not cause food to be sent unto us,
and also men to strengthen our armies?
20 Have ye forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea, have ye forgotten
the captivity of our fathers? Have ye forgotten the many times we have been delivered
out of the hands of our enemies?
Donald W. Parry. Neil A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. 2007.
Captain Moroni used literary writing which packed a punch when he wrote to Chief
Governor Pahoran, as in this example of like sentence beginnings:
Have ye forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea,
Have ye forgotten the captivity of our fathers?
Have ye forgotten the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies?
The rest of the letter also contains simple alternates, chiasmus, and antitheticals,
as outlined by Parry in this book.
21 Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones
and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?
22 Yea, will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with thousands of those,
yea, and tens of thousands, who do also sit in idleness, while there are thousands
round about in the borders of the land who are falling by the sword, yea, wounded
23 Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and
behold these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember
that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall
the outer vessel be cleansed also.
24 And now, except ye do repent of that which ye have done, and begin to be up and
doing, and send forth food and men unto us, and also unto Helaman, that he may support
those parts of our country which he has regained, and that we may also recover the
remainder of our possessions in these parts, behold it will be expedient that we
contend no more with the Lamanites until we have first cleansed our inward vessel,
yea, even the great head of our government.
25 And except ye grant mine epistle, and come out and show unto me a true spirit
of freedom, and strive to strengthen and fortify our armies, and grant unto them
food for their support, behold I will leave a part of my freemen to maintain this
part of our land, and I will leave the strength and the blessings of God upon them,
that none other power can operate against them --
26 And this because of their exceeding faith, and their patience in their tribulations
27 And I will come unto you, and if there be any among you that has a desire for
freedom, yea, if there be even a spark of freedom remaining, behold I will stir up
insurrections among you, even until those who have desires to usurp power and authority
shall become extinct.
28 Yea, behold I do not fear your power nor your authority, but it is my God whom
I fear; and it is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend
the cause of my country, and it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered
so much loss.
29 Behold it is time, yea, the time is now at hand, that except ye do bestir yourselves
in the defence of your country and your little ones, the sword of justice doth hang
over you; yea, and it shall fall upon you and visit you even to your utter destruction.
30 Behold, I wait for assistance from you; and, except ye do administer unto our
relief, behold, I come unto you, even in the land of Zarahemla, and smite you with
the sword, insomuch that ye can have no more power to impede the progress of this
people in the cause of our freedom.
31 For behold, the Lord will not suffer that ye shall live and wax strong in your
iniquities to destroy his righteous people.
32 Behold, can you suppose that the Lord will spare you and come out in judgment
against the Lamanites, when it is the tradition of their fathers that has caused
their hatred, yea, and it has been redoubled by those who have dissented from us,
while your iniquity is for the cause of your love of glory and the vain things of
33 Ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God, and ye do know that ye do trample
them under your feet. Behold, the Lord saith unto me: If those whom ye have appointed
your governors do not repent of their sins and iniquities, ye shall go up to battle
34 And now behold, I, Moroni, am constrained, according to the covenant which I have
made to keep the commandments of my God; therefore I would that ye should adhere
to the word of God, and send speedily unto me of your provisions and of your men,
and also to Helaman.
35 And behold, if ye will not do this I come unto you speedily; for behold, God will
not suffer that we should perish with hunger; therefore he will give unto us of your
food, even if it must be by the sword. Now see that ye fulfil the word of God.
36 Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it
down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom
and welfare of my country. And thus I close mine epistle.
1 Behold, now it came to pass that soon after Moroni had sent his epistle unto the
chief governor, he received an epistle from Pahoran, the chief governor. And these
are the words which he received:
2 I, Pahoran, who am the chief governor of this land, do send these words unto Moroni,
the chief captain over the army. Behold, I say unto you, Moroni, that I do not joy
in your great afflictions, yea, it grieves my soul.
3 But behold, there are those who do joy in your afflictions, yea, insomuch that
they have risen up in rebellion against me, and also those of my people who are freemen,
yea, and those who have risen up are exceedingly numerous.
4 And it is those who have sought to take away the judgment-seat from me that have
been the cause of this great iniquity; for they have used great flattery, and they
have led away the hearts of many people, which will be the cause of sore affliction
among us; they have withheld our provisions, and have daunted our freemen that they
have not come unto you.
5 And behold, they have driven me out before them, and I have fled to the land of
Gideon, with as many men as it were possible that I could get.
6 And behold, I have sent a proclamation throughout this part of the land; and behold,
they are flocking to us daily, to their arms, in the defence of their country and
their freedom, and to avenge our wrongs.
7 And they have come unto us, insomuch that those who have risen up in rebellion
against us are set at defiance, yea, insomuch that they do fear us and durst not
come out against us to battle.
8 They have got possession of the land, or the city, of Zarahemla; they have appointed
a king over them, and he hath written unto the king of the Lamanites, in the which
he hath joined an alliance with him; in the which alliance he hath agreed to maintain
the city of Zarahemla, which maintenance he supposeth will enable the Lamanites to
conquer the remainder of the land, and he shall be placed king over this people when
they shall be conquered under the Lamanites.
9 And now, in your epistle you have censured me, but it mattereth not; I am not angry,
but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart. I, Pahoran, do not seek for power,
save only to retain my judgment-seat that I may preserve the rights and the liberty
of my people. My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made us
10 And now, behold, we will resist wickedness even unto bloodshed. We would not shed
the blood of the Lamanites if they would stay in their own land.
11 We would not shed the blood of our brethren if they would not rise up in rebellion
and take the sword against us.
12 We would subject ourselves to the yoke of bondage if it were requisite with the
justice of God, or if he should command us so to do.
13 But behold he doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies,
but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us.
14 Therefore, my beloved brother, Moroni, let us resist evil, and whatsoever evil
we cannot resist with our words, yea, such as rebellions and dissensions, let us
resist them with our swords, that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice
in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God.
15 Therefore, come unto me speedily with a few of your men, and leave the remainder
in the charge of Lehi and Teancum; give unto them power to conduct the war in that
part of the land, according to the Spirit of God, which is also the Spirit of freedom
which is in them.
16 Behold I have sent a few provisions unto them, that they may not perish until
ye can come unto me.
17 Gather together whatsoever force ye can upon your march hither, and we will go
speedily against those dissenters, in the strength of our God according to the faith
which is in us.
18 And we will take possession of the city of Zarahemla, that we may obtain more
food to send forth unto Lehi and Teancum; yea, we will go forth against them in the
strength of the Lord, and we will put an end to this great iniquity.
19 And now, Moroni, I do joy in receiving your epistle, for I was somewhat worried
concerning what we should do, whether it should be just in us to go against our brethren.
20 But ye have said, except they repent the Lord hath commanded you that ye should
go against them.
21 See that ye strengthen Lehi and Teancum in the Lord; tell them to fear not, for
God will deliver them, yea, and also all those who stand fast in that liberty wherewith
God hath made them free. And now I close mine epistle to my beloved brother, Moroni.
1 And now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this epistle his heart did
take courage, and was filled with exceedingly great joy because of the faithfulness
of Pahoran, that he was not also a traitor to the freedom and cause of his country.
2 But he did also mourn exceedingly because of the iniquity of those who had driven
Pahoran from the judgment-seat, yea, in fine because of those who had rebelled against
their country and also their God.
3 And it came to pass that Moroni took a small number of men, according to the desire
of Pahoran, and gave Lehi and Teancum command over the remainder of his army, and
took his march towards the land of Gideon.
4 And he did raise the standard of liberty in whatsoever place he did enter, and
gained whatsoever force he could in all his march towards the land of Gideon.
5 And it came to pass that thousands did flock unto his standard, and did take up
their swords in the defence of their freedom, that they might not come into bondage.
6 And thus, when Moroni had gathered together whatsoever men he could in all his
march, he came to the land of Gideon; and uniting his forces with those of Pahoran
they became exceedingly strong, even stronger than the men of Pachus, who was the
king of those dissenters who had driven the freemen out of the land of Zarahemla
and had taken possession of the land.
7 And it came to pass that Moroni and Pahoran went down with their armies into the
land of Zarahemla, and went forth against the city, and did meet the men of Pachus,
insomuch that they did come to battle.
8 And behold, Pachus was slain and his men were taken prisoners, and Pahoran was
restored to his judgment-seat.
9 And the men of Pachus received their trial, according to the law, and also those
king-men who had been taken and cast into prison; and they were executed according
to the law; yea, those men of Pachus and those king-men, whosoever would not take
up arms in the defence of their country, but would fight against it, were put to
10 And thus it became expedient that this law should be strictly observed for the
safety of their country; yea, and whosoever was found denying their freedom was speedily
executed according to the law.
11 And thus ended the thirtieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
Nephi; Moroni and Pahoran having restored peace to the land of Zarahemla, among their
own people, having inflicted death upon all those who were not true to the cause
12 And it came to pass in the commencement of the thirty and first year of the reign
of the judges over the people of Nephi, Moroni immediately caused that provisions
should be sent, and also an army of six thousand men should be sent unto Helaman,
to assist him in preserving that part of the land.
13 And he also caused that an army of six thousand men, with a sufficient quantity
of food, should be sent to the armies of Lehi and Teancum. And it came to pass that
this was done to fortify the land against the Lamanites.
14 And it came to pass that Moroni and Pahoran, leaving a large body of men in the
land of Zarahemla, took their march with a large body of men towards the land of
Nephihah, being determined to overthrow the Lamanites in that city.
15 And it came to pass that as they were marching towards the land, they took a large
body of men of the Lamanites, and slew many of them, and took their provisions and
their weapons of war.
16 And it came to pass after they had taken them, they caused them to enter into
a covenant that they would no more take up their weapons of war against the Nephites.
17 And when they had entered into this covenant they sent them to dwell with the
people of Ammon, and they were in number about four thousand who had not been slain.
18 And it came to pass that when they had sent them away they pursued their march
towards the land of Nephihah. And it came to pass that when they had come to the
city of Nephihah, they did pitch their tents in the plains of Nephihah, which is
near the city of Nephihah.
19 Now Moroni was desirous that the Lamanites should come out to battle against them,
upon the plains; but the Lamanites, knowing of their exceedingly great courage, and
beholding the greatness of their numbers, therefore they durst not come out against
them; therefore they did not come to battle in that day.
20 And when the night came, Moroni went forth in the darkness of the night, and came
upon the top of the wall to spy out in what part of the city the Lamanites did camp
with their army.
21 And it came to pass that they were on the east, by the entrance; and they were
all asleep. And now Moroni returned to his army, and caused that they should prepare
in haste strong cords and ladders, to be let down from the top of the wall into the
inner part of the wall.
22 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that his men should march forth and come
upon the top of the wall, and let themselves down into that part of the city, yea,
even on the west, where the Lamanites did not camp with their armies.
23 And it came to pass that they were all let down into the city by night, by the
means of their strong cords and their ladders; thus when the morning came they were
all within the walls of the city.
24 And now, when the Lamanites awoke and saw that the armies of Moroni were within
the walls, they were affrighted exceedingly, insomuch that they did flee out by the
25 And now when Moroni saw that they were fleeing before him, he did cause that his
men should march forth against them, and slew many, and surrounded many others, and
took them prisoners; and the remainder of them fled into the land of Moroni, which
was in the borders by the seashore.
26 Thus had Moroni and Pahoran obtained the possession of the city of Nephihah without
the loss of one soul; and there were many of the Lamanites who were slain.
27 Now it came to pass that many of the Lamanites that were prisoners were desirous
to join the people of Ammon and become a free people.
28 And it came to pass that as many as were desirous, unto them it was granted according
to their desires.
29 Therefore, all the prisoners of the Lamanites did join the people of Ammon, and
did begin to labor exceedingly, tilling the ground, raising all manner of grain,
and flocks and herds of every kind; and thus were the Nephites relieved from a great
burden; yea, insomuch that they were relieved from all the prisoners of the Lamanites.
30 Now it came to pass that Moroni, after he had obtained possession of the city
of Nephihah, having taken many prisoners, which did reduce the armies of the Lamanites
exceedingly, and having regained many of the Nephites who had been taken prisoners,
which did strengthen the army of Moroni exceedingly; therefore Moroni went forth
from the land of Nephihah to the land of Lehi.
31 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that Moroni was coming against
them, they were again frightened and fled before the army of Moroni.
32 And it came to pass that Moroni and his army did pursue them from city to city,
until they were met by Lehi and Teancum; and the Lamanites fled from Lehi and Teancum,
even down upon the borders by the seashore, until they came to the land of Moroni.
33 And the armies of the Lamanites were all gathered together, insomuch that they
were all in one body in the land of Moroni. Now, Ammoron, the king of the Lamanites,
was also with them.
34 And it came to pass that Moroni and Lehi and Teancum did encamp with their armies
round about in the borders of the land of Moroni, insomuch that the Lamanites were
encircled about in the borders by the wilderness on the south, and in the borders
by the wilderness on the east.
35 And thus they did encamp for the night. For behold, the Nephites and the Lamanites
also were weary because of the greatness of the march; therefore they did not resolve
upon any stratagem in the night-time, save it were Teancum; for he was exceedingly
angry with Ammoron, insomuch that he considered that Ammoron, and Amalickiah his
brother, had been the cause of this great and lasting war between them and the Lamanites,
which had been the cause of so much war and bloodshed, yea, and so much famine.
36 And it came to pass that Teancum in his anger did go forth into the camp of the
Lamanites, and did let himself down over the walls of the city. And he went forth
with a cord, from place to place, insomuch that he did find the king; and he did
cast a javelin at him, which did pierce him near the heart. But behold, the king
did awaken his servants before he died, insomuch that they did pursue Teancum, and
37 Now it came to pass that when Lehi and Moroni knew that Teancum was dead they
were exceedingly sorrowful; for behold, he had been a man who had fought valiantly
for his country, yea, a true friend to liberty; and he had suffered very many exceedingly
sore afflictions. But behold, he was dead, and had gone the way of all the earth.
38 Now it came to pass that Moroni marched forth on the morrow, and came upon the
Lamanites, insomuch that they did slay them with a great slaughter; and they did
drive them out of the land; and they did flee, even that they did not return at that
time against the Nephites.
39 And thus ended the thirty and first year of the reign of the judges over the people
of Nephi; and thus they had had wars, and bloodsheds, and famine, and affliction,
for the space of many years.
40 And there had been murders, and contentions, and dissensions, and all manner of
iniquity among the people of Nephi; nevertheless for the righteous' sake, yea, because
of the prayers of the righteous, they were spared.
41 But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites
and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length
of the war; and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they
did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.
42 And it came to pass that after Moroni had fortified those parts of the land which
were most exposed to the Lamanites, until they were sufficiently strong, he returned
to the city of Zarahemla; and also Helaman returned to the place of his inheritance;
and there was once more peace established among the people of Nephi.
43 And Moroni yielded up the command of his armies into the hands of his son, whose
name was Moronihah; and he retired to his own house that he might spend the remainder
of his days in peace.
44 And Pahoran did return to his judgment-seat; and Helaman did take upon him again
to preach unto the people the word of God; for because of so many wars and contentions
it had become expedient that a regulation should be made again in the church.
45 Therefore, Helaman and his brethren went forth, and did declare the word of God
with much power unto the convincing of many people of their wickedness, which did
cause them to repent of their sins and to be baptized unto the Lord their God.
46 And it came to pass that they did establish again the church of God, throughout
all the land.
47 Yea, and regulations were made concerning the law. And their judges, and their
chief judges were chosen.
48 And the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land, and began to multiply
and to wax exceedingly strong again in the land. And they began to grow exceedingly
49 But notwithstanding their riches, or their strength, or their prosperity, they
were not lifted up in the pride of their eyes; neither were they slow to remember
the Lord their God; but they did humble themselves exceedingly before him.
50 Yea, they did remember how great things the Lord had done for them, that he had
delivered them from death, and from bonds, and from prisons, and from all manner
of afflictions and he had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies.
51 And they did pray unto the Lord their God continually, insomuch that the Lord
did bless them, according to his word, so that they did wax strong and prosper in
52 And it came to pass that all these things were done. And Helaman died, in the
thirty and fifth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
1 And it came to pass in the commencement of the thirty and sixth year of the reign
of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Shiblon took possession of those sacred
things which had been delivered unto Helaman by Alma.
2 And he was a just man, and he did walk uprightly before God; and he did observe
to do good continually, to keep the commandments of the Lord his God; and also did
3 And it came to pass that Moroni died also. And thus ended the thirty and sixth
year of the reign of the judges.
4 And it came to pass that in the thirty and seventh year of the reign of the judges,
there was a large company of men, even to the amount of five thousand and four hundred
men, with their wives and their children, departed out of the land of Zarahemla into
the land which was northward.
5 And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore
he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land
Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the
narrow neck which led into the land northward.
6 And behold, there were many of the Nephites who did enter therein and did sail
forth with much provisions, and also many women and children; and they took their
course northward. And thus ended the thirty and seventh year.
7 And in the thirty and eighth year, this man built other ships.
And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they
also took much provisions, and set out again to the land northward.
8 And it came to pass that they were never heard of more. And we suppose that they
were drowned in the depths of the sea. And it came to pass that one other ship also
did sail forth; and whither she did go we know not.
9 And it came to pass that in this year there were many people who went forth into
the land northward. And thus ended the thirty and eighth year.
10 And it came to pass in the thirty and ninth year of the reign of the judges, Shiblon
died also, and Corianton had gone forth to the land northward in a ship, to carry
forth provisions unto the people who had gone forth into that land.
11 Therefore it became expedient for Shiblon to confer those sacred things, before
his death, upon the son of Helaman, who was called Helaman, being called after the
name of his father.
12 Now behold, all those engravings which were in the possession of Helaman were
written and sent forth among the children of men throughout all the land, save it
were those parts which had been commanded by Alma should not go forth.
13 Nevertheless, these things were to be kept sacred, and handed down from one generation
to another; therefore, in this year, they had been conferred upon Helaman, before
the death of Shiblon.
14 And it came to pass also in this year that there were some dissenters who had
gone forth unto the Lamanites; and they were stirred up again to anger against the
15 And also in this same year they came down with a numerous army to war against
the people of Moronihah, or against the army of Moronihah, in the which they were
beaten and driven back again to their own lands, suffering great loss.
16 And thus ended the thirty and ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people
17 And thus ended the account of Alma, and Helaman his son, and also Shiblon, who
was his son.