PART TWO  OF THE BOOK OF MORMON

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 ALMA 1 through MORONI 10

ALMA

HELAMAN

3  NEPHI

4  NEPHI

MORMON

ETHER

MORONI

THE BOOK OF ALMA, THE SON OF ALMA 

The account of Alma, who was the son of Alma, the first and chief judge over the people of Nephi, and also the high priest over the Church. An account of the reign of the judges, and the wars and contentions among the people. And also an account of a war between the Nephites and the Lamanites, according to the record of Alma, the first and chief judge.

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    ALMA 1 

1  NOW it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   From this time forward, king Mosiah having gone the way of all the earth,
   Having warred a good warfare, walking uprightly before God,
   Leaving none to reign in his stead; nevertheless,
   He had established laws,
   And they were acknowledged by the people;
   Therefore they were obliged to abide by the laws which he had made.
2  And it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of Alma in the judgment-seat,
   There was a man brought before him to be judged, a man who was large and was noted for his much strength.
3  And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God,
   Bearing down against the church; declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular;
   And they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.
4  And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day,
   And that they need not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice;
   For the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men;
   And, in the end, all men should have eternal life.
5  And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much,
   That many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him money.
6  And he began to be lifted up in the pride of his heart, and to wear very costly apparel,
   Yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching.
7  And it came to pass as he was going, to preach to those who believed on his word,
   He met a man who belonged to the church of God, yea, even one of their teachers;
   And he began to contend with him sharply, that he might lead away the people of the church;
   But the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God.
8  Now the name of the man was Gideon; and it was he,
   Who was an instrument in the hands of God,
   In delivering the people of Limhi out of bondage.
9  Now, because Gideon withstood him with the words of God he was wroth with Gideon,
   And drew his sword and began to smite him. Now Gideon being stricken with many years,
   Therefore he was not able to withstand his blows; therefore he was slain by the sword.
10 And the man who slew him was taken by the people of the church, and was brought before Alma,
   To be judged according to the crimes which he had committed.
11 And it came to pass that he stood before Alma,
   And pleaded for himself with much boldness. But Alma said unto him:
   Behold, this is the first time that priestcraft has been introduced among this people.
   And behold, thou art not only guilty of priestcraft, but hast endeavored to enforce it by the sword;
   And were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction.
13 And thou hast shed the blood of a righteous man, yea, a man who has done much good among his people;
   And were we to spare thee his blood would come upon us for vengeance.
14 Therefore thou art condemned to die according to the law which has been given us by Mosiah, our last king;
   And it has been acknowledged by this people; therefore this people must abide by the law.
15 And it came to pass that they took him; and his name was Nehor;
   And they carried him upon the top of the hill Manti,
   And there he was caused, or rather did acknowledge, between the heavens and the earth,
   That what he had taught to the people was contrary to the word of God;
   And there he suffered an ignominious death.
16 Nevertheless, this did not put an end,
   To the spreading of priestcraft through the land;
   For there were many who loved the vain things of the world,
   And they went forth preaching false doctrines;
   And this they did for the sake of riches and honor.
17 Nevertheless, they durst not lie, if it were known, for fear of the law,
   For liars were punished; therefore they pretended to preach according to their belief;
   And now the law could have no power on any man for his belief.
18 And they durst not steal, for fear of the law,
   For such were punished;
   Neither durst they rob, nor murder,
   For he that murdered was punished unto death.
19 But it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the church of God,
   Began to persecute those that did belong to the church of God, and had taken upon them the name of Christ.
20 Yea, they did persecute them, and afflict them with all manner of words, and this because of their humility;
   Because they were not proud in their own eyes,
   And because they did impart the word of God, one with another, without money and without price.
21 Now there was a strict law among the people of the church, That there should not any man,
   belonging to the church, Arise and persecute those that did not belong to the church,
   And that there should be no persecution among themselves.
22 Nevertheless, there were many among them who began to be proud,
   And began to contend warmly with their adversaries, even unto blows;
   Yea, they would smite one another with their fists.
23 Now this was in the second year of the reign of Alma,
   And it was a cause of much affliction to the church;
   Yea, it was the cause of much trial with the church.
24 For the hearts of many were hardened, and their names were blotted out,
   That they were remembered no more among the people of God.
   And also many withdrew themselves from among them.
25 Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith;
   Nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God,
   And they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.
26 And when the priests left their labor to impart the word of God unto the people,
   The people also left their labors to hear the word of God.
   And when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God,
   They all returned again diligently unto their labors;
   And the priest, not esteeming himself above his hearers,
   For the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner;
   And thus they were all equal, and they did all labor, every man according to his strength.
27 And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had,
   To the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted;
   And they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely.
28 And thus they did establish the affairs of the church;
   And thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.
29 And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich,
   Having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need──
   An abundance of flocks and herds, and fatlings of every kind,
   And also abundance of grain,
   And of gold, and of silver, and of precious things,
   And abundance of silk and fine-twined linen, and all manner of good homely cloth.
30 And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked,
   Or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished;
   And they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all,
   Both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female,
   Whether out of the church or in the church,
   Having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.
31 And thus they did prosper and become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their church.
32 For those who did not belong to their church did indulge themselves in sorceries,
   And in idolatry or idleness, and in babblings, and in envyings and strife;
   Wearing costly apparel; being lifted up in the pride of their own eyes;
   Persecuting, lying, thieving, robbing, committing whoredoms,
   And murdering, and all manner of wickedness; nevertheless,
   The law was put in force upon all those,
   Who did transgress it, inasmuch as it was possible.
33 And it came to pass that by thus exercising the law upon them,
   Every man suffering according to that which he had done,
   They became more still, and durst not commit any wickedness if it were known;
   Therefore, there was much peace among the people of Nephi until the fifth year of the reign of the judges.


    ALMA 2
1  AND it came to pass in the commencement of the fifth year of their reign,
   There began to be a contention among the people;
   For a certain man, being called Amlici,
   He being a very cunning man,
   Yea, a wise man as to the wisdom of the world,
   He being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword,
   Who was executed according to the law──now this Amlici had, by his cunning,
   Drawn away much people after him; even so much that they began to be very powerful;
   And they began to endeavor to establish Amlici to be a king over the people.
3  Now this was alarming to the people of the church,
   And also to all those who had not been drawn away after the persuasions of Amlici;
   For they knew that according to their law that such things must be established by the voice of the people.
4  Therefore, if it were possible that Amlici should gain the voice of the people, he, being a wicked man,
   Would deprive them of their rights and privileges of the church;
   For it was his intent to destroy the church of God.
5  And it came to pass that the people,
   Assembled themselves together throughout all the land,
   Every man according to his mind, whether it were for or against Amlici,
   In separate bodies, having much dispute and wonderful contentions one with another.
6  And thus they did assemble themselves together to cast in their voices concerning the matter;
   And they were laid before the judges. And it came to pass,
   That the voice of the people came against Amlici,
   That he was not made king over the people.
8  Now this did cause much joy in the hearts of those who were against him;
   But Amlici did stir up those who were in his favor to anger against those who were not in his favor.
9  And it came to pass that they gathered themselves together, and did consecrate Amlici to be their king.
10 Now when Amlici was made king over them he commanded them that they should,
   Take up arms against their brethren;
   And this he did that he might subject them to him.
11 Now the people of Amlici were distinguished by the name of Amlici,
   Being called Amlicites; and the remainder were called Nephites, or the people of God.
12 Therefore the people of the Nephites were aware of the intent of the Amlicites,
   And therefore they did prepare to meet them;
   Yea, they did arm themselves with swords, and with cimeters,
   And with bows, and with arrows, and with stones, and with slings,
   And with all manner of weapons of war, of every kind.
13 And thus they were prepared to meet the Amlicites at the time of their coming.
   And there were appointed captains, and higher captains, and chief captains, according to their numbers.
14 And it came to pass that Amlici did arm his men with all manner of weapons of war of every kind;
   And he also appointed rulers and leaders over his people to lead them to war against their brethren.
15 And it came to pass that the Amlicites came upon the hill Amnihu,
   Which was east of the river Sidon, which ran by the land of Zarahemla,
   And there they began to make war with the Nephites.
16 Now Alma, being the chief judge and the governor,
   Of the people of Nephi,
   Therefore he went up with his people,
   Yea, with his captains, and chief captains,
   Yea, at the head of his armies against the Amlicites to battle.
17 And they began to slay the Amlicites upon the hill east of Sidon.
   And the Amlicites did contend with the Nephites with great strength,
   Insomuch that many of the Nephites did fall before the Amlicites.
18 Nevertheless the Lord did strengthen the hand of the Nephites,
   That they slew the Amlicites with great slaughter, that they began to flee before them.
19 And it came to pass that the Nephites did pursue the Amlicites all that day,
   And did slay them with much slaughter, insomuch that there were slain of the Amlicites,
   Twelve thousand five hundred thirty and two souls;
   And there were slain of the Nephites,
   Six thousand five hundred sixty and two souls.
20 And it came to pass that when Alma could pursue the Amlicites no longer,
   He caused that his people should pitch their tents, in the valley of Gideon,
   The valley being called after that Gideon who was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword;
   And in this valley the Nephites did pitch their tents for the night.
21 And Alma sent spies to follow the remnant of the Amlicites,
   That he might know of their plans and their plots,
   Whereby he might guard himself against them,
   That he might preserve his people from being destroyed.
22 Now those whom he had sent out to watch the camp of the Amlicites,
   Were called: Zeram, and Amnor, and Manti, and Limher;
   These were they who went out with their men to watch the camp of the Amlicites.
23 And it came to pass that on the morrow they returned into the camp of the Nephites in great haste,
   Being greatly astonished, and struck with much fear, saying:
24 Behold, we followed the camp of the Amlicites,
   And to our great astonishment, in the land of Minon,
   Above the land of Zarahemla, in the course of the land of Nephi,
   We saw a numerous host of the Lamanites; and behold, the Amlicites have joined them;
25 And they are upon our brethren in that land; and they are fleeing before them with their flocks,
   And their wives, and their children, towards our city;
   And except we make haste they obtain possession of our city,
   And our fathers, and our wives, and our children be slain.
26 And it came to pass that the people of Nephi took their tents, and departed,
   Out of the valley of Gideon towards their city, which was the city of Zarahemla.
27 And behold, as they were crossing the river Sidon, the Lamanites and the Amlicites,
   Being as numerous almost, as it were, as the sands of the sea, came upon them to destroy them.
28 Nevertheless, the Nephites being strengthened by the hand of the Lord,
   Having prayed mightily to him that he would deliver them,
   Out of the hands of their enemies, therefore the Lord did hear their cries,
   And did strengthen them, and the Lamanites and the Amlicites did fall before them.
29 And it came to pass that Alma fought with Amlici with the sword, face to face;
   And they did contend mightily, one with another.
30 And it came to pass that Alma,
   Being a man of God,
   Being exercised with much faith,
   Cried, saying: O Lord, have mercy and spare my life,
   That I may be an instrument in thy hands to save and preserve this people.
31 Now when Alma had said these words he contended again with Amlici;
   And he was strengthened, insomuch that he slew Amlici with the sword.
32 And he also contended with the king of the Lamanites;
   But the king of the Lamanites fled back from before Alma,
   And sent his guards to contend with Alma.
33 But Alma, with his guards, contended with the guards,
   Of the king of the Lamanites until he slew and drove them back.
34 And thus he cleared the ground, or rather the bank,
   Which was on the west of the river Sidon,
   Throwing the bodies of the Lamanites who had been slain,
   Into the waters of Sidon, that thereby his people might have room to cross,
   And contend with the Lamanites and the Amlicites on the west side of the river Sidon.
35 And it came to pass that when they had all crossed the river Sidon,
   That the Lamanites and the Amlicites began to flee before them,
   Notwithstanding they were so numerous,
   That they could not be numbered.
36 And they fled before the Nephites towards the wilderness,
   Which was west and north, away beyond the borders of the land;
   And the Nephites did pursue them with their might, and did slay them.
37 Yea, they were met on every hand, and slain and driven,
   Until they were scattered on the west, and on the north,
   Until they had reached the wilderness, which was called Hermounts;
   And it was that part of the wilderness which was infested by wild and ravenous beasts.
38 And it came to pass that many died in the wilderness of their wounds,
   And were devoured by those beasts and also the vultures of the air;
   And their bones have been found, and have been heaped up, on the earth.


    ALMA 3

1  AND it came to pass that the Nephites who were not slain by the weapons of war,
   After having buried those who had been slain──now the number of the slain,
   Were not numbered, because of the greatness of their number──
   After they had finished burying their dead,
   They all returned to their lands, and to their houses, and their wives, and their children.
2  Now many women and children had been slain with the sword, and also many of their flocks and their herds;
   And also many of their fields of grain were destroyed, for they were trodden down by the hosts of men.
3  And now as many of the Lamanites and the Amlicites who had been slain upon the bank of the river Sidon,
   Were cast into the waters of Sidon; and behold their bones are in the depths of the sea, and they are many.
4  And the Amlicites were distinguished from the Nephites,
   For they had marked themselves with red,
   In their foreheads after the manner of the Lamanites;
   Nevertheless they had not shorn their heads like unto the Lamanites.
5  Now the heads of the Lamanites were shorn; and they were naked,
   Save it were skin which was girded about their loins,
   And also their armor, which was girded about them,
   And their bows, and their arrows,
   And their stones, and their slings, and so forth.
6  And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark,
   Which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression,
   And their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi,
   Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.
7  And their brethren sought to destroy them,
   Therefore they were cursed; and the Lord God set a mark upon them,
   Yea, upon Laman and Lemuel, and also the sons of Ishmael, and Ishmaelitish women.
8  And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren,
   That thereby the Lord God might preserve his people, that they might not mix,
   And believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction.
9  And it came to pass that whosoever did mingle his seed,
   With that of the Lamanites did bring the same curse upon his seed.
10 Therefore, whosoever suffered himself to be led away by the Lamanites,
   Was called under that head, and there was a mark set upon him.
11 And it came to pass that whosoever would not believe in the tradition of the Lamanites,
   But believed those records which were brought out of the land of Jerusalem,
   And also in the tradition of their fathers, which were correct,
   Who believed in the commandments of God and kept them,
   Were called the Nephites, or the people of Nephi,
   From that time forth──
12 And it is they who have kept the records, 
   Which are true of their people, and also of the people of the Lamanites.
13 Now we will return again to the Amlicites, for they also had a mark set upon them;
   Yea, they set the mark upon themselves, yea, even a mark of red upon their foreheads.
14 Thus the word of God is fulfilled, for these are the words which he said to Nephi:
   Behold, the Lamanites have I cursed, and I will set a mark on them,
   That they and their seed may be separated from thee and thy seed,
   From this time henceforth and forever, except they repent,
   Of their wickedness and turn to me,
   That I may have mercy upon them.
15 And again: I will set a mark upon him,
   That mingleth his seed with thy brethren, that they may be cursed also.
16 And again: I will set a mark upon him that fighteth against thee and thy seed.
17 And again, I say he that departeth from thee shall no more be called thy seed;
   And I will bless thee, and whomsoever shall be called thy seed, henceforth and forever;
   And these were the promises of the Lord unto Nephi and to his seed.
18 Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfilling the words of God,
   When they began to mark themselves in their foreheads;
   Nevertheless they had come out in open rebellion against God;
   Therefore it was expedient that the curse should fall upon them.
19 Now I would that ye should see that they brought upon themselves the curse;
   And even so doth every man that is cursed bring upon himself his own condemnation.
20 Now it came to pass that not many days after the battle which was fought in the land of Zarahemla,
   By the Lamanites and the Amlicites, that there was another army of the Lamanites,
   Came in upon the people of Nephi, in the same place where the first army met the Amlicites.
21 And it came to pass that there was an army sent to drive them out of their land.
22 Now Alma himself being afflicted with a wound did not go up to battle at this time against the Lamanites;
23 But he sent up a numerous army against them; and they went up and slew many of the Lamanites,
   And drove the remainder of them out of the borders of their land.
24 And then they returned again and began to establish peace in the land,
   Being troubled no more for a time with their enemies. Now all these things were done,
   Yea, all these wars and contentions were commenced and ended in the fifth year of the reign of the judges.
26 And in one year were thousands and tens of thousands of souls sent to the eternal world,
   That they might reap their rewards according to their works,
   Whether they were good or whether they were bad,
   To reap eternal happiness or eternal misery,
   According to the spirit which they listed to obey,
   Whether it be a good spirit or a bad one. For every man receiveth wages,
   Of him whom he listeth to obey, and this according to the words of the spirit of prophecy;
   Therefore let it be according to the truth. And thus endeth the fifth year of the reign of the judges.


    ALMA 4

1  NOW it came to pass in the sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   There were no contentions nor wars in the land of Zarahemla;
2  But the people were afflicted,
   Yea, greatly afflicted for the loss of their brethren,
   And also for the loss of their flocks and herds,
   And also for the loss of their fields of grain,
   Which were trodden under foot and destroyed by the Lamanites.
3  And so great were their afflictions that every soul had cause to mourn;
   And they believed that it was the judgments of God sent upon them,
   Because of their wickedness and their abominations;
   Therefore they were awakened to a remembrance of their duty.
4  And they began to establish the church more fully;
   Yea, and many were baptized in the waters of Sidon,
   And were joined to the church of God;
   Yea, they were baptized by the hand of Alma,
   Who had been consecrated the high priest,
   Over the people of the church, by the hand of his father Alma.
5  And it came to pass in the seventh year of the reign of the judges,
   There were about three thousand five hundred souls that united themselves,
   To the church of God and were baptized. And thus ended the seventh year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi;
   And there was continual peace in all that time.
6  And it came to pass in the eighth year of the reign of the judges,
   That the people of the church began to wax proud, because of their exceeding riches,
   And their fine silks, and their fine-twined linen, and because of their many flocks and herds,
   And their gold and their silver, and all manner of precious things, which they had obtained by their industry;
   And in all these things were they lifted up in the pride of their eyes,
   For they began to wear very costly apparel.
7  Now this was the cause of much affliction to Alma,
   Yea, and to many of the people whom Alma had consecrated,
   To be teachers, and priests, and elders over the church;
   Yea, many of them were sorely grieved for the wickedness,
   Which they saw had begun to be among their people.
8  For they saw and beheld with great sorrow,
   That the people of the church began to be lifted up in the pride of their eyes,
   And to set their hearts upon riches and upon the vain things of the world,
   That they began to be scornful, one towards another, and they began to persecute,
   Those that did not believe according to their own will and pleasure.
9  And thus, in this eighth year of the reign of the judges,
   There began to be great contentions among the people of the church;
   Yea, there were envyings, and strife, and malice, and persecutions, and pride,
   Even to exceed the pride of those who did not belong to the church of God.
10 And thus ended the eighth year of the reign of the judges;
   And the wickedness of the church,
   Was a great stumbling-block,
   To those who did not belong to the church;
   And thus the church began to fail in its progress.
11 And it came to pass in the commencement of the ninth year,
   Alma saw the wickedness of the church, and he saw also,
   That the example of the church began to lead those who were unbelievers on,
   From one piece of iniquity to another, thus bringing on the destruction of the people.
12 Yea, he saw great inequality among the people, some lifting themselves up with their pride,
   Despising others, turning their backs upon the needy and the naked,
   And those who were hungry, and those who were athirst,
   And those who were sick and afflicted.
13 Now this was a great cause for lamentations among the people.
   While others were abasing themselves, succoring those who stood in need of their succor,
   Such as imparting their substance to the poor and the needy, feeding the hungry,
   And suffering all manner of afflictions, for Christ's sake,
   Who should come according to the spirit of prophecy;
14 Looking forward to that day, thus retaining a remission of their sins;
   Being filled with great joy because of the resurrection of the dead,
   According to the will and power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the bands of death.
15 And now it came to pass that Alma, having seen the afflictions of the humble followers of God,
   And the persecutions which were heaped upon them by the remainder of his people,
   And seeing all their inequality, began to be very sorrowful;
   Nevertheless the Spirit of the Lord did not fail him.
16 And he selected a wise man who was among the elders of the church,
   And gave him power according to the voice of the people,
   That he might have power to enact laws according to the laws which had been given,
   And to put them in force according to the wickedness and the crimes of the people.
17 Now this man's name was Nephihah, and he was appointed chief judge;
   And he sat in the judgment-seat to judge and to govern the people.
18 Now Alma did not grant unto him the office of high priest,
   But he retained the office of high priest unto himself;
   But he delivered the judgment-seat unto Nephihah.
19 And this he did that he himself might go forth among his people,
   Or among the people of Nephi, that he might preach the word of God unto them,
   To stir them up in remembrance of their duty, and that he might pull down, by the word of God,
   All the pride and craftiness and all the contentions which were among his people,
   Seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them.
20 And thus in the commencement of the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   Alma delivered up the judgment-seat to Nephihah,
   And confined himself wholly to the high priesthood of the holy order of God,
   To the testimony of the word, according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy.


    ALMA 5

1  NOW it came to pass that Alma began to deliver the word of God unto the people,
   First in the land of Zarahemla, and from thence throughout all the land.
2  And these are the words which he spake to the people in the church,
   Which was established in the city of Zarahemla,
   According to his own record, saying:
3  I, Alma, having been consecrated by my father,
   Alma, to be a high priest over the church of God,
   He having power and authority from God to do these things,
   Behold, I say unto you that he began to establish a church in the land,
   Which was in the borders of Nephi; yea, the land which was called the land of Mormon;
   Yea, and he did baptize his brethren in the waters of Mormon.
4  And behold, I say unto you, they were delivered,
   Out of the hands of the people of king Noah, by the mercy and power of God.
5  And behold, after that, they were brought into bondage,
   By the hands of the Lamanites in the wilderness;
   Yea, I say unto you, they were in captivity,
   And again the Lord did deliver them out of bondage,
   By the power of his word; and we were brought into this land,
   And here we began to establish the church of God throughout this land also.
6  And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, you that belong to this church,
   Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers?
   Yea, and have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them?
   And moreover, have ye sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell?
7  Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God.
   Behold, they were in the midst of darkness;
   Nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word;
   Yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell,
   And an everlasting destruction did await them.
8  And now I ask of you, my brethren,
   Were they destroyed?
   Behold, I say unto you, Nay, they were not.
9  And again I ask, were the bands of death broken,
   And the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed?
   I say unto you, Yea, they were loosed, and their souls did expand,
   And they did sing redeeming love. And I say unto you that they are saved.
10 And now I ask of you, on what conditions are they saved?
   Yea, what grounds had they to hope for salvation?
   What is the cause of their being loosed,
   From the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell?
11 Behold, I can tell you──did not my father Alma believe in the words,
   Which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? And was he not a holy prophet?
   Did he not speak the words of God, and my father Alma believe them?
12 And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart.
   Behold I say unto you that this is all true.
13 And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers,
   And a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts,
   And they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God.
   And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved.
14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God?
   Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? And do you look forward with an eye of faith,
   And view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption,
   To stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord,
   Saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed,
   For behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
17 Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say──
   Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth──and that he will save you?
18 Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God,
   With your souls filled with guilt and remorse,
   Having a remembrance of all your guilt,
   Yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness,
   Yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?
19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands?
   I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
20 I say unto you, can ye think of being saved when you have yielded yourselves,
   To become subjects to the devil? I say unto you,
   Ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved;
   For there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white;
   Yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain,
   Through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers,
   Who should come to redeem his people from their sins.
22 And now I ask of you, my brethren,
   How will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God,
   Having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness?
   Behold, what will these things testify against you?
23 Behold will they not testify that ye are murderers,
   Yea, and also that ye are guilty of all manner of wickedness?
24 Behold, my brethren, do ye suppose that such an one can have a place,
   To sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob,
   And also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?
25 I say unto you, Nay; except ye make our Creator a liar from the beginning;
   Or suppose that he is a liar from the beginning,
   Ye cannot suppose that such can have place in the kingdom of heaven;
   But they shall be cast out for they are the children of the kingdom of the devil. 
26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart,
   And if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God?
   Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time,
   Within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble?
   That your garments have been cleansed,
   And made white through the blood of Christ,
   Who will come to redeem his people from their sins?
28 Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not,
   Ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly;
   For the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.   
   Behold, I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy?
   I say unto you that such an one is not prepared;
   And I would that he should prepare quickly,
   For the hour is close at hand,
   And he knoweth not when the time shall come;
   For such an one is not found guiltless.
30 And again I say unto you,
   Is there one among you,
   That doth make a mock of his brother,
   Or that heapeth upon him persecutions?
31 Wo unto such an one, for he is not prepared,
   And the time is at hand that he must repent or he cannot be saved!
32 Yea, even wo unto all ye workers of iniquity; repent, repent, for the Lord God hath spoken it!
33 Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them,
   And he saith: Repent, and I will receive you;
34 Yea, he saith: Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life;
   Yea, ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely;
35 Yea, come unto me and bring forth works of righteousness,
   And ye shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire──
36 For behold, the time is at hand,
   That whosoever bringeth forth not good fruit,
   Or whosoever doeth not the works of righteousness,
   The same have cause to wail and mourn.
37 O ye workers of iniquity;
   Ye that are puffed up in the vain things of the world,
   Ye that have professed to have known the ways of righteousness,
   Nevertheless have gone astray, as sheep having no shepherd,
   Notwithstanding a shepherd hath called after you,
   And is still calling after you,
   But ye will not hearken unto his voice!
38 Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you;
   Yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ;
   And if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd,
   To the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.
39 And now if ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are ye?
   Behold, I say unto you, that the devil is your shepherd,
   And ye are of his fold; and now, who can deny this?
   Behold, I say unto you, whosoever denieth this,
   Is a liar and a child of the devil.
40 For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from God,
   And whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil.
41 Therefore, if a man bringeth forth good works,
   He hearkeneth unto the voice of the good shepherd, and he doth follow him;
   But whosoever bringeth forth evil works, the same becometh a child of the devil,
   For he hearkeneth unto his voice, and doth follow him.
42 And whosoever doeth this must receive his wages of him;
   Therefore, for his wages he receiveth death,
   As to things pertaining unto righteousness, being dead unto all good works.
43 And now, my brethren, I would that ye should hear me, for I speak in the energy of my soul;
   For behold, I have spoken unto you plainly that ye cannot err,
   Or, I have spoken according to the commandments of God.
44 For I am called to speak after this manner,
   According to the holy order of God,
   Which is in Christ Jesus;
   Yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people,
   The things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come.
45 And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself?
   Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true.
   And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? Behold, I say unto you
   They are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God.
   Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days,
   That I might know these things of myself.
   And now I do know of myself that are true;
   For the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit;
   And this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.
47 And moreover, I say unto you that it has thus been revealed unto me,
   That the words which have been spoken by our fathers are true,
   Even so according to the spirit of prophecy which is in me,
   Which is also by the manifestation of the Spirit of God.
48 I say unto you, that I know of myself,
   That whatsoever I shall say unto you,
   Concerning that which is to come, is true;
   And I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come,
   Yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth.
   And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world,
   Yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name.
49 And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called,
   Yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land;
   Yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free;
   Yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged,
   And the rising generation;
   Yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again.
50 Yea, thus saith the Spirit: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand;
   Yea, the Son of God cometh in his glory, in his might, majesty, power, and dominion.
   Yea, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, that the Spirit saith:
   Behold the glory of the King of all the earth;
   And also the King of heaven,
   Shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men.
51 And also the Spirit saith unto me, yea, crieth unto me with a mighty voice, saying:
   Go forth and say unto this people──Repent, for except ye repent ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of heaven.
52 And again I say unto you, the Spirit saith: Behold, the ax is laid at the root of the tree;
   Therefore every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be hewn down,
   And cast into the fire, yea, a fire which cannot be consumed,
   Even an unquenchable fire.
   Behold, and remember, the Holy One hath spoken it.
53 And now my beloved brethren, I say unto you, can ye withstand these sayings;
   Yea, can ye lay aside these things, and trample the Holy One under your feet;
   Yea, can ye be puffed up in the pride of your hearts;
   Yea, will ye still persist in the wearing of costly apparel,
   And setting your hearts upon the vain things of the world, upon your riches?
54 Yea, will ye persist in supposing that ye are better one than another;
   Yea, will ye persist in the persecution of your brethren,
   Who humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of God,
   Wherewith they have been brought into this church,
   Having been sanctified by the Holy Spirit,
   And they do bring forth works which are meet for repentance──
55 Yea, and will you persist in turning your backs upon the poor,
   And the needy, and in withholding your substance from them?
56 And finally, all ye that will persist in your wickedness, I say unto you,
   That these are they who shall be hewn down and cast into the fire except they speedily repent.
57 And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd,
   Come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things;
   And behold, their names shall be blotted out, that the names of the wicked,
   Shall not be numbered among the names of the righteous,
   That the word of God may be fulfilled, which saith:
   The names of the wicked shall not be mingled with the names of my people;
58 For the names of the righteous shall be written in the book of life,
   And unto them will I grant an inheritance at my right hand.
   And now, my brethren, what have ye to say against this?
   I say unto you, if ye speak against it,
   It matters not, for the word of God must be fulfilled.
59 For what shepherd is there among you having many sheep,
   Doth not watch over them, that the wolves enter not and devour his flock?
   And behold, if a wolf enter his flock doth he not drive him out?
   Yea, and at the last, if he can, he will destroy him.
60 And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you;
   And if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep;
   And he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed.
61 And now I, Alma, do command you in the language of him who hath commanded me,
   That ye observe to do the words which I have spoken unto you.
62 I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church;
   And unto those who do not belong to the church,
   I speak by way of invitation,
   Saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance,
   That ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.


    ALMA 6

1  AND now it came to pass that after Alma had made an end of speaking,
   Unto the people of the church, which was established in the city of Zarahemla,
   He ordained priests and elders, by laying on his hands according to the order of God,
   To preside and watch over the church. And it came to pass, that whosoever did not belong to the church,
   Who repented of their sins were baptized unto repentance, and were received into the church.
3  And it also came to pass that whosoever did belong to the church that did not repent of their wickedness,
   And humble themselves before God──I mean those who were lifted up in the pride of their hearts──
   The same were rejected, and their names were blotted out,
   That their names were not numbered among those of the righteous.
4  And thus they began to establish the order of the church in the city of Zarahemla.
5  Now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberally unto all,
   That none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God.
6  Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft,
   And join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God.
7  And now it came to pass that when Alma had made these regulations he departed from them,
   Yea, from the church which was in the city of Zarahemla,
   And went over upon the east of the river Sidon,
   Into the valley of Gideon,
   There having been a city built,
   Which was called the city of Gideon,
   Which was in the valley that was called Gideon,
   Being called after the man who was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword.
8  And Alma went and began to declare the word of God unto the church,
   Which was established in the valley of Gideon, according to the revelation,
   Of the truth of the word which had been spoken by his fathers,
   And according to the spirit of prophecy which was in him,
   According to the testimony of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
   Who should come to redeem his people from their sins,
   And the holy order by which he was called.
   And thus it is written. Amen.


    ALMA 7

1  BEHOLD my beloved brethren, seeing that I have been permitted to come unto you,
   Therefore I attempt to address you in my language; yea, by my own mouth,
   Seeing that it is the first time that I have spoken unto you,
   By the words of my mouth,
  
I having been wholly confined to the judgment-seat,
   Having had much business that I could not come unto you.
2  And even I could not have come now, at this time, were it not,
   That the judgment-seat hath been given to another, to reign in my stead;
   And the Lord in much mercy hath granted that I should come unto you.
3  And behold, I have come having great hopes and much desire,
   That I should find that ye had humbled yourselves before God,
   And that ye had continued in the supplicating of his grace,
   That I should find that ye were blameless before him,
   That I should find that ye were not,
   In the awful dilemma that our brethren were in at Zarahemla.
4  But blessed be the name of God, that he hath given me to know,
   Yea, hath given unto me the exceedingly great joy of knowing,
   That they are established again in the way of his righteousness.
5  And I trust, according to the Spirit of God which is in me,
   That I shall also have joy over you;
   Nevertheless I do not desire that my joy over you,
   Should come by the cause of so much afflictions and sorrow,
   Which I have had for the brethren at Zarahemla;
   For behold, my joy cometh over them after wading through much affliction and sorrow.
6  But behold, I trust that ye are not in a state of so much unbelief as were your brethren;
   I trust that ye are not lifted up in the pride of your hearts;
   Yea, I trust that ye have not set your hearts upon riches and the vain things of the world;
   Yea, I trust that you do not worship idols, but that ye do worship the true and the living God,
   And that ye look forward for the remission of your sins,
   with an everlasting faith, which is to come.
7  For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come;
   And behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all──
   For behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.
8  Behold, I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle;
   For behold, the Spirit hath not said unto me that this should be the case.
   Now as to this thing I do not know; but this much I do know,
   That the Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to his word.
9  But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people,
   Saying──Repent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight;
   For behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth.
10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers,
   She being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel,
   Who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost,
   And bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God. And he shall go forth,
   Suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind;
   And this that the word might be fulfilled which saith,
   He will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people;
   And he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy,
   According to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh,
   How to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God,
   Suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people,
   That he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance;
   And now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again;
   For the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven;
   Therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins,
   That ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
   Who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.
15 Yea, I say unto you come and fear not,
   And lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you,
   Which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth,
   And show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins,
   And enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments,
   And witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism.
16 And whosoever doeth this, and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth,
   The same will remember that I say unto him, yea, he will remember that I have said unto him,
   He shall have eternal life, according to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which testifieth in me.
17 And now my beloved brethren, do you believe these things? Behold, I say unto you,
   yea, I know that ye believe them; and the way that I know that ye believe them,
   Is by the manifestation of the Spirit which is in me.
   And now because your faith is strong concerning that,
   Yea, concerning the things which I have spoken,
   Great is my joy. For as I said unto you from the beginning,
   That I had much desire that ye were not in the state of dilemma like your brethren,
   Even so I have found that my desires have been gratified.
19 For I perceive that ye are in the paths of righteousness;
   I perceive that ye are in the path,
   Which leads to the kingdom of God;
   Yea, I perceive that ye are making his paths straight.
20 I perceive that it has been made known unto you,
   By the testimony of his word,
   That he cannot walk in crooked paths;
   Neither doth he vary from that which he hath said;
   Neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left,
   Or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round.
21 And he doth not dwell in unholy temples; neither can filthiness or anything which is unclean,
   Be received into the kingdom of God; therefore I say unto you,
   The time shall come, yea, and it shall be at the last day,
   That he who is filthy shall remain in his filthiness.
22 And now my beloved brethren, I have said these things unto you,
   That I might awaken you to a sense of your duty to God, that ye may walk blameless before him,
   That ye may walk after the holy order of God, after which ye have been received.
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle;
   Easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering;
   Being temperate in all things;
   Being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times;
   Asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal;
   Always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity,
   And then ye will always abound in good works.
25 And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless,
   That ye may at last be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
   And the holy prophets who have been ever since the world began, having your garments spotless,
   Even as their garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven, to go no more out.
26 And now my beloved brethren, I have spoken these words unto you,
   According to the Spirit which testifieth in me; and my soul doth exceedingly rejoice,
   Because of the exceeding diligence, and heed which ye have given unto my word.
27 And now, may the peace of God rest upon you, and upon your houses and lands,
   And upon your flocks and herds, and all that you possess,
   Your women and your children,
   According to your faith and good works,
   From this time forth and forever. And thus I have spoken. Amen.


    ALMA 8

  
1  AND now it came to pass that Alma returned from the land of Gideon,
   After having taught the people of Gideon many things which cannot be written,
`  Having established the order of the church, according as he had before done in the land of Zarahemla,
   Yea, he returned to his own house at Zarahemla to rest himself from the labors which he had performed.
2  And thus ended the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
3  And it came to pass in the commencement of the tenth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   That Alma departed from thence,
   And took his journey over into the land of Melek,
   On the west of the river Sidon, on the west by the borders of the wilderness.
4  And he began to teach the people in the land of Melek according to the holy order of God,
   By which he had been called; and he began to teach the people throughout all the land of Melek.
5  And it came to pass that the people came to him throughout all the borders of the land,
   Which was by the wilderness side. And they were baptized throughout all the land;
6  So that when he had finished his work at Melek he departed thence,
   And traveled three days journey on the north of the land of Melek;
   And he came to a city which was called Ammonihah.
7  Now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their lands,
   And their cities, and their villages, yea, even all their small villages,
   After the name of him who first possessed them; and thus it was with the land of Ammonihah.
8  And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the city of Ammonihah,
   He began to preach the word of God unto them.
9  Now Satan had gotten great hold,
   Upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonihah;
   Therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma,
10 Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mighty prayer,
   That he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city;
   That he would also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance.
11 Nevertheless, they hardened their hearts, saying unto him:
   Behold, we know that thou art Alma;
   And we know that thou art high priest over the church,
   Which thou hast established in many parts of the land, according to your tradition;
   We are not of thy church, and we do not believe in such foolish traditions.
12 And now we know that because we are not of thy church we know that thou hast no power over us;
   And thou hast delivered up the judgment-seat unto Nephihah; therefore thou art not the chief judge over us.
13 Now when the people had said this, and withstood all his words, and reviled him, and spit upon him,
   And caused that he should be cast out of their city, he departed thence,
   And took his journey towards the city which was called Aaron.
14 And it came to pass that while he was journeying thither,
   Being weighed down with sorrow,
   Wading through much tribulation and anguish of soul,
   Because of the wickedness of the people who were in the city of Ammonihah,
   It came to pass while Alma was thus weighed down with sorrow,
   Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him, saying:
15 Blessed art thou, Alma; therefore,
   Lift up thy head and rejoice,
   For thou hast great cause to rejoice;
   For thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of God,
   From the time which thou receivedst thy first message from him.
   Behold, I am he that delivered it unto you.
16 And behold, I am sent to command thee,
   That thou return to the city of Ammonihah,
   And preach again unto the people of the city; yea, preach unto them.
   Yea, say unto them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.
17 For behold, they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy people,
   (for thus saith the Lord) which is contrary to the statutes, and judgments,
   And commandments which he has given unto his people.
18 Now it came to pass that after Alma had received his message,
   From the angel of the Lord, he returned speedily to the land of Ammonihah.
   And he entered the city by another way, yea, by the way which is on the south of the city of Ammonihah.
19 And as he entered the city he was an hungered, and he said to a man:
   Will ye give to an humble servant of God something to eat?
20 And the man said unto him: I am a Nephite,
   And I know that thou art a holy prophet of God,
   For thou art the man whom an angel said in a vision: Thou shalt receive.
   Therefore, go with me into my house and I will impart unto thee of my food;
   And I know that thou wilt be a blessing unto me and my house.
21 And it came to pass that the man received him into his house;
   And the man was called Amulek;
   And he brought forth bread and meat and set before Alma.
22 And it came to pass that Alma ate bread and was filled;
   And he blessed Amulek and his house, and he gave thanks unto God.
23 And after he had eaten and was filled, he said unto Amulek:
   I am Alma; and am the high priest over the church of God throughout the land.
24 And behold, I have been called to preach the word of God among all this people,
   According to the spirit of revelation and prophecy;
   And I was in this land and they would not receive me,
   But they cast me out and I was about to set my back towards this land forever.
25 But behold, I have been commanded that I should turn again and prophesy unto this people,
   Yea, and to testify against them concerning their iniquities.
26 And now, Amulek, because thou hast fed me,
   And taken me in, thou art blessed;
   For I was an hungered, for I had fasted many days.
27 And Alma tarried many days with Amulek,
   Before he began to preach unto the people.
28 And it came to pass that the people did wax more gross in their iniquities.
29 And the word came to Alma, saying: Go; and also say unto my servant Amulek,
   Go forth and prophesy unto this people, saying──Repent ye, for thus saith the Lord,
   Except ye repent I will visit this people in mine anger;
   Yea, and I will not turn my fierce anger away.
30 And Alma went forth, and also Amulek,
   Among the people to declare the words of God unto them;
   And they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
31 And they had power given unto them,
   Insomuch they could not be confined in dungeons;
   Neither was it possible that any man could slay them; nevertheless,
   They did not exercise their power until they were bound in bands and cast into prison.
   Now, this was done that the Lord might show forth his power in them.
32 And it came to pass that they went forth,
   And began to preach and to prophesy unto the people,
   According to the spirit and power which the Lord had given them.


    ALMA 9
  
1  AND again, I, Alma, having been commanded of God that I should take Amulek and go forth,
   And preach again unto this people, or the people who were in the city of Ammonihah,
   It came to pass as I began to preach unto them, they began to contend with me, saying:
2  Who art thou? Suppose ye that we shall believe the testimony of one man,
   Although he should preach unto us that the earth should pass away?
3  Now they understood not the words which they spake;
   For they knew not that the earth should pass away.
4  And they said also: We will not believe thy words,
   If thou shouldst prophesy that this great city should be destroyed in one day.
5  Now they knew not that God could do such marvelous works, for they were a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked people.
6  And they said: Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this people,
   To declare unto them the truth of such great and marvelous things?
7  And they stood forth to lay their hands on me;
   But behold, they did not.
   And I stood with boldness to declare unto them,
   Yea, I did boldly testify unto them, saying: Behold, O ye wicked and perverse generation,
   How have ye forgotten the tradition of your fathers; yea, how soon ye have forgotten the commandments of God.
9  Do ye not remember that our father, Lehi, was brought out of Jerusalem by the hand of God?
   Do ye not remember that they were all led by him through the wilderness?
10 And have ye forgotten so soon how many times he delivered our fathers,
   Out of the hands of their enemies, and preserved them,
   From being destroyed, even by the hands of their own brethren?
11 Yea, and if it had not been for his matchless power, and his mercy,
   And his long-suffering towards us, we should unavoidably have been cut off from the face of the earth,
   Long before this period of time, and perhaps been consigned to a state of endless misery and woe.
12 Behold, now I say unto you that he commandeth you to repent; and except ye repent,
   Ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. But behold, this is not all──
   He has commanded you to repent or he will utterly destroy you,
   From off the face of the earth;
   Yea, he will visit you in his anger,
   And in his fierce anger he will not turn away.
13 Behold, do ye not remember the words which he spake unto Lehi,
   Saying that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land?
   And again it is said that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments,
   Ye shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
14 Now I would that ye should remember,
   That inasmuch as the Lamanites,
   Have not kept the commandments of God,
   They have been cut off from the presence of the Lord.
   Now we see that the word of the Lord,
   Has been verified in this thing;
   The Lamanites have been cut off from his presence,
   From the beginning of their transgressions in the land.
15 Nevertheless I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for them,
   In the day of judgment than for you, if ye remain in your sins,
   Yea, and even more tolerable for them in this life than for you, except ye repent.
16 For there are many promises which are extended to the Lamanites;
   For it is because of the traditions of their fathers,
   That caused them to remain in their state of ignorance;
   Therefore the Lord will be merciful unto them,
   And prolong their existence in the land.
17 And at some period of time,
   They will be brought to believe in his word,
   And to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers;
   And many of them will be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name.
18 But behold, I say unto you that if ye persist in your wickedness,
   That your days shall not be prolonged in the land,
   For the Lamanites shall be sent upon you;
   And if ye repent not,
   They shall come in a time when you know not,
   And ye shall be visited with utter destruction;
   And it shall be according to the fierce anger of the Lord.
19 For he will not suffer you that ye shall live in your iniquities, to destroy his people.
   I say unto you, Nay; he would rather suffer that the Lamanites might destroy all his people,   
   Who are called the people of Nephi, if it were possible that they could fall into sins and transgressions,
   After having had so much light and so much knowledge given unto them of the Lord their God;
20 Yea, after having been such a highly favored people of the Lord;
   Yea, after having been favored,
   Above every other nation, kindred, tongue, or people;
   After having had all things made known unto them,
   According to their desires, and their faith, and prayers,
   Of that which has been, and which is, and which is to come;
21 Having been visited by the Spirit of God; having conversed with angels,
   And having been spoken unto by the voice of the Lord;
   And having the spirit of prophecy,
   And the spirit of revelation, and also many gifts,
   The gift of speaking with tongues, and the gift of preaching,
   And the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of translation;
22 Yea, and after having been delivered of God out of the land of Jerusalem, by the hand of the Lord;
   Having been saved from famine, and from sickness, and all manner of diseases of every kind;
   And they having waxed strong in battle, that they might not be destroyed;
   Having been brought out of bondage time after time,
   And having been kept and preserved until now;
   And they have been prospered,
   Until they are rich in all manner of things──
23 And now behold I say unto you, that if this people,
   Who have received so many blessings from the hand of the Lord,
   Should transgress contrary to the light and knowledge which they do have,
   I say unto you that if this be the case, that if they should fall into transgression,
   It would be far more tolerable for the Lamanites than for them.
24 For behold, the promises of the Lord are extended to the Lamanites,
   But they are not unto you if ye transgress;
   For has not the Lord expressly promised and firmly decreed,
   That if ye will rebel against him that ye shall utterly be destroyed from off the face of the earth?
25 And now for this cause, that ye may not be destroyed, the Lord has sent his angel,
   To visit many of his people, declaring unto them,
   That they must go forth and cry mightily unto this people,
   Saying: Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand.
26 And not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory;
   And his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father,
   Full of grace, equity, and truth,
   Full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering,
   Quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.
27 And behold, he cometh to redeem those who will be baptized unto repentance,
   Through faith on his name. Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand,
   That all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been──
   If they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls,
   According to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ;
   And if they have been evil,
   They shall reap the damnation of their souls,
   According to the power and captivation of the devil.
29 Now behold, this is the voice of the angel, crying unto the people.
30 And now, my beloved brethren, for ye are my brethren, and ye ought to be beloved,
   And ye ought to bring forth works which are meet for repentance,
   Seeing that your hearts have been grossly hardened against the word of God,
   And seeing that ye are a lost and a fallen people.
31 Now it came to pass that when I, Alma, had spoken these words,
   Behold, the people were wroth with me because I said unto them,
   That they were a hard-hearted and a stiffnecked people.
32 And also because I said unto them that they were a lost and a fallen people,
   They were angry with me, and sought to lay their hands upon me, that they might cast me into prison.
33 But it came to pass that the Lord did not suffer them,
   That they should take me at that time and cast me into prison.
34 And it came to pass that Amulek went and stood forth,
   And began to preach unto them also.
   And now the words of Amulek are not written,
   Nevertheless a part of his words are written in this book.


    ALMA 10
  
1  NOW these are the words which Amulek preached unto the people who were in the land of  Ammonihah, saying:
2  I am Amulek; I am the son of Giddonah, who was the son of Ishmael,
   Who was a descendant of Aminadi; and it was the same Aminadi,
   Who interpreted the writing which was upon the wall of the temple,
   Which was written by the finger of God.
3  And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi,
   Who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem,
   Who was a descendant of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph,
   Who was sold into Egypt by the hands of his brethren.
4  And behold, I am also a man of no small reputation among all those who know me;
   Yea, and behold, I have many kindreds and friends,
   And I have also acquired much riches by the hand of my industry.
5  Nevertheless, after all this, I never have known much of the ways of the Lord,
   And his mysteries and marvelous power. I said I never had known much of these things;
   But behold, I mistake, for I have seen much of his mysteries and his marvelous power;
   Yea, even in the preservation of the lives of this people.
6  Nevertheless, I did harden my heart,
   For I was called many times and I would not hear;
   Therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know;
   Therefore I went on rebelling against God, in the wickedness of my heart,
   Even until the fourth day of this seventh month, which is in the tenth year of the reign of the judges.
7  As I was journeying to see a very near kindred, behold an angel of the Lord appeared unto me and said:
   Amulek, return to thine own house, for thou shalt feed a prophet of the Lord;
   Yea, a holy man, who is a chosen man of God;
   For he has fasted many days because of the sins of this people,
   And he is an hungered, and thou shalt receive him into thy house and feed him,
   And he shall bless thee and thy house; and the blessing of the Lord shall rest upon thee and thy house.
8  And it came to pass that I obeyed the voice of the angel, and returned towards my house.
   And as I was going thither I found the man whom the angel said unto me:
   Thou shalt receive into thy house──and behold it was this same man,
   Who has been speaking unto you concerning the things of God.
9  And the angel said unto me he is a holy man;
   Wherefore I know he is a holy man because it was said by an angel of God.
10 And again, I know that the things whereof he hath testified are true;
   For behold I say unto you, that as the Lord liveth,
   Even so has he sent his angel,
   To make these things manifest unto me;
   And this he has done while this Alma hath dwelt at my house.
11 For behold, he hath blessed mine house, he hath blessed me, and my women,
   And my children, and my father and my kinsfolk; yea, even all my kindred hath he blessed,
   And the blessing of the Lord hath rested upon us according to the words which he spake.
12 And now, when Amulek had spoken these words the people began to be astonished,
   Seeing there was more than one witness who testified of the things,
   Whereof they were accused, and also which were to come,
   According to the spirit of prophecy which was in them.
13 Nevertheless, there were some among them,
   Who thought to question them,
   That by their cunning devices,
   They might catch them in their words,
   That they might find witness against them,
   That they might deliver them to their judges,
   That they might be judged according to the law,
   And that they might be slain or cast into prison,
   According to the crime which they could make appear or witness against them.
14 Now it was those men who sought to destroy them, who were lawyers,
   Who were hired or appointed by the people,
   To administer the law at their times of trials,
   Or at the trials of the crimes of the people before the judges.
15 Now these lawyers were learned in all the arts and cunning of the people;
   And this was to enable them that they might be skilful in their profession.
16 And it came to pass that they began to question Amulek,
   That thereby they might make him cross his words,
   Or contradict the words which he should speak.
17 Now they knew not that Amulek could know of their designs.
   But it came to pass as they began to question him, he perceived their thoughts,
   And he said unto them: O ye wicked and perverse generation,
   Ye lawyers and hypocrites, for ye are laying the foundations of the devil;
   For ye are laying traps and snares to catch the holy ones of God.
18 Ye are laying plans to pervert the ways of the righteous,
   And to bring down the wrath of God upon your heads,
   Even to the utter destruction of this people.
19 Yea, well did Mosiah say, who was our last king,
   When he was about to deliver up the kingdom, having no one to confer it upon,
   Causing that this people should be governed by their own voices──
   Yea, well did he say that if the time should come,
   That the voice of this people should choose iniquity,
   That is, if the time should come that this people,
   Should fall into transgression, they would be ripe for destruction.
20 And now I say unto you that well doth the Lord judge of your iniquities;
   Well doth he cry unto this people, by the voice of his angels:
   Repent ye, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
21 Yea, well doth he cry, by the voice of his angels that:
   I will come down among my people, with equity and justice in my hands.
22 Yea, and I say unto you that if it were not for the prayers of the righteous,
   Who are now in the land, that ye would even now be visited with utter destruction;
   Yet it would not be by flood, as were the people in the days of Noah,
   But it would be by famine, and by pestilence, and the sword.
23 But it is by the prayers of the righteous that ye are spared;
   Now therefore, if ye will cast out the righteous from among you,
   Then will not the Lord stay his hand;
   But in his fierce anger he will come out against you;
   Then ye shall be smitten by famine, and by pestilence, and by the sword;
   And the time is soon at hand except ye repent.
24 And now it came to pass that the people were more angry with Amulek,
   And they cried out, saying: This man doth revile against our laws,
   Which are just, and our wise lawyers whom we have selected.
25 But Amulek stretched forth his hand, and cried the mightier unto them, saying:
   O ye wicked and perverse generation, why hath Satan got such great hold upon your hearts?
   Why will ye yield yourselves unto him that he may have power over you, to blind your eyes,
   That ye will not understand the words which are spoken, according to their truth?
26 For behold, have I testified against your law? Ye do not understand;
   Ye say that I have spoken against your law, but I have not,
   But I have spoken in favor of your law to your condemnation.
27 And now behold, I say unto you,
   That the foundation of the destruction of this people,
   Is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.
28 And now it came to pass that when Amulek had spoken these words the people cried out against him,
   Saying: Now we know that this man is a child of the devil, for he hath lied unto us;
   For he hath spoken against our law, and now he says that he has not spoken against it.
29 And again, he has reviled against our lawyers and our judges.
30 And it came to pass that the lawyers put it into their hearts,    
   That they should always remember these things against him.
31 And there was one among them whose name was Zeezrom.
   Now he was foremost to accuse Amulek and Alma,
   He being one of the most expert among them,
   Having much business to do among the people.
32 Now the object of these lawyers was to get gain;
   And they got gain according to their employ.


    ALMA 11
  
1  NOW it was in the law of Mosiah that every man who was a judge of the law,
   Or those who were appointed to be judges, should receive wages according to the time,
   Which they labored to judge those who were brought before them to be judged.
2  Now if a man owed another, and he would not pay that which he did owe,
   He was complained of to the judge; and the judge executed authority,
   And sent forth officers that the man should be brought before him;
   And he judged the man according to the law and the evidences which were brought against him,
   And thus the man was compelled to pay that which he owed, or be striped,
   Or be cast out from among the people as a thief and a robber.
3  And the judge received for his wages according to his time──
   A senine of gold for a day, or a senum of silver,
   Which is equal to a senine of gold;
   And this is according to the law which was given.
4  Now these are the names of the different pieces of their gold,
   And of their silver, according to their value. And the names are given by the Nephites,
   For they did not reckon after the manner of the Jews who were at Jerusalem;
   Neither did they measure after the manner of the Jews;
   But they altered their reckoning and their measure,
   According to the minds and the circumstances of the people,
   In every generation, until the reign of the judges,
   They having been established by king Mosiah.
5  Now the reckoning is thus──
   A senine of gold, a seon of gold, a shum of gold, and a limnah of gold.
6  A senum of silver, an amnor of silver, an ezrum of silver, and an onti of silver.
7  A senum of silver was equal to a senine of gold, and either for a measure of barley,
   And also for a measure of every kind of grain.
8  Now the amount of a seon of gold was twice the value of a senine.
9  And a shum of gold was twice the value of a seon. And a limnah of gold was the value of them all.
11 And an amnor of silver was as great as two senums. And an ezrum of silver was as great as four senums.
13 And an onti was as great as them all. Now this is the value of the lesser numbers of their reckoning──
15 A shiblon is half of a senum; therefore, a shiblon for half a measure of barley.
16 And a shilum is a half of a shiblon. And a leah is the half of a shilum.
18 Now this is their number, according to their reckoning.
19 Now an antion of gold is equal to three shiblons.
20 Now, it was for the sole purpose to get gain,
   Because they received their wages according to their employ,
   Therefore, they did stir up the people to riotings, and all manner of disturbances,
   And wickedness, that they might have more employ, that they might get money,
   According to the suits which were brought before them;
   Therefore they did stir up the people against Alma and Amulek.
21 And this Zeezrom began to question Amulek, saying: Will ye answer me a few questions,
   Which I shall ask you? Now Zeezrom was a man who was an expert in the devices of the devil,
   That he might destroy that which was good; therefore, he said unto Amulek:
   Will ye answer the questions which I shall put unto you?
22 And Amulek said unto him: Yea,
   If it be according to the Spirit of the Lord, which is in me;
   For I shall say nothing which is contrary to the Spirit of the Lord.
   And Zeezrom said unto him: Behold, here are six onties of silver, and all these will I give thee,
   If thou wilt deny the existence of a Supreme Being. Now Amulek said: O thou child of hell,
   Why tempt ye me? Knowest thou that the righteous yieldeth to no such temptations?
24 Believest thou that there is no God? I say unto you, Nay,
   Thou knowest that there is a God,
   But thou lovest that lucre more than him.
25 And now thou hast lied before God unto me; thou saidst unto me──
   Behold these six onties, which are of great worth, I will give unto thee──
   When thou hadst it in thy heart to retain them from me; and it was only thy desire,
   That I should deny the true and living God, that thou mightest have cause to destroy me.
   And now, for this great evil, thou shalt have thy reward.
26 And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God?
27 And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God.
28 Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God?
29 And he answered, No.
30 Now Zeezrom said unto him again:
   How knowest thou these things?
31 And he said: An angel hath made them known unto me.
32 And Zeezrom said again: Who is he that shall come? Is it the Son of God?
33 And he said unto him, Yea; and Zeezrom said again: Shall he save his people in their sins?
   And Amulek answered and said unto him: I say unto you, he shall not,
   For it is impossible for him to deny his word.
35 Now Zeezrom said unto the people: See that ye remember these things;
   For he said there is but one God; yet he saith that the Son of God shall come,
   But he shall not save his people──as though he had authority to command God.
36 Now Amulek saith again unto him: Behold thou hast lied,
   For thou sayest that I spake,
   As though I had authority to command God,
   Because I said he shall not save his people in their sins.
37 And I say unto you again, that he cannot save them in their sins;
   For I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven;
   Therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.
38 Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father?
39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven,
   And of earth, and all things which in them are;
   He is the beginning and the end,
   The first and the last;
40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people;
   And he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name;
   And these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
41 Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made,
   Except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold,
   The day cometh that all shall rise from the dead,
   And stand before God,
   And be judged according to their works.
42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death;
   And the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death,
   That all shall be raised from this temporal death.
43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form;
   Both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame,
   Even as we now are at this time;
   And we shall be brought to stand before God,
   Knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female,
   Both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost;
   But every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body,
   And shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father,
   And the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works,
   Whether they be good or whether they be evil.
45 Now, behold, I have spoken unto you,
   Concerning the death of the mortal body,
   And also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body.
   I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body,
   That is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more;
   Their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided;
   Thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal,
   That they can no more see corruption.
46 Now, when Amulek had finished these words the people,
   Began again to be astonished, and also Zeezrom began to tremble.
   And thus ended the words of Amulek, or this is all that I have written.


    ALMA 12
  
1  NOW Alma, seeing that the words of Amulek had silenced Zeezrom,
   For he beheld that Amulek had caught him in his lying and deceiving to destroy him,
   And seeing that he began to tremble under a consciousness of his guilt,
   He opened his mouth and began to speak unto him,
   And to establish the words of Amulek,
   And to explain things beyond,
   Or to unfold the scriptures beyond that which Amulek had done.
2  Now the words that Alma spake unto Zeezrom were heard by the people round about;
   For the multitude was great, and he spake on this wise:
3  Now Zeezrom, seeing that thou hast been taken in thy lying and craftiness,
   For thou hast not lied unto men only but thou hast lied unto God; for behold, he knows all thy thoughts,
   And thou seest that thy thoughts are made known unto us by his Spirit;
4  And thou seest that we know that thy plan was a very subtle plan,
   As to the subtlety of the devil, for to lie and to deceive this people,
   That thou mightest set them against us, to revile us and to cast us out──
5  Now this was a plan of thine adversary, and he hath exercised his power in thee.
   Now I would that ye should remember that what I say unto thee I say unto all.
6  And behold I say unto you all, This was a snare of the adversary,
   Which he has laid to catch this people,    
   That he might bring you into subjection unto him,
   That he might encircle you about with his chains,
   That he might chain you down to everlasting destruction,
   According to the power of his captivity.
7  Now when Alma had spoken these words,
   Zeezrom began to tremble more exceedingly,
   For he was convinced more and more of the power of God;
   And he was also convinced that Alma and Amulek had a knowledge of him,
   For he was convinced that they knew the thoughts and intents of his heart;
   For power was given unto them that they might know of these things according to the spirit of prophecy.
8  And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God.
   And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken,
   Concerning the resurrection of the dead,
   That all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust,
   And are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works?
9  And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying:
   It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God;
   Nevertheless they are laid under a strict command,
   That they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word,
   Which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word;
   And he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word,
   Until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word,
   Until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil,
   And led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death,
   And being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality,
   And being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works.
13 Then if our hearts have been hardened, yea, if we have hardened our hearts against the word,
   Insomuch that it has not been found in us, then will our state be awful, for then we shall be condemned.
14 For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless;
   And our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God;
   And we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains,
   To fall upon us to hide us from his presence.
15 But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory,
   And in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame,
   That all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works,
   And that he is merciful unto the children of men,
   And that he has all power to save every man,
   That believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.
16 And now behold, I say unto you then cometh a death, even a second death, which is a spiritual death;
   Then is a time that whosoever dieth in his sins, as to a temporal death, shall also die a spiritual death;
   Yea, he shall die as to things pertaining unto righteousness.
17 Then is the time when their torments shall be as a lake of fire and brimstone,
   Whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever; and then is the time
   that they shall be chained down to an everlasting destruction,
   According to the power and captivity of Satan,
   He having subjected them according to his will.
18 Then, I say unto you, they shall be,
   As though there had been no redemption made;
   For they cannot be redeemed according to God's justice;
   And they cannot die, seeing there is no more corruption.
19 Now it came to pass that when Alma had made an end of speaking these words,
   The people began to be more astonished. But there was one Antionah,
   Who was a chief ruler among them came forth and said unto him:
   What is this that thou hast said,
   That man should rise from the dead and be changed,
   From this mortal to an immortal state that the soul can never die?
21 What does the scripture mean, which saith that God placed cherubim and a flaming sword,
   On the east of the garden of Eden, lest our first parents should enter,
   And partake of the fruit of the tree of life, and live forever?
   And thus we see that there was no possible chance that they should live forever.
22 Now Alma said unto him: This is the thing which I was about to explain.
   Now we see that Adam did fall by the partaking of the forbidden fruit,
   According to the word of God; and thus we see, that by his fall,
   All mankind became a lost and fallen people.
23 And now behold, I say unto you,
   That if it had been possible for Adam,
   To have partaken of the fruit of the tree of life at that time,
   There would have been no death, and the word would have been void,
   Making God a liar, for he said: If thou eat thou shalt surely die.
24 And we see that death comes upon mankind,
   Yea, the death which has been spoken of by Amulek, which is the temporal death;
   Nevertheless there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent;
   Therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God;
   A time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us,
   Which is after the resurrection of the dead.
25 Now, if it had not been for the plan of redemption,
   Which was laid from the foundation of the world, there could have been no resurrection of the dead;
   But there was a plan of redemption laid, which shall bring to pass,    
   The resurrection of the dead, of which has been spoken.
26 And now behold, if it were possible,
   That our first parents could have gone forth,
   And partaken of the tree of life they would have been forever miserable,
   Having no preparatory state; and thus the plan of redemption would have been frustrated,
   And the word of God would have been void, taking none effect.
27 But behold, it was not so;
   But it was appointed unto men that they must die;
   And after death, they must come to judgment,
   Even that same judgment of which we have spoken, which is the end.
28 And after God had appointed that these things should come unto man,
   Behold, then he saw that it was expedient that man should know,
   Concerning the things whereof he had appointed unto them;
29 Therefore he sent angels to converse with them,
   Who caused men to behold of his glory.
30 And they began from that time forth to call on his name;
   Therefore God conversed with men, and made known unto them the plan of redemption,
   Which had been prepared from the foundation of the world; and this he made known unto them,
   According to their faith and repentance and their holy works.
31 Wherefore, he gave commandments unto men,
   They having first transgressed,
   The first commandments as to things which were temporal,
   And becoming as Gods, knowing good from evil, placing themselves in a state to act,
   Or being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures,
   Whether to do evil or to do good──
32 Therefore God gave unto them commandments,
   After having made known unto them the plan of redemption,
   That they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death,
   Which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness;
   For on such the plan of redemption could have no power,
   For the works of justice could not be destroyed,
   According to the supreme goodness of God.
33 But God did call on men, in the name of his Son,
   (this being the plan of redemption which was laid) saying:
   If ye will repent and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you,
   Through mine Only Begotten Son; therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart,
   He shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son,
   Unto a remission of his sins;
   And these shall enter into my rest.
35 And whosoever will harden his heart and will do iniquity,
   Behold, I swear in my wrath that he shall not enter into my rest.
36 And now, my brethren, behold I say unto you, that if ye will harden your hearts,
   Ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord; therefore your iniquity provoketh him,
   That he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation,
   Yea, according to his word in the last provocation,
   As well as the first, to the everlasting destruction of your souls;
   Therefore, according to his word unto the last death, as well as the first.
37 And now, my brethren, seeing we know these things, and they are true,
   Let us repent, and harden not our hearts,
   That we provoke not the Lord our God,
   To pull down his wrath upon us,
   In these his second commandments which he has given unto us;
   But let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word.


    ALMA 13
  
1  AND again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward,
   To the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children;
   And I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests, after his holy order,
   Which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.
2  And those priests were ordained after the order of his Son,
   In a manner that thereby the people might know,
   In what manner to look forward to his Son for redemption.
3  And this is the manner after which they were ordained──being called,
   And prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God,
   On account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil;
   Therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith,
   Are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling,
   Which was prepared with, and according to,
   A preparatory redemption for such.
4  And thus they have been called to this holy calling,
   On account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God,
   On account of the hardness of their hearts and blindness of their minds,
   While, if it had not been for this they might have had as great privilege as their brethren.
5  Or in fine, in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren;
   Thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world,
   For such as would not harden their hearts,
   Being in and through the atonement of the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared──
6  And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God,
   To teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest──
7  This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world;
   Or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared,
   From eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things──
8  Now they were ordained after this manner──
   Being called with a holy calling,
   And ordained with a holy ordinance,
   And taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order,
   Which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end──
9  Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father,
   Who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth.
   And thus it is. Amen. Now, as I said concerning the holy order, or this high priesthood,
   There were many who were ordained and became high priests of God;
   And it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance,
   And their righteousness before God,
   They choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;
11 Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified,
   And their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.
12 Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost,
   Having their garments made white,
   Being pure and spotless before God,
   Could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence;
   And there were many, exceedingly great many,
   Who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.
13 And now, my brethren, I would that ye should humble yourselves before God,
   And bring forth fruit meet for repentance, that ye may also enter into that rest.
14 Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchizedek,
   Who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken,
   Who also took upon him the high priesthood forever.
15 And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes;
   Yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.
16 Now these ordinances were given after this manner, that thereby the people might look forward,
   On the Son of God, it being a type of his order, or it being his order,
   And this that they might look forward to him,
   For a remission of their sins,
   That they might enter into the rest of the Lord.
17 Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem;
   And his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination;
   Yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickednesses;
18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood,
   According to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people.
   And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days;
   Therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.
19 Now, there were many before him, and also there were many afterwards, but none were greater;
   Therefore, of him they have more particularly made mention.
20 Now I need not rehearse the matter;
   What I have said may suffice.
   Behold, the scriptures are before you;
   If ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction.
21 And now it came to pass that when Alma had said these words unto them,
   He stretched forth his hand unto them and cried with a mighty voice, saying:
   Now is the time to repent, for the day of salvation draweth nigh;
22 Yea, and the voice of the Lord, by the mouth of angels,
   Doth declare it unto all nations;
   Yea, doth declare it,
   That they may have glad tidings of great joy;
   Yea, and he doth sound these glad tidings among all his people,
   Yea, even to them that are scattered abroad upon the face of the earth; wherefore they have come unto us.
23 And they are made known unto us in plain terms, that we may understand, that we cannot err;
   And this because of our being wanderers in a strange land; therefore, we are thus highly favored,
   For we have these glad tidings declared unto us in all parts of our vineyard.
24 For behold, angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land;
   And this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men,    
   To receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.
25 And now we only wait to hear the joyful news,
   Declared unto us by the mouth of angels,
   Of his coming; for the time cometh,
   We know not how soon.
   Would to God that it might be in my day;
   But let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.
26 And it shall be made known unto just and holy men,
   By the mouth of angels, at the time of his coming,
   That the words of our fathers may be fulfilled,
   According to that which they have spoken concerning him,
   Which was according to the spirit of prophecy which was in them.
27 And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea,
   With great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words,
   And cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;
28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name,
   And watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear,
   And thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient,
   Full of love and all long-suffering; having faith on the Lord;
   Having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life;
   Having the love of God always in your hearts,
   That ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.
30 And may the Lord grant unto you repentance, that ye may not bring down his wrath upon you,
   That ye may not be bound down by the chains of hell, that ye may not suffer the second death.
31 And Alma spake many more words unto the people, which are not written in this book.


    ALMA 14
  
1  AND it came to pass after he had made an end of speaking unto the people,
   Many of them did believe on his words,
   And began to repent, and to search the scriptures.
2  But the more part of them were desirous that they might destroy Alma and Amulek;
   For they were angry with Alma, because of the plainness of his words unto Zeezrom;
   And they also said that Amulek had lied unto them, and had reviled against their law,
   And also against their lawyers and judges. And they were also angry with Alma and Amulek;
   And because they had testified so plainly against their wickedness, they sought to put them away privily.
4  But it came to pass that they did not; but they took them and bound them with strong cords,
   And took them before the chief judge of the land. And the people went forth and witnessed against them──
   Testifying that they had reviled against the law, and their lawyers and judges of the land,
   And also of all the people that were in the land; and also testified that there was but one God,
   And that he should send his Son among the people, but he should not save them;
   And many such things did the people testify against Alma and Amulek.
   Now this was done before the chief judge of the land.
6  And it came to pass that Zeezrom,
   Was astonished at the words which had been spoken;
   And he also knew concerning the blindness of the minds,
   Which he had caused among the people by his lying words;
   And his soul began to be harrowed up under a consciousness of his own guilt;
   Yea, he began to be encircled about by the pains of hell.
7  And it came to pass that he began to cry unto the people, saying:
   Behold, I am guilty, and these men are spotless before God.
   And he began to plead for them from that time forth;
   But they reviled him, saying:
   Art thou also possessed with the devil?
   And they spit upon him, and cast him out from among them,
   And also all those who believed in the words which had been spoken by Alma and Amulek;
   And they cast them out, and sent men to cast stones at them.
8  And they brought their wives and children together,
   And whosoever believed or had been taught,
   To believe in the word of God,
   They caused that they should be cast into the fire;
   And they also brought forth their records which contained the holy scriptures,
   And cast them into the fire also, that they might be burned and destroyed by fire.
9  And it came to pass that they took Alma and Amulek, and carried them forth to the place of martyrdom,
   That they might witness the destruction of those who were consumed by fire.
10 And when Amulek saw the pains of the women and children,
   Who were consuming in the fire, he also was pained;
   And he said unto Alma:
   How can we witness this awful scene?
   Therefore let us stretch forth our hands,
   And exercise the power of God which is in us, and save them from the flames.
11 But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand;
   For behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory;
   And he doth suffer that they may do this thing,
   Or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts,
   That the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be just;
   And the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them,
   Yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day.
12 Now Amulek said unto Alma:
   Behold, perhaps they will burn us also.
13 And Alma said: Be it according to the will of the Lord.
   But, behold, our work is not finished; therefore they burn us not.
14 Now it came to pass that when the bodies of those who had been cast into the fire were consumed,
   And also the records which were cast in with them,
   The chief judge of the land came and stood before Alma and Amulek, as they were bound;
   And he smote them with his hand upon their cheeks, and said unto them:
   After what ye have seen, will ye preach again unto this people,
   That they shall be cast into a lake of fire and brimstone?
15 Behold, ye see that ye had not power to save those,
   Who had been cast into the fire;
   Neither has God saved them because they were of thy faith.
   And the judge smote them again upon their cheeks, and asked: What say ye for yourselves?
16 Now this judge was after the order and faith of Nehor, who slew Gideon.
17 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek answered him nothing; and he smote them again,
   And delivered them to the officers to be cast into prison.
18 And when they had been cast into prison three days,
   There came many lawyers, and judges, and priests, and teachers,
   Who were of the profession of Nehor; and they came in unto the prison to see them,
   And they questioned them about many words; but they answered them nothing.
19 And it came to pass that the judge stood before them,
   And said: Why do ye not answer the words of this people?
   Know ye not that I have power to deliver you up unto the flames?
   And he commanded them to speak; but they answered nothing.
20 And it came to pass that they departed,
   And went their ways, but came again on the morrow;
   And the judge also smote them again on their cheeks.
   And many others came forth also, and smote them, saying:
   Will ye stand again and judge this people, and condemn our law?
   If ye have such great power why do ye not deliver yourselves?
21 And many such things did they say unto them,
   Gnashing their teeth upon them,
   And spitting upon them, and saying:
   How shall we look when we are damned?
22 And many such things, yea, all manner of such things,
   Did they say unto them; and thus they did mock them for many days.
   And they did withhold food from them that they might hunger, and water that they might thirst;
   And they also did take from them their clothes that they were naked;
   And thus they were bound with strong cords, and confined in prison.
23 And it came to pass after they had thus suffered for many days,
   (and it was on the twelfth day, in the tenth month,
   In the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi)
   That the chief judge over the land of Ammonihah, and many of their teachers,
   And their lawyers went in unto the prison where Alma and Amulek were bound with cords.
24 And the chief judge stood before them, and smote them again, and said unto them:
   If ye have the power of God deliver yourselves from these bands,
   And then we will believe that the Lord will destroy this people according to your words.
25 And it came to pass that they all went forth and smote them, saying the same words,
   Even until the last; and when the last had spoken unto them,
   The power of God was upon Alma and Amulek, and they rose and stood upon their feet.
26 And Alma cried, saying: How long shall we suffer these great afflictions, O Lord?
   O Lord, give us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance.
   And they broke the cords with which they were bound; and when the people saw this,
   They began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them.
27 And it came to pass that so great was their fear,
   That they fell to the earth, and did not obtain the outer door of the prison;
   And the earth shook mightily, and the walls of the prison were rent in twain,
   So that they fell to the earth; and the chief judge,
   And the lawyers, and priests, and teachers,
   Who smote upon Alma and Amulek, were slain by the fall thereof.
28 And Alma and Amulek came forth out of the prison, and they were not hurt;
   For the Lord had granted unto them power, according to their faith which was in Christ.
   And they straightway came forth out of the prison, and they were loosed from their bands;
   And the prison had fallen to the earth, and every soul within the walls thereof,
   Save it were Alma and Amulek, was slain; and they straightway came forth to the city.
29 Now the people having heard a great noise,
   Came running together by multitudes to know the cause of it;
   And when they saw Alma and Amulek coming forth out of the prison,
   And the walls thereof had fallen to the earth, they were struck with great fear,
   And fled from the presence of Alma and Amulek even as a goat fleeth with her young from two lions;
   And thus they did flee from the presence of Alma and Amulek.


    ALMA 15
  
1  AND it came to pass that Alma and Amulek
   Were commanded to depart out of that city;
   And they departed, and came out even into the land of Sidom;
   And behold, there they found all the people who had departed out of the land of Ammonihah,
`  Who had been cast out and stoned, because they believed in the words of Alma.
2  And they related unto them all that had happened unto their wives and children,
   And also concerning themselves, and of their power of deliverance.
3  And also Zeezrom lay sick at Sidom, with a burning fever,
   Which was caused by the great tribulations,
   Of his mind on account of his wickedness,
   For he supposed that Alma and Amulek were no more;
   And he supposed that they had been slain because of his iniquity.
   And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind,
   Until it did become exceedingly sore, having no deliverance;
   Therefore he began to be scorched with a burning heat.
4  Now, when he heard that Alma and Amulek were in the land of Sidom,
   His heart began to take courage; and he sent a message immediately unto them,
   Desiring them to come unto him. And it came to pass that they went unto him immediately,
   Obeying the message which he had sent unto them; and they went in unto the house unto Zeezrom;
   And they found him upon his bed, sick, being very low with a burning fever;
   And his mind also was exceedingly sore because of his iniquities;
   And when he sawthem he stretched forth his hand,
   And besought them that they would heal him. And it came to pass that Alma said unto him,
   Taking him by the hand: Believest thou in the power of Christ unto salvation?
7  And he answered and said: Yea, I believe all the words that thou hast taught.
8  And Alma said: If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed.
9  And he said: Yea, I believe according to thy words.
10 And then Alma cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord our God,
   Have mercy on this man, and heal him according to his faith which is in Christ.
11 And when Alma had said these words, Zeezrom leaped upon his feet, and began to walk;
   And this was done to the great astonishment of all the people;
   And the knowledge of this went forth throughout all the land of Sidom.
12 And Alma baptized Zeezrom unto the Lord; and he began from that time forth to preach unto the people.
13 And Alma established a church in the land of Sidom, and consecrated priests and teachers in the land,
   To baptize unto the Lord whosoever were desirous to be baptized.
14 And it came to pass that they were many;
   For they did flock in from all the region round about Sidom, and were baptized.
15 But as to the people that were in the land of Ammonihah, they yet remained a hard-hearted,    
   And a stiffnecked people; and they repented not of their sins,
   Ascribing all the power of Alma and Amulek to the devil;
   For they were of the profession of Nehor,
   And did not believe in the repentance of their sins.
16 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek,    
   Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver,
   And his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God,
   He being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;
17 Therefore, after Alma having established the church at Sidom,
   Seeing a great check, yea, seeing that the people,
   Were checked as to the pride of their hearts,
   And began to humble themselves before God,
   And began to assemble themselves together at their sanctuaries,
   To worship God before the altar, watching and praying continually,
   That they might be delivered from Satan, and from death, and from destruction──
18 Now as I said, Alma having seen all these things, therefore he took Amulek,
   And came over to the land of Zarahemla, and took him to his own house,
   And did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened him in the Lord.
19 And thus ended the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.


    ALMA 16
  
1  AND it came to pass in the eleventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   On the fifth day of the second month, there having been much peace in the land of Zarahemla,
   There having been no wars nor contentions for a certain number of years,
   Even until the fifth day of the second month in the eleventh year,
   There was a cry of war heard throughout the land.
2  For behold, the armies of the Lamanites,
   Had come in upon the wilderness side,
   Into the borders of the land,
   Even into the city of Ammonihah,
   And began to slay the people and destroy the city.
3  And now it came to pass, before the Nephites could raise a sufficient army,
   To drive them out of the land, they had destroyed the people who were in the city of Ammonihah,
   And also some around the borders of Noah, and taken others captive into the wilderness.
4  Now it came to pass that the Nephites were desirous to obtain those,
   Who had been carried away captive into the wilderness.
5  Therefore, he that had been appointed chief captain over the armies of the Nephites,
   (and his name was Zoram, and he had two sons, Lehi and Aha)──now Zoram and his two sons,
   Knowing that Alma was high priest over the church, and having heard that he had the spirit of prophecy,
   Therefore they went unto him and desired of him to know whither the Lord would,
   That they should go into the wilderness in search of their brethren,
   Who had been taken captive by the Lamanites.
6  And it came to pass that Alma inquired of the Lord concerning the matter.
   And Alma returned and said unto them:
   Behold, the Lamanites will cross the river Sidon in the south wilderness,
   Away up beyond the borders of the land of Manti.
   And behold there shall ye meet them, on the east of the river Sidon,
   And there the Lord will deliver unto thee thy brethren who have been taken captive by the Lamanites.
7  And it came to pass that Zoram and his sons crossed over the river Sidon, with their armies,
   And marched away beyond the borders of Manti into the south wilderness,
   Which was on the east side of the river Sidon.
8  And they came upon the armies of the Lamanites,
   And the Lamanites were scattered and driven into the wilderness;
   And they took their brethren who had been taken captive by the Lamanites,
   And there was not one soul of them had been lost that were taken captive.
   And they were brought by their brethren to possess their own lands.
9  And thus ended the eleventh year of the judges,
   The Lamanites having been driven out of the land,
   And the people of Ammonihah were destroyed;
   Yea, every living soul of the Ammonihahites was destroyed,
   And also their great city, which they said God could not destroy, because of its greatness.
10 But behold, in one day it was left desolate;
   and the carcases were mangled by dogs and wild beasts of the wilderness.
11 Nevertheless, after many days their dead bodies were heaped up upon the face of the earth,
   And they were covered with a shallow covering. And now so great was the scent thereof,
   That the people did not go in to possess the land of Ammonihah for many years.
   And it was called Desolation of Nehors; for they were of the profession of Nehor,
   Who were slain; and their lands remained desolate.
12 And the Lamanites did not come again to war against the Nephites,
   Until the fourteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
   And thus for three years did the people of Nephi have continual peace in all the land.
13 And Alma and Amulek went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples,
   And in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues,
   Which were built after the manner of the Jews.
14 And as many as would hear their words,
   Unto them they did impart the word of God,
   Without any respect of persons, continually.
15 And thus did Alma and Amulek go forth,
   And also many more who had been chosen for the work,
   To preach the word throughout all the land,
   And the establishment of the church became general throughout the land,
   In all the region round about, among all the people of the Nephites.
16 And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit,
   On all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men,
   Or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming──
17 That they might not be hardened against the word, that they might not be unbelieving,
   And go on to destruction, but that they might receive the word with joy,
   And as a branch be grafted into the true vine,
   That they might enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
18 Now those priests who did go forth among the people did preach against all lyings,
   And deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and malice, and revilings,
   And stealing, robbing, plundering, murdering, committing adultery,
   And all manner of lasciviousness,
   Crying that these things ought not so to be──
19 Holding forth things which must shortly come;
   Yea, holding forth the coming of the Son of God,
   His sufferings and death, and also the resurrection of the dead.
20 And many of the people did inquire concerning the place where the Son of God should come;
   And they were taught that he would appear unto them after his resurrection;
   And this the people did hear with great joy and gladness.
21 And now after the church had been established,
   Throughout all the land──
   Having got the victory over the devil,
   And the word of God being preached in its purity in all the land,
   And the Lord pouring out his blessings upon the people──
   Thus ended the fourteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.


    ALMA 17
  
1  AND now it came to pass that as Alma was journeying from the land of Gideon southward,
   Away to the land of Manti, behold, to his astonishment,
   He met with the sons of Mosiah journeying towards the land of Zarahemla.
2  Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him;
   Therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren;
   And what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord;
   Yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding,
   And they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
3  But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting;
   Therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation,
   And when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
4  And they had been teaching the word of God for the space of fourteen years,
   Among the Lamanites, having had much success in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth;
   Yea, by the power of their words many were brought before the altar of God,
   To call on his name and confess their sins before him.
5  Now these are the circumstances which attended them in their journeyings,
   For they had many afflictions; they did suffer much, both in body and in mind,
   Such as hunger, thirst and fatigue, and also much labor in the spirit.
6  Now these were their journeyings:
   Having taken leave of their father, Mosiah, in the first year of the judges;
   Having refused the kingdom which their father was desirous to confer upon them,
   And also this was the minds of the people; nevertheless they departed out of the land of Zarahemla,
   And took their swords, and their spears, and their bows, and their arrows, and their slings;
   And this they did that they might provide food for themselves while in the wilderness.
8  And thus they departed into the wilderness with their numbers which they had selected,
   To go up to the land of Nephi, to preach the word of God unto the Lamanites.
9  And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness,
   And they fasted much and prayed much,
   That the Lord would grant unto them,
   A portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them,
   That they might be an instrument in the hands of God to bring,
   If it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth,
`  To the knowledge of the baseness of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct.
10 And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit, and said unto them:
   Be comforted. And they were comforted. And the Lord said unto them also:
   Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word;
   Yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions,    
   That ye may show forth good examples unto them in me,
   And I will make an instrument of thee,
   In my hands unto the salvation of many souls.
12 And it came to pass that the hearts of the sons of Mosiah,
   And also those who were with them, took courage to go forth unto the Lamanites,
   To declare unto them the word of God. And it came to pass that when they had arrived,
   In the borders of the land of the Lamanites, that they separated themselves,
   And departed one from another, trusting in the Lord,
   That they should meet again at the close of their harvest;
   For they supposed that great was the work which they had undertaken.
14 And assuredly it was great, for they had undertaken to preach the word of God,
   To a wild and a hardened and a ferocious people; a people who delighted in murdering the Nephites,
   And robbing and plundering them; and their hearts were set upon riches,
   Or upon gold and silver, and precious stones;
   Yet they sought to obtain these things,
   By murdering and plundering,
   That they might not labor for them with their own hands.
15 Thus they were a very indolent people, many of whom did worship idols,
   And the curse of God had fallen upon them because of the traditions of their fathers;
   Notwithstanding the promises of the Lord were extended unto them on the conditions of repentance.
16 Therefore, this was the cause for which the sons of Mosiah had undertaken the work,
   That perhaps they might bring them unto repentance;
   That perhaps they might bring them to know of the plan of redemption.
17 Therefore they separated themselves one from another, and went forth among them,
   Every man alone, according to the word and power of God which was given unto him.
18 Now Ammon being the chief among them, or rather he did administer unto them,
   And he departed from them, after having blessed them according to their several stations,
   Having imparted the word of God unto them, or administered unto them before his departure;
   And thus they took their several journeys throughout the land.
19 And Ammon went to the land of Ishmael,
   The land being called after the sons of Ishmael, who also became Lamanites.
20 And as Ammon entered the land of Ishmael, the Lamanites took him and bound him,
   As was their custom to bind all the Nephites who fell into their hands,
   And carry them before the king;
   And thus it was left to the pleasure of the king to slay them,
   Or to retain them in captivity, or to cast them into prison,
   Or to cast them out of his land, according to his will and pleasure.
21 And thus Ammon was carried before the king who was over the land of Ishmael;
   And his name was Lamoni, and he was a descendant of Ishmael.
22 And the king inquired of Ammon if it were his desire,
   To dwell in the land among the Lamanites, or among his people.
23 And Ammon said unto him: Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time;
   Yea, and perhaps until the day I die. And it came to pass that king Lamoni,
   Was much pleased with Ammon, and caused that his bands should be loosed;
   And he would that Ammon should take one of his daughters to wife.
25 But Ammon said unto him: Nay, but I will be thy servant.
   Therefore Ammon became a servant to king Lamoni.
   And it came to pass that he was set among other servants,
   To watch the flocks of Lamoni, according to the custom of the Lamanites.
26 And after he had been in the service of the king three days,
   As he was with the Lamanitish servants,
   Going forth with their flocks,
   To the place of water, which was called the water of Sebus,
   And all the Lamanites drive their flocks hither, that they may have water──
27 Therefore, as Ammon and the servants of the king were driving forth their flocks to this place of water,
   Behold, a certain number of the Lamanites, who had been with their flocks to water,
   Stood and scattered the flocks of Ammon and the servants of the king,
   And they scattered them insomuch that they fled many ways.
28 Now the servants of the king began to murmur,
   Saying: Now the king will slay us as he has our brethren,
   Because their flocks were scattered by the wickedness of these men.
   And they began to weep exceedingly, saying: Behold, our flocks are scattered already.
29 Now they wept because of the fear of being slain.
   Now when Ammon saw this his heart was swollen within him with joy;
   For, said he, I will show forth my power unto these my fellow-servants,
   Or the power which is in me, in restoring these flocks unto the king,
   That I may win the hearts of these my fellow-servants,
   That I may lead them to believe in my words.
30 And now, these were the thoughts of Ammon,
   When he saw the afflictions of those whom he termed to be his brethren.
31 And it came to pass that he flattered them by his words, saying:
   My brethren, be of good cheer and let us go in search of the flocks,
   And we will gather them together and bring them back unto the place of water;
   And thus we will preserve the flocks unto the king and he will not slay us.
32 And it came to pass that they went in search of the flocks,
   And they did follow Ammon, and they rushed forth,
   With much swiftness and did head the flocks of the king,
   And did gather them together again to the place of water.
33 And those men again stood to scatter their flocks;
   But Ammon said unto his brethren:
   Encircle the flocks round about that they flee not;
   And I go and contend with these men who do scatter our flocks.
34 Therefore, they did as Ammon commanded them,
   And he went forth and stood to contend with those,
   Who stood by the waters of Sebus;
   And they were in number not a few.
35 Therefore they did not fear Ammon,
   For they supposed that one of their men,    
   Could slay him according to their pleasure,
   For they knew not that the Lord had promised Mosiah,
   That he would deliver his sons out of their hands;
   Neither did they know anything concerning the Lord;
   Therefore they delighted in the destruction of their brethren;
   And for this cause they stood to scatter the flocks of the king.
36 But Ammon stood forth and began to cast stones at them with his sling;
   Yea, with mighty power he did sling stones amongst them;
   And thus he slew a certain number of them,
   Insomuch that they began to be astonished at his power;
   Nevertheless they were angry because of the slain of their brethren,
   And they were determined that he should fall; therefore, seeing that they could not,
   Hit him with their stones, they came forth with clubs to slay him.
37 But behold, every man that lifted his club to smite Ammon,
   He smote off their arms with his sword;
   For he did withstand their blows,
   By smiting their arms with the edge of his sword,
   Insomuch that they began to be astonished, and began to flee before him;
   Yea, and they were not few in number; and he caused them to flee by the strength of his arm.
38 Now six of them had fallen by the sling, but he slew none save it were their leader with his sword;
   And he smote off as many of their arms as were lifted against him, and they were not a few.
39 And when he had driven them afar off, he returned and they watered their flocks,
   And returned them to the pasture of the king,
   And then went in unto the king, bearing the arms,
   Which had been smitten off by the sword of Ammon, of those who sought to slay him;
   And they were carried in unto the king for a testimony of the things which they had done.


    ALMA 18
  
1  AND it came to pass that king Lamoni caused,
   That his servants should stand forth and testify,
   To all the things which they had seen concerning the matter.
2  And when they had all testified to the things which they had seen,
   And he had learned of the faithfulness of Ammon in preserving his flocks,
   And also of his great power in contending against those who sought to slay him,
   He was astonished exceedingly, and said: Surely, this is more than a man.
   Behold, is not this the Great Spirit who doth send such great punishments,
   Upon this people, because of their murders?
3  And they answered the king,
   And said: Whether he be the Great Spirit or a man, we know not;
   But this much we do know, that he cannot be slain by the enemies of the king;
   Neither can they scatter the king's flocks when he is with us,
   Because of his expertness and great strength;
   Therefore, we know that he is a friend to the king.
   And now, O king, we do not believe that a man has such great power,
   For we know he cannot be slain. And now, when the king heard these words,
   He said unto them: Now I know that it is the Great Spirit;
   And he has come down at this time to preserve your lives,
   That I might not slay you as I did your brethren.
   Now this is the Great Spirit of whom our fathers have spoken.
5  Now this was the tradition of Lamoni, which he had received from his father,
   That there was a Great Spirit. Notwithstanding they believed in a Great Spirit,
   They supposed that whatsoever they did was right; nevertheless, Lamoni began to fear exceedingly,
   With fear lest he had done wrong in slaying his servants; for he had slain many of them,
   Because their brethren had scattered their flocks at the place of water;
   And thus, because they had had their flocks scattered they were slain.
7  Now it was the practice of these Lamanites to stand by the waters of Sebus,
   To scatter the flocks of the people, that thereby they might drive away many,
   That were scattered unto their own land, it being a practice of plunder among them.
8  And it came to pass that king Lamoni inquired of his servants, saying:
   Where is this man that has such great power?
9  And they said unto him:
   Behold, he is feeding thy horses.
   Now the king had commanded his servants,
   Previous to the time of the watering of their flocks,
   That they should prepare his horses and chariots,
   And conduct him forth to the land of Nephi;
   For there had been a great feast appointed at the land of Nephi,
   By the father of Lamoni, who was king over all the land.
10 Now when king Lamoni heard that Ammon was preparing his horses and his chariots,
   He was more astonished, because of the faithfulness of Ammon, saying:
   Surely there has not been any servant among all my servants,
   That has been so faithful as this man;
   For even he doth remember all my commandments to execute them.
11 Now I surely know that this is the Great Spirit, and I would desire him,
   That he come in unto me, but I durst not. And it came to pass,
   that when Ammon had made ready the horses and the chariots,
   For the king and his servants,
   he went in unto the king, and he saw,
   That the countenance of the king was changed;
   Therefore he was about to return out of his presence.
13 And one of the king's servants said unto him, Rabbanah, which is,
   Being interpreted, powerful or great king, considering their kings to be powerful;
   And thus he said unto him: Rabbanah, the king desireth thee to stay.
14 Therefore Ammon turned himself unto the king, and said unto him:
   What wilt thou that I should do for thee, O king?
   And the king answered him not for the space of an hour,
   According to their time, for he knew not what he should say unto him.
15 And it came to pass that Ammon said unto him again: What desirest thou of me?
   But the king answered him not. And it came to pass that Ammon, being filled with the Spirit of God,
   Therefore he perceived the thoughts of the king. And he said unto him:
   Is it because thou hast heard that I defended thy servants and thy flocks,
   And slew seven of their brethren with the sling and with the sword,
   And smote off the arms of others,
   In order to defend thy flocks and thy servants;
   Behold, is it this that causeth thy marvelings?
17 I say unto you, what is it, that thy marvelings are so great?
   Behold, I am a man, and am thy servant; therefore, whatsoever thou desirest,
   Which is right, that will I do.
18 Now when the king had heard these words,
   He marveled again, for he beheld that Ammon could discern his thoughts;
   But notwithstanding this, king Lamoni did open his mouth, and he said unto him:
   Who art thou? Art thou that Great Spirit, who knows all things?
19 Ammon answered and said unto him: I am not.
20 And the king said: How knowest thou the thoughts of my heart?
   Thou mayest speak boldly, and tell me concerning these things?
   And also tell me by what power ye slew and smote off the arms of my brethren,
   That scattered my flocks──and now, if thou wilt tell me concerning these things,
   Whatsoever that thou desirest I will give unto thee; and if it were needed,
   I would guard thee with my armies; but I know that thou art more powerful than all they;
   Nevertheless, whatsoever thou desirest of me I will grant it unto thee.
22 Now Ammon being wise, yet harmless,
   He said unto Lamoni: Wilt thou hearken unto my words,
   If I tell thee by what power I do these things?
   And this is the thing that I desire of thee.
23 And the king answered him, and said:
   Yea, I will believe all thy words.
   And thus he was caught with guile.
24 And Ammon began to speak unto him with boldness,
   And said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God?
25 And he answered, and said unto him: I do not know what that meaneth.
26 And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit?
27 And he said, Yea. And Ammon said: This is God.
   And Ammon said unto him again:
   Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God,
   Created all things which are in heaven and in the earth?
29 And he said: Yea, I believe that he created all things which are in the earth;
   But I do not know the heavens. And Ammon said unto him: The heavens is a place where God dwells,
   And all his holy angels; and king Lamoni said: Is it above the earth?
32 And Ammon said: Yea, and he looketh down upon all the children of men;
   And he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart;
   For by his hand were they all created from the beginning.
33 And king Lamoni said: I believe all these things which thou hast spoken.
   Art thou sent from God? Ammon said unto him: I am a man;
   And man in the beginning was created after the image of God.
   And I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people,
   That they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true;
35 And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge,
   And also power according to my faith and desires which are in God.
36 Now when Ammon had said these words, he began at the creation of the world,
   And also the creation of Adam, and told him all the things concerning the fall of man,
   And rehearsed and laid before him the records and the holy scriptures of the people,
   Which had been spoken by the prophets, even down to the time that their father, Lehi, left Jerusalem.
37 And he also rehearsed unto them (for it was unto the king and to his servants)
   All the journeyings of their fathers in the wilderness,
   And all their sufferings with hunger and thirst, and their travail, and so forth.
38 And he also rehearsed unto them concerning the rebellions of Laman and Lemuel,
   And the sons of Ishmael, yea, all their rebellions did he relate unto them;
   And he expounded unto them all the records and scriptures,
   From the time that Lehi left Jerusalem down to the present time.
39 But this is not all; for he expounded unto them the plan of redemption,
   Which was prepared from the foundation of the world;
   And he also made known unto them concerning the coming of Christ,
   And all the works of the Lord did he make known unto them.
40 And it came to pass that after he had said all these things,
   And expounded them to the king, that the king believed all his words.
41 And he began to cry unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, have mercy;
   According to thy abundant mercy which thou hast had,
   Upon the people of Nephi, have upon me, and my people.
42 And now, when he had said this, he fell unto the earth, as if he were dead.
43 And it came to pass that his servants took him and carried him in unto his wife,
   And laid him upon a bed; and he lay as if he were dead for the space of two days and two nights;
   And his wife, and his sons, and his daughters mourned over him,
   After the manner of the Lamanites, greatly lamenting his loss.


    ALMA 19
  
1  AND it came to pass that after two days and two nights they were about to take his body,
   And lay it in a sepulcher, which they had made for the purpose of burying their dead.
2  Now the queen having heard of the fame of Ammon, therefore she sent,
   And desired that he should come in unto her.
3  And it came to pass that Ammon did as he was commanded,
   And went in unto the queen, and desired to know what she would that he should do.
4  And she said unto him: The servants of my husband have made it known unto me,
   That thou art a prophet of a holy God, and that thou hast power,
   To do many mighty works in his name;
5  Therefore, if this is the case,
   I would that ye should go in and see my husband,
   For he has been laid upon his bed for the space of two days and two nights;
   And some say that he is not dead, but others say that he is dead and that he stinketh,
   And that he ought to be placed in the sepulcher; but as for myself, to me he doth not stink.
6  Now, this was what Ammon desired, for he knew that king Lamoni was under the power of God;
   He knew that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind,
   And the light which did light up his mind, which was the light of the glory of God,
   Which was a marvelous light of his goodness──yea, this light had infused such joy into his soul,
   The cloud of darkness having been dispelled, and that the light of everlasting life was lit up in his soul,
   Yea, he knew that this had overcome his natural frame, and he was carried away in God-
7  Therefore, what the queen desired of him was his only desire.
   Therefore, he went in to see the king,
   According as the queen had desired him;
   And he saw the king, and he knew that he was not dead.
8  And he said unto the queen: He is not dead, but he sleepeth in God,
   And on the morrow he shall rise again; therefore bury him not.
9  And Ammon said unto her: Believest thou this?
   And she said unto him:
   I have had no witness save thy word,
   And the word of our servants; nevertheless,
   I believe that it shall be according as thou hast said.
10 And Ammon said unto her: Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith;
   I say unto thee, woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites.
11 And it came to pass that she watched over the bed of her husband, from that time,
   Even until that time on the morrow which Ammon had appointed that he should rise.
12 And it came to pass that he arose, according to the words of Ammon;
   And as he arose, he stretched forth his hand unto the woman,
   And said: Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou.
13 For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer;
   And he shall come forth, and be born of a woman,
   And he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name.
   Now, when he had said these words, his heart was swollen within him,
   And he sunk again with joy; and the queen also sunk down, being overpowered by the Spirit.
14 Now Ammon seeing the Spirit of the Lord poured out according to his prayers upon the Lamanites, his brethren,
   Who had been the cause of so much mourning among the Nephites, or among all the people of God,
   Because of their iniquities and their traditions, he fell upon his knees,
   And began to pour out his soul in prayer and thanksgiving,
   To God for what he had done for his brethren;
   And he was also overpowered with joy;
   And thus they all three had sunk to the earth.
15 Now, when the servants of the king had seen that they had fallen,
   They also began to cry unto God, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them also,
   For it was they who had stood before the king and testified unto him concerning the great power of Ammon.
16 And it came to pass that they did call on the name of the Lord, in their might,
   Even until they had all fallen to the earth,
   Save it were one of the Lamanitish women,
   Whose name was Abish, she having been converted unto the Lord,
   For many years, on account of a remarkable vision of her father──
17 Thus, having been converted to the Lord, and never having made it known,
   Therefore, when she saw that all the servants of Lamoni had fallen to the earth,
   And also her mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon lay prostrate upon the earth,
   She knew that it was the power of God; and supposing that this opportunity,
   By making known unto the people what had happened among them,
   That by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God,
   Therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.
18 And they began to assemble themselves together unto the house of the king.
   And there came a multitude, and to their astonishment, they beheld the king,
   And the queen, and their servants prostrate upon the earth,
   And they all lay there as though they were dead;
   And they also saw Ammon,
   And behold, he was a Nephite.
19 And now the people began to murmur,
   Among themselves; some saying that it was a great evil,
   That had come upon them, or upon the king and his house,
   Because he had suffered that the Nephite should remain in the land.
20 But others rebuked them, saying: The king hath brought this evil upon his house,
   Because he slew his servants who had had their flocks scattered at the waters of Sebus.
21 And they were also rebuked by those men who had stood at the waters of Sebus,
   And scattered the flocks which belonged to the king,
   For they were angry with Ammon because of the number which he had slain,
   Of their brethren at the waters of Sebus, while defending the flocks of the king.
22 Now, one of them, whose brother had been slain with the sword of Ammon,
   Being exceedingly angry with Ammon, drew his sword and went forth,
   That he might let it fall upon Ammon, to slay him;
   And as he lifted the sword to smite him, behold, he fell dead.
23 Now we see that Ammon could not be slain, for the Lord had said unto Mosiah, his father:
   I will spare him, and it shall be unto him according to thy faith──
   Therefore, Mosiah trusted him unto the Lord.
24 And it came to pass that when the multitude beheld,
   That the man had fallen dead, who lifted the sword to slay Ammon,
   Fear came upon them all, and they durst not put forth their hands to touch him,
   Or any of those who had fallen; and they began to marvel again among themselves,
   What could be the cause of this great power, or what all these things could mean.
25 And it came to pass that there were many among them,
   Who said that Ammon was the Great Spirit,
   And others said he was sent by the Great Spirit.
26 But others rebuked them all, saying that he was a monster,
   Who had been sent from the Nephites to torment them; and there were some who said,
   That Ammon was sent by the Great Spirit to afflict them because of their iniquities;
   And that it was the Great Spirit that had always attended the Nephites,
   Who had ever delivered them out of their hands;
   And they said that it was this Great Spirit,
   Who had destroyed so many of their brethren, the Lamanites.
28 And thus the contention began to be exceedingly sharp among them; and while they were thus contending,
   The woman servant who had caused the multitude to be gathered together came,
   And when she saw the contention which was among the multitude,
   She was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto tears.
29 And it came to pass that she went and took the queen by the hand,
   That perhaps she might raise her from the ground; and as soon as she touched her hand,
   She arose and stood upon her feet, and cried with a loud voice, saying:
   O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell!
   O blessed God, have mercy on this people!
30 And when she had said this, she clasped her hands,
   Being filled with joy, speaking many words,
   Which were not understood; and when she had done this,
   She took the king, Lamoni, by the hand, and behold he arose and stood upon his feet.
31 And he, immediately, seeing the contention among his people, went forth and began to rebuke them,
   And to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of Ammon;
   And as many as heard his words believed, and were converted unto the Lord.
32 But there were many among them who would not hear his words;
   Therefore they went their way. And it came to pass,
   That when Ammon arose he also administered unto them,
   And also did all the servants of Lamoni;
   And they did all declare unto the people the selfsame thing──
   That their hearts had been changed;
   That they had no more desire to do evil.
34 And behold, many did declare unto the people,
   That they had seen angels and had conversed with them;
   And thus they had told them things of God, and of his righteousness.
35 And it came to pass that there were many that did believe in their words;
   And as many as did believe were baptized;
   And they became a righteous people, and they did establish a church among them.
36 And thus the work of the Lord did commence among the Lamanites;
   Thus the Lord did begin to pour out his Spirit upon them;
   And we see that his arm is extended to all people,
   Who will repent and believe on his name.


    ALMA 20
  
1  AND it came to pass that when they had established a church in that land,
   That king Lamoni desired that Ammon should go with him,
   To the land of Nephi, that he might show him unto his father.
2  And the voice of the Lord came to Ammon, saying:
   Thou shalt not go up to the land of Nephi,
   For behold, the king will seek thy life;
   But thou shalt go to the land of Middoni;
   For behold, thy brother Aaron, and also Muloki and Ammah are in prison.
3  Now it came to pass that when Ammon had heard this, he said unto Lamoni:
   Behold, my brother and brethren are in prison at Middoni,
   And I go that I may deliver them.
4  Now Lamoni said unto Ammon: I know,
   In the strength of the Lord thou canst do all things.
   But behold, I will go with thee to the land of Middoni;
   For the king of the land of Middoni, whose name is Antiomno, is a friend unto me;
   Therefore I go to the land of Middoni, that I may flatter the king of the land,
   And he will cast thy brethren out of prison.
   Now Lamoni said unto him:
   Who told thee that thy brethren were in prison?
5  And Ammon said unto him: No one hath told me, save it be God;
   He said unto me──Go and deliver thy brethren, for they are in prison in the land of Middoni.
6  Now when Lamoni had heard this he caused that his servants should make ready his horses and his chariots.
7  And he said unto Ammon: Come, I will go with thee down to the land of Middoni,
   And there I will plead with the king that he will cast thy brethren out of prison.
8  And it came to pass that as Ammon and Lamoni were journeying thither,
   They met the father of Lamoni, who was king over all the land.
9  And behold, the father of Lamoni said unto him:
   Why did ye not come to the feast,
   On that great day when I made a feast unto my sons, and unto my people?
10 And he also said: Whither art thou going with this Nephite, who is one of the children of a liar?
11 And it came to pass that Lamoni rehearsed unto him whither he was going, for he feared to offend him.
12 And he also told him all the cause of his tarrying in his own kingdom,
   That he did not go unto his father to the feast which he had prepared.
13 And now when Lamoni had rehearsed unto him all these things,
   Behold, to his astonishment, his father was angry with him, and said: Lamoni,
   Thou art going to deliver these Nephites, who are sons of a liar. Behold, he robbed our fathers;
   And now his children are also come amongst us that they may,
   By their cunning and their lyings, deceive us, that they again may rob us of our property.
14 Now the father of Lamoni commanded him that he should slay Ammon with the sword.
   And he also commanded him that he should not go to the land of Middoni,
   But that he should return with him to the land of Ishmael.
15 But Lamoni said unto him: I will not slay Ammon,
   Neither will I return to the land of Ishmael,
   But I go to the land of Middoni,
   That I may release the brethren of Ammon,
   For I know that they are just men and holy prophets of the true God.
16 Now when his father had heard these words, he was angry with him,
   And he drew his sword that he might smite him to the earth.
17 But Ammon stood forth and said unto him:
   Behold, thou shalt not slay thy son;
   Nevertheless, it were better that he should fall than thee,
   For behold, he has repented of his sins; but if thou shouldst fall at this time,
   In thine anger, thy soul could not be saved. And again, it is expedient thou shouldst forbear;
   For if thou shouldst slay thy son, he being an innocent man,
   His blood would cry from the ground to the Lord his God,
   For vengeance to come upon thee;
   And perhaps thou wouldst lose thy soul.
19 Now when Ammon had said these words unto him,
   He answered him, saying: I know that if I should slay my son,
   That I should shed innocent blood; for it is thou that hast sought to destroy him.
20 And he stretched forth his hand to slay Ammon, but Ammon withstood his blows,
   And also smote his arm that he could not use it.
21 Now when the king saw that Ammon could slay him,
   He began to plead with Ammon that he would spare his life.
22 But Ammon raised his sword, and said unto him: Behold, I will smite thee,
   Except thou wilt grant unto me that my brethren may be cast out of prison.
23 Now the king, fearing he should lose his life, said:
   If thou wilt spare me I will grant unto thee,
   Whatsoever thou wilt ask, even to half of the kingdom.
24 Now when Ammon saw that he had wrought upon the old king,
   According to his desire, he said unto him: If thou wilt grant,
   That my brethren may be cast out of prison, and also that Lamoni may retain his kingdom,
   And that ye be not displeased with him, but grant that he may do according to his own desires,
   In whatsoever thing he thinketh, then will I spare thee; otherwise I will smite thee to the earth.
25 Now when Ammon had said these words, the king began to rejoice because of his life.
26 And when he saw that Ammon had no desire to destroy him,
   And when he also saw the great love he had for his son, Lamoni,
   He was astonished exceedingly, and said: Because this is all that thou hast desired,
   That I would release thy brethren, and suffer that my son Lamoni should retain his kingdom,
   Behold, I will grant unto you that my son, may retain his kingdom,
   From this time and forever; and I will govern him no more──
27 And I will also grant unto thee,
   That thy brethren may be cast out of prison, and thou,
   And thy brethren may come unto me, in my kingdom; for I shall greatly desire to see thee.
   For the king was greatly astonished at the words which he had spoken, and also at the words,
   Which had been spoken by his son Lamoni, therefore he was desirous to learn them.
28 And it came to pass that Ammon and Lamoni proceeded,
   On their journey towards the land of Middoni.
   And Lamoni found favor in the eyes of the king of the land;
   Therefore the brethren of Ammon were brought forth out of the prison.
29 And when Ammon did meet them he was exceedingly sorrowful, for behold they were naked,
   And their skins were worn exceedingly because of being bound with strong cords.
   And they also had suffered hunger, thirst, and all kinds of afflictions;
   Nevertheless they were patient in all their sufferings.
30 And, as it happened, it was their lot,
   To have fallen into the hands of a more hardened and a more stiffnecked people;
   Therefore they would not hearken unto their words, and they had cast them out, and had smitten them,
   And had driven them from house to house, and from place to place,
   Even until they had arrived in the land of Middoni;
   And there they were taken and cast into prison,
   And bound with strong cords,
   And kept in prison for many days,
   And were delivered by Lamoni and Ammon.


    ALMA 21
  
1  NOW when Ammon and his brethren separated themselves in the borders of the land of the Lamanites,
   Behold Aaron took his journey towards the land which was called by the Lamanites, Jerusalem,
   Calling it after the land of their fathers' nativity;
   And it was away joining the borders of Mormon.
2  Now the Lamanites and the Amlicites,
   And the people of Amulon had built a great city, which was called Jerusalem.
3  Now the Lamanites of themselves were sufficiently hardened,
   But the Amlicites and the Amulonites were still harder;
   Therefore they did cause the Lamanites that they should harden their hearts,
   That they should wax strong in wickedness and their abominations.
4  And it came to pass that Aaron came to the city of Jerusalem,
   And first began to preach to the Amlicites.
   And he began to preach to them in their synagogues,
   For they had built synagogues after the order of the Nehors;
   For many of the Amlicites and the Amulonites were after the order of the Nehors.
5  Therefore, as Aaron entered into one of their synagogues to preach unto the people,
   And as he was speaking unto them, behold there arose an Amalekite,
   And began to contend with him, saying:
   What is that thou hast testified?
   Hast thou seen an angel?
   Why do not angels appear unto us?
   Behold are not this people as good as thy people?
6  Thou also sayest, except we repent we shall perish.
   How knowest thou the thought and intent of our hearts? How knowest thou that we have cause to repent?
   How knowest thou that we are not a righteous people? Behold, we have built sanctuaries,
   And we do assemble ourselves together to worship God. We do believe that God will save all men.
7  Now Aaron said unto him: Believest thou that the Son of God shall come to redeem mankind from their sins?
8  And the man said unto him: We do not believe that thou knowest any such thing.
   We do not believe in these foolish traditions.
   We do not believe that thou knowest of things to come,
   Neither do we believe that thy fathers and also that our fathers,
   Did know concerning the things which they spake, of that which is to come.
9  Now Aaron began to open the scriptures unto them concerning the coming of Christ,
   And also concerning the resurrection of the dead, and that there could be no redemption for mankind,
   Save it were through the death and sufferings of Christ, and the atonement of his blood.
10 And it came to pass as he began to expound these things unto them they were angry with him,
   And began to mock him; and they would not hear the words which he spake.
11 Therefore, when he saw that they would not hear his words,
   He departed out of their synagogue,
   And came over to a village which was called Ani-Anti,
   And there he found Muloki preaching the word unto them;
   and also Ammah and his brethren.
   And they contended with many about the word.
12 And it came to pass that they saw,
   That the people would harden their hearts,
   Therefore they departed and came over into the land of Middoni.
   And they did preach the word unto many, and few believed on the words which they taught.
13 Nevertheless, Aaron and a certain number of his brethren were taken and cast into prison,
   And the remainder of them fled out of the land of Middoni unto the regions round about.
14 And those who were cast into prison suffered many things,
   And they were delivered by the hand of Lamoni and Ammon,
   And they were fed and clothed. And they went forth again to declare the word,
   And thus they were delivered for the first time out of prison; and thus they had suffered.
16 And they went forth whithersoever they were led by the Spirit of the Lord,
   Preaching the word of God in every synagogue of the Amlicites,
   Or in every assembly of the Lamanites where they could be admitted.
17 And it came to pass that the Lord began to bless them insomuch that they brought many,
   To the knowledge of the truth; yea, they did convince many of their sins,
   And of the traditions of their fathers, which were not correct.
18 And it came to pass that Ammon and Lamoni,
   Returned from the land of Middoni,
   To the land of Ishmael, which was the land of the inheritance.
19 And king Lamoni would not suffer that Ammon should serve him, or be his servant.
20 But he caused that there should be synagogues built in the land of Ishmael;
   And he caused that his people, or the people who were under his reign,
   Should assemble themselves together.
21 And he did rejoice over them, and he did teach them many things.
   And he did also declare unto them that they were a people who were under him,
   And that they were a free people, that they were free from the oppressions of the king, his father;
   For that his father had granted unto him that he might reign over the people,
   Who were in the land of Ishmael, and in all the land round about.
22 And he also declared unto them that they might have,
   The liberty of worshiping the Lord their God,
   According to their desires, in whatsoever place they were in,
   If it were in the land which was under the reign of king Lamoni.
23 And Ammon did preach unto the people of king Lamoni;    
   And it came to pass that he did teach them all things,
   Concerning things pertaining to righteousness.
   And he did exhort them daily,
   With all diligence; and they gave heed unto his word,
   And they were zealous for keeping the commandments of God.


    ALMA 22
  
1  Now, as Ammon was thus teaching the people of Lamoni continually,
   We will return to the account of Aaron and his brethren;
   For after he departed from the land of Middoni,
   He was led by the Spirit to the land of Nephi,
   Even to the house of the king which was over all the land,
   Save it were the land of Ishmael; and he was the father of Lamoni.
2  And it came to pass that he went in unto him into the king's palace,
   With his brethren, and bowed himself before the king, and said unto him:
   Behold, O king, we are the brethren of Ammon, whom thou hast delivered out of prison.
3  And now, O king, if thou wilt spare our lives, we will be thy servants.
   And the king said unto them: Arise, for I will grant unto you your lives,
   And I will not suffer that ye shall be my servants;
   But I will insist that ye shall administer unto me;
   For I have been somewhat troubled in mind,
   Because of the generosity and the greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon;
   And I desire to know the cause why he has not come up out of Middoni with thee.
4  And Aaron said unto the king: Behold, the Spirit of the Lord has called him another way;
   He has gone to the land of Ishmael, to teach the people of Lamoni.
5  Now the king said unto them: What is this that ye have said,
   Concerning the Spirit of the Lord?
   Behold, this is the thing which doth trouble me.
6  And also, what is this that Ammon said──If ye will repent ye shall be saved,
   And if ye will not repent, ye shall be cast off at the last day?
7  And Aaron answered him and said unto him:
   Believest thou that there is a God?
   And the king said:
   I know that the Amlicites say that there is a God,
   And I have granted unto them that they should build sanctuaries,
   That they may assemble themselves together to worship him.
   And if now thou sayest their is a God, behold I will believe.
8  And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice,
   And he said: Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God.
9  And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem?
10 And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit,
   And he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?
11 And he said: Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things,
   And I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.
12 And it came to pass that when Aaron saw that the king would believe his words,
   He began from the creation of Adam, reading the scriptures unto the king──
   How God created man after his own image,
   And that God gave him commandments,
   And that because of transgression, man had fallen.
13 And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of Adam,
   Laying the fall of man before him, and their carnal state and also the plan of redemption,
   Which was prepared from the foundation of the world, through Christ, for all whosoever would believe on his name.
14 And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself;
   But the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth;
   And that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory,
   And that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory;
   And Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.
15 And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him,
   The king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken?
   Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast,
   And receive his Spirit that I may be filled with joy,
   That I may not be cast off at the last day?
   Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess,
   Yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.
16 But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing,
   If thou wilt bow down before God,
   yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins,
   And will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith,
   Believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.
17 And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees;
   Yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily saying:
18 O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God,
   And if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me,
   And I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead,
   And be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead.
19 And it came to pass that his servants ran and told the queen all that had happened unto the king.
   And she came in unto the king; and when she saw him lay as if he were dead, and also Aaron,
   And his brethren standing as though they had been the cause of his fall,
   She was angry with them, and commanded that her servants,
   Or the servants of the king, should take them and slay them.
20 Now the servants had seen the cause of the king's fall,
   Therefore they durst not lay their hands on Aaron and his brethren;
   And they pled with the queen saying: Why commandest thou that we should slay these men,
   When behold one of them is mightier than us all? Therefore we shall fall before them.
   Now when the queen saw the fear of the servants she also began to fear exceedingly,
   Last there should some evil come upon her.
   And she commanded her servants,
   That they should go and call the people,
   That they might slay Aaron and his brethren.
22 Now when Aaron saw the determination of the queen,
   He, also knowing the hardness of the hearts of the people,
   Feared lest that a multitude should assemble themselves together,
   And there should be a great contention and a disturbance among them;
   Therefore he put forth his hand, and raised the king from the earth,
   And said unto him: Stand. And he stood upon his feet, receiving his strength.
23 Now this was done in the presence of the queen and many of the servants.
   And when they saw it they greatly marveled, and began to fear.
   And the king stood forth, and began to minister unto them.
   And he did minister unto them, insomuch,
   That his whole household were converted unto the Lord.
24 Now there was a multitude gathered together because of the commandment of the queen,
   And there began to be great murmurings among them because of Aaron and his brethren.
25 But the king stood forth among them and administered unto them.
   And they were pacified towards Aaron and those who were with him.
26 And it came to pass that when the king saw that the people were pacified,
   He caused that Aaron and his brethren should stand forth,
   In the midst of the multitude, and that they should preach the word unto them.
27 And it came to pass that the king sent a proclamation throughout all the land,
   Amongst all his people who were in all his land, who were in all the regions round about,
   Which was bordering even to the sea, on the east and on the west,
   And which was divided from the land of Zarahemla,
   By a narrow strip of wilderness,
   Which ran from the sea east even to the sea west,
   And round about on the borders of the seashore, and the borders of the wilderness,
   Which was on the north by the land of Zarahemla, through the borders of Manti,
   By the head of the river Sidon, running from the east towards the west──
   And thus were the Lamanites and the Nephites divided.
28 Now, the more idle part of the Lamanites,
   Lived in the wilderness, and dwelt in tents;
   And they were spread through the wilderness on the west,
   In the land of Nephi; yea, and also on the west of the land of Zarahemla,
   In the borders by the seashore, and on the west in the land of Nephi,
   In the place of their fathers' first inheritance,
   And thus bordering along by the seashore.
29 And also there were many Lamanites,
   On the east by the seashore,
   Whither the Nephites had driven them.
   And thus the Nephites were nearly surrounded by the Lamanites;
   Nevertheless the Nephites had taken possession of all the northern parts of the land,
   Bordering on the wilderness, at the head of the river Sidon,
   From the east to the west, round about on the wilderness side;
   On the north, even until they came to the land which they called Bountiful.
30 And it bordered upon the land which they called Desolation,
   It being so far northward that it came into the land,
   Which had been peopled and been destroyed,
   Of whose bones we have spoken,
   Which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla,
   It being the place of their first landing; and they came from there up into the south wilderness.
   Thus the land on the northward was called Desolation, and the land on the southward was called Bountiful,
   It being the wilderness which is filled with all manner of wild animals of every kind,
   A part of which had come from the land northward for food.
32 And now, it was only the distance of a day and a half's journey for a Nephite,
   On the line Bountiful and the land Desolation, from the east to the west sea;
   And thus the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla were nearly surrounded by water,
   There being a small neck of land between the land northward and the land southward.
33 And it came to pass that the Nephites had inhabited the land Bountiful,
   Even from the east unto the west sea,
   And thus the Nephites in their wisdom, with their guards and their armies,
   Had hemmed in the Lamanites on the south, that thereby they should have no more possession on the north,
   That they might not overrun the land northward. Therefore the Lamanites could have no more possessions,
   Only in the land of Nephi, and the wilderness round about.
   Now this was wisdom in the Nephites──
   As the Lamanites were an enemy to them,
   They would not suffer their afflictions on every hand,
   And also that they might have a country whither they might flee, according to their desires.
35 And now I, after having said this, return again to the account of Ammon and Aaron,
   Omner and Himni, and their brethren.


    ALMA 23
  
1  Behold, now it came to pass,
   That the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation among all his people,
   That they should not lay their hands on Ammon, or Aaron, or Omner, or Himni,
   Nor either of their brethren who should go forth preaching the word of God,
   In whatsoever place they should be, in any part of their land.
2  Yea, he sent a decree among them,
   That they should not lay their hands on them to bind them,
   Or to cast them into prison; neither should they spit upon them, nor smite them,
   Nor cast them out of their synagogues, nor scourge them; neither should they cast stones at them,
   But that they should have free access to their houses, and also their temples, and their sanctuaries.
3  And thus they might go forth and preach the word according to their desires,
   For the king had been converted unto the Lord, and all his household;
   Therefore he sent his proclamation throughout the land unto his people,
   That the word of God might have no obstruction, but that it might go forth throughout all the land,
   That his people might be convinced concerning the wicked traditions of their fathers,
   And that they might be convinced that they were all brethren,
   And that they ought not to murder, nor to plunder,
   Nor to steal, nor to commit adultery,
   Nor to commit any manner of wickedness.
4  And now it came to pass that when the king had sent forth this proclamation,
   That Aaron and his brethren went forth from city to city, and from one house of worship to another,
   Establishing churches, and consecrating priests and teachers throughout the land among the Lamanites,
   To preach and to teach the word of God among them; and thus they began to have great success.
5  And thousands were brought to the knowledge of the Lord,
   Yea, thousands were brought to believe in the traditions of the Nephites;
   And they were taught the records and prophecies which were handed down even to the present time.
6  And as sure as the Lord liveth, so sure as many as believed,
   Or as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth,
   Through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren,
   According to the spirit of revelation and of prophecy,
   And the power of God working miracles in them──
   Yea, I say unto you, as the Lord liveth,
   As many of the Lamanites as believed in their preaching,
   And were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.
7  For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion,
   That they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren.
8  Now, these are they who were converted unto the Lord:
9  The people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Ishmael;
10 And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Middoni;
11 And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the city of Nephi;
12 And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Shilom,
   And who were in the land of Shemlon, and in the city of Lemuel, and in the city of Shimnilom.
13 And these are the names of the cities of the Lamanites which were converted unto the Lord;
   And these are they that laid down the weapons of their rebellion,
   Yea, all their weapons of war; and they were all Lamanites.
14 And the Amlicites were not converted, save only one;
   Neither were any of the Amulonites; but they did harden their hearts,
   And also the hearts of the Lamanites in that part of the land wheresoever they dwelt,
   Yea, and all their villages and all their cities. Therefore, we have named all the cities of the Lamanites,
   In which they did repent and come to the knowledge of the truth, and were converted.
16 And now it came to pass that the king and those who were converted,
   Were desirous that they might have a name,
   That thereby they might be distinguished from their brethren;
   Therefore the king consulted with Aaron and many of their priests,
   Concerning the name that they should take upon them, that they might be distinguished.
17 And it came to pass that they called their names Anti-Nephi-Lehies;
   And they were called by this name and were no more called Lamanites.
18 And they began to be a very industrious people;
   Yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites;
   Therefore, they did open a correspondence with them,
   And the curse of God did no more follow them.


    ALMA 24
  
1  AND it came to pass that the Amlicites,
   And the Amulonites and the Lamanites,
   Who were in the land of Amulon, and also in the land of Helam,
`  And who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about,
   Who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi,
   Were stirred up by the Amlicites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren.
2  And their hatred became exceedingly sore against them,
   Even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king,
   Insomuch that they would not that he should be their king;
   Therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
3  Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
4  And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites,
   Began to make preparations for war against the people of God.
5  Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him,
   Saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian,
   And there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael,
   That they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi,
   What they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.
6  Now there was not one soul among all the people,
   Who had been converted unto the Lord,
   That would take up arms against their brethren;
   Nay, they would not even make any preparations for war;
   Yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.
7  Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter:
   I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren,
   The Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers.
8  And behold, I thank my great God that he has given us a portion of his Spirit to soften our hearts,
   That we have opened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites.
9  And behold, I also thank my God that by opening this correspondence,
   We have been convinced of our sins,
   And of the many murders which we have committed.
10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God,
   That he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things,
   And also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed,
   And taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.
11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do,
   (as we were the most lost of all mankind)
   To repent of all our sins,
   And the many murders which we have committed,
   And to get God to take them away from our hearts,
   For it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God,
   That he would take away our stain──Now, my best beloved brethren,
   Since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright,
   Then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.
13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords,
   That they be not stained with the blood of our brethren;
   For perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright,
   Through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.
14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish;
   Yea, and he has made these things known unto us beforehand,
   Because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children;
   Therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels,
   That the plan of salvation might be made known unto us,
   As well as unto future generations.
15 Oh, how merciful is our God!
   And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do,
   To get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright,
   Let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day,
   Or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged,
   That we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren,
   Since he imparted his word unto us,
   and has made us clean thereby.
16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us,
   Behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth,
   That they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day;
   And if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.
17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings,
   And all the people were assembled together, they took their swords,
   And all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man's blood,
   And they did bury them up deep in the earth.
18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men,
   That they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man's blood;
   And this they did, vouching and covenanting with God,
   That rather than shed the blood of their brethren,
   They would give up their own lives;
   And rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him;
   And rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.
19 And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth,
   They were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin;
   And thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace,
   Or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.
20 And it came to pass that their brethren, the Lamanites,
   Made preparations for war, and came up to the land of Nephi,
   For the purpose of destroying the king, and to place another in his stead,
   And also of destroying the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi out of the land.
21 Now when the people saw that they were coming against them,
   They went out to meet them,
   And prostrated themselves before them to the earth,
   And began to call on the name of the Lord; and thus they were in this attitude,
   When the Lamanites began to fall upon them, and began to slay them with the sword.
22 And thus without meeting any resistance, they did slay a thousand and five of them;
   And we know that they are blessed, for they have gone to dwell with their God.
23 Now when the Lamanites saw that their brethren would not flee from the sword,
   Neither would they turn aside to the right hand or to the left,
   But that they would lie down and perish,
   And praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword──
24 Now when the Lamanites saw this they did forbear from slaying them;
   And there were many whose hearts had swollen in them for those of their brethren,
   Who had fallen under the sword, for they repented of the things which they had done.
25 And it came to pass that they threw down their weapons of war,
   And they would not take them again,
   for they were stung for the murders which they had committed;
   And they came down even as their brethren, relying upon the mercies,
   Of those whose arms were lifted to slay them. And it came to pass that the people of God,
   Were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain;
   And those who had been slain were righteous people,
   Therefore we have no reason to doubt,
   But what they were saved.
27 And there was not a wicked man slain among them;
   But there were more than a thousand brought to the knowledge of the truth;
   Thus we see that the Lord worketh in many ways to the salvation of his people.
28 Now the greatest number of those of the Lamanites who slew so many of their brethren,
   Were Amlicites and Amulonites, the greatest number of whom were after the order of the Nehors.
29 Now, among those who joined the people of the Lord, there were none who were Amlicites or Amulonites,
   Or who were of the order of Nehor, but they were actual descendants of Laman and Lemuel.
30 And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God,
   And have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness,
   And then have fallen away into sin and transgression,
   They become more hardened,
   And thus their state becomes worse,
   Than though they had never known these things.


    ALMA 25
  
1  AND behold, now it came to pass,
   That those Lamanites were more angry,
   Because they had slain their brethren;
   Therefore they swore vengeance upon the Nephites;
   And they did no more attempt to slay the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi at that time.
2  But they took their armies and went over into the borders of the land of Zarahemla,
   And fell upon the people who were in the land of Ammonihah and destroyed them.
3  And after that, they had many battles with the Nephites, in the which they were driven and slain.
4  And among the Lamanites who were slain were almost all the seed of Amulon and his brethren,
   Who were the priests of Noah, and they were slain by the hands of the Nephites;
5  And the remainder, having fled into the east wilderness,
   And having usurped the power and authority over the Lamanites,
   Caused that many of the Lamanites should perish by fire because of their belief──
6  For many of them, after having suffered much loss and so many afflictions,
   Began to be stirred up in remembrance of the words which Aaron,
   And his brethren had preached to them in their land;
   Therefore they began to disbelieve the traditions of their fathers,
   And to believe in the Lord, and that he gave great power unto the Nephites;
   And thus there were many of them converted in the wilderness.
7  And it came to pass that those rulers who were the remnant of the children of Amulon,
   Caused that they should be put to death, yea, all those that believed in these things.
8  Now this martyrdom caused that many of their brethren should be stirred up to anger;
   And there began to be contention in the wilderness;
   And the Lamanites began to hunt the seed of Amulon and his brethren,
   And began to slay them; and they fled into the east wilderness.
9  And behold they are hunted at this day by the Lamanites.
   Thus the words of Abinadi were brought to pass, which he said,
   Concerning the seed of the priests who caused that he should suffer death by fire.
10 For he said unto them: What ye shall do unto me shall be a type of things to come.
11 And now Abinadi was the first that suffered death by fire because of his belief in God;
   Now this is what he meant, that many should suffer death by fire, according as he had suffered.
12 And he said unto the priests of Noah that their seed should cause many to be put to death,
   In the like manner as he was, and that they should be scattered abroad and slain,
   Even as a sheep having no shepherd is driven and slain by wild beasts;
   And now, behold, these words were verified,
   For they were driven by the Lamanites,
   And they were hunted, and they were smitten.
13 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that,
   They could not overpower the Nephites they returned again to their own land;
   And many of them came over to dwell in the land of Ishmael and the land of Nephi,
   And did join themselves to the people of God, who were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
14 And they did also bury their weapons of war, according as their brethren had,
   And they began to be a righteous people; and they did walk in the ways of the Lord,
   And did observe to keep his commandments and his statutes.
15 Yea, and they did keep the law of Moses;
   For it was expedient that they should,
   Keep the law of Moses as yet,
   For it was not all fulfilled.
   But notwithstanding the law of Moses,
   They did look forward to the coming of Christ,
   Considering that the law of Moses was a type of his coming,
   And believing that they must keep those outward performances,
   Until the time that he should be revealed unto them.
16 Now they did not suppose that salvation came by the law of Moses;
   But the law of Moses did serve to strengthen their faith in Christ;
   And thus they did retain a hope through faith, unto eternal salvation,
   Relying upon the spirit of prophecy, which spake of those things to come.
17 And now behold, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and Himni,
   And their brethren did rejoice exceedingly,
   For the success which they had had among the Lamanites,
   Seeing that the Lord had granted unto them according to their prayers,
   And that he had also verified his word unto them in every particular.


    ALMA 26
  
1  AND now, these are the words of Ammon to his brethren, which say thus:
   My brothers and my brethren, behold I say unto you, how great reason have we to rejoice;
   For could we have supposed when we started from the land of Zarahemla,
   That God would have granted unto us such great blessings?
2  And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?
3  Behold, I answer for you; for our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness,
   Yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them,
   Are brought to behold the marvelous light of God!
   And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us,
   That we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work.
4  Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God.
5  Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle,
   And did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor;
   And behold the number of your sheaves!
   And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.
6  Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day;
   Yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds;
   But when the storm cometh they shall be,
   Gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them;
   Yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
7  But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his;
   And he will raise them up at the last day. Blessed be the name of our God;
   Let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name,
   For he doth work righteousness forever.
9  For if we had not come up out of the land of Zarahemla,
   These our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us,
   Would still have been racked with hatred against us, yea, and they would also have been strangers to God.
10 And it came to pass that when Ammon had said these words, his brother Aaron rebuked him,
   Saying: Ammon, I fear that thy joy doth carry thee away unto boasting.
11 But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my strength,
   Nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full,
   Yea, my heart is brim with joy,
   And I will rejoice in my God.
12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak;
   Therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God,
   For in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles,
   We have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
13 Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of hell?
   And they are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of his word which is in us,
   Therefore have we not great reason to rejoice?
14 Yea, we have reason to praise him forever,
   For he is the Most High God,
   And has loosed our brethren from the chains of hell.
15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction;
   But behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light,
   Yea, into everlasting salvation;
   And they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love;
   Yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full;
   Yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord?
   Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy,
   And of his long-suffering towards the children of men?
   Behold, I say unto you,
   I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.
17 Who could have supposed that our God would have been so merciful,
   As to have snatched us from our awful, sinful, and polluted state?
18 Behold, we went forth even in wrath, with mighty threatenings to destroy his church.
19 Oh then, why did he not consign us to an awful destruction,
   Yea, why did he not let the sword of his justice fall upon us, and doom us to eternal despair?
   Oh, my soul, almost as it were, fleeth at the thought. Behold, he did not exercise his justice upon us,
   But in his great mercy hath brought us over that everlasting gulf of death and misery,
   Even to the salvation of our souls. And now behold, my brethren,
   What natural man is there that knoweth these things?
   I say unto you, there is none that knoweth these things, save it be the penitent.
22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works,
   And prayeth continually without ceasing──unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God;
   Yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed;
   Yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance,
   Even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance.
23 Now do ye remember, my brethren, that we said unto our brethren,
   In the land of Zarahemla, we go up to the land of Nephi,
   To preach unto our brethren, the Lamanites, and they laughed us to scorn?
24 For they said unto us: Do ye suppose that ye can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth?
   Do ye suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers,
   As stiffnecked a people as they are; whose hearts delight in the shedding of blood;
   Whose days have been spent in the grossest iniquity;
   Whose ways have been the ways of a transgressor from the beginning?
   Now my brethren, ye remember that this was their language.
25 And moreover they did say: Let us take up arms against them,
   That we might destroy them and their iniquity out of the land,
   Lest they overrun us and destroy us. But behold, my beloved brethren,
   We came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren,
   But with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls.
27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back,
   Behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren,
   The Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions,
   And I will give unto you success.
28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them;
   And we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation;
   Yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world──
   Not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God.
29 And we have entered into their houses and taught them,
   And we have taught them in their streets;
   Yea, and we have taught them upon their hills,
   And we have also entered into their temples and synagogues and taught them;
   And we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks;
   And we have been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and cast into prison;
   And through the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again.
30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this,
   That perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul;
   And we supposed that our joy would be full,
   If perhaps we could be the means of saving some. Now behold, we can look forth,
   And see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many;
   Yea, and we can witness of their sincerity, because of their love towards their brethren and also towards us.
32 For behold, they had rather sacrifice their lives than even to take the life of their enemy;
   And they have buried their weapons of war deep in the earth,
   Because of their love towards their brethren.
33 And now behold I say unto you,
   Has there been so great love in all the land?
   Behold, I say unto you, Nay, there has not, even among the Nephites.
34 For behold, they would take up arms against their brethren; they would not suffer themselves to be slain.
   But behold how many of these have laid down their lives; and we know that they have gone to their God,
   Because of their love and of their hatred to sin. Now have we not reason to rejoice?
   Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we,
   Since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power,
   All wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being,
   Even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.
36 Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast;
   For this is my life and my light,
   My joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo.
   Yea, blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people,
   Who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land;
   Yea, I say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land.
37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in;
   Yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth.
   Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving;
   Yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.


    ALMA 27
  
1  NOW it came to pass that when those Lamanites,
   Who had gone to war against the Nephites had found, after their many struggles to destroy them,
   That it was in vain to seek their destruction, they returned again to the land of Nephi.
2  And it came to pass that the Amlicites, because of their loss, were exceedingly angry.
   And when they saw that they could not seek revenge from the Nephites,
   They began to stir up the people in anger against their brethren,
   The people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi;
   Therefore they began again to destroy them.
3  Now this people again refused to take up their arms,
   And they suffered themselves to be slain according to the desires of their enemies.
4  Now when Ammon and his brethren saw this work of destruction among those whom they so dearly beloved,
   And among those who had so dearly beloved them──for they were treated as though,
   They were angels sent from God to save them from everlasting destruction──
   Therefore, when Ammon and his brethren saw this great work of destruction,
   They were moved with compassion, and they said unto the king:
5  Let us gather together this people of the Lord,
   And let us go down to the land of Zarahemla,
   To our brethren the Nephites, and flee,
   Out of the hands of our enemies, that we be not destroyed.
6  But the king said unto them: Behold, the Nephites will destroy us,
   Because of the many murders and sins we have committed against them.
7  And Ammon said: I will go and inquire of the Lord, and if he say unto us,
   Go down unto our brethren, will ye go? And the king said unto him:
   Yea, if the Lord saith unto us go, we will go down unto our brethren,
   And we will be their slaves until we repair unto them,
   The many murders and sins which we have committed against them.    
9  But Ammon said unto him: It is against the law of our brethren,
   Which was established by my father, that there should be any slaves among them;
   Therefore let us go down and rely upon the mercies of our brethren.
10 But the king said unto him: Inquire of the Lord,
   And if he saith unto us go, we will go; otherwise we will perish in the land.
11 And it came to pass that Ammon went and inquired of the Lord, and the Lord said unto him:
12 Get this people out of this land, that they perish not;
   For Satan has great hold on the hearts of the Amlicites,
   Who do stir up the Lamanites to anger against their brethren to slay them;
   Therefore get thee out of this land; and blessed are this people,
   In this generation, for I will preserve them.
13 And now it came to pass that Ammon went,
   And told the king all the words which the Lord had said unto him.
14 And they gathered together all their people, yea, all the people of the Lord,
   And did gather together all their flocks and herds, and departed out of the land,
   And came into the wilderness which divided the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla,
   And came over near the borders of the land. And it came to pass that Ammon said unto them:
   Behold, I and my brethren will go forth into the land of Zarahemla, and ye shall remain here until we return;
   And we will try the hearts of our brethren, whether they will that ye shall come into their land.
16 And it came to pass that as Ammon was going forth into the land, that he and his brethren met Alma,
   Over in the place of which has been spoken; and behold, this was a joyful meeting.
17 Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full;
   Yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God,
   Even to the exhausting of his strength;
   And he fell again to the earth.
18 Now was not this exceeding joy?
   Behold, this is joy which none receiveth,
   Save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.
19 Now the joy of Alma in meeting his brethren was truly great,
   And also the joy of Aaron, of Omner, and Himni; but behold their joy was not that to exceed their strength.
20 And now it came to pass that Alma conducted his brethren back to the land of Zarahemla;
   Even to his own house; and they went and told the chief judge all the things,
   That had happened unto them in the land of Nephi,
   Among their brethren, the Lamanites. And it came to pass that the chief judge,
   Sent a proclamation throughout all the land, desiring the voice of the people,
   Concerning the admitting their brethren, who were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
22 And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying:
   Behold, we will give up the land of Jershon, which is on the east by the sea,
   Which joins the land Bountiful, which is on the south of the land Bountiful;
   And this land Jershon is the land which we will give unto our brethren for an inheritance.
23 And behold, we will set our armies between the land Jershon and the land Nephi,
   That we may protect our brethren in the land Jershon; and this we do for our brethren,
   On account of their fear to take up arms against their brethren lest they should commit sin;
   And this their great fear came because of their sore repentance which they had,
   On account of their many murders and their awful wickedness.
24 And now behold, this will we do unto our brethren,
   That they may inherit the land Jershon;
   And we will guard them from their enemies with our armies,
   On condition that they will give us a portion of their substance to assist us,
   That we may maintain our armies. Now, it came to pass that when Ammon had heard this,
   He returned to the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, and also Alma with him, into the wilderness,
   Where they had pitched their tents, and made known unto them all these things.
   And Alma also related unto them his conversion,
   With Ammon and Aaron, and his brethren.
26 And it came to pass that it did cause great joy among them.
   And they went down into the land of Jershon, and took possession of the land of Jershon;
   And they were called by the Nephites the people of Ammon;
   Therefore they were distinguished by that name ever after.
27 And they were among the people of Nephi,
   And also numbered among the people who were of the church of God.
   And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men;
   For they were perfectly honest and upright in all things;
   And they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.
28 And they did look upon shedding the blood of their brethren with the greatest abhorrence;
   And they never could be prevailed upon to take up arms against their brethren;
   And they never did look upon death with any degree of terror,
   For their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection;
   Therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.
29 Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner,
   Which could be inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the sword or cimeter to smite them.
30 And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of the Lord.


    ALMA 28
  
1  AND now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon,    
   Were established in the land of Jershon,
   And a church also established in the land of Jershon,
   And the armies of the Nephites were set round about the land of Jershon,
   Yea, in all the borders round about the land of Zarahemla;
   Behold the armies of the Lamanites had followed their brethren into the wilderness.
2  And thus there was a tremendous battle; yea, even such an one as never had been known,
   Among all the people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem;
   Yea, and tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad.
3  Yea, and also there was a tremendous slaughter among the people of Nephi;
   Nevertheless, the Lamanites were driven and scattered,
   And the people of Nephi returned again to their land.
4  And now this was a time that there was a great mourning and lamentation,
   Heard throughout all the land, among all the people of Nephi──
5  Yea, the cry of widows mourning for their husbands,
   And also of fathers mourning for their sons,
   And the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father;
   And thus the cry of mourning was heard among all of them,
   Mourning for their kindred who had been slain.
6  And now surely this was a sorrowful day;
   Yea, a time of solemnity, and a time of much fasting and prayer.
7  And thus endeth the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi;
8  And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land of Nephi,
   Their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy,
   And the reception and safety of the brethren in the land of Jershon.
   And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls forever.
9  And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nephites,
   And also the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites;
   And the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges is ended.
10 And from the first year to the fifteenth,
   Has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives;
   Yea, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed.
11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth,
  
While the bodies of many thousands,
   Are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth;
   Yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred,
   Because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord,
   That they are consigned to a state of endless wo.
12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred,
   Yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord,
   That they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.
13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression,
   And the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans,
   Which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.
14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord;
   And thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing──
   Sorrow because of death and destruction among men,
   And joy because of the light of Christ unto life.


    ALMA 29
  
1  O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart,
   That I might go forth and speak with the trump of God,
   With a voice to shake the earth,
   And cry repentance unto every people!
2  Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder,
   Repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God,
   That there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.
3  But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish;
   For I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.
4  I ought not to harrow up in my desires, the firm decree of a just God,
   For I know that he granteth unto men according to their desire,
   Whether it be unto death or unto life; yea, I know
   That he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable,
   According to their wills, whether they be unto salvation or unto destruction.
5  Yea, and I know that good and evil have come before all men;
   He that knoweth not good from evil is blameless;
   But he that knoweth good and evil,
   To him it is given according to his desires,
   Whether he desireth good or evil, life or death,
   Joy or remorse of conscience. Now, seeing that I know these things,
   Why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called?
7  Why should I desire that I were an angel, that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth?
8  For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue,
   To teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have;
   Therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom,
   According to that which is just and true.
9  I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it.
   I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me;
   Yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument,
   In the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance;
   And this is my joy.
10 And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent,
   And coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy;
   Then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer;
   Yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.
11 Yea, and I also remember the captivity of my fathers;
   For I surely do know that the Lord did deliver them out of bondage,
   And by this did establish his church; yea, the Lord God, the God of Abraham,
   The God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, did deliver them out of bondage.
12 Yea, I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers;
   And that same God who delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptians,
   Did deliver them out of bondage. Yea, and that same God did establish his church among them;
   Yea, and that same God hath called me by a holy calling, to preach the word unto this people,
   And hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full.
14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full,
   Because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi.
15 Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit;
   And how great shall be their reward!
16 Now, when I think of the success of these my brethren,
   My soul is carried away, even to the separation of it from the body, as it were, so great is my joy.
17 And now may God grant unto these, my brethren, that they may sit down in the kingdom of God;
   Yea, and also all those who are the fruit of their labors that they may go no more out,
   But that they may praise him forever. And may God grant,
   That it may be done according to my words,
   Even as I have spoken. Amen.


    ALMA 30
  
1  Behold, now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the land of Jershon,
   Yea, and also after the Lamanites were driven out of the land,
   And their dead were buried by the people of the land──
2  Now their dead were not numbered,
   Because of the greatness of their numbers;
   Neither were the dead of the Nephites numbered──
   But it came to pass after they had buried their dead,
   And also after the days of fasting, and mourning,
   And prayer, (and it was in the sixteenth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi)
   There began to be continual peace throughout all the land.
3  Yea, and the people did observe to keep the commandments of the Lord;
   And they were strict in observing the ordinances of God, according to the law of Moses;
   For they were taught to keep the law of Moses until it should be fulfilled.
4  And thus the people did have no disturbance in all the sixteenth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
5  And it came to pass,
   That in the commencement of the seventeenth year,
   Of the reign of the judges, there was continual peace.
6  But it came to pass in the latter end of the seventeenth year,
   There came a man into the land of Zarahemla, and he was Anti-Christ,
   For he began to preach unto the people against the prophecies,
   Which had been spoken by the prophets, concerning the coming of Christ.
7  Now there was no law against a man's belief; for it was strictly contrary,
   To the commands of God that there should be a law,
   Which should bring men on to unequal grounds.
8  For thus saith the scripture:
   Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve.
9  Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege;
   Or rather, if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him;
   But if he did not believe in him there was no law to punish him.
10 But if he murdered he was punished unto death;
   And if he robbed he was also punished;
   And if he stole he was also punished;
   And if he committed adultery he was also punished;
   Yea, for all this wickedness they were punished.
11 For there was a law that men should be judged according to their crimes.
   Nevertheless, there was no law against a man's belief;
   Therefore, a man was punished only for the crimes which he had done;
   Therefore all men were on equal grounds.
12 And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor,
   (and the law could have no hold upon him)
   Began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ.
   And after this manner did he preach, saying:
13 O ye that are bound down,
   Under a foolish and a vain hope,
`  Why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things?
   Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come.
14 Behold, these things which ye call prophecies, which ye say are handed down by holy prophets,
   Behold, they are foolish traditions of your fathers. How do ye know of their surety?
   Behold, ye cannot know of things which ye do not see; therefore ye cannot know that there shall be a Christ.
16 Ye look forward and say that ye see a remission of your sins.
   But behold, it is the effect of a frenzied mind;
   And this derangement of your minds,
   Comes because of the traditions of your fathers,
   Which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so.
17 And many more such things did he say unto them,
   Telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men,
   But every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature;
   Therefore every man prospered according to his genius,
   And that every man conquered according to his strength;
   And whatsoever a man did was no crime.
18 And thus he did preach unto them,
   Leading away the hearts of many,
   Causing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness,
   Yea, leading away many women, and also men, to commit whoredoms──
   Telling them that when a man was dead, that was the end thereof.
19 Now this man went over to the land of Jershon also,
   To preach these things among the people of Ammon,
   Who were once the people of the Lamanites.
20 But behold they were more wise than many of the Nephites;
   For they took him, and bound him, and carried him before Ammon, who was a high priest over that people.
21 And it came to pass that he caused that he should be carried out of the land.
   And he came over into the land of Gideon, and began to preach unto them also;
   And here he did not have much success, for he was taken and bound,
   And carried before the high priest,
   And also the chief judge over the land.
22 And it came to pass that the high priest said unto him:
   Why do ye go about perverting the ways of the Lord?
   Why do ye teach this people,
   That there shall be no Christ to interrupt their rejoicings?
   Why do ye speak against all the prophecies of the holy prophets?
23 Now the high priest's name was Giddonah. And Korihor said unto him:
   Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers,
   And because I do not teach this people,
   To bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances,
   Which are laid down by ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them,
   To keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up their heads,
   But be brought down according to thy words.
24 Ye say that this people is a free people.
   Behold, I say they are in bondage.
   Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true.
   Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true.
25 Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people,
   Because of the transgression of a parent. Behold, I say,
   That a child is not guilty because of its parents.
26 And ye also say that Christ shall come.
   But behold, I say,
   That ye do not know that there shall be a Christ.
   And ye say also that he shall be slain for the sins of the world──
27 And thus ye lead away this people after the foolish traditions of your fathers,
   And according to your own desires; and ye keep them down, even as it were in bondage,
   That ye may glut yourselves with the labors of their hands,
   That they durst not look up with boldness,
   And that they durst not enjoy their rights and privileges.
28 Yea, they durst not make use of that which is their own,
   Lest they should offend their priests, who do yoke them according to their desires,
   And have brought them to believe by their traditions and their dreams,
   And their whims and their visions and their pretended mysteries,
   That they should, if they did not do according to their words,
   Offend some unknown being, who they say is God──
   A being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be.
29 Now when the high priest and the chief judge saw the hardness of his heart,
   Yea, when they saw that he would revile even against God,
   They would not make any reply to his words;
   But they caused that he should be bound;
   And they delivered him up into the hands of the officers,
   And sent him to the land of Zarahemla, that he might be brought before Alma,
   And the chief judge who was governor over all the land.
30 And it came to pass that when he was brought before Alma and the chief judge,
   He did go on in the same manner as he did in the land of Gideon; yea, he went on to blaspheme.
31 He did rise up in great swelling words before Alma, and did revile against the priests and teachers,
   Accusing them of leading away the people after the silly traditions of their fathers,
   For the sake of glutting on the labors of the people. Now Alma said unto him:
   Thou knowest that we do not glut ourselves upon the labors of this people;
   For behold I have labored even from the commencement,
   Of the reign of the judges until now,
   With mine own hands for my support, notwithstanding.
   My many travels round about the land to declare the word of God unto my people.
33 And notwithstanding the many labors which I have performed in the church,
   I have never received so much as even one senine for my labor;
   Neither has any of my brethren, save it were in the judgment-seat;
   And then we have received only according to law for our time.
34 And now, if we do not receive anything for our labors in the church,
   What doth it profit us to labor in the church,
   Save it were to declare the truth,
   That we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren?
35 Then why sayest thou that we preach unto this people to get gain,
   When thou, of thyself, knowest that we receive no gain?
   And now, believest thou that we deceive this people,
   That causes such joy in their hearts?
36 And Korihor answered him, Yea.
37 And then Alma said unto him:
   Believest thou that there is a God?
38 And he answered, Nay. Now Alma said unto him:
   Will ye deny again that there is a God, and also deny the Christ?
   For behold, I say unto you, I know there is a God, and also that Christ shall come.
40 And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not?
   I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only.
41 But, behold, I have all things as a testimony,
   That these things are true;
   And ye also have all things as a testimony,
   Unto you that they are true, and will ye deny them?
   Believest thou that these things are true?
42 Behold, I know that thou believest,
   But thou art possessed with a lying spirit,
   And ye have put off the Spirit of God that it may have no place in you;
   But the devil has power over you, and he doth carry you about,
   Working devices that he may destroy the children of God.
43 And now Korihor said unto Alma:
   If thou wilt show me a sign, that I may be convinced that there is a God,
   Yea, show unto me that he hath power, and then will I be convinced of the truth of thy words.
44 But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God?
   Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren,
   And also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee,
   Yea, and all things denote there is a God;
   Yea, even the earth,
   And all things that are upon the face of it,
   Yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets,
   Which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.
45 And yet do ye go about, leading away the hearts of this people, testifying unto them there is no God?
   And yet will ye deny against all these witnesses? And he said:
   Yea, I will deny, except ye shall show me a sign.
46 And now it came to pass that Alma said unto him:
   Behold, I am grieved because of the hardness of your heart,
   Yea, that ye will still resist the spirit of the truth, that thy soul may be destroyed.
47 But behold, it is better that thy soul should be lost than that thou shouldst be the means,
   Of bringing many souls down to destruction, by thy lying and by thy flattering words;
   Therefore if thou shalt deny again, behold God shall smite thee,
   That thou shalt become dumb,
   That thou shalt never open thy mouth any more,
   That thou shalt not deceive this people any more.
48 Now Korihor said unto him: I do not deny the existence of a God,
   But I do not believe that there is a God; and I say also,
   That ye do not know that there is a God;
   And except ye show me a sign, I will not believe.
49 Now Alma said unto him: This will I give unto thee for a sign,
   That thou shalt be struck dumb, according to my words;
   And I say, that in the name of God,
   Ye shall be struck dumb,
   That ye shall no more have utterance.
50 Now when Alma had said these words, Korihor was struck dumb,
   That he could not have utterance, according to the words of Alma.
51 And now when the chief judge saw this, he put forth his hand and wrote unto Korihor, saying:
   Art thou convinced of the power of God? In whom did ye desire that Alma should show forth his sign?
   Would ye that he should afflict others, to show unto thee a sign?
   Behold, he has showed unto you a sign;
   And now will ye dispute more?
52 And Korihor put forth his hand and wrote,
   Saying: I know that I am dumb, for I cannot speak;
   And I know that nothing save it were the power of God,
   Could bring this upon me; yea, and I always knew that there was a God.
53 But behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel,
   And said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God.
   And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say.
   And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind;
   And I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true;
   And for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me.
54 Now when he had said this, he besought that Alma should pray unto God,
   That the curse might be taken from him.
55 But Alma said unto him:
   If this curse should be taken from thee,
   Thou wouldst again lead away the hearts of this people;
   Therefore, it shall be unto thee even as the Lord will.
56 And it came to pass that the curse was not taken off of Korihor;
   But he was cast out, and went about from house to house begging for his food.
57 Now the knowledge of what had happened unto Korihor was immediately published throughout all the land;
   Yea, the proclamation was sent forth by the chief judge to all the people in the land,
   Declaring unto those who had believed in the words of Korihor,
   That they must speedily repent, lest the same judgments would come unto them.
58 And it came to pass that they were all convinced of the wickedness of Korihor;
   Therefore they were all converted again unto the Lord;
   And this put an end to the iniquity after the manner of Korihor.
   And Korihor did go about from house to house, begging food for his support.
59 And it came to pass that as he went forth among the people, yea, among a people,
   Who had separated themselves from the Nephites and called themselves Zoramites,
   Being led by a man whose name was Zoram──and as he went forth amongst them,
   Behold, he was run upon and trodden down, even until he was dead.
60 And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord;
   And thus we see that the devil will not support his children,
   At the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.


    ALMA 31
  
1  NOW it came to pass that after the end of Korihor,
   Alma having received tidings that the Zoramites were perverting the ways of the Lord,
   And that Zoram, who was their leader, was leading the hearts of the people to bow down to dumb idols,
   His heart again began to sicken because of the iniquity of the people.
2  For it was the cause of great sorrow to Alma to know of iniquity among his people;
   Therefore his heart was exceedingly sorrowful because of the separation of the Zoramites from the Nephites.
3  Now the Zoramites had gathered themselves together in a land which they called Antionum,
   Which was east of the land of Zarahemla, which lay nearly bordering upon the seashore,
   Which was south of the land of Jershon, which also bordered upon the wilderness south,
   Which wilderness was full of the Lamanites.
4  Now the Nephites greatly feared,
   That the Zoramites would enter into a correspondence with the Lamanites,
   And that it would be the means of great loss on the part of the Nephites.
5  And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just──
   Yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword,
   Or anything else, which had happened unto them──
   Therefore Alma thought it was expedient,
   That they should try the virtue of the word of God.
6  Therefore he took Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner;
   And Himni he did leave in the church in Zarahemla;
   But the former three he took with him,
   And also Amulek and Zeezrom,
   Who were at Melek; and he also took two of his sons.
7  Now the eldest of his sons he took not with him, and his name was Helaman;
   But the names of those whom he took with him were Shiblon and Corianton;
   And these are the names of those who went with him among the Zoramites, to preach unto them the word.
8  Now the Zoramites were dissenters from the Nephites; therefore they had had the word of God preached unto them.
9  But they had fallen into great errors, for they would not observe to keep the commandments of God,
   And his statutes, according to the law of Moses.
10 Neither would they observe the performances of the church,
   To continue in prayer and supplication to God daily, that they might not enter into temptation.
11 Yea, in fine, they did pervert the ways of the Lord in very many instances;
   Therefore, for this cause, Alma and his brethren went into the land to preach the word unto them.
12 Now, when they had come into the land, behold, to their astonishment,
   They found that the Zoramites had built synagogues,
   And that they did gather themselves together,
   On one day of the week, which day they did call the day of the Lord;
   And they did worship after a manner which Alma and his brethren had never beheld;
13 For they had a place built up in the center of their synagogue, a place for standing,
   Which was high above the head; and the top thereof would only admit one person.
14 Therefore, whosoever desired to worship must go forth and stand upon the top thereof,
   And stretch forth his hands towards heaven, and cry with a loud voice, saying:
15 Holy, holy God; we believe that thou art God, and we believe that thou art holy,
   And that thou wast a spirit, and that thou art a spirit,
   And that thou wilt be a spirit forever.
16 Holy God, we believe,
   That thou hast separated us from our brethren;
   And we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren,
   Which was handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers;
   But we do believe that thou hast elected us to be thy holy children;
   And also thou hast made it known unto us that there shall be no Christ.
17 But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever; and thou hast elected us that we shall be saved,
   Whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell;
   For the which holiness, O God, we thank thee;
   And we also thank thee that thou hast elected us,
   That we may not be led away,
   After the foolish traditions of our brethren,
   Which doth bind them down to a belief of Christ,
   Which doth lead their hearts to wander far from thee, our God.
18 And again we thank thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people. Amen.
19 Now it came to pass that after Alma and his brethren and his sons had heard these prayers,
   They were astonished beyond all measure. For behold, every man did go forth,
   And offer up the same prayers. Now the place was called by them Rameumptom,
   Which, being interpreted, is the holy stand.
22 Now, from this stand they did offer up,
   Every man, the selfsame prayer unto God, thanking their God,
   That they were chosen of him, and that he did not lead them away after the tradition of their brethren,
   And that their hearts were not stolen away to believe in things to come, which they knew nothing about.
23 Now, after the people had all offered up thanks after this manner, they returned to their homes,
   Never speaking of their God again until they had assembled themselves together again,
   To the holy stand, to offer up thanks after their manner.
24 Now when Alma saw this his heart was grieved;
   For he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people;
   Yea, he saw that their hearts were set upon gold, and upon silver, and upon all manner of fine goods.
25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were lifted up unto great boasting, in their pride.
26 And he lifted up his voice to heaven, and cried, saying: O, how long, O Lord, wilt thou suffer,
   That thy servants shall dwell here below in the flesh,
   To behold such gross wickedness among the children of men?
27 Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride.
   Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are puffed up,
   Even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.
28 Behold, O my God, their costly apparel,
   And their ringlets,
   And their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold,
   And all their precious things which they are ornamented with;
   And behold, their hearts are set upon them, and yet they cry unto thee and say──
   We thank thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto thee, while others shall perish.
29 Yea, and they say that thou hast made it known unto them that there shall be no Christ.
30 O Lord God, how long wilt thou suffer that such wickedness and infidelity shall be among this people?
   O Lord, wilt thou give me strength, that I may bear with mine infirmities.
   For I am infirm, and such wickedness among this people doth pain my soul.
31 O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful;
   Wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ.
   O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me,
   That I may have strength,
   That I may suffer with patience these afflictions,
   Which shall come upon us, because of the iniquity of this people.
   O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success,
   And also my fellow laborers who are with me──
   Yea, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and also Amulek and Zeezrom and also my two sons──
   Yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ.
33 Wilt thou grant unto them that they may have strength,
   That they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them,
   Because of the iniquities of this people.
34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us,
   That we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren;
   Therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.
36 Now it came to pass when Alma had said these words, that he clapped his hands upon all them who were with him;
   And behold, as he clapped his hands upon them, they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
37 And after that they did separate themselves one from another,
   Taking no thought for themselves what they should eat,
   Or what they should drink, or what they should put on.
38 And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst;
   Yea, and he also gave them strength that they should suffer no manner of afflictions,
   Save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ.
   Now this was according to the prayer of Alma;
   And this because he prayed in faith.


    ALMA 32
  
1  AND it came to pass that they did go forth,
   And began to preach the word of God unto the people,
   Entering into their synagogues, and into their houses;
   Yea, and even they did preach the word in their streets.
2  And it came to pass that after much labor among them,
   They began to have success among the poor class of people;
   For behold, they were cast out of the synagogues,
   Because of the coarseness of their apparel──
3  Therefore they were not permitted,
   To enter into their synagogues to worship God,
   Being esteemed as filthiness; therefore they were poor;
   Yea, they were esteemed by their brethren as dross;
   Therefore they were poor as to things of the world;
   And also they were poor in heart.
4  Now, as Alma was teaching, and speaking unto the people upon the hill Onidah,
   There came a great multitude unto him, who were those of whom we have been speaking,
   Of whom were poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world.
5  And they came unto Alma; and the one who was the foremost among them said unto him:
   Behold, what shall these my brethren do, for they are despised of all men,
   Because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests;
   For they have cast us out of our synagogues,
   Which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands;
   And they have cast us out because of our exceeding poverty;
   And we have no place to worship our God; and behold, what shall we do?
6  And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards him,
   And he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them,
   And that they were in a preparation to hear the word.
7  Therefore he did say no more to the other multitude;
   But he stretched forth his hand,
   And cried unto those whom he beheld,
   Who were truly penitent, and said unto them:
8  I behold that ye are lowly in heart; and if so,
   Blessed are ye. Behold thy brother hath said, What shall we do?──
   For we are cast out of our synagogues, that we cannot worship our God.
10 Behold I say unto you, do ye suppose that ye cannot worship God save it be in your synagogues only?
11 And moreover, I would ask, do ye suppose that ye must not worship God only once in a week?
12 I say unto you, it is well that ye are cast out of your synagogues,
   That ye may be humble, and that ye may learn wisdom;
   For it is necessary that ye should learn wisdom;
   For it is because that ye are cast out,
   That ye are despised of your brethren,
   Because of your exceeding poverty,
   That ye are brought to a lowliness of heart;
   For ye are necessarily brought to be humble.
13 And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye;
   For a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance;
   And now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy;
   And he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end the same shall be saved.
14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed,
   Do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?
15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed──
   Yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.
16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble;
   Or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God,
   And is baptized without stubbornness of heart,
   Yea, without being brought to know the word,
   Or even compelled to know,
   Before they will believe.
17 Yea, there are many who do say:
   If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven,
   Then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe.
18 Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay;
   For if a man knoweth a thing he hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it.
19 And now, how much more cursed is he that knoweth the will of God and doeth it not,
   Than he that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into transgression?
20 Now of this thing ye must judge. Behold, I say unto you, that it is on the one hand,
   Even as it is on the other; and it shall be unto every man according to his work.
21 And now as I said concerning faith──faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things;
   Therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.
22 And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember,
   That God is merciful unto all who believe on his name;
   Therefore he desireth, in the first place,
   That ye should believe, yea, even on his word.
23 And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men,
   Yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all;
   Little children do have words given unto them many times,
   Which confound the wise and the learned. And now, my beloved brethren,
   As ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye are afflicted and cast out──
   Now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true──
25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe,
   That there are some among you that would humble themselves,
   Let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.
26 Now, as I said concerning faith──that it was not a perfect knowledge──
   Even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first,
   Unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties,
   Even to an experiment upon my words,
   And exercise a particle of faith,
   Yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe,
   Let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner,
   That ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed.
   Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart,
   Behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief,
   That ye will not resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts;
   And when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves──
   It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul;
   Yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea;
   Nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth,
   And sprouteth, and beginneth to grow,
   Then you must needs say that the seed is good;
   For behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow.
   And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith:
   For ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea;
   For every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good,
   But if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed,
   And it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow,
   Ye must needs know that the seed is good.
34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect?
   Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing,
   And your faith is dormant; and this because you know;
   For ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know,
   That it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened,
   And your mind doth begin to expand.
35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light;
   And whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible,
   Therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold,
   After ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
36 Behold I say unto you, Nay;
   Neither must ye lay aside your faith,
   For ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed,
   That ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.
37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say:
   Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root,
   That it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us.
   And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care,
   It will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
38 But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment,
   Behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it,
   Because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good,
   Neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable;
   But it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree,
   Therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof. And thus, if ye will not nourish the word,
   Looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof,
   Ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
41 But if ye will nourish the word,
   Yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow,
   By your faith with great diligence, and with patience,
   Looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root;
   And behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience,
   With the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you,
   Behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious,
   Which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white,
   Yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit,
   Even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith,
   And your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering,
   Waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.


    ALMA 33
  
1  NOW after Alma had spoken these words,
   They sent forth unto him desiring to know whether they should believe in one God,
   That they might obtain this fruit of which he had spoken, or how they should plant the seed,
   Or the word of which he had spoken, which he said must be planted in their hearts;
   Or in what manner they should begin to exercise their faith.
2  And Alma said unto them: Behold, ye have said,
   That ye could not worship your God,
   Because ye are cast out of your synagogues.
   But behold, I say unto you, if ye suppose that ye cannot worship God,
   Ye do greatly err, and ye ought to search the scriptures;
   If ye suppose that they have taught you this,
   Ye do not understand them.
3  Do ye remember to have read what Zenos,
   The prophet of old, has said concerning prayer or worship?
4  For he said: Thou art merciful, O God, for thou hast heard my prayer,
   Even when I was in the wilderness; yea, thou wast merciful when I prayed,
   Concerning those who were mine enemies, and thou didst turn them to me.
5  Yea, O God, and thou wast merciful unto me when I did cry unto thee in my field;
   When I did cry unto thee in my prayer, and thou didst hear me.
6  And again, O God, when I did turn to my house,
   Thou didst hear me in my prayer.
7  And when I did turn unto my closet,
   O Lord, and prayed unto thee, thou didst hear me.
8  Yea, thou art merciful unto thy children when they cry unto thee,
   To be heard of thee and not of men, and thou wilt hear them.
9  Yea, O God, thou hast been merciful unto me,
   And heard my cries in the midst of thy congregations.
10 Yea, and thou hast also heard me,
   When I have been cast out,
   And have been despised by mine enemies;
   Yea, thou didst hear my cries, and wast angry with mine enemies,
   And thou didst visit them in thine anger with speedy destruction.
11 And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity;
   And it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me,
   Therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy;
   For thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son.
12 And now Alma said unto them: Do ye believe those scriptures,
   Which have been written by them of old?
13 Behold, if ye do, ye must believe what Zenos said;
   For, behold he said: Thou hast turned away thy judgments because of thy Son.
14 Now behold, my brethren, I would ask if ye have read the scriptures?
   If ye have, how can ye disbelieve on the Son of God?
15 For it is not written that Zenos alone,
   Spake of these things, but Zenock also spake of these things──
16 For behold, he said: Thou art angry, O Lord, with this people,
   Because they will not understand thy mercies, which thou hast bestowed upon them because of thy Son.
17 And now, my brethren, ye see that a second prophet of old has testified of the Son of God,
   And because the people would not understand his words they stoned him to death.
18 But behold, this is not all; these are not the only ones,
   Who have spoken concerning the Son of God.
19 Behold, he was spoken of by Moses;
   Yea, and behold a type was raised up in the wilderness,
   That whosoever would look upon it might live. And many did look and live.
20 But few understood the meaning of those things, and this because of the hardness of their hearts.
   But there were many who were so hardened that they would not look, therefore they perished.
   Now the reason they would not look is because they did not believe that it would heal them.
21 O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might be healed,
   Would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts in unbelief,
   And be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?
22 If so, wo shall come upon you;
   But if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God,
   That he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins;
   And that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection,
   That all men shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.
23 And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts,
   And as it beginneth to swell, even so nourish it by your faith.
   And behold, it will become a tree springing up in you unto everlasting life.
   And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light through the joy of his Son.
   And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen.


    ALMA 34
  
1  AND now it came to pass that after Alma had spoken these words unto them,
   He sat down upon the ground, and Amulek arose and began to teach them, saying:
2  My brethren, I think that it is impossible that ye should be ignorant of the things,
   Which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ,
   Who is taught by us to be the Son of God;
   Yea, I know that these things were taught unto you bountifully,
   Before your dissension from among us, and as ye have desired of my beloved brother,
   That he should make known unto you what ye should do because of your afflictions;
   And he hath spoken somewhat unto you to prepare your minds;
   Yea, and he hath exhorted you unto faith and to patience──
4  Yea, even that ye would have so much faith,
   As even to plant the word in your hearts,
   That ye may try the experiment of its goodness.
5  And we have beheld that the great question which is in your minds,
   Is whether the word be in the Son of God, or whether there shall be no Christ.
6  And ye also beheld that my brother has proved unto you, in many instances,
   That the word is in Christ unto salvation.
7  My brother has called upon the words of Zenos,
   That redemption cometh through the Son of God,
   And also upon the words of Zenock;
   And also he has appealed unto Moses, to prove that these things are true.
8  And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true.
   Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men,
   To take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world;
   For the Lord God hath spoken it. For it is expedient that an atonement should be made;
   For according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made,
   Or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost,
   And must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice;
   Yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast,
   Neither of any manner of fowl;
   For it shall not be a human sacrifice;
   But it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood,
   Which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth,
   Behold will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.
12 But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing,
   Which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world.
13 Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice,
   And then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be,
   A stop to the shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled;
   Yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away.
14 And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice;
   And that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name;
   This being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy,
   Which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety,
   While he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice;
   Therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance,
   Is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.
17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren,
   That ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance,
   That ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls,
   In your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full,
   Drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare,
   And also for the welfare of those who are around you.
28 And now behold, my beloved brethren,
   I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all;
   For after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy,
   And the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance,
   If ye have, to those who stand in need──I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things,
   Behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing,   
   And ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.
29 Therefore, if ye do not remember to be charitable, ye are as dross,
   Which the refiners do cast out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of men.
30 And now, my brethren, I would that, after ye have received so many witnesses,
   Seeing that the holy scriptures testify of these things,
   Ye come forth and bring fruit unto repentance.
31 Yea, I would that ye would come forth,
   And harden not your hearts any longer;
   For behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation;
   And therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts,
   Immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God;
   Yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses,
   Therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate,
   The day of your repentance until the end;
   For after this day of life,
   Which is given us to prepare for eternity,
   Behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life,
   Then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent,
   That I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit,
   Which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life,
   That same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death,
   Behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his;
   Therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you,
   And the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.
36 And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples,
   But in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said,
   That the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out;
   But their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.
37 And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye should remember these things,
   And that ye should work out your salvation with fear before God,
   And that ye should no more deny the coming of Christ;
38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost,
   But that ye receive it,
   And take upon you the name of Christ;
   That ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God,
   In whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth;
   And that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.
39 Yea, and I also exhort you, my brethren, that ye be watchful unto prayer continually,
   That ye may not be led away by the temptations of the devil,
   That he may not overpower you,
   That ye may not become his subjects at the last day;
   For behold, he rewardeth you no good thing.
40 And now my beloved brethren,
   I would exhort you to have patience,
   And that ye bear with all manner of afflictions;
   That ye do not revile against those who do cast you out,
   Because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them;
41 But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope,
   That ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.


    ALMA 35
  
1  NOW it came to pass that after Amulek had made an end of these words,
   They withdrew themselves from the multitude and came over into the land of Jershon.
2  Yea, and the rest of the brethren, after they had preached the word unto the Zoramites,
   Also came over into the land of Jershon.
3  And it came to pass that after the more popular part of the Zoramites,
   Had consulted together concerning the words which had been preached unto them,
   They were angry because of the word, for it did destroy their craft;
   Therefore they would not hearken unto the words.
4  And they sent and gathered together throughout all the land,
   All the people, and consulted with them concerning the words which had been spoken,
5  Now their rulers and their priests and their teachers did not let the people know concerning their desires;
   Therefore they found out privily the minds of all the people.
6  And it came to pass that after they had found out the minds of all the people,
   Those who were in favor of the words which had been spoken by Alma and his brethren,
   Were cast out of the land; and they were many; and they came over also into the land of Jershon.
7  And it came to pass that Alma and his brethren did minister unto them.
8  Now the people of the Zoramites were angry with the people of Ammon,
   Who were in Jershon, and the chief ruler of the Zoramites,
   Being a very wicked man, sent over unto the people of Ammon,
   Desiring them that they should cast out of their land,
   All those who came over from them into their land.
9  And he breathed out many threatenings against them.
   And now the people of Ammon did not fear their words;
   Therefore they did not cast them out,
   But they did receive all the poor,
   Of the Zoramites that came over unto them;
   And they did nourish them, and did clothe them,
   And did give unto them lands for their inheritance;
   And they did administer unto them according to their wants.
10 Now this did stir up the Zoramites to anger against the people of Ammon,
   And they began to mix with the Lamanites and to stir them up also to anger against them.
11 And thus the Zoramites and the Lamanites began to make preparations for war,
   Against the people of Ammon, and also against the Nephites.
12 And thus ended the seventeenth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
13 And the people of Ammon departed out of the land of Jershon,
   And came over into the land of Melek, and gave place in the land of Jershon,
   For the armies of the Nephites, that they might contend with the armies of the Lamanites,
   And the armies of the Zoramites; and thus commenced a war betwixt the Lamanites and the Nephites,
   In the eighteenth year of the reign of the judges; and an account shall be given of their wars hereafter.
14 And Alma, and Ammon, and their brethren, and also the two sons of Alma returned to the land of Zarahemla,
   After having been instruments in the hands of God of bringing many of the Zoramites to repentance;
   And as many as were brought to repentance were driven out of their land;
   But they have lands for their inheritance in the land of Jershon,
   And they have taken up arms to defend themselves,
   And their wives, and children, and their lands.
15 Now Alma, being grieved for the iniquity of his people,
   Yea for the wars, and the bloodsheds, and the contentions which were among them;
   And having been to declare the word, or sent to declare the word, among all the people in every city;
   And seeing that the hearts of the people began to wax hard, and that they began to be offended,
   Because of the strictness of the word, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.
16 Therefore, he caused that his sons should be gathered together,
   That he might give unto them every one his charge, separately,
   Concerning the things pertaining unto righteousness.
   And we have an account of his commandments,
   Which he gave unto them according to his own record.


    ALMA 36
  
1  MY son, give ear to my words; for I swear unto you,
   That inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land.
2  I would that ye should do as I have done, in remembering the captivity of our fathers;
   For they were in bondage, and none could deliver them,
   Except it was the God of Abraham,
`  And the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
   And he surely did deliver them in their afflictions.
3  And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in thy youth,
   And therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me;
   For I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials,
   And their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.
4  And I would not that ye think that I know of myself──
   Not of the temporal but of the spiritual, not of the carnal mind but of God.
5  Now, behold, I say unto you, if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things;
   But God has, by the mouth of his holy angel, made these things known unto me,
   Not of any worthiness of myself, for I went about with the sons of Mosiah,
   Seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold,
   God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way.
7  And behold, he spake unto us,
   As it were the voice of thunder,
   And the whole earth did tremble beneath our feet;
   And we fell to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came upon us.
8  But behold, the voice said unto me: Arise. And I arose and stood up, and beheld the angel.
9  And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed, seek no more to destroy the church of God.
10 And it came to pass that I fell to the earth; and it was for the space of three days and three nights,
   That I could not open my mouth, neither had I the use of my limbs.
11 And the angel spake more things unto me, which were heard by my brethren,
   But I did not hear them; for when I heard the words──
   If thou wilt be destroyed of thyself,
   Seek no more to destroy the church of God──
   I was struck with such great fear and amazement,
   Lest perhaps I should be destroyed, that I fell to the earth,
   And I did hear no more, but I was racked with eternal torment,
   For my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree and racked with all my sins.
13 Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell;
   Yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments.
14 Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction;
   Yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought,
   Of coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror.
15 Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body,
   That I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds.
16 And now, for three days and for three nights was I racked,
   Even with the pains of a damned soul.
17 And it came to pass,
   That as I was thus racked with torment,
   While I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins,
   Behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people,
   Concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.
18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart:
   O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness,
   And am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.
19 And now, behold, when I thought this,
   I could remember my pains no more;
   Yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold;
   Yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
21 Yea, I say unto you, my son,
   That there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains.
   Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand,
   There can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.
22 Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw,
   God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels,
   In the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there.
23 But behold, my limbs did receive their strength again, and I stood upon my feet,
   And did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God.
24 Yea, and from that time even until now,
   I have labored without ceasing,
   That I might bring souls unto repentance;
   That I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy,
   Of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
25 Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors;
26 For because of the word which he has imparted unto me, behold, many have been born of God,
   And have tasted as I have tasted, and have seen eye to eye as I have seen;
   Therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken,
   As I do know; and the knowledge which I have is of God.
27 And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind,
   Yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison,
   And from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me.
28 And I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory;
   Yea, and I will praise him forever, for he has brought our fathers out of Egypt,
   And he has swallowed up the Egyptians in the Red Sea;
   And he led them by his power into the promised land;
   Yea, and he has delivered them out of bondage and captivity from time to time.
29 Yea, and he has also brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem; and he has also,
   By his everlasting power, delivered them out of bondage and captivity, from time to time,
   Even down to the present day; and I have always retained in remembrance their captivity;
   Yea, and ye also ought to retain in remembrance, as I have done, their captivity.
30 But behold, my son, this is not all; for ye ought to know as I do know,
   That inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God,
   Ye shall prosper in the land; and ye ought to know also,
   That inasmuch as ye will not keep the commandments of God,
   Ye shall be cut off from his presence.
   Now this is according to his word.


    ALMA 37
  
1  AND now, my son Helaman, I command you, that ye take the records which have been entrusted with me;
2  And I also command you that ye keep a record of this people, according as I have done,
   Upon the plates of Nephi, and keep all these things sacred which I have kept,
   Even as I have kept them; for it is for a wise purpose that they are kept.
3  And these plates of brass, which contain these engravings,
   Which have the records of the holy scriptures upon them,
   Which have the genealogy of our forefathers,
   Even from the beginning──
4  Behold, it has been prophesied by our fathers,
   That they should be kept and handed down from one generation to another,
   And be kept and preserved by the hand of the Lord until they should go forth,
   Unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people,
   That they shall know of the mysteries contained thereon.
5  And now behold, if they are kept they must retain their brightness;
   Yea, and they will retain their brightness;
   Yea, and also shall all the plates which do contain that which is holy writ.
6  Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you,
   That by small and simple things are great things brought to pass;
   And small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
7  And the Lord God doth work by means,
   To bring about his great and eternal purposes;
   And by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise,
   And bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
8  And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God,
   That these things should be preserved;
   For behold,
   They have enlarged the memory of this people,
   Yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways,
   And brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls.
9  Yea, I say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain, which are on these plates,
   Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many thousands of the Lamanites,
   Of the incorrect tradition of their fathers;
   Yea, these records and their words brought them unto repentance;
   That is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer.
10 And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of them,
   Yea, and also many thousands of our stiffnecked brethren, the Nephites,
   Who are now hardening their hearts in sin and iniquities,
   To the knowledge of their Redeemer?
11 Now these mysteries are not yet fully made known unto me;
   Therefore I shall forbear. And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a wise purpose,
   Which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works,
   And his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.
13 O remember, remember, my son Helaman,
   How strict are the commandments of God. And he said:
   If ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land──
   But if ye keep not his commandments ye shall be cut off from his presence.
14 And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which are sacred,
   Which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in him,
   That he may show forth his power unto future generations. And now behold,
   I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God,
   Behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God,
   And ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.
16 But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred,
   According to that which the Lord doth command you,
   (for you must appeal unto the Lord,
   For all things whatsoever ye must do with them)
   Behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you,
   For God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.
17 For he will fulfill all his promises which he shall make unto you,
   For he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers.
18 For he promised unto them that he would preserve these things for a wise purpose in him,
   That he might show forth his power unto future generations.
19 And now behold, one purpose hath he fulfilled,
   Even to the restoration of many thousands of the Lamanites,
   To the knowledge of the truth; and he hath shown forth his power in them,
   And he will also still show forth his power in them unto future generations;
   Therefore they shall be preserved.
20 Therefore I command you, my son Helaman,
   That ye be diligent in fulfilling all my words,
   And that ye be diligent in keeping the commandments of God as they are written.
21 And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates,
   That ye keep them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness,
   And their secret works, or the secret works of those people,
   Who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this people;
   Yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings,
   And all their wickedness, and abominations,
   May be made manifest unto this people;
   Yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters;
22 For behold, the Lord saw that his people began to work in darkness,
   Yea, work secret murders and abominations; therefore the Lord said, if they did not repent,
   They should be destroyed from off the face of the earth;
23 And the Lord said: I will prepare, unto my servant Gazelem,
   A stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light,
   That I may discover unto my people who serve me,
   That I may discover unto them the works of their brethren,
   Yea, their secret works, their works of darkness,
   And their wickedness and abominations.
24 And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared,
   That the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying:
25 I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations;
   And except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth;
   And I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations,
   Unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land.
26 And now, my son, we see that they did not repent;
   Therefore they have been destroyed,
   And thus far the word of God has been fulfilled;
   Yea, their secret abominations have been brought out of darkness and made known unto us.
27 And now, my son, I command you that ye retain all their oaths, and their covenants, and their agreements,
   In their secret abominations; yea, and all their signs,
   And their wonders ye shall keep from this people,
   That they know them not, lest peradventure
   They should fall into darkness also and be destroyed.
28 For behold, there is a curse upon all this land,
   That destruction shall come,
   Upon all those workers of darkness,
   According to the power of God, when they are fully ripe;
   Therefore I desire that this people might not be destroyed.
29 Therefore ye shall keep these secret plans of their oaths and their covenants from this people,
   And only their wickedness and their murders and their abominations shall ye make known unto them;
   And ye shall teach them to abhor such wickedness and abominations and murders;
   And ye shall also teach them that these people were destroyed,
   On account of their wickedness and abominations, and their murders.
30 For behold, they murdered all the prophets of the Lord,
   Who came among them to declare unto them concerning their iniquities;
   And the blood of those whom they murdered did cry unto the Lord their God for vengeance,
   Upon those who were their murderers; and thus the judgments of God,    
   Did come upon these workers of darkness and secret combinations.
31 Yea, and cursed be the land forever and ever,
   Unto those workers of darkness and secret combinations,
   Even unto destruction, except they repent before they are fully ripe.
32 And now, my son, remember the words which I have spoken unto you;
   Trust not those secret plans unto this people,
   But teach them an everlasting hatred against sin and iniquity.
33 Preach unto them repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ;
   Teach them to humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart;
   Teach them to withstand every temptation of the devil,
   With their faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
34 Teach them to never be weary of good works,
   But to be meek and lowly in heart;
   For such shall find rest to their souls.
35 O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth;
   Yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.
36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support;
   Yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord,
   And whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord;
   Yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord;
   Yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good;
   Yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep;
   And when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God;
   And if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
38 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing,
   Which our fathers call a ball, or director──
   Or our fathers called it Liahona,
   Which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
39 And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship.
   And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.
40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God;
   Therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles,
   Should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle,
   And also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.
41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means,
   It did show unto them marvelous works.
   They were slothful and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence,
   And then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;
42 Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course,
   And were afflicted with hunger and thirst because of their transgressions.
43 And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things,
   Are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful,
   To give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal)
   They did not prosper; even so, it is with things which are spiritual.
44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ,
   Which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss,
   As it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass,
   Which would point unto them,
   A straight course to the promised land.
45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing?
   For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers,
   By following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ,
   If we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.
46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way;
   For so was it with our fathers;
   For so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live;
   Even so it is with us; the way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.
47 And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live.
   Go unto this people and declare the word, and be sober. My son, farewell.


    ALMA 38
  
1  MY son, give ear to my words, for I say unto you, even as I said unto Helaman,
   That inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land;
   And inasmuch as ye will not keep the commandments of God ye shall be cut off from his presence.
2  And now, my son, I trust that I shall have great joy in you,
   Because of your steadiness and your faithfulness unto God;
   For as you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God,
   Even so I hope that you will continue in keeping his commandments;
   For blessed is he that endureth to the end.
3  I say unto you, my son,
   That I have had great joy in thee already,
   Because of thy faithfulness and thy diligence,
   And thy patience and thy long-suffering among the people of the Zoramites.
4  For I know that thou wast in bonds; yea, and I also know that thou wast stoned for the word's sake;
   And thou didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee;
   And now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee.
5  And now my son, Shiblon,
   I would that ye should remember,
   That as much as ye shall put your trust in God,
   Even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials,
   And your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
6  And now, my son, I would not that ye should think that I know these things of myself,
   But it is the Spirit of God which is in me which maketh these things known unto me;
   For if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things.
7  But behold, the Lord in his great mercy sent his angel to declare unto me,
   That I must stop the work of destruction among his people;
   Yea, and I have seen an angel face to face, and he spake with me,
   And his voice was as thunder, and it shook the whole earth.
8  It came to pass that I was three days and three nights,
   In the most bitter pain and anguish of soul;
   And never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ,
   For mercy did I receive a remission of my sins.
   But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.
9  And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me,
   That there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ.
   Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.
10 And now, as ye have begun to teach the word even so I would that ye should continue to teach;
   And I would that ye would be diligent and temperate in all things.
11 See that ye are not lifted up unto pride;
   Yea, see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom,
   Nor of your much strength. Use boldness, but not overbearance;
   And also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love;
   See that ye refrain from idleness. And do not pray as the Zoramites do,
   For ye have seen that they pray to be heard of men, and to be praised for their wisdom.
14 Do not say: O God, I thank thee that we are better than our brethren;
   But rather say: O Lord, forgive my unworthiness,
   And remember my brethren in mercy──
   Yea, acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times.
15 And may the Lord bless your soul, and receive you at the last day into his kingdom, to sit down in peace.
   Now go, my son, and teach the word unto this people. Be sober. My son, farewell.


    ALMA 39
  
1  AND now, my son, I have somewhat more to say unto thee than what I said unto thy brother;
   For behold, have ye not observed the steadiness of thy brother, his faithfulness,
   And his diligence in keeping the commandments of God? Behold, has he not set a good example for thee?
2  For thou didst not give so much heed unto my words as did thy brother, among the people of the Zoramites.
   Now this is what I have against thee; thou didst go on unto boasting in thy strength and thy wisdom.
3  And this is not all, my son. Thou didst do that which was grievous unto me;
   For thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go over into the land of Siron,
   Among the borders of the Lamanites, after the harlot Isabel.
4  Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many;
   But this was no excuse for thee, my son.
   Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted.
5  Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord;
   Yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?
6  For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you,
   And ye know that ye deny it, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable;
   Yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God,
   It is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness;
   Yea, I say unto you, my son,
   That it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness.
7  And now, my son, I would to God that ye had not been guilty of so great a crime;
   I would not dwell upon your crimes, to harrow up your soul, if it were not for your good.
8  But behold, ye cannot hide your crimes from God; and except ye repent,
   They will stand as a testimony against you at the last day.
9  Now my son, I would that ye should repent,
   And forsake your sins, and go no more,
   After the lusts of your eyes,
   But cross yourself in all these things;
   For except ye do this ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
   Oh, remember, and take it upon you, and cross yourself in these things.
10 And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings;
   For behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your bothers.
   And give heed to their counsel. And suffer not yourself to be led away by any vain or foolish thing;
   Suffer not the devil to lead away your heart again after those wicked harlots.
   Behold, O my son, how great iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites;
   For when they saw your conduct they would not believe in my words.
12 And now the Spirit of the Lord doth say unto me:
   Command thy children to do good,
   Lest they lead away the hearts of many people to destruction;
   Therefore I command you, my son, in the fear of God, that ye refrain from your iniquities;
13 That ye turn to the Lord with all your mind, might, and strength;
   That ye lead away the hearts of no more to do wickedly;
   But rather return unto them, and acknowledge,
   Your faults and that wrong which ye have done.
14 Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world;
   For behold, you cannot carry them with you.
15 And now, my son, I would say somewhat unto you,
   Concerning the coming of Christ. Behold, I say unto you,
   That it is he that surely shall come to take away the sins of the world;
   Yea, he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people.
16 And now, my son, this was the ministry unto which ye were called,
   To declare these glad tidings unto this people,
   To prepare their minds; or rather that salvation might come unto them,
   That they may prepare the minds of their children to hear the word at the time of his coming.
17 And now I will ease your mind somewhat on this subject;
   Behold, you marvel why these things should be known so long beforehand.
   Behold, I say unto you, is not a soul at this time as precious unto God,
   As a soul will be at the time of his coming?
18 Is it not as necessary that the plan of redemption,
   Should be made known unto this people as well as unto their children?
19 Is it not as easy at this time for the Lord to send his angel to declare these glad tidings unto us,
   As unto our children, or as after the time of his coming?


    ALMA 40
  
1  NOW my son, here is somewhat more I would say unto thee;
   For I perceive that thy mind is worried concerning the resurrection of the dead.
2  Behold, I say unto you, that there is no resurrection──or, I would say,
   In other words, that this mortal does not put on immortality,
   This corruption does not put on incorruption──
   Until after the coming of Christ.
3  Behold, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.
   But behold, my son, the resurrection is not yet. Now, I unfold unto you a mystery;
   Nevertheless, there are many mysteries which are kept, that no one knoweth them save God himself.
   But I show unto you one thing which I have inquired diligently of God,
   That I might know──that is concerning the resurrection.
4  Behold, there is a time appointed that all shall come forth from the dead.
   Now when this time cometh no one knows; but God knoweth the time which is appointed.
5  Now, whether there shall be one time, or a second time, or a third time,
   That men shall come forth from the dead, it mattereth not;
   For God knoweth all these things;
   And it sufficeth me to know that this is the case──
   That there is a time appointed that all shall rise from the dead.
6  Now there must needs be a space betwixt the time of death and the time of the resurrection.
7  And now I would inquire what becometh of the souls of men from this time of death,
   To the time appointed for the resurrection?
8  Now whether there is more than one time,
   Appointed for men to rise it mattereth not;
   For all do not die at once, and this mattereth not;
   All is as one day with God, and time only is measured unto men.
9  Therefore, there is a time appointed unto men that they shall rise from the dead;
   And there is a space between the time of death and the resurrection.
   And now, concerning this space of time, what becometh of the souls of men,
   Is the thing which I have inquired diligently of the Lord to know;
   And this is the thing of what I do know:
10 And when the time cometh when all shall rise,
   Then shall they know that God knoweth all the times which are appointed unto man.
11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection──
   Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel,
   That the spirits of all men,
   As soon as they are departed from this mortal body,
   Yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil,
   Are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass,
   That the spirits of those who are righteous,
   Are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise,
   A state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
13 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil──
   For behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord;
   For behold, they chose evil works rather than good;
   Therefore the spirit of the devil,
   Did enter into them,
   And take possession of their house──
   And these shall be cast out into outer darkness;
   There shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth,
   And this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.
14 Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness, and a state of awful,
   Fearful looking for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God upon them;
   Thus they remain in this state, as well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection.
15 Now, there are some that have understood that this state of happiness and this state of misery of the soul,
   Before the resurrection, was a first resurrection. Yea, I admit it may be termed a resurrection,
   The raising of the spirit or the soul and their consignation to happiness or misery,
   According to the words which have been spoken.
16 And behold, again it hath been spoken,
   That there is a first resurrection,
   A resurrection of all those who have been, or who are,
   Or who shall be, down to the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
17 Now, we do not suppose that this first resurrection, which is spoken of in this manner,
   Can be the resurrection of the souls and their consignation to happiness or misery.
   Ye cannot suppose that this is what it meaneth.
18 Behold, I say unto you, Nay;
   But it meaneth the reuniting of the soul with the body,
   Of those from the days of Adam down to the resurrection of Christ.
19 Now, whether the souls and the bodies of those of whom has been spoken shall all be reunited at once,
   The wicked as well as the righteous, I do not say; let it suffice,
   That I say that they all come forth;
   Or in other words, their resurrection cometh to pass,
   Before the resurrection of those who die after the resurrection of Christ.
20 Now, my son, I do not say that their resurrection cometh at the resurrection of Christ;
   But behold, I give it as my opinion, that the souls and the bodies are reunited, of the righteous,
   At the resurrection of Christ, and his ascension into heaven.
21 But whether it be at his resurrection or after, I do not say;
   But this much I say, that there is a space between death,
   And the resurrection of the body,
   And a state of the soul in happiness or in misery,
   Until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth,
   And be reunited, both soul and body, and be brought to stand before God,
   And be judged according to their works. Yea, this bringeth about the restoration,
   Of those things of which has been spoken by the mouths of the prophets.
23 The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul;
   Yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body;
   Yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost;
   But all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.
24 And now, my son, this is the restoration of which has been spoken by the mouth of the prophets──
25 And then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of God.
26 But behold, an awful death cometh upon the wicked;
   For they die as to things pertaining to things of righteousness;
   For they are unclean, and no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God;
   But they are cast out, and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or their works,
   Which have been evil; and they drink the dregs of a bitter cup.


    ALMA 41
  
1  AND now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the restoration of which has been spoken;
   For behold, some have wrested the scriptures, and have gone far astray because of this thing.
   And I perceive that thy mind has been worried also concerning this thing.
   But behold, I will explain it unto thee.
2  I say unto thee, my son,
   That the plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God;
   For it is requisite that all things should be restored to their proper order.
   Behold, it is requisite and just, according to the power and resurrection of Christ,
   That the soul of man should be restored to its body, and that every part of the body should be restored to itself.
3  And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works;
   And if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good,
   That they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good.
4  And if their works are evil they shall be restored unto them for evil.
   Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper order,
   Every thing to its natural frame──
   Mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption──
   Raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God,
   Or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil,
   The one on one hand, the other on the other──
5  The one raised to happiness,
   According to his desires of happiness,
   Or good according to his desires of good;
   And the other to evil according to his desires of evil;
   For as he has desired to do evil all the day long,
   Even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.
6  And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins,
   And desired righteousness until the end of his days,
   Even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.
7  These are they that are redeemed of the Lord;
   Yea, these are they that are taken out,
   That are delivered from that endless night of darkness;
   And thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own judges,
   Whether to do good or do evil. Now, the decrees of God are unalterable;
   Therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.
9  And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God,
   Upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin.
10 Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration,
   That ye shall be restored from sin to happiness.
   Behold, I say unto you, Wickedness never was happiness.
11 And now, my son, all men that are in a state of nature, or I would say,
   In a carnal state, are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity;
   They are without God in the world, and they have gone contrary to the nature of God;
   Therefore, they are in a state contrary to the nature of happiness.
12 And now behold, is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state,
   And place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature? O, my son,
   This is not the case; but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil,
   Or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish──good for that which is good;
   Righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just;
   Merciful for that which is merciful. Therefore, my son,
   See that you are merciful unto your brethren;
   Deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually;
   And if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward;    
   Yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again;
   Ye shall have justice restored unto you again;
   Ye shall have a righteous judgment,
   Restored unto you again;
   And ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.
15 For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored;
   Therefore, the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner, and justifieth him not at all.


    ALMA 42
  
1  AND now, my son, I perceive there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind, which ye cannot understand──
   Which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner;
   For ye do try to suppose that it is injustice,
   That the sinner should be consigned to a state of misery.
2  Now behold, my son, I will explain this thing unto thee.
   For behold, after the Lord God sent our first parents forth from the garden of Eden,
   To till the ground, from whence they were taken──yea, he drew out the man,
   And he placed at the east end of the garden of Eden, cherubim,
   And a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the tree of life──
3  Now, we see that the man had become as God, knowing good and evil; and lest,
   He should put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever,    
   The Lord God placed cherubim and the flaming sword, that he should not partake of the fruit──
4  And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time,
   A time to repent and serve God. For behold, if Adam had put forth his hand immediately,
   And partaken of the tree of life, he would have lived forever,
   According to the word of God,
   Having no space for repentance;
   Yea, and also the word of God would have been void,
   And the great plan of salvation would have been frustrated.
6  But behold, it was appointed unto man to die──therefore, as they were cut off from the tree of life,
   They should be cut off from the face of the earth──and man became lost forever,
   Yea, they became fallen man.
7  And now, ye see by this that our first parents,
   Were cut off both temporally and spiritually from the presence of the Lord;
   And thus we see they became subjects to follow after their own will.
8  Now behold, it was not expedient that man should be reclaimed,
   From this temporal death, for that would destroy the great plan of happiness.
9  Therefore, as the soul could never die, and the fall had brought upon all mankind,
   A spiritual death as well as a temporal, that is, they were cut off from the presence of the Lord,
   It was expedient that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death.
10 Therefore, as they had become carnal, sensual, and devilish, by nature,
   This probationary state became a state for them to prepare;
   It became a preparatory state.
11 And now remember, my son,
   If it were not for the plan of redemption, 
   (laying it aside) as soon as they were dead their souls,
   were miserable, being cut off from the presence of the Lord.
12 And now, there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state,
   Which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobedience;
13 Therefore, according to justice,
   The plan of redemption could not be brought about,
   Only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state,
   Yea, this preparatory state; for except it were for these conditions,
   Mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice.
   Now the work of justice could not be destroyed; if so, God would cease to be God.
14 And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice;
   Yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence.
15 And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made;
   Therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy,
   To appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.
16 Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment,
   Which also was eternal as the life of the soul should be,
   Affixed opposite to the plan of happiness,
   Which was as eternal also as the life of the soul.
17 Now, how could a man repent except he should sin?
   How could he sin if there was no law?
   How could there be a law save there was a punishment?
18 Now, there was a punishment affixed, and a just law given,
   Which brought remorse of conscience unto man. Now, if there was no law given──
   If a man murdered he should die──would he be afraid he would die if he should murder?
20 And also, if there was no law given against sin men would not be afraid to sin.
21 And if there was no law given and if men sinned what could justice do,
   Or mercy either, for they would have no claim upon the creature?
22 But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted;
   Which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature,
   And executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so,
   The works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God.
23 But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent,
   And mercy cometh because of the atonement;
   And the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead;
   And the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God;
   And thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works,
   According to the law and justice. For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands,
   And also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus,
   None but the truly penitent are saved.
25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice?
   I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God.
26 And thus God bringeth about his great and eternal purposes,
   Which were prepared from the foundation of the world.
   And thus cometh about the salvation,
   And the redemption of men, and also their destruction and misery.
27 Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely;
   And whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come;
   But in the last day it shall be restored,
   Unto him according to his deeds.
28 If he has desired to do evil, and has not repented in his days,
   Behold, evil shall be done unto him, according to the restoration of God.
29 And now, my son, I desire that ye should let these things trouble you no more,
   And only let your sins trouble you,
   With that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance.
30 O my son, I desire that ye should deny the justice of God no more.
   Do not endeavor to excuse yourself in the least point because of your sins,
   By denying the justice of God; but do you let the justice of God, and his mercy,
   And his long-suffering have full sway in your heart; and let it bring you down to the dust in humility.
31 And now, O my son, ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people.
   And now, my son, go thy way, declare the word with truth and soberness,
   That thou mayest bring souls unto repentance,
   That the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them.
   And may God grant unto you even according to my words. Amen.


    ALMA 43
  
1  AND now it came to pass,
   That the sons of Alma did go forth among the people, to declare the word unto them.
   And Alma, also, himself, could not rest, and he also went forth.
2  Now we shall say no more concerning their preaching,
   Except that they preached the word, and the truth,
   According to the spirit of prophecy and revelation;
   And they preached after the holy order of God by which they were called.
3  And now I return to an account of the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites,
   In the eighteenth year of the reign of the judges.
4  For behold, it came to pass that the Zoramites became Lamanites;
   Therefore, in the commencement of the eighteenth year the people of the Nephites,
   Saw that the Lamanites were coming upon them; therefore they made preparations for war;
   Yea, they gathered together their armies in the land of Jershon.
5  And it came to pass that the Lamanites came with their thousands;
   And they came into the land of Antionum,
   Which is the land of the Zoramites;
   And a man by the name of Zerahemnah was their leader.
6  And now, as the Amlicites were of a more wicked and murderous disposition,
   Than the Lamanites were, in and of themselves, therefore,
   Zerahemnah appointed chief captains,
   Over the Lamanites, and they were all Amlicites and Zoramites.
7  Now this he did that he might preserve their hatred towards the Nephites,
   That he might bring them into subjection to the accomplishment of his designs.
8  For behold, his designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites;
   This he did that he might usurp great power over them.
   And also that he might gain power,
   Over the Nephites by bringing them into bondage.
9  And now the design of the Nephites was to support their lands,
   And their houses, and their wives, and their children,
   That they might preserve them from the hands of their enemies;
   And also that they might preserve their rights and their privileges,
   Yea, and also their liberty, that they might worship God according to their desires.
10 For they knew that if they should fall into the hands of the Lamanites,
   That whosoever should worship God in spirit and in truth,
   The true and the living God, the Lamanites would destroy.
11 Yea, and they also knew the extreme hatred of the Lamanites towards their brethren,
   Who were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, who were called the people of Ammon──
   And they would not take up arms, yea, they had entered into a covenant and they would not break it──
   Therefore, if they should fall into the hands of the Lamanites they would be destroyed.
12 And the Nephites would not suffer that they should be destroyed;
   Therefore they gave them lands for their inheritance.
13 And the people of Ammon did give unto the Nephites,
   A large portion of their substance to support their armies;
   And thus the Nephites were compelled, alone, to withstand against the Lamanites,
   Who were a compound of Laman and Lemuel, and the sons of Ishmael,
   And all those who had dissented from the Nephites,
   Who were Amlicites and Zoramites,
   And the descendants of the priests of Noah.
14 Now those descendants were as numerous, nearly, as were the Nephites;
   And thus the Nephites were obliged to contend with their brethren, even unto bloodshed.
15 And it came to pass as the armies of the Lamanites had gathered together in the land of Antionum,
   Behold, the armies of the Nephites were prepared to meet them in the land of Jershon.
16 Now, the leader of the Nephites, or the man who had been appointed to be the chief captain over the Nephites──
   Now the chief captain took the command of all the armies of the Nephites──
   And his name was Moroni; and Moroni took all the command, and the government of their wars.
   And he was only twenty and five years old when he was appointed chief captain over the armies of the Nephites.
18 And it came to pass that he met the Lamanites in the borders of Jershon,
   And his people were armed with swords,
   And with cimeters, and all manner of weapons of war.
19 And when the armies of the Lamanites saw that the people of Nephi,
   Or that Moroni, had prepared his people with breastplates and with arm-shields,
   Yea, and also shields to defend their heads, and also they were dressed with thick clothing──
20 Now the army of Zerahemnah was not prepared with any such thing;
   They had only their swords and their cimeters,
   Their bows and their arrows, their stones and their slings;
   And they were naked, save it were a skin which was girded about their loins;
   Yea, all were naked, save it were the Zoramites and the Amlicites;
21 But they were not armed with breastplates, nor shields──
   Therefore, they were exceedingly afraid of the armies of the Nephites,
   Because of their armor, notwithstanding their number being so much greater than the Nephites.
22 Behold, now it came to pass that they durst not come against the Nephites in the borders of Jershon;
   Therefore they departed out of the land of Antionum into the wilderness,
   And took their journey round about in the wilderness,
   Away by the head of the river Sidon,
   That they might come into the land of Manti and take possession of the land;
   For they did not suppose that the armies of Moroni would know whither they had gone.
23 But it came to pass, as soon as they had departed into the wilderness,
   Moroni sent spies into the wilderness to watch their camp;
   And Moroni, also, knowing of the prophecies of Alma,
   Sent certain men unto him, desiring him that he should inquire of the Lord,
   Whither the armies of the Nephites should go to defend themselves against the Lamanites.
24 And it came to pass that the word of the Lord came unto Alma, and Alma informed the messengers of Moroni,
   That the armies of the Lamanites were marching round about in the wilderness,
   That they might come over into the land of Manti,
   That they might commence an attack upon the weaker part of the people.
   And those messengers went and delivered the message unto Moroni.
25 Now Moroni, leaving a part of his army in the land of Jershon, lest by any means,
   A part of the Lamanites should come into that land and take possession of the city,
   Took the remaining part of his army and marched over into the land of Manti.
26 And he caused that all the people in that quarter of the land,
   Should gather themselves together to battle against the Lamanites,
   To defend their lands and their country, their rights and their liberties;
   Therefore they were prepared against the time of the coming of the Lamanites.
27 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that his army should be secreted in the valley,
   Which was near the bank of the river Sidon, which was on the west of the river Sidon in the wilderness.
28 And Moroni placed spies round about, that he might know when the camp of the Lamanites should come.
29 And now, as Moroni knew the intention of the Lamanites, that it was their intention,
   To destroy their brethren, or to subject them and bring them into bondage,
   That they might establish a kingdom unto themselves over all the land;
30 And he also knowing that it was the only desire of the Nephites,
   To preserve their lands, and their liberty, and their church,
   Therefore he thought it no sin that he should defend them by stratagem;
   Therefore, he found by his spies which course the Lamanites were to take.
31 Therefore, he divided his army and brought a part over into the valley,
   And concealed them on the east, and on the south of the hill Riplah; and the remainder he concealed,    
   In the west valley, on the west of the river Sidon, and so down into the borders of the land Manti.
33 And thus having placed his army according to his desire, he was prepared to meet them.
34 And it came to pass that the Lamanites came up on the north of the hill,
   Where a part of the army of Moroni was concealed.
35 And as the Lamanites had passed the hill Riplah, and came into the valley,
   And began to cross the river Sidon, the army which was concealed on the south of the hill,
   Which was led by a man whose name was Lehi, and he led his army forth,
   And encircled the Lamanites about on the east in their rear.
36 And it came to pass that the Lamanites,
   When they saw the Nephites coming upon them in their rear,
   Turned them about and began to contend with the army of Lehi.
37 And the work of death commenced on both sides,
   But it was more dreadful on the part of the Lamanites,
   For their nakedness was exposed to the heavy blows of the Nephites,
   With their swords and their cimeters, which brought death almost at every stroke.
38 While on the other hand, there was now and then a man fell among the Nephites,
   By their swords and the loss of blood, they being shielded from the more vital parts of the body,
   Or the more vital parts of the body being shielded from the strokes of the Lamanites,
   By their breastplates, and their armshields, and their head-plates;
   And thus the Nephites did carry on the work of death among the Lamanites.
39 And it came to pass that the Lamanites became frightened because of the great destruction among them,
   Even until they began to flee towards the river Sidon. And they were pursued by Lehi and his men;
   And they were driven by Lehi into the waters of Sidon, and they crossed the waters of Sidon.
   And Lehi retained his armies upon the bank of the river Sidon that they should not cross.
41 And it came to pass that Moroni and his army met the Lamanites in the valley,
   On the other side of the river Sidon, and began to fall upon them and to slay them.
42 And the Lamanites did flee again before them, towards the land of Manti;
   And they were met again by the armies of Moroni.
43 Now in this case the Lamanites did fight exceedingly;
   Yea, never had the Lamanites been known to fight,
   With such exceedingly great strength and courage, no, not even from the beginning.
44 And they were inspired by the Zoramites and the Amlicites, who were their chief captains and leaders,
   And by Zerahemnah, who was their chief captain, or their chief leader and commander;
   Yea, they did fight like dragons, and many of the Nephites were slain by their hands,
   Yea, for they did smite in two many of their head-plates,
   And they did pierce many of their breastplates,
   And they did smite off many of their arms;
   And thus the Lamanites did smite in their fierce anger.
45 Nevertheless, the Nephites were inspired by a better cause,
   For they were not fighting for monarchy nor power, but they were fighting,
   For their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all,
   Yea, for their rites of worship and their church.
46 And they were doing that which they felt was the duty,
   Which they owed to their God; for the Lord had said unto them,
   And also unto their fathers, that: Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense,
   Neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies.
47 And again, the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed.
   Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites,
   To defend themselves, and their families, and their lands,
   Their country, and their rights, and their religion.
48 And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni,
   Saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them.
   And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts──
   Yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.
49 And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites,
   And they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God,
   For their liberty and their freedom from bondage.
50 And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power;
   And in that selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom,
   The Lamanites began to flee before them; and they fled even to the waters of Sidon.
51 Now, the Lamanites were more numerous, yea, by more than double the number of the Nephites;
   Nevertheless, they were driven insomuch that they were gathered together in one body in the valley,
   Upon the bank by the river Sidon. Therefore the armies of Moroni encircled them about,
   Yea, even on both sides of the river, for behold, on the east were the men of Lehi.
53 Therefore when Zerahemnah saw the men of Lehi on the east of the river Sidon,
   And the armies of Moroni on the west of the river Sidon,
   That they were encircled about by the Nephites,
   They were struck with terror.
54 Now Moroni, when he saw their terror,
   Commanded his men that they should stop shedding their blood.


    ALMA 44
  
1  AND it came to pass that they did stop,
   And withdrew a pace from them, and Moroni said unto Zerahemnah:
   Behold, Zerahemnah, that we do not desire to be men of blood;
   Ye know that ye are in our hands, yet we do not desire to slay you.
2  Behold, we have not come out to battle against you that we might shed your blood for power;
   Neither do we desire to bring any one to the yoke of bondage.
   But this is the very cause for which ye have come against us;
   Yea, and ye are angry with us because of our religion.
3  But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us;
   And ye behold that he has delivered you into our hands.
   And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us,
   Because of our religion and our faith in Christ; and now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith.
4  Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us,
   So long as we are faithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion;
   And never will the Lord suffer that we should be destroyed,
   Except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.
5  And now, Zerahemnah, I command you, in the name of that all-powerful God,
   Who has strengthened our arms that we have gained power over you, by our faith, by our religion,
   And by our rites of worship, and by our church, and by the sacred support,
   Which we owe to our wives and our children, by that liberty,
   Which binds us to our lands and our country;
   Yea, and also by the maintenance of the sacred word of God,
   To which we owe all our happiness; and by all that is most dear unto us──
6  Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life,
   That ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood,
   But we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.
7  And now, if ye do not this, behold, ye are in our hands, and I will command my men that they should fall upon you,
   And inflict the wounds of death in your bodies, that ye may become extinct;
   And then we will see who shall have power over this people;
   Yea, we will see who shall be brought into bondage.
8  And now it came to pass that when Zerahemnah,
   Had heard these sayings he came forth and delivered up his sword,
   And his cimeter, and his bow into the hands of Moroni, and said unto him:
   Behold, here are our weapons of war; we will deliver them up unto you,
   But we will not suffer ourselves to take an oath unto you,
   Which we know that we shall break, and also our children;
   But take our weapons of war,
   And suffer that we may depart into the wilderness;
   Otherwise we will retain our swords, and we will perish or conquer.
9  Behold, we are not of your faith; we do not believe that it is God that has delivered us into your hands;
   But we believe that it is your cunning that has preserved you from our swords.
   Behold, it is your breastplates and your shields that have preserved you.
10 And now when Zerahemnah had made an end of speaking these words,
   Moroni returned the sword and the weapons of war,
   Which he had received, unto Zerahemnah,
   Saying: Behold, we will end the conflict.
11 Now I cannot recall the words which I have spoken,
   Therefore as the Lord liveth, ye shall not depart except ye depart,
   With an oath that ye will not return again against us to war.
   Now as ye are in our hands we will spill your blood upon the ground,
   Or ye shall submit to the conditions which I have proposed.
12 And now when Moroni had said these words,
   Zerahemnah retained his sword, and he was angry with Moroni,
   And he rushed forward that he might slay Moroni; but as he raised his sword,
   Behold, one of Moroni's soldiers smote it even to the earth, and it broke by the hilt;
   And he also smote Zerahemnah that he took off his scalp and it fell to the earth.
   And Zerahemnah withdrew from before them into the midst of his soldiers.
13 And it came to pass that the soldier who stood by,
   Who smote off the scalp of Zerahemnah,
   Took up the scalp from off the ground by the hair,
   And laid it upon the point of his sword, and stretched it forth unto them,
   Saying unto them with a loud voice: Even as this scalp has fallen to the earth,
   Which is the scalp of your chief, so shall ye fall to the earth,
   Except ye will deliver up your weapons of war,
   And depart with a covenant of peace.
15 Now there were many, when they heard these words,
   And saw the scalp which was upon the sword, that were struck with fear;
   And many came forth and threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni,
   And entered into a covenant of peace. And as many as entered into a covenant,
   They suffered to depart into the wilderness. Now it came to pass that Zerahemnah was exceedingly wroth,
   And he did stir up the remainder of his soldiers to anger, to contend more powerfully against the Nephites.
17 And now Moroni was angry, because of the stubbornness of the Lamanites;
   Therefore he commanded his people that they should fall upon them and slay them.
   And it came to pass that they began to slay them;
   Yea, and the Lamanites did contend with their swords and their might.
18 But behold, their naked skins and their bare heads were exposed to the sharp swords of the Nephites;
   Yea, behold they were pierced and smitten, yea, and did fall exceedingly fast,
   Before the swords of the Nephites; and they began to be swept down,
   Even as the soldier of Moroni had prophesied.
19 Now Zerahemnah, when he saw that they were all about to be destroyed,
   Cried mightily unto Moroni, promising that he would covenant and also his people with them,
   If they would spare the remainder of their lives, that they never would come to war again against them.
20 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that the work of death should cease again among the people.
   And he took the weapons of war from the Lamanites;
   And after they had entered into a covenant with him of peace,
   They were suffered to depart into the wilderness. Now the number of their dead was not numbered,
   Because of the greatness of the number; yea, the number of their dead was exceedingly great,
   Both on the Nephites and on the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did,
   Cast their dead into the waters of Sidon,
   And they have gone forth and are buried in the depths of the sea.
23 And the armies of the Nephites, or of Moroni, returned and came to their houses and their lands.
24 And thus ended the eighteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
   And thus ended the record of Alma, which was written upon the plates of Nephi.


    ALMA 45
  
1  Behold, now it came to pass that the people of Nephi were exceedingly rejoiced,
   Because the Lord had again delivered them out of the hands of their enemies;
   Therefore they gave thanks unto the Lord their God;
   Yea, and they did fast much and pray much,
   And they did worship God with exceedingly great joy.
2  And it came to pass in the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges,
   Over the people of Nephi, that Alma came unto his son Helaman and said unto him:
   Believest thou the words which I spake unto thee concerning those records which have been kept?
3  And Helaman said unto him: Yea, I believe; and Alma said unto him again:
   Believest thou in Jesus Christ, who shall come. And he said:
   Yea, I believe all the words which thou hast spoken.
6  And Alma said unto him again: Will ye keep my commandments?
7  And he said: Yea, I will keep thy commandments with all my heart.
8  Then Alma said unto him: Blessed art thou;
   And the Lord shall prosper thee in this land.
9  But behold, I have somewhat to prophesy unto thee;
   But what I prophesy unto thee ye shall not make known;
   Yea, what I prophesy unto thee, shall not be made known,
   Even until the prophesy is fulfilled; therefore write the words which I shall say.
10 And these are the words: Behold, I perceive that this very people, the Nephites,
   According to the spirit of revelation which is in me, in four hundred years from the time,
   That Jesus Christ shall manifest himself unto them, shall dwindle in unbelief.
11 Yea, and then shall they see wars and pestilences,
   Yea, famines and bloodshed,
   Even until the people of Nephi shall become extinct──
12 Yea, and this because they shall dwindle in unbelief and fall,
   Into the works of darkness, and lasciviousness, and all manner of iniquities;
   Yea, I say unto you, that because they shall sin against so great light and knowledge,
   Yea, I say unto you, that from that day, even the fourth generation,
   Shall not all pass away before this great iniquity shall come.
13 And when that great day cometh, behold, the time very soon cometh that those who are now,
   Or the seed of those who are now numbered among the people of Nephi,
   Shall no more be numbered among the people of Nephi.
14 But whosoever remaineth and is not destroyed in that great and dreadful day,
   Shall be numbered among the Lamanites, and shall become like unto them,
   All, save it be a few who shall be called the disciples of the Lord;
   And them shall the Lamanites pursue even until they shall become extinct.
   And now, because of iniquity this prophecy shall be fulfilled.
15 And now it came to pass that after Alma,
   Had said these things to Helaman,
   He blessed him, and also his other sons;
   And he also blessed the earth for the righteous' sake.
16 And he said: Thus saith the Lord God──Cursed shall be the land,
   Yea, this land, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people,
   Unto destruction, which do wickedly, when they are fully ripe; and as I have said,
   So shall it be; for this is the cursing and the blessing of God upon the land,
   For the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.
17 And now, when Alma had said these words he blessed the church,
   Yea, all those who should stand fast in the faith from that time henceforth.
18 And when Alma had done this he departed out of the land of Zarahemla,
   As if to go into the land of Melek; and it came to pass,
   That he was never heard of more;
   As to his death or burial we know not of.
19 Behold, this we know, that he was a righteous man;
   And the saying went abroad in the church,
   That he was taken up by the Spirit,
   Or buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses.
   But behold, the scriptures saith the Lord took Moses unto himself;
   And we suppose that he has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself;
   Therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial.
20 And now it came to pass in the commencement of the nineteenth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   That Helaman went forth among the people,
   To declare the word unto them.
21 For behold, because of their wars with the Lamanites,
   And the many little dissensions and disturbances which had been among the people,
   It became expedient that the word of God should be declared among them,
   Yea, and that a regulation should be made throughout the church.
22 Therefore, Helaman and his brethren went forth,
   To establish the church again in all the land,
   Yea, in every city throughout all the land,
   Which was possessed by the people of Nephi.
   And it came to pass that they did appoint priests,
   And teachers throughout all the land, over all the churches.
23 And now it came to pass that after Helaman and his brethren had appointed priests,
   And teachers over the churches that there arose a dissension among them,
   And they would not give heed to the words of Helaman and his brethren;
24 But they grew proud, being lifted up in their hearts,
   Because of their exceedingly great riches;
   Therefore they grew rich in their own eyes,
   And would not give heed to their words,
   To walk uprightly before God.


    ALMA 46
  
1  AND it came to pass that as many as would not hearken to the words of Helaman,
   And his brethren were gathered together against their brethren.
2  And now behold, they were exceedingly wroth,
   Insomuch that they were determined to slay them.
3  Now the leader of those who were wroth against their brethren,
   Was a large and a strong man, and his name was Amalickiah.
4  And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king;
   And those people who were wroth,
   Were also desirous that he should be their king;
   And they were the greater part of them the lower judges of the land,
   And they were seeking for power. And they had been led by the flatteries of Amalickiah,
   That if they would support him and establish him to be their king,
   That he would make them rulers over the people.
6  Thus they were led away by Amalickiah to dissensions,
   Notwithstanding the preaching of Helaman and his brethren,
   Yea, notwithstanding their exceedingly great care over the church,
   For they were high priests over the church. And there were many in the church,
   Who believed in the flattering words of Amalickiah; therefore they dissented even from the church;
   And thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi exceedingly precarious and dangerous,
   Notwithstanding their great victory which they had had over the Lamanites,
   And their great rejoicings which they had had,
   Because of their deliverance by the hand of the Lord.
8  Thus we see how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God,
   Yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.
9  Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man,
   Can cause to take place among the children of men.
10 Yea, we see that Amalickiah, because he was a man of cunning device,
   And a man of many flattering words, that he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly;
   Yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty,
   Which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent,
   Upon the face of the land for the righteous' sake.
11 And now it came to pass that when Moroni,
   Who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites,
   Had heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah.
12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it──
   In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children──
   And he fastened it upon the end of a pole; and he fastened on his head-plate,
   And his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins;
   And he took the pole which had on the end thereof his rent coat,
   (and he called it the title of liberty)
   And he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily,
   Unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren,
   So long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land──
14 For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God,
   Called by those who did not belong to the church,
15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful;
   Yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them,
   Gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called,
   Because of their belief in Christ who should come.
16 And therefore, at this time,
   Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians,
   And the freedom of the land might be favored.
17 And it came to pass that when he had poured out his soul to God,
   He named all the land which was south of the land Desolation, yea, and in fine,
   All the land, both on the north and on the south──A chosen land, and the land of liberty.
18 And he said: Surely God shall not suffer that we, who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ,
   Shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own transgressions.
19 And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people,
   Waving the rent part of his garment in the air,
   That all might see the writing,
   Which he had written upon the rent part,
   And crying with a loud voice, saying:
20 Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land,
   Let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant,
   That they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.
21 And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people,
   Came running together with their armor girded about their loins,
   Rending their garments in token, or as a covenant,
   That they would not forsake the Lord their God;
   Or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God,
   Or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ,
   The Lord should rend them even as they had rent their garments.
22 Now this was the covenant which they made,
   And they cast their garments at the feet of Moroni, saying:
   We covenant with our God, that we shall be destroyed, even as our brethren in the land northward,
   If we shall fall into transgression; yea, he may cast us at the feet of our enemies,
   Even as we have cast our garments at thy feet to be trodden under foot,
   If we shall fall into transgression. Moroni said unto them:
   Behold, we are a remnant of the seed of Jacob;
   Yea, we are a remnant of the seed of Joseph,
   Whose coat was rent by his brethren into many pieces;
   Yea, and now behold, let us remember to keep the commandments of God,
   Or our garments shall be rent by our brethren, and we be cast into prison, or be sold, or be slain.
24 Yea, let us preserve our liberty as a remnant of Joseph;
   Yea, let us remember the words of Jacob, before his death,
   For behold, he saw that a part of the remnant,
   Of the coat of Joseph was preserved and had not decayed.
   And he said──Even as this remnant of garment of my son hath been preserved,
   So shall a remnant of the seed of my son be preserved by the hand of God, and be taken unto himself,
   While the remainder of the seed of Joseph shall perish, even as the remnant of his garment.
25 Now behold, this giveth my soul sorrow; nevertheless, my soul hath joy in my son,
   Because of that part of his seed which shall be taken unto God.
26 Now behold, this was the language of Jacob.
27 And now who knoweth but what the remnant of the seed of Joseph,
   Which shall perish as his garment, are those who have dissented from us?
   Yea, and even it shall be ourselves if we do not stand fast in the faith of Christ.
28 And now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words he went forth,
   And also sent forth in all the parts of the land where there were dissensions,
   And gathered together all the people who were desirous to maintain their liberty,
   To stand against Amalickiah and those who had dissented, who were called Amalickiahites.
29 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah saw that the people of Moroni were more numerous,
   Than the Amalickiahites──and he also saw that his people were doubtful,
   Concerning the justice of the cause in which they had undertaken──
   Therefore, fearing that he should not gain the point,
   He took those of his people who would and departed into the land of Nephi.
30 Now Moroni thought it was not expedient that the Lamanites should have any more strength;
   Therefore he thought to cut off the people of Amalickiah, or to take them and bring them back,
   And put Amalickiah to death; yea, for he knew that he would stir up the Lamanites to anger against them,
   And cause them to come to battle against them;
   And this he knew that Amalickiah would do that he might obtain his purposes.
31 Therefore Moroni thought it was expedient that he should take his armies,
   Who had gathered themselves together, and armed themselves,
   And entered into a covenant to keep the peace──
   And it came to pass that he took his army,
   And marched out with his tents into the wilderness,
   To cut off the course of Amalickiah in the wilderness.
32 And it came to pass that he did according to his desires,
   And marched forth into the wilderness, and headed the armies of Amalickiah.
33 And it came to pass that Amalickiah fled with a small number of his men,
   And the remainder were delivered up into the hands of Moroni,
   And were taken back into the land of Zarahemla.
34 Now, Moroni being a man who was appointed by the chief judges and the voice of the people,
   Therefore he had power according to his will with the armies of the Nephites,
   To establish and to exercise authority over them.
35 And it came to pass that whomsoever of the Amalickiahites,
   That would not enter into a covenant to support the cause of freedom,
   That they might maintain a free government, he caused to be put to death;
   And there were but few who denied the covenant of freedom.
36 And it came to pass also, that he caused the title of liberty,
   To be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land,
   Which was possessed by the Nephites;
   And thus Moroni planted,
   The standard of liberty among the Nephites.
37 And they began to have peace again in the land;
   And thus they did maintain peace in the land,
   Until nearly the end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges.
38 And Helaman and the high priests did also maintain order in the church;
   Yea, even for the space of four years did they have much peace and rejoicing in the church.
39 And it came to pass that there were many who died, firmly believing,
   That their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ;
   Thus they went out of the world rejoicing; and there were some who died,
   With fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land──
   But not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants,
   And roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases,
   To which men were subject by the nature of the climate──
41 But there were many who died with old age;
   And those who died in the faith of Christ,
   Are happy in him, as we must needs suppose.


    ALMA 47
  
1  NOW we will return in our record to Amalickiah,
   And those who had fled with him into the wilderness;
   For, behold, he had taken those who went with him,   
   And went up in the land of Nephi among the Lamanites,
   And did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the people of Nephi,
   Insomuch that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land,
   Among all his people, that they should gather themselves together again to go to battle against the Nephites.
2  And it came to pass that when the proclamation had gone forth among them they were exceedingly afraid;
   Yea, they feared to displease the king, and they also feared to go to battle against the Nephites,
   Lest they should lose their lives. And it came to pass that they would not,
   Or the more part of them would not, obey the commandments of the king.
3  And now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobedience;
   Therefore he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obedient unto his commands,
   And commanded him that he should go forth and compel them to arms.
4  Now behold, this was the desire of Amalickiah; for he being a very subtle man to do evil,
   Therefore he laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the Lamanites.
5  And now he had got the command of those parts of the Lamanites who were in favor of the king;
   And he sought to gain favor of those who were not obedient;
   Therefore he went forward to the place,
   Which was called Onidah,
   For thither had all the Lamanites fled;
   For they discovered the army coming, and supposing,
   That they were coming to destroy them, therefore they fled to Onidah,
   To the place of arms. And they had appointed a man,
   To be a king and a leader over them,
   Being fixed in their minds with a determined resolution,
   That they would not be subjected to go against the Nephites.
7  And it came to pass that they had gathered themselves together,
   Upon the top of the mount which was called Antipas, in preparation to battle.
8  Now it was not Amalickiah's intention to give them battle,
   According to the commandments of the king;
   But behold, it was his intention,
   To gain favor with the armies of the Lamanites,   
   That he might place himself at their head and dethrone the king,
   And take possession of the kingdom.
9  And behold, it came to pass that he caused his army,
   To pitch their tents in the valley which was near the mount Antipas.
10 And it came to pass that when it was night he sent a secret embassy into the mount Antipas,
   Desiring that the leader of those who were upon the mount, whose name was Lehonti,
   That he should come down to the foot of the mount, for he desired to speak with him.
11 And it came to pass that when Lehonti received the message he durst not go down to the foot of the mount.
   And it came to pass that Amalickiah sent again the second time, desiring him to come down.
   And it came to pass that Lehonti would not; and he sent again the third time.
12 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah found that he could not get Lehonti,
   To come down off from the mount, he went up into the mount,
   Nearly to Lehonti's camp; and he sent again, the fourth time his message unto Lehonti,
   Desiring that he would come down, and that he would bring his guards with him.
13 And it came to pass that when Lehonti had come down with his guards to Amalickiah,
   That Amalickiah desired him to come down with his army in the night-time,
   And surround those men in their camps,
   Over whom the king had given him command,
   And that he would deliver them up into Lehonti's hands,
   If he would make him (Amalickiah) a second leader over the whole army.
14 And it came to pass that Lehonti came down with his men and surrounded the men of Amalickiah,
   So that before they awoke at the dawn of the day they were surrounded by the armies of Lehonti.
15 And it came to pass that when they saw that they were surrounded,
   They plead with Amalickiah that he would suffer them to fall in with their brethren,
   That they might not be destroyed. Now this was the very thing which Amalickiah desired.
16 And it came to pass that he delivered his men, contrary to the commands of the king.
   Now this was the thing that Amalickiah desired,
   That he might accomplish his designs in dethroning the king.
17 Now it was the custom among the Lamanites, if their chief leader was killed,
   To appoint the second leader to be their chief leader. And it came to pass that Amalickiah,
   Caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died.
19 Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander.
20 And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies (for he had gained his desires)
   To the land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city.
21 And the king came out to meet him with his guards,
   For he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his commands,
   and that Amalickiah had gathered together so great an army to go against the Nephites to battle.
22 But behold, as the king came out to meet him Amalickiah caused that his servants,
   Should go forth to meet the king. And they went and bowed themselves before the king,
   As if to reverence him because of his greatness. And it came to pass,
   That the king put forth his hand to raise them,
   As was the custom with the Lamanites,
   As a token of peace,
   Which custom they had taken from the Nephites.
24 And it came to pass that when he had raised the first from the ground,
   Behold he stabbed the king to the heart;
   And he fell to the earth.
25 Now the servants of the king fled;
   And the servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:
26 Behold, the servants of the king have stabbed him to the heart,
   And he has fallen and they have fled; behold, come and see.
27 And it came to pass that Amalickiah commanded that his armies,
   Should march forth and see what had happened to the king;
   And when they had come to the spot,
   And found the king lying in his gore,
   Amalickiah pretended to be wroth, and said:
   Whosoever loved the king, let him go forth,
   And pursue his servants that they may be slain.
28 And it came to pass that all they who loved the king,
   When they heard these words, came forth and pursued after the servants of the king.
29 Now when the servants of the king saw an army pursuing after them,
   They were frightened again, and fled into the wilderness,
   And came over into the land of Zarahemla and joined the people of Ammon.
30 And the army which pursued after them returned, having pursued after them in vain;
   And thus Amalickiah, by his fraud, gained the hearts of the people.
31 And it came to pass on the morrow he entered the city Nephi,
   With his armies, and took possession of the city.
32 And now it came to pass that the queen,
   When she had heard that the king was slain──
   For Amalickiah had sent an embassy to the queen,
   Informing her that the king had been slain by his servants,
   That he had pursued them with his army, but it was in vain, and they had made their escape──
33 Therefore, when the queen had received this message she sent unto Amalickiah,
   Desiring him that he would spare the people of the city;
   And she also desired him that he should come in unto her;    
   And she also desired him,
   That he should bring witnesses with him,
   To testify concerning the death of the king.
34 And it came to pass that Amalickiah took the same servant that slew the king,
   And all them who were with him, and went in unto the queen, unto the place where she sat;
   And they all testified unto her that the king was slain by his own servants;
   And they said also: They have fled; does not this testify against them?
   And thus they satisfied the queen concerning the death of the king.
35 And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen,
   And took her unto him to wife; and thus by his fraud,
   And by the assistance of his cunning servants,
   He obtained the kingdom; yea, he was acknowledged king,
   Throughout all the land, among all the people of the Lamanites,
   Who were composed of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites,
   And all the dissenters of the Nephites, from the reign of Nephi down to the present time.
36 Now these dissenters, having the same instruction and the same information of the Nephites,
   Yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the Lord, nevertheless, it is strange to relate,
   Not long after their dissensions they became more hardened and impenitent,
   And more wild, wicked and ferocious than the Lamanites──
   Drinking in with the traditions of the Lamanites;
   Giving way to indolence,
   And all manner of lasciviousness;
   Yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their God.


    ALMA 48
  
1  AND now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom,
   He began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi;
   Yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites,
   From their towers, against the Nephites.
2  And thus he did inspire their hearts against the Nephites,
   Insomuch that in the latter end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges,
   He having accomplished his designs thus far, yea, having been made king over the Lamanites,
   He sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people, who were in the land,
   The Nephites as well as the Lamanites. Therefore he had accomplished his design,
   For he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites, and blinded their minds,
   And stirred them up to anger, insomuch that he had gathered,
   Together a numerous host to go to battle against the Nephites.
4  For he was determined, because of the greatness of the number of his people,
   To overpower the Nephites and to bring them into bondage.
5  And thus he did appoint chief captains of the Zoramites,
   They being the most acquainted with the strength of the Nephites,
   And their places of resort, and the weakest parts of their cities;
   Therefore he appointed them to be chief captains over his armies.
6  And it came to pass that they took their camp,
   And moved forth toward the land of Zarahemla in the wilderness.
7  Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit,
   Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful,
   Unto the Lord their God; yea, he had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites,
   And erecting small forts, or places of resort; throwing up banks of earth,
   Round about to enclose his armies, and also building walls of stone,
   To encircle them about, round about their cities,
   And the borders of their lands; yea, all round about the land.
9  And in their weakest fortifications he did place the greater number of men;
   And thus he did fortify and strengthen the land which was possessed by the Nephites.
10 And thus he was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children,
   And their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God,
   And that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians.
11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding;
   Yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed;
   A man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom,
   Of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God,
   For the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people;
   A man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ,
   And he had sworn with an oath to defend his people,
   His rights, and his country, and his religion,
   Even to the loss of his blood.
14 Now the Nephites were taught,
   To defend themselves against their enemies,
   Even to the shedding of blood if it were necessary;
   Yea, and they were also taught never to give an offense,
   Yea, and never to raise the sword except it were against an enemy,
   Except it were to preserve their lives.
15 And this was their faith,
   That by so doing God would prosper them in the land,
   Or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God,
   That he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war,
   According to their danger; and also, that God would make it known unto them,
   Whither they should go to defend themselves against their enemies,
   And by so doing, the Lord would deliver them;
   And this was the faith of Moroni,
   And his heart did glory in it;
   Not in the shedding of blood but in doing good,
   In preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God,
   Yea, and resisting iniquity. Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been,   
   And were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni,
   Behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever;
   Yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.
18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah,
   Yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah,
   Yea, and also Alma and his sons,
   For they were all men of God.
19 Now behold, Helaman and his brethren,
   Were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni;
   For they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance,
   All men whosoever would hearken unto their words. And thus they went forth,
   And the people did humble themselves because of their words,
   Insomuch that they were highly favored of the Lord,
   And thus they were free from wars,
   And contentions among themselves,
   Yea, even for the space of four years.
21 But, as I have said, in the latter end of the nineteenth year,
   Yea, notwithstanding their peace amongst themselves, they were compelled,
   Reluctantly to contend with their brethren, the Lamanites.
22 Yea, and in fine, their wars never did cease,
   For the space of many years with the Lamanites,
   Notwithstanding their much reluctance.
23 Now, they were sorry to take up arms against the Lamanites,
   Because they did not delight in the shedding of blood; yea, and this was not all──
   They were sorry to be the means of sending so many of their brethren,
   Out of this world into an eternal world, unprepared to meet their God.
24 Nevertheless, they could not suffer to lay down their lives,
   That their wives and their children should be massacred,
   By the barbarous cruelty of those,
   Who were once their brethren,
   Yea, and had dissented from their church,
   And had left them and had gone to destroy them by joining the Lamanites.
25 Yea, they could not bear that their brethren should rejoice over the blood of the Nephites,
   So long as there were any who should keep the commandments of God,
   For the promise of the Lord was,
   If they should keep his commandments they should prosper in the land.


    ALMA 49
  
1  AND now it came to pass in the eleventh month of the nineteenth year, on the tenth day of the month,
`  The armies of the Lamanites were seen approaching towards the land of Ammonihah.
2  And behold, the city had been rebuilt,
   And Moroni had stationed an army by the borders of the city,
   And they had cast up dirt round about to shield them from the arrows and the stones of the Lamanites;
   For behold, they fought with stones and with arrows.
3  Behold, I said the city of Ammonihah had been rebuilt; I say unto you, yea, that it was in part rebuilt;
   And because the Lamanites had destroyed it once because of the iniquity of the people;
   They supposed that it would again become an easy prey for them.
4  But behold, how great was their disappointment;
   For behold, the Nephites had dug up a ridge of earth round about them,
   Which was so high that the Lamanites could not cast their stones and their arrows at them,
   That they might take effect, neither could they come upon them save it was by their place of entrance.
5  Now at this time the chief captains of the Lamanites were astonished exceedingly,
   Because of the wisdom of the Nephites in preparing their places of security.
6  Now the leaders of the Lamanites had supposed,
   Because of the greatness of their numbers, yea, they supposed,
   That they should be privileged to come upon them, as they had hitherto done;
   Yea, and they had also prepared themselves with shields, and with breastplates;
   And they had also prepared themselves with garments of skins,
   Yea, very thick garments to cover their nakedness.
7  And being thus prepared they supposed,
   That they should easily overpower and subject their brethren,
   To the yoke of bondage, or slay and massacre them according to their pleasure.
8  But behold, to their uttermost astonishment, they were prepared for them,
   In a manner which never had been known among the children of Lehi.
   Now they were prepared for the Lamanites,
   To battle after the manner of the instructions of Moroni.
9  And it came to pass that the Lamanites, or the Amalickiahites,
   Were exceedingly astonished at their manner of preparation for war.
10 Now, if king Amalickiah had come down out of the land of Nephi, at the head of his army,
   Perhaps he would have caused the Lamanites to have attacked the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah;
   For behold, he did care not for the blood of his people.
11 But behold, Amalickiah did not come down himself to battle.
   And behold, his chief captains durst not attack the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah,
   For Moroni had altered the management of affairs among the Nephites,
   Insomuch that the Lamanites were disappointed,
   In their places of retreat,
   And they could not come upon them.
12 Therefore they retreated into the wilderness,
   And took their camp and marched towards the land of Noah,
   Supposing that to be the next best place for them to come against the Nephites.
13 For they knew not that Moroni had fortified,
   Or had built forts of security,
   For every city in all the land round about;
   Therefore, they marched forward to the land of Noah,
   With a firm determination; yea, their chief captains came forward,
   And took an oath that they would destroy the people of that city.
14 But behold, to their astonishment, the city of Noah,
   Which had hitherto been a weak place,
   Had now, by the means of Moroni, become strong,
   Yea, even to exceed the strength of the city Ammonihah.
15 And now, behold, this was wisdom in Moroni; for he had supposed,
   That they would be frightened at the city Ammonihah;
   And as the city of Noah had hitherto been the weakest part of the land,
   Therefore they would march thither to battle; and thus it was according to his desires.
16 And behold, Moroni had appointed Lehi to be chief captain over the men of that city;
   And it was that same Lehi who fought with the Lamanites,
   In the valley on the east of the river Sidon.
17 And now behold it came to pass, that when the Lamanites had found,
   That Lehi commanded the city they were again disappointed, for they feared Lehi exceedingly;
   Nevertheless their chief captains had sworn with an oath to attack the city;
   Therefore, they brought up their armies.
18 Now behold, the Lamanites could not get into their forts of security,
   By any other way save by the entrance, because of the highness of the bank which had been thrown up,
   And the depth of the ditch which had been dug round about, save it were by the entrance.
19 And thus were the Nephites prepared to destroy all such as should attempt,
   To climb up to enter the fort by any other way,
   By casting over stones and arrows at them. Thus they were prepared,
   Yea, a body of their strongest men, with their swords and their slings, to smite down all,
   Who should attempt to come into their place of security by the place of entrance;
   And thus were they prepared to defend themselves against the Lamanites.
21 And it came to pass that the captains of the Lamanites,
   Brought up their armies before the place of entrance,
   And began to contend with the Nephites,
   To get into their place of security;   
   But behold, they were driven back from time to time,
   Insomuch that they were slain with an immense slaughter.
22 Now when they found that they could not obtain power over the Nephites by the pass,
   They began to dig down their banks of earth that they might obtain a pass to their armies,
   That they might have an equal chance to fight; but behold, in these attempts,
   They were swept off by the stones and arrows which were thrown at them;
   And instead of filling up their ditches by pulling down the banks of earth,
   They were filled up in a measure with their dead and wounded bodies.
23 Thus the Nephites had all power over their enemies; and thus the Lamanites,
   Did attempt to destroy the Nephites until their chief captains were all slain;
   Yea, and more than a thousand of the Lamanites were slain; while, on the other hand,
   There was not a single soul of the Nephites which was slain.
24 There were about fifty who were wounded,
   Who had been exposed to the arrows of the Lamanites through the pass,
   But they were shielded by their shields, and their breastplates, and their head-plates,
   Insomuch that their wounds were upon their legs, many of which were very severe.
25 And it came to pass, that when the Lamanites saw that their chief captains were all slain,
   They fled into the wilderness. And it came to pass that they returned to the land of Nephi,
   To inform their king, Amalickiah, who was a Nephite by birth, concerning their great loss.
26 And it came to pass that he was exceedingly angry with his people,
   Because he had not obtained his desire over the Nephites;
   He had not subjected them to the yoke of bondage.
27 Yea, he was exceedingly wroth,
   And he did curse God, and also Moroni,
   Swearing with an oath that he would drink his blood;
   And this because Moroni had kept the commandments of God,
   In preparing for the safety of his people. And it came to pass,
   That on the other hand, the people of Nephi did thank the Lord their God,
   Because of his matchless power in delivering them from the hands of their enemies.
29 And thus ended the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
30 Yea, and there was continual peace among them, and exceedingly great prosperity in the church,
   Because of their heed and diligence which they gave unto the word of God,
   Which was declared unto them by Helaman,
   And Shiblon, and Corianton, and Ammon and his brethren,
   Yea, and by all those who had been ordained by the holy order of God,
   Being baptized unto repentance and sent forth to preach among the people.


    ALMA 50
  
1  AND now it came to pass that Moroni did not stop making preparations for war,
   Or to defend his people against the Lamanites; for he caused that his armies,
   Should commence in the commencement of the twentieth year of the reign of the judges,
   That they should commence in digging up heaps of earth round about all the cities,
   Throughout all the land which was possessed by the Nephites.
2  And upon the top of these ridges of earth,
   He caused that there should be timbers,
   Yea, works of timbers built up to the height of a man,
   Round about the cities. And he caused that upon those works of timbers,
   There should be a frame of pickets built upon the timbers round about; and they were strong and high.
4  And he caused towers to be erected that overlooked those works of pickets,
   And he caused places of security to be built upon those towers,
   That the stones and the arrows of the Lamanites could not hurt them.
5  And they were prepared that they could cast stones from the top thereof,
   According to their pleasure and their strength, and slay him who should attempt to approach the city.
6  Thus Moroni did prepare strongholds against the coming of their enemies,
   Round about every city in all the land. And it came to pass,
   That Moroni caused that his armies,
   Should go forth into the east wilderness;
   Yea, and they went forth and drove all the Lamanites,
   Who were in the east wilderness into their own lands, which were south of the land of Zarahemla.
8  And the land of Nephi did run in a straight course from the east sea to the west.
9  And it came to pass that when Moroni had driven all the Lamanites out of the east wilderness,
   Which was north of the lands of their own possessions, he caused that the inhabitants,
   Who were in the land of Zarahemla and in the land round about,
   Should go forth into the east wilderness,
   Even to the borders by the seashore, and possess the land.
10 And he also placed armies on the south, in the borders of their possessions,
   And caused them to erect fortifications that they might secure their armies,
   And their people from the hands of their enemies.
11 And thus he cut off all the strongholds of the Lamanites in the east wilderness,
   Yea, and also on the west, fortifying the line between the Nephites and the Lamanites,
   Between the land of Zarahemla and the land of Nephi,
   From the west sea, running by the head of the river Sidon──
   The Nephites possessing all the land northward, yea, even all the land,
   Which was northward of the land Bountiful, according to their pleasure.
12 Thus Moroni, with his armies, which did increase daily because of the assurance of protection,
   Which his works did bring forth unto them, did seek to cut off the strength,
   And the power of the Lamanites from off the lands of their possessions,
   That they should have no power upon the lands of their possession.
13 And it came to pass that the Nephites began the foundation of a city,
   And they called the name of the city Moroni; and it was by the east sea;
   And it was on the south by the line of the possessions of the Lamanites.
14 And they also began a foundation for a city between the city of Moroni and the city of Aaron,
   Joining the borders of Aaron and Moroni; and they called the name of the city, or the land, Nephihah.
15 And they also began in that same year to build many cities on the north,
   One in a particular manner which they called Lehi,
   Which was in the north by the borders of the seashore.
16 And thus ended the twentieth year.
17 And in these prosperous circumstances were the people of Nephi,
   In the commencement of the twenty and first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
18 And they did prosper exceedingly, and they became exceedingly rich;
   Yea, and they did multiply and wax strong in the land.
19 And thus we see how merciful and just are all the dealings of the Lord,
   To the fulfilling of all his words unto the children of men;
   Yea, we can behold that his words are verified,
   Even at this time which he spake unto Lehi,
   Saying: Blessed art thou and thy children;
   And they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments,
   They shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments,
   They shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
21 And we see that these promises have been verified to the people of Nephi;
   For it has been their quarrelings and their contentions,
   Yea, their murderings, and their plunderings,
   Their idolatry, their whoredoms,
   And their abominations, which were among themselves,
   Which brought upon their wars and their destructions.
22 And those who were faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord were delivered at all times,    
   Whilst thousands of their wicked brethren have been consigned to bondage,
   Or to perish by the sword, or to dwindle in unbelief, and mingle with the Lamanites.
23 But behold there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi,
   Since the days of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni, yea, even at this time,
   In the twenty and first year of the reign of the judges.
24 And it came to pass that the twenty and second year,
   Of the reign of the judges also ended in peace;
   Yea, and also the twenty and third year.
25 And it came to pass that in the commencement,
   Of the twenty and fourth year of the reign of the judges,
   There would also have been peace among the people of Nephi,
   Had it not been for a contention which took place among them,
   Concerning the land of Lehi, and the land of Morianton,
   Which joined upon the borders of Lehi;
   Both of which were on the borders by the seashore.
26 For behold, the people who possessed the land of Morianton,
   Did claim a part of the land of Lehi; therefore there began to be a warm contention,
   Between them, insomuch that the people of Morianton,
   Took up arms against their brethren,
   And they were determined by the sword to slay them.
27 But behold, the people who possessed the land of Lehi fled to the camp of Moroni,
   And appealed unto him for assistance; for behold they were not in the wrong.
28 And it came to pass that when the people of Morianton,
   Who were led by a man whose name was Morianton,
   Found that the people of Lehi had fled to the camp of Moroni,
   They were exceedingly fearful lest the army of Moroni should come upon them and destroy them.
29 Therefore, Morianton put it into their hearts that they should flee to the land which was northward,
   Which was covered with large bodies of water, and take possession of the land which was northward.
30 And behold, they would have carried this plan into effect,
   (which would have been a cause to have been lamented)
   But behold, Morianton being a man of much passion,
   Therefore he was angry with one of his maid servants,
   And he fell upon her and beat her much.
31 And it came to pass that she fled,
   And came over to the camp of Moroni,
   And told Moroni all things concerning the matter,
   And also concerning their intentions to flee into the land northward.
32 Now behold, the people who were in the land Bountiful, or rather Moroni,
   Feared that they would hearken to the words of Morianton, and unite with his people,
   And thus he would obtain possession of those parts of the land,
   Which would lay a foundation for serious consequences among the people of Nephi,
   Yea, which consequences would lead to the overthrow of their liberty.
33 Therefore Moroni sent an army, with their camp,
   To head the people of Morianton,
   To stop their flight into the land northward.
34 And it came to pass that they did not head them,
   Until they had come to the borders of the land Desolation;
   And there they did head them, by the narrow pass which led by the sea,
   Into the land northward, yea, by the sea, on the west and on the east.
35 And it came to pass that the army which was sent by Moroni,
   Which was led by a man whose name was Teancum,
   Did meet the people of Morianton;
   And so stubborn were the people of Morianton,
   (being inspired by his wickedness and his flattering words)
   That a battle commenced between them, in the which Teancum did slay Morianton,
   And defeat his army and took them prisoners, and returned to the camp of Moroni.
   And thus ended the twenty and fourth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
36 And thus were the people of Morianton brought back. And upon their covenanting,
   To keep the peace they were restored to the land of Morianton,
   And a union took place between them, and the people of Lehi;
   And they were also restored to their lands.
37 And it came to pass that in the same year that the people of Nephi,
   Had peace restored unto them, that Nephihah, the second chief judge, died,
   Having filled the judgment-seat with perfect uprightness before God.
38 Nevertheless, he had refused Alma to take possession of those records,
   And those things which were esteemed by Alma and his fathers to be most sacred;
   Therefore Alma had conferred them upon his son, Helaman.
39 Behold, it came to pass that the son of Nephihah,
   Was appointed to fill the judgment-seat,
   In the stead of his father;
   Yea, he was appointed chief judge and governor,
   Over the people, with an oath and sacred ordinance to judge righteously,
   And to keep the peace and the freedom of the people, and to grant unto them their sacred privileges,
   To worship the Lord their God, yea, to support and maintain the cause of God all his days,
   And to bring the wicked to justice according to their crime.
40 Now behold, his name was Pahoran.
   And Pahoran did fill the seat of his father,
   And did commence his reign in the end of the twenty and fourth year, over the people of Nephi.


    ALMA 51
  
1  AND now it came to pass in the commencement of the twenty and fifth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   They having established peace,
   Between the people of Lehi,
   And the people of Morianton concerning their lands,
   And having commenced the twenty and fifth year in peace;
2  Nevertheless, they did not long maintain an entire peace in the land,
   For there began to be a contention among the people concerning the chief judge Pahoran;
   For behold, there were a part of the people who desired that a few particular points of the law should be altered.
3  But behold, Pahoran would not alter nor suffer the law to be altered; therefore, he did not hearken,
   To those who had sent in their voices with their petitions concerning the altering of the law.
4  Therefore, those who were desirous that the law should be altered were angry with him,
   And desired that he should no longer be chief judge over the land;
   Therefore there arose a warm dispute concerning the matter,    
   But not unto bloodshed.
5  And it came to pass that those who were desirous,
   That Pahoran should be dethroned from the judgment-seat,
   Were called king-men, for they were desirous that the law should be altered,
   In a manner to overthrow the free government and to establish a king over the land.
6  And those who were desirous that Pahoran should remain chief judge over the land,
   Took upon them the name of freemen; and thus was the division among them,
   For the freemen had sworn or covenanted to maintain their rights,
   And the privileges of their religion by a free government.
7  And it came to pass that this matter,
   Of their contention was settled by the voice of the people.
   And it came to pass that the voice of the people came in favor of the freemen,
   And Pahoran retained the judgment-seat, which caused much rejoicing among the brethren of Pahoran,
   And also many of the people of liberty, who also put the king-men to silence,
   That they durst not oppose but were obliged to maintain the cause of freedom.
8  Now those who were in favor of kings were those of high birth, and they sought to be kings;
   And they were supported by those who sought power and authority over the people.
9  But behold, this was a critical time for such contentions to be among the people of Nephi;
   For behold, Amalickiah had again stirred up the hearts of the people of the Lamanites,
   Against the people of the Nephites, and he was gathering together soldiers,
   From all parts of his land, and arming them,
   And preparing for war with all diligence;
   For he had sworn to drink the blood of Moroni.
10 But behold, we shall see that his promise which he made was rash;
   Nevertheless, he did prepare himself and his armies to come to battle against the Nephites.
11 Now his armies were not so great as they had hitherto been, because of the many thousands,
   Who had been slain by the hand of the Nephites; but notwithstanding their great loss,
   Amalickiah had gathered together a wonderfully great army,
   Insomuch that he feared not to come down to the land of Zarahemla.
12 Yea, even Amalickiah did himself come down, at the head of the Lamanites.
   And it was in the twenty and fifth year of the reign of the judges;
   And it was at the same time that they had begun to settle the affairs,
   Of their contentions concerning the chief judge, Pahoran.
13 And it came to pass that when the men who were called king-men,
   Had heard that the Lamanites were coming down to battle against them,
   They were glad in their hearts; and they refused to take up arms;
   For they were so wroth with the chief judge and also with the people of liberty,
   That they would not take up arms to defend their country.
14 And it came to pass that when Moroni saw this,
   And also saw that the Lamanites were coming into the borders of the land,
   He was exceedingly wroth because of the stubbornness of those people,
   Whom he had labored with so much diligence to preserve;
   Yea, he was exceedingly wroth; his soul was filled with anger against them.
15 And it came to pass that he sent a petition, with the voice of the people,
   Unto the governor of the land, desiring that he should read it,
   And give him (Moroni) power to compel those dissenters,
   To defend their country or to put them to death.
16 For it was his first care to put an end,
   To such contentions and dissensions among the people;
   For behold, this had been hitherto a cause of all their destruction.
   And it came to pass that it was granted according to the voice of the people.
17 And it came to pass that Moroni commanded that his army should go against those king-men,
   To pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth,
   Or they should take up arms and support the cause of liberty.
18 And it came to pass that the armies did march forth against them;
   And they did pull down their pride and their nobility,
   Insomuch that as they did lift their weapons of war,
   To fight against the men of Moroni;
   They were hewn down and leveled to the earth.
19 And it came to pass that there were four thousand of those dissenters,
   Who were hewn down by the sword; and those of their leaders who were not slain in battle,
   Were taken and cast into prison, for there was no time for their trials at this period.
20 And the remainder of those dissenters, rather than be smitten down to the earth by the sword,
   Yielded to the standard of liberty, and were compelled to hoist the title of liberty upon their towers,
   And in their cities, and to take up arms in defense of their country.
21 And thus Moroni put an end to those king-men,
   That there were not any known by the appellation of king-men;
   And thus he put an end to the stubbornness and the pride of those people,
   Who professed the blood of nobility; but they were brought down to humble themselves,
   Like unto their brethren, and to fight valiantly for their freedom from bondage.
22 Behold, it came to pass that while Moroni was thus breaking down the wars and contentions,
   Among his own people, and subjecting them to peace and civilization,
   And making regulations to prepare for war against the Lamanites,
   Behold, the Lamanites had come into the land of Moroni,
   Which was in the borders by the seashore.
23 And it came to pass that the Nephites,
   Were not sufficiently strong in the city of Moroni;
   Therefore Amalickiah did drive them, slaying many.
   And it came to pass Amalickiah took possession of the city,
   Yea, possession of all their fortifications.
24 And those who fled out of the city of Moroni came to the city of Nephihah;
   And also the people of the city of Lehi gathered themselves together,
   And made preparations and were ready to receive the Lamanites battle.
25 But it came to pass that Amalickiah would not suffer the Lamanites,
   To go against the city of Nephihah to battle,
   But kept them down by the seashore,
   Leaving men in every city to maintain and defend it.
26 And thus he went on, taking possession of many cities, the city of Nephihah,
   And the city of Lehi, and the city of Morianton, and the city of Omner, and the city of Gid,
   And the city of Mulek, all of which were on the east borders by the seashore.
27 And thus had the Lamanites obtained, by the cunning of Amalickiah,
   So many cities, by their numberless hosts,
   All of which were strongly fortified,
   After the manner of the fortifications of Moroni;
   All of which afforded strongholds for the Lamanites.
28 And it came to pass that they marched to the borders of the land Bountiful,
   Driving the Nephites before them and slaying many.
29 And it came to pass that they were met by Teancum,
   Who had slain Morianton and had headed his people in his flight.
30 And it came to pass that he headed Amalickiah also, as he was marching forth with his numerous army,
   That he might take possession of the land Bountiful, and also the land northward.
31 But behold he met with a disappointment by being repulsed by Teancum and his men,
   For they were great warriors; for every man of Teancum,
   Did exceed the Lamanites in their strength,
   And in their skill of war, insomuch that they did gain advantage over the Lamanites.
32 And it came to pass that they did harass them, insomuch that they did slay them even until it was dark.
   And it came to pass that Teancum and his men did pitch their tents in the borders of the land of Bountiful;
   And Amalickiah did pitch his tents in the borders on the beach by the seashore,
   And after this manner were they driven.
33 And it came to pass that when the night had come,
   Teancum and his servant stole forth and went out by night,
   And went into the camp of Amalickiah; and behold, sleep had overpowered them,
   Because of their much fatigue, which was caused by the labors and heat of the day.
34 And it came to pass that Teancum stole privily into the tent of the king,
   And put a javelin to his heart; and he did cause the death of the king,
   Immediately that he did not awake his servants.
35 And he returned again privily to his own camp,
   And behold, his men were asleep,
   And he awoke them,
   And told them all the things that he had done.
36 And he caused that his armies should stand in readiness,
   Lest the Lamanites had awakened and should come upon them.
37 And thus endeth the twenty and fifth year of the reign of the judges,
   Over the people of Nephi; and thus endeth the days of Amalickiah.


    ALMA 52
  
1  AND now, it came to pass in the twenty and sixth year of the reign of the judges,
   Over the people of Nephi, behold, when the Lamanites awoke on the first morning of the first month,
   Behold, they found Amalickiah was dead in his own tent;
   And they also saw that Teancum was ready to give them battle on that day.
2  And now, when the Lamanites saw this they were affrighted;
   And they abandoned their design in marching into the land northward,
   And retreated with all their army into the city of Mulek, and sought protection in their fortifications.
3  And it came to pass that the brother of Amalickiah was appointed king over the people;
   And his name was Ammoron; thus king Ammoron, the brother of king Amalickiah,
   Was appointed to reign in his stead. And it came to pass,
   That he did command that his people,
   Should maintain those cities,
   Which they had taken by the shedding of blood;
   For they had not taken any cities save they had lost much blood.
5  And now, Teancum saw that the Lamanites were determined to maintain those cities which they had taken,
   And those parts of the land which they had obtained possession of;
   And also seeing the enormity of their number,
   Teancum thought it was not expedient,
   That he should attempt to attack them in their forts.
6  But he kept his men round about, as if making preparations for war;
   Yea, and truly he was preparing to defend himself against them,
   By casting up walls round about and preparing places of resort.
7  And it came to pass that he kept thus preparing for war,
   Until Moroni had sent a large number of men to strengthen his army.
8  And Moroni also sent orders unto him that he should retain all the prisoners,
   Who fell into his hands; for as the Lamanites had taken many prisoners,
   That he should retain all the prisoners of the Lamanites,
   As a ransom for those whom the Lamanites had taken.
9  And he also sent orders unto him that he should fortify the land Bountiful,
   And secure the narrow pass which led into the land northward,
   Lest the Lamanites should obtain that point,
   And should have power to harass them on every side.
10 And Moroni also sent unto him, desiring him,
   That he would be faithful in maintaining that quarter of the land,
   And that he would seek every opportunity to scourge the Lamanites in that quarter,
   As much as was in his power, that perhaps he might take again by stratagem,
   Or some other way those cities which had been taken out of their hands;
   And that he also would fortify and strengthen the cities round about,
   Which had not fallen into the hands of the Lamanites.
11 And he also said unto him, I would come unto you,
   But behold, the Lamanites are upon us,
   In the borders of the land by the west sea;
   And behold, I go against them, therefore I cannot come unto you.
12 Now, the king (Ammoron) had departed out of the land of Zarahemla,
   And had made known unto the queen concerning the death of his brother,
   And had gathered together a large number of men,
   And had marched forth against the Nephites,
   On the borders by the west sea.
13 And thus he was endeavoring to harass the Nephites,
   And to draw away a part of their forces to that part of the land,
   While he had commanded those whom he had left to possess the cities which he had taken,
   That they should also harass the Nephites on the borders by the east sea,
   And should take possession of their lands as much as it was in their power,
   According to the power of their armies.
14 And thus were the Nephites in those dangerous circumstances,
   in the ending of the twenty and sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
15 But behold, it came to pass in the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges,
   That Teancum, by the command of Moroni──who had established armies,
   To protect the south and the west borders of the land,
   And had begun his march towards the land Bountiful,
   That he might assist Teancum with his men,
   In retaking the cities which they had lost──
16 And it came to pass that Teancum had received orders,
   To make an attack upon the city of Mulek, and retake it if it were possible.
17 And it came to pass that Teancum made preparations to make an attack upon the city of Mulek,
   And march forth with his army against the Lamanites; but he saw that it was impossible,
   That he could overpower them while they were in their fortifications;
   Therefore he abandoned his designs and returned again to the city Bountiful,
   To wait for the coming of Moroni, that he might receive strength to his army.
18 And it came to pass that Moroni did arrive with his army at the land of Bountiful,
   In the latter end of the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
19 And in the commencement of the twenty and eighth year, Moroni and Teancum,
   And many of the chief captains held a council of war──
   What they should do to cause the Lamanites,
   To come out against them to battle;
   Or that they by some means flatter them out of their strongholds,
   That they might gain advantage over them and take again the city of Mulek.
20 And it came to pass they sent embassies to the army of the Lamanites which protected the city of Mulek,
   To their leader, whose name was Jacob, desiring him that he would come out with his armies,
   To meet them upon the plains between the two cities.
   But behold, Jacob, who was a Zoramite,
   Would not come out with his army to meet them upon the plains.
21 And it came to pass that Moroni, having no hopes of meeting them upon fair grounds,
   Therefore, he resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the Lamanites out of their strongholds.
22 Therefore he caused that Teancum should take a small number of men,
   And march down near the seashore; and Moroni and his army,
   By night, marched in the wilderness,
   On the west of the city Mulek;
   And thus, on the morrow, when the guards of the Lamanites,
   Had discovered Teancum, they ran and told it unto Jacob, their leader.
23 And it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did march forth against Teancum,
   Supposing by their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the smallness of his numbers.
   And as Teancum saw the armies of the Lamanites coming out against him,
   He began to retreat down by the seashore, northward.
24 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw,
   That he began to flee, they took courage and pursued them with vigor.
   And while Teancum was thus leading away the Lamanites who were pursuing them in vain,
   Behold, Moroni commanded that a part of his army who were with him,
   Should march forth into the city, and take possession of it.
25 And thus they did, and slew all those who had been left,
   To protect the city, yea, all those who would not yield up their weapons of war.
26 And thus Moroni had obtained possession of the city Mulek with a part of his army,
   While he marched with the remainder to meet the Lamanites,
   When they should return from the pursuit of Teancum.
27 And it came to pass that the Lamanites,    
   Did pursue Teancum,
   Until they came near the city Bountiful,
   And then they were met by Lehi and a small army,
   Which had been left to protect the city Bountiful.
28 And now behold, when the chief captains of the Lamanites,
   Had beheld Lehi with his army coming against them, they fled in much confusion,
   Lest perhaps they should not obtain the city Mulek before Lehi should overtake them;
   For they were wearied because of their march, and the men of Lehi were fresh.
29 Now the Lamanites did not know that Moroni had been in their rear,
   With his army, and all they feared was Lehi and his men.
30 Now Lehi was not desirous to overtake them,
   Till they should meet Moroni and his army.
31 And it came to pass that before the Lamanites had retreated far,
   They were surrounded by the Nephites, by the men of Moroni on one hand,
   And the men of Lehi on the other, all of whom were fresh and full of strength;
   But the Lamanites were wearied because of their long march.
32 And Moroni commanded his men that they should fall upon them,
   Until they had given up their weapons of war.
33 And it came to pass that Jacob, being their leader,
   Being also a Zoramite, and having an unconquerable spirit,
   He led the Lamanites forth to battle with exceeding fury against Moroni.
34 Moroni being in their course of march, therefore Jacob was determined to slay them,
   And cut his way through to the city of Mulek. but behold, Moroni and his men were more powerful;
   Therefore they did not give way before the Lamanites.
35 And it came to pass that they fought on both hands with exceeding fury;
   And there were many slain on both sides; yea, and Moroni was wounded and Jacob was killed.
36 And Lehi pressed upon their rear with such fury with his strong men,
   That the Lamanites in the rear delivered up their weapons of war;
   And the remainder of them, being much confused,
   Knew not whither to go or to strike.
37 Now Moroni seeing their confusion, he said unto them:
   If ye will bring forth your weapons of war and deliver them up,
   Behold we will forbear shedding your blood.
38 And it came to pass,    
   That when the Lamanites had heard these words,
   Their chief captains, all those who were not slain,
   Came forth and threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni,
   And also commanded their men that they should do the same.
39 But behold, there were many that would not;
   And those who would not deliver up their swords,
   Were taken and bound, and their weapons of war were taken from them,
   And they were compelled to march with their brethren forth into the land Bountiful.
40 And now the number of prisoners who were taken exceeded more,
   Than the number of those who had been slain,
   Yea, more than those who had been slain on both sides.


    ALMA 53
  
1  AND it came to pass that they did set guards over the prisoners of the Lamanites,
   And did compel them to go forth and bury their dead,
   Yea, and also the dead of the Nephites were slain;
   And Moroni placed men over them to guard them while they should perform their labors.
2  And Moroni went to the city of Mulek with Lehi, and took command of the city and gave it unto Lehi.
   Now behold, this Lehi was a man who had been with Moroni in the more part of all his battles;
   And he was a man like unto Moroni, and they rejoiced in each other's safety;
   Yea, they were beloved by each other, and also beloved by all the people of Nephi.
3  And it came to pass that after the Lamanites had finished burying their dead,
   And also the dead of the Nephites, they were marched back into the land Bountiful;
   And Teancum, by the orders of Moroni, caused that they should commence laboring,
   In digging a ditch round about the land, or the city, Bountiful.
4  And he caused that they should build,
   A breastwork of timbers upon the inner bank of the ditch;
   And they cast up dirt out of the ditch against the breastwork of timbers;
   And thus they did cause the Lamanites to labor until they had encircled the city of Bountiful,
   Round about with a strong wall of timbers and earth, to an exceeding height.
5  And this city became an exceeding stronghold ever after;
   And in this city they did guard the prisoners of the Lamanites;
   Yea, even within a wall which they had caused them to build with their own hands.
   Now Moroni was compelled to cause the Lamanites to labor,
   Because it was easy to guard them while at their labor;
   And he desired all his forces,
   When he should make an attack upon the Lamanites.
6  And it came to pass that Moroni had thus gained a victory,
   Over one of the greatest of the armies of the Lamanites,
   And had obtained possession of the city of Mulek,
   Which was one of the strongest holds of the Lamanites in the land of Nephi;
   And thus he had also built a stronghold to retain his prisoners.
7  And it came to pass that he did no more attempt a battle,
   With the Lamanites in that year,
   But he did employ his men in preparing for war,
   Yea, and in making fortifications to guard against the Lamanites,
   Yea, and also delivering their women and their children from famine and affliction,
   And providing food for their armies.
8  And now it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites on the west sea, south,
   While in the absence of Moroni on account of some intrigue amongst the Nephites,
   Which caused dissensions amongst them, had gained some ground over the Nephites,
   Yea, insomuch, that they had obtained possession,
   Of a number of their cities in that part of the land.
9  And thus because of iniquity amongst themselves, yea, because of dissensions,
   And intrigue among themselves they were placed in the most dangerous circumstances.
10 And now behold, I have somewhat to say concerning the people of Ammon,
   Who, in the beginning, were Lamanites;
   But by Ammon and his brethren,    
   Or rather by the power and word of God,
   They had been converted unto the Lord; and they had been brought down,
   Into the land of Zarahemla, and had ever since been protected by the Nephites.
11 And because of their oath they had been kept from taking up arms against their brethren;
   For they had taken an oath that they never would shed blood more;
   And according to their oath they would have perished;
   Yea, they would have suffered themselves,
   To have fallen into the hands of their brethren,   
   Had it not been for the pity and the exceeding love,
   Which Ammon and his brethren had had for them.
12 And for this cause they were brought down,
   Into the land of Zarahemla;
   And they ever had been protected by the Nephites.
13 But it came to pass that when they saw the danger,
   And the many afflictions and tribulations which the Nephites bore for them,
   They were moved with compassion and were desirous to take up arms in the defense of their country.
14 But behold, as they were about to take their weapons of war,
   They were overpowered by the persuasions of Helaman and his brethren,
   For they were about to break the oath which they had made.
15 And Helaman feared lest by so doing,
   They should lose their souls;
   Therefore all those who had entered into this covenant,
   Were compelled to behold their brethren wade through their afflictions,
   In their dangerous circumstances at this time.
16 But behold, it came to pass,
   They had many sons,
   Who had not entered into a covenant,
   That they would not take their weapons of war,
   To defend themselves against their enemies;
   Therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time,
   As many as were able to take up arms, and they called themselves Nephites.
17 And they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites,
   Yea, to protect the land unto the laying down of their lives;
   Yea, even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty,
   But they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage.
18 Now behold, there were two thousand of those young men who entered into this covenant,
   And took their weapons of war to defend their country.
19 And now behold, as they never had hitherto been a disadvantage to the Nephites,
   They became now at this period of time also a great support;
   For they took their weapons of war, and they would that Helaman should be their leader.
20 And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage,
   And also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all──
   They were men who were true at all times,
   In whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
21 Yea, they were men of truth and soberness,
   For they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.
22 And now it came to pass that Helaman did march at the head of his two thousand stripling soldiers,
   To the support of the people in the borders of the land on the south by the west sea.
23 And thus ended the twenty and eighth year of the reign of the judges,
   Over the people of Nephi.


    ALMA 54
  
1  AND now it came to pass in the commencement of the twenty and ninth year of the judges,
   That Ammoron sent unto Moroni desiring that he would exchange prisoners.
2  And it came to pass that Moroni felt to rejoice exceedingly at this request;
   For he desired the provisions which were imparted for the support of the Lamanite prisoners,
   For the support of his own people; and he also desired his own people for the strengthening of his army.
3  Now the Lamanites had taken many women and children,
   And there was not a woman nor a child among all the prisoners of Moroni,
   Or the prisoners whom Moroni had taken; therefore Moroni resolved upon a stratagem,
   To obtain as many prisoners of the Nephites from the Lamanites as it were possible.
4  Therefore he wrote an epistle, and sent it by the servant of Ammoron,
   The same who had brought an epistle to Moroni.
   Now these are the words which he wrote unto Ammoron, saying,
5  Behold, Ammoron, I have written unto you somewhat concerning this war,
   Which ye have waged against my people, or rather which thy brother hath waged against them,
   And which ye are still determined to carry on after his death.
6  Behold, I would tell you somewhat concerning the justice of God,
   And the sword of his almighty wrath,
   Which doth hang over you except ye repent,
   And withdraw your armies into your own lands,
   Or the land of your possessions, which is the land of Nephi.
7  Yea, I would tell you these things if ye were capable of hearkening unto them;
   Yea, I would tell you concerning that awful hell that awaits to receive such murderers,
   As thou and thy brother have been, except ye repent and withdraw your murderous purposes,
   And return with your armies to your own lands. But as ye have once rejected these things,
   And have fought against the people of the Lord, even so I may expect you will do it again.
9  And now behold, we are prepared to receive you; yea, and except you withdraw your purposes,
   Behold, ye will pull down the wrath of that God whom you have rejected upon you,
   Even to your utter destruction. But, as the Lord liveth,
   Our armies shall come upon you except ye withdraw,
   And ye shall soon be visited with death,
   For we will retain our cities and our lands;
   Yea, and we will maintain our religion and the cause of our God.
11 But behold, it supposeth me that I talk to you, concerning these things in vain;
   Or it supposeth me that thou art a child of hell;
   Therefore I will close my epistle by telling you that I will not exchange prisoners,
   Save it be on conditions that ye will deliver up a man and his wife and his children, for one prisoner;
   If this be the case that ye will do it, I will exchange.
12 And behold, if ye do not this, I will come against you with my armies;
   Yea, even I will arm my women and my children, and I will come against you,
   And I will follow you even into your own land, which is the land of our first inheritance;
   Yea, and it shall be blood for blood, yea, life for life;
   And I will give you battle even until you are destroyed from off the face of the earth.
13 Behold, I am in my anger, and also my people; ye have sought to murder us,
   And we have only sought to defend ourselves. But behold,
   If ye seek to destroy us more we will seek to destroy you;
   Yea, and we will seek our land, the land of our first inheritance.
14 Now I close my epistle. I am Moroni; I am a leader of the people of the Nephites.
15 Now it came to pass that Ammoron, when he had received this epistle, was angry;
   And he wrote another epistle unto Moroni, and these are the words which he wrote, saying:
16 I am Ammoron, the king of the Lamanites; I am the brother of Amalickiah whom ye have murdered.
   Behold, I will avenge his blood upon you, yea, and I will come upon you with my armies;
   For I fear not your threatenings; for behold, your fathers did wrong their brethren,
   Insomuch that they did rob them of their right to the government,
   When it rightly belonged unto them.
18 And now behold, if ye will lay down your arms,
   And subject yourselves to be governed by those to whom the government doth rightly belong,
   Then will I cause that my people shall lay down their weapons and shall be at war no more.
19 Behold, ye have breathed out many threatenings against me and my people;
   But behold, we fear not your threatenings. Nevertheless,
   I will grant to exchange prisoners, according to your request, gladly,
   That I may preserve my food for my men of war; and we will wage a war which shall be eternal,
   Either to the subjecting the Nephites to our authority or to their eternal extinction.
21 And as concerning that God whom ye say we have rejected, behold, we know not such a being;
   Neither do ye; but if it so be that there is such a being,
   We know not but that he hath made us as well as you.
22 And if it so be that there is a devil and a hell,
   Behold will he not send you there to dwell with my brother whom ye have murdered,
   Whom ye have hinted that he hath gone to such a place? But behold these things matter not.
23 I am Ammoron, and a descendant of Zoram, whom your fathers pressed and brought out of Jerusalem.
24 And behold now, I am a bold Lamanite; behold, this war hath been waged to avenge their wrongs,
   And to maintain and to obtain their rights to the government;
   And I close my epistle to Moroni.


    ALMA 55
  
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 Nephites.
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 drunken.
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 times did the Lamanites attempt to encircle them about by night,
   But in these attempts they did lose many prisoners; 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. 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 of provisions.
35 And thus ended the twenty and ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.


    ALMA 56
  
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 defense.
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 defense.
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 the 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. 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. 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 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.


    ALMA 57
  
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 forces 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; but it came to pass 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 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. It came to pass we did meet the spies of our armies,
   Who had been sent forth to watch the camp of the Lamanites, 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 our people.
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 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.


    ALMA 58
  
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. 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 in him.
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. And it came to pass that on the morrow,
   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 army.
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 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 the wilderness.
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. 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 traveling 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 great possessions.
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; 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.


    ALMA 59
  
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. 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 land.
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 of 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 over them.
13 And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government,
   Because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country.


    ALMA 60
  
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, and 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.
   Yea, great has been your neglect towards us.
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 the sword.
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 God.
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. 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; 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 your country.
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 he forgotten the captivity of our fathers?
   Have ye forgotten the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies?
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 and bleeding?
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 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──
   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.
   Behold it is time, yea, the time is now at hand that except ye do bestir yourselves,
   In the defense 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 the world?
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 against them.
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 fulfill 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.


    ALMA 61
  
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. 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 defense 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 free.
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.


    ALMA 62
  
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 defense 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 defense of their country,
   But would fight against it, were put to death.
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 of freedom.
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. 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 pass.
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. 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 slew him.
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 rich.
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 the land.
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.


    ALMA 63
  
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 his brother.
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 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. 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 Nephites.
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 of Nephi.
17 And thus ended the account of Alma, and Helaman his son, and also Shiblon, who was his son.

 




THE BOOK OF HELAMAN

An account of the Nephites. Their wars and contentions, and their dissensions. And also the prophecies of many holy prophets, before the coming of Christ, according to the records of Helaman, who was the son of Helaman, and also according to the records of his sons, even down to the coming of Christ. And also many of the Lamanites are converted. An account of their conversion. An account of the righteousness of the Lamanites, and the wickedness and abominations of the Nephites, according to the record of Helaman and his sons, even down to the coming of Christ, which is called the book of Helaman.

CHAPTERS

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    HELAMAN 1
  
1  AND now behold, it came to pass in the commencement of the fortieth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   There began to be a serious difficulty,
   Among the people of the Nephites.
2  For behold, Pahoran had died,
   And gone the way of all the earth;
   Therefore there began to be a serious contention,
   Concerning who should have the judgment-seat,
   Among the brethren who were the sons of Pahoran.
3  Now these are their names who did contend for the judgment-seat,
   Who did also cause the people to contend: Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni.
4  Now these are not all the sons of Pahoran (for he had many), but these are they,
   Who did contend for the judgment-seat; therefore, they did cause three divisions among the people.
5  Nevertheless, it came to pass that Pahoran was appointed by the voice of the people,
   To be chief judge and a governor over the people of Nephi.
6  And it came to pass that Pacumeni, when he saw,
   That he could not obtain the judgment-seat,
   He did unite with the voice of the people.
7  But behold, Paanchi, and that part of the people that were desirous,
   That he should be their governor, was exceedingly wroth;
   Therefore, he was about to flatter away those people,
   To rise up in rebellion against their brethren.
8  And it came to pass as he was about to do this, behold, he was taken,
   And was tried according to the voice of the people, and condemned unto death;
   For he had raised up in rebellion and sought to destroy the liberty of the people.
9  Now when those people who were desirous that he should be their governor,
   Saw that he was condemned unto death, therefore they were angry,
   And behold, they sent forth one Kishkumen,
   Even to the judgment-seat of Pahoran,
   And murdered Pahoran as he sat upon the judgment-seat.
10 And he was pursued by the servants of Pahoran;
   But behold, so speedy was the flight of Kishkumen,
   That no man could overtake him.
11 And he went unto those that sent him,
   And they all entered into a covenant,
   Yea, swearing by their everlasting Maker,
   That they would tell no man that Kishkumen had murdered Pahoran.
12 Therefore, Kishkumen was not known among the people of Nephi;
   For he was in disguise at the time that he murdered Pahoran.
   And Kishkumen and his band, who covenanted with him,
   Did mingle themselves among the people,
   In a manner that they all could not be found;
   But as many as were found were condemned unto death.
13 And now behold, Pacumeni was appointed, according to the voice of the people,
   To be a chief judge and a governor over the people, to reign in the stead of his brother Pahoran;
   And it was according to his right.
   And all this was done in the fortieth year of the reign of the judges; and it had an end.
14 And it came to pass in the forty and first year of the reign of the judges,
   That the Lamanites had gathered together an innumerable army of men,
   And armed them with swords, and with cimeters and with bows,
   And with arrows, and with head-plates, and with breastplates,
   And with all manner of shields of every kind.
15 And they came down again,
   That they might pitch battle against the Nephites.
   And they were led by a man whose name was Coriantumr;
   And he was a descendant of Zarahemla; and he was a dissenter from among the Nephites;
   And he was a large and a mighty man. Therefore, the king of the Lamanites,
   Whose name was Tubaloth, who was the son of Ammoron,
   Supposing that Coriantumr, being a mighty man,
   Could stand against the Nephites,
   With his strength and also with his great wisdom,
   Insomuch that by sending him forth he should gain power over the Nephites──
17 Therefore he did stir them up to anger, and he did gather together his armies,
   And he did appoint Coriantumr to be their leader, and did cause,
   That they should march down to the land of Zarahemla,
   To battle against the Nephites.
18 And it came to pass,
   That because of so much contention,
   And so much difficulty in the government,
   That they had not kept sufficient guards in the land of Zarahemla;
   For they had supposed that the Lamanites durst not come,
   Into the heart of their lands to attack that great city Zarahemla.
19 But it came to pass that Coriantumr did march forth at the head of his numerous host,
   And came upon the inhabitants of the city, and their march was with such exceedingly great speed,
   That there was no time for the Nephites to gather together their armies.
20 Therefore Coriantumr did cut down the watch by the entrance of the city,
   And did march forth with his whole army into the city,
   And they did slay every one who did oppose them,
   Insomuch that they did take possession of the whole city.
21 And it came to pass that Pacumeni, who was the chief judge,
   Did flee before Coriantumr, even to the walls of the city.
   And it came to pass that Coriantumr,
   Did smite him against the wall,
   Insomuch that he died; and thus ended the days of Pacumeni.
22 And now when Coriantumr saw that he was in possession of the city of Zarahemla,
   And saw that the Nephites had fled before them, and were slain, and were taken, and were cast into prison,
   And that he had obtained the possession of the strongest hold in all the land,
   His heart took courage insomuch that he was about to go forth against all the land.
23 And now he did not tarry in the land of Zarahemla,
   But he did march forth with a large army,
   Even towards the city of Bountiful;
   For it was his determination,
   To go forth and cut his way through with the sword,
   That he might obtain the north parts of the land.
24 And, supposing that their greatest strength was in the center of the land,
   Therefore he did march forth, giving them no time to assemble themselves together,
   Save it were in small bodies; and in this manner they did fall upon them and cut them down to the earth.
25 But behold, this march of Coriantumr through the center of the land,
   Gave Moronihah great advantage over them,
   Notwithstanding the greatness of the number of the Nephites who were slain.
26 For behold, Moronihah had supposed that the Lamanites durst not come into the center of the land,
   But that they would attack the cities round about in the borders as they had hitherto done;
   Therefore Moronihah had caused that their strong armies,
   Should maintain those parts round about by the borders.
27 But behold, the Lamanites were not frightened,
   According to his desire, but they had come into the center of the land,
   And had taken the capital city which was the city of Zarahemla,
   And were marching through the most capital parts of the land,
   Slaying the people with a great slaughter,
   Both men, women, and children,
   Taking possession of many cities and of many strongholds.
28 But when Moronihah had discovered this, he immediately sent forth Lehi,
   With an army round about to head them before they should come to the land Bountiful.
29 And thus he did; and he did head them before they came to the land Bountiful,
   And gave unto them battle, insomuch that they began to retreat,
   Back towards the land of Zarahemla.
30 And it came to pass that Moronihah did head them in their retreat,
   And did give unto them battle, insomuch that it became an exceedingly bloody battle;
   Yea, many were slain, and among the number who were slain Coriantumr was also found.
31 And now, behold, the Lamanites could not retreat either way,
   Neither on the north, nor on the south,
   Nor on the east, nor on the west,
   For they were surrounded on every hand by the Nephites.
32 And thus had Coriantumr plunged the Lamanites into the midst of the Nephites,
   Insomuch that they were in the power of the Nephites, and he himself was slain,
   And the Lamanites did yield themselves into the hands of the Nephites.
33 And it came to pass that Moronihah took possession of the city of Zarahemla again,
   And caused that the Lamanites who had been taken prisoners,
   Should depart out of the land in peace.
34 And thus ended the forty and first year of the reign of the judges.


    HELAMAN 2
  
1  AND it came to pass in the forty and second year,
   Of the reign of the judges, after Moronihah had established again peace,
   Between the Nephites and the Lamanites, behold there was no one to fill the judgment-seat;
   Therefore there began to be a contention again among the people,
   Concerning who should fill the judgment-seat.
2  And it came to pass that Helaman, who was the son of Helaman,
   Was appointed to fill the judgment-seat by the voice of the people.
3  But behold, Kishkumen, who had murdered Pahoran, did lay wait to destroy Helaman also;
   And he was upheld by his band, who had entered into a covenant that no one should know his wickedness.
4  For there was one Gadianton, who was exceedingly expert in many words,
   And also in his craft, to carry on the secret work of murder and of robbery;
   Therefore he became the leader of the band of Kishkumen.
5  Therefore he did flatter them, and also Kishkumen,
   That if they would place him in the judgment-seat,
   He would grant unto all those who belonged to his band,
   That they should be placed in power and authority among the people;
   Therefore Kishkumen sought to destroy Helaman.
6  And it came to pass as he went forth towards the judgment-seat to destroy Helaman,
   Behold one of the servants of Helaman, having been out by night, and having obtained, through disguise,
   A knowledge of those plans which had been laid by this band to destroy Helaman──
7  And it came to pass that he met Kishkumen, and he gave unto him a sign;
   Therefore Kishkumen made known unto him the object of his desire,
   Desiring that he would conduct him to the judgment-seat,
   That he might murder Helaman.
8  And when the servant of Helaman had known,
   All the heart of Kishkumen, and how that it was his object to murder,
   And also that it was the object of all those who belonged to his band to murder,
   And to rob, and to gain power, (and this was their secret plan, and their combination)
   The servant of Helaman said unto Kishkumen: Let us go forth unto the judgment-seat.
9  Now this did please Kishkumen exceedingly,
   For he did suppose that he should accomplish his design;
   But behold, the servant of Helaman, as they were going forth unto the judgment-seat,
   Did stab Kishkumen even to the heart, that he fell dead without a groan.
   And he ran and told Helaman all the things which he had seen, and heard, and done;
10 And it came to pass that Helaman did send forth to take this band of robbers,
   And secret murderers, that they might be executed according to the law.
11 But behold, when Gadianton had found that Kishkumen did not return,
   He feared lest that he should be destroyed;
   Therefore he caused that his band should follow him.
   And they took their flight out of the land, by a secret way, into the wilderness;
   And thus when Helaman sent forth to take them they could nowhere be found.
12 And more of this Gadianton shall be spoken hereafter.
   And thus ended the forty and second year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
13 And behold, in the end of this book ye shall see that this Gadianton,
   Did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi.
14 Behold I do not mean the end of the book of Helaman, but I mean the end of the book of Nephi,
   From which I have taken all the account which I have written.



HELAMAN 3

1  AND now it came to pass in the forty and third year of the reign of the judges,
   That there was no contention among the people of Nephi,
   Save it were a little pride which was in the church,
   Which did cause some little dissensions among the people,
   Which affairs were settled in the ending of the forty and third year.
2  And there was no contention among the people in the forty and fourth year;
   Neither was there much contention in the forty and fifth year.
3  And it came to pass in the forty and sixth,
   Yea, there was much contention and many dissensions;
   In the which there were an exceedingly great many who departed,
   Out of the land of Zarahemla, and went forth unto the land northward to inherit the land.
4  And they did travel to an exceedingly great distance, insomuch,
   That they came to large bodies of water and many rivers.
5  Yea, and even they did spread forth into all parts of the land,
   Into whatever parts it had not been rendered desolate and without timber,
   Because of the many inhabitants who had before inherited the land.
6  And now no part of the land was desolate,
   Save it were for timber;
   But because of the greatness of the destruction,
   Of the people who had before inhabited the land it was called desolate.
7  And there being but little timber upon the face of the land, nevertheless,
   The people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement;
   Therefore they did build houses of cement, in the which they did dwell.
8  And it came to pass that they did multiply and spread,
   And did go forth from the land southward to the land northward,
   And did spread insomuch that they began to cover the face of the whole earth,
   From the sea south to the sea north, from the sea west to the sea east.
9  And the people who were in the land northward did dwell in tents, and in houses of cement,
   And they did suffer whatsoever tree should spring up upon the face of the land,
   That it should grow up, that in time they might have timber to build their houses,
   Yea, their cities, and their temples, and their synagogues,
   And their sanctuaries, and all manner of their buildings.
10 And it came to pass as timber was exceedingly scarce,
   In the land northward,
   They did send forth much by the way of shipping.
11 And thus they did enable the people in the land northward,
   That they might build many cities, both of wood and of cement.
12 And it came to pass that there were many of the people of Ammon,
   Who were Lamanites by birth, did also go forth into this land.
13 And now there are many records kept of the proceedings of this people,
   By many of this people, which are particular and very large, concerning them.
14 But behold, a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people,
   Yea, the account of the Lamanites and of the Nephites,
   And their wars, and contentions, and dissensions,
   And their preaching, and their prophecies,
   And their shipping and their building of ships,
   And their building of temples, and of synagogues,
   And their sanctuaries, and their righteousness, and their wickedness,
   And their murders, and their robbings, and their plundering,
   And all manner of abominations and whoredoms,
   Cannot be contained in this work.
15 But behold, there are many books,
   And many records of every kind,
   And they have been kept chiefly by the Nephites.
16 And they have been handed down from one generation to another,
   By the Nephites, even until they have fallen into transgression and have been murdered,
   Plundered, and hunted, and driven forth, and slain, and scattered upon the face of the earth,
   And mixed with the Lamanites until they are no more called the Nephites,
   Becoming wicked, and wild, and ferocious, yea, even becoming Lamanites.
17 And now I return again to mine account; therefore,
   What I have spoken had passed,
   After there had been great contentions, and disturbances,
   And wars, and dissensions among the people of Nephi.
18 The forty and sixth year of the reign of the judges ended;
19 And it came to pass that there was still great contention in the land,
   Yea, even in the forty and seventh year, and also in the forty and eighth year.
20 Nevertheless Helaman did fill the judgment-seat with justice and equity;
   Yea, he did observe to keep the statutes, and the judgments,
   And the commandments of God;
   And he did do that which was right in the sight of God continually;
   And he did walk after the ways of his father, insomuch that he did prosper in the land.
21 And it came to pass that he had two sons. And he gave unto the eldest,
   The name of Nephi, and unto the youngest the name of Lehi.
   And they began to grow up unto the Lord.
22 And it came to pass that the wars and contentions,
   Began to cease, in a small degree, among the people of the Nephites,
   In the latter end of the forty and eighth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
23 And it came to pass in the forty and ninth year of the reign of the judges,
   There was continual peace established in the land, all save it were the secret combinations,
   Which Gadianton the robber had established in the more settled parts of the land,
   Which at that time were not known unto those who were at the head of government;
   Therefore they were not destroyed out of the land. And it came to pass that,
   In this same year there was exceedingly great prosperity in the church,
   Insomuch that there were thousands who did join themselves,
   Unto the church and were baptized unto repentance.
25 And so great was the prosperity of the church,
   And so many the blessings which were poured out upon the people,
   That even the high priests and the teachers were themselves astonished beyond measure.
26 And it came to pass that the work of the Lord did prosper,
   Unto the baptizing and uniting to the church of God,
   Many souls, yea, even tens of thousands.
27 Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will,
   In the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.
28 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all,
   Even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.
29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful,
   Which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil,
   And lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course,
   Across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked──
30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven,
   To sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.
31 And in this year there was continual rejoicing in the land of Zarahemla,
   And in all the regions round about,
   Even in all the land which was possessed by the Nephites.
32 And it came to pass that there was peace and exceedingly great joy,
   In the remainder of the forty and ninth year;
   Yea, and also there was continual peace,
   And great joy in the fiftieth year of the reign of the judges.
33 And in the fifty and first year of the reign of the judges there was peace also,
   Save it were the pride which began to enter into the church──not into the church of God,
   But into the hearts of the people who professed to belong to the church of God──
34 And they were lifted up in pride, even to the persecution of many of their brethren.
   Now this was a great evil, which did cause the more humble part of the people,
   To suffer great persecutions, and to wade through much affliction.
35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility,
   And firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation,
   Yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts,
   Which sanctification cometh,
   Because of their yielding their hearts unto God.
36 And it came to pass that the fifty and second year ended in peace also,
   Save it were the exceedingly great pride which had gotten into the hearts of the people;
   And it was because of their exceedingly great riches and their prosperity in the land;
   And it did grow upon them from day to day. And it came to pass, `  
   In the fifty and third year of the reign of the judges,
   Helaman died, and his eldest son Nephi began to reign in his stead.
   And it came to pass that he did fill the judgment-seat with justice and equity;
   Yea, he did keep the commandments of God, and did walk in the ways of his father.



HELAMAN 4

1  AND it came to pass in the fifty and fourth year there were many dissensions in the church,
   And there was also a contention among the people, insomuch that there was much bloodshed.
2  And the rebellious part, were slain and driven out of the land,
   And they did go unto the king of the Lamanites.
3  And it came to pass that they did endeavor,
   To stir up the Lamanites to war,
   Against the Nephites;
   But behold, the Lamanites were exceedingly afraid,
   Insomuch that they would not hearken to the words of those dissenters.
4  But it came to pass in the fifty and sixth year of the reign of the judges,
   There were dissenters who went up from the Nephites unto the Lamanites;
   And they succeeded with those others in stirring them up to anger,
   Against the Nephites; and they were all that year preparing for war.
5  And in the fifty and seventh year they did come down against the Nephites to battle,
   And they did commence the work of death; yea, insomuch that in the fifty and eighth year,
   Of the reign of the judges they succeeded in obtaining possession of the land of Zarahemla;
   Yea, and also all the lands, even unto the land which was near the land Bountiful.
6  And the Nephites and the armies of Moronihah were driven,
   Even into the land of Bountiful;
7  And there they did fortify against the Lamanites,
   From the west sea, even unto the east; it being a day's journey for a Nephite,
   On the line which they had fortified and stationed their armies to defend their north country.
8  And thus those dissenters of the Nephites, with the help of a numerous army of the Lamanites,
   Had obtained all the possession of the Nephites which was in the land southward.
   And all this was done in the fifty and eighth and ninth years of the reign of the judges.
9  And it came to pass in the sixtieth year of the reign of the judges,
   Moronihah did succeed with his armies in obtaining many parts of the land;
   Yea, they regained many cities which had fallen into the hands of the Lamanites.
10 And it came to pass in the sixty and first year of the reign of the judges,
   They succeeded in regaining even the half of all their possessions.
11 Now this great loss of the Nephites,
   And the great slaughter which was among them,
   Would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness,
   And their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also,
   Who professed to belong to the church of God.
12 And it was because of the pride of their hearts,
   because of their exceeding riches,
   Yea, it was because of their oppression to the poor,
   Withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing from the naked,
   And smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, making a mock of that which was sacred,
   Denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery,
   Rising up in great contentions, and deserting away into the land of Nephi, among the Lamanites──
13 And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength,
   They were left in their own strength; therefore they did not prosper,
   But were afflicted and smitten, and driven before the Lamanites,
   Until they had lost possession of almost all their lands.
14 But behold, Moronihah did preach many things,
   Unto the people because of their iniquity,
   And also Nephi and Lehi,
   Who were the sons of Helaman,
   Did preach many things unto the people,
   Yea, and did prophesy many things unto them,
   Concerning their iniquities, and what should come unto them,
   If they did not repent of their sins. And it came to pass that they did repent,
   And inasmuch as they did repent they did begin to prosper.
16 For when Moronihah saw that they did repent he did venture to lead them forth,
   From place to place, and from city to city, even until they had regained,
   The one-half of their property and the one-half of all their lands.
17 And thus ended the sixty and first year of the reign of the judges;
18 And it came to pass in the sixty and second year,
   Of the reign of the judges,
   That Moronihah could obtain no more possessions over the Lamanites.
19 Therefore they did abandon their design to obtain the remainder of their lands,
   For so numerous were the Lamanites that it became impossible for the Nephites to obtain more power over them;
   Therefore Moronihah did employ all his armies in maintaining those parts which he had taken.
20 And it came to pass, because of the greatness of the number of the Lamanites,
   The Nephites were in great fear, lest they should be overpowered,
   And trodden down, and slain, and destroyed.
21 Yea, they began to remember the prophecies of Alma, and also the words of Mosiah;
   And they saw that they had been a stiffnecked people, and that they had set at naught the commandments of God;
22 And that they had altered and trampled under their feet the laws of Mosiah,
   Or that which the Lord commanded him to give unto the people;
   And they saw that their laws had become corrupted,
   And that they had become a wicked people,
   Insomuch that they were wicked even like unto the Lamanites.
23 And because of their iniquity the church had begun to dwindle into unbelief;
   And they began to disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy and in the spirit of revelation;
   And the judgments of God did stare them in the face,
24 And they saw that they had become weak,
   Like unto their brethren, the Lamanites,
   And that the Spirit of the Lord did no more preserve them;
   Yea, it had withdrawn from them because the Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples──
25 Therefore the Lord did cease to preserve them by his miraculous and matchless power,
   For they had fallen into a state of unbelief and awful wickedness;
   And they saw that the Lamanites were exceedingly more numerous than they,
   And except they should cleave unto the Lord their God they must unavoidably perish.
26 For behold, they saw that the strength of the Lamanites was as great as their strength,
   Even man for man, and thus had they fallen into this great transgression;
   Yea, thus had they become weak, because of their transgression,
   In the space of not many years.



HELAMAN 5

1  AND it came to pass that in this same year,
   Behold, Nephi delivered up the judgment-seat to a man whose name was Cezoram.
2  For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people,
   And they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good,
   Therefore they were ripening for destruction,
   For the laws had become corrupted.
3  Yea, and this was not all;
   They were a stiffnecked people,
   Insomuch that they could not be governed,
   By the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.
4  And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary because of their iniquity;
   And he yielded up the judgment-seat, and took it upon him to preach the word of God,
   All the remainder of his days, and his brother Lehi also, all the remainder of his days;
5  For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake unto them.
   And these are the words which he spake:
6  Behold, my sons, I desire,
   That ye should remember to keep the commandments of God;
   And I would that ye should declare unto the people these words.
   Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem;
   And this I have done that when you remember your names that ye may remember them;
   And when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works,
   Ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good.
7  Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good,
   That it may be said of you, and also written,
   Even as it has been said and written of them.
8  And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you,
   Which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast,
   But that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven,
   Yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away;
   Tea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life,
   Which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.
9  O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people;
   Yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved,
   Only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come;
   Yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.
10 And remember also the words,
   Which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah;
   For he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people,
   But that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.
11 And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance;
   Therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance,
   Which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer,
   Who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation;
   That when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds,
   Yea, his shafts in the whirlwind,
   Yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you,
   It shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo,
   Because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation,
   A foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. And it came to pass,
   That these were the words that Helaman taught to his sons;
   Yea, he did teach them many things which are not written,
   And also many things which are written.
14 And they did remember his words;
   And therefore they went forth, keeping the commandments of God,
   To teach the word of God among all the people of Nephi, beginning at the city Bountiful;
15 And from thenceforth to the city of Gid; and from the city of Gid to the city of Mulek;
16 And even from one city to another, until they had gone forth among all the people of Nephi,
   Who were in the land southward; and from thence into the land of Zarahemla, among the Lamanites.
17 And it came to pass that they did preach with great power, insomuch,
   That they did confound many of those dissenters,
   Who had gone over from the Nephites,
   Insomuch that they came forth and did confess their sins,
   And were baptized unto repentance, and immediately returned to the Nephites,
   To endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs which they had done.
18 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did preach,
   Unto the Lamanites with such great power,
   And authority, for they had power and authority given unto them,
   That they might speak, and they also had what they should speak given unto them──
19 Therefore they did speak unto the great astonishment of the Lamanites, to the convincing them,
   Insomuch that there were eight thousand of the Lamanites who were in the land of Zarahemla,
   And round about baptized unto repentance,
   And were convinced of the wickedness of the traditions of their fathers.
20 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did proceed from thence to go to the land of Nephi.
21 And it came to pass that they were taken captive by an army of the Lamanites and cast into prison;
   Yea, even in that same prison in which Ammon and his brethren were cast by the servants of Limhi.
22 And after they had been cast into prison many days without food,
   Behold, they went forth into the prison to take them that they might slay them.
23 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi were encircled about as if by fire, even insomuch,
   That they durst not lay their hands upon them for fear lest they should be burned.
   Nevertheless, Nephi and Lehi were not burned;
   And they were as standing in the midst of fire and were not burned.
24 And when they saw that they were encircled about with a pillar of fire,
   And that it burned them not, their hearts did take courage.
25 For they saw that the Lamanites durst not,
   Lay their hands upon them;
   Neither durst they come near unto them,    
   But stood as if they were struck dumb with amazement.
26 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did stand forth and began to speak unto them,
   Saying: Fear not, for behold, it is God that has shown unto you this marvelous thing,
   In the which is shown unto you that ye cannot lay your hands on us to slay us.
27 And behold, when they had said these words, the earth shook exceedingly,
   And the walls of the prison did shake,
   As if they were about to tumble to the earth; but behold, they did not fall.
   And behold, they that were in the prison were Lamanites and Nephites who were dissenters.
28 And it came to pass that they were overshadowed with a cloud of darkness,
   And an awful solemn fear came upon them.
29 And it came to pass that there came a voice as if it were above the cloud of darkness,
   Saying: Repent ye, repent ye, and seek no more to destroy my servants,
   Whom I have sent unto you to declare good tidings.
30 And it came to pass when they heard this voice,
   And beheld that it was not a voice of thunder,
   Neither was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise,
   But behold, it was a still voice of perfect mildness,
   As if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul──
31 And notwithstanding the mildness of the voice, behold the earth shook exceedingly,
   And the walls of the prison trembled again, as if it were about to tumble to the earth;
   And behold the cloud of darkness, which had overshadowed them, did not disperse──
32 And behold the voice came again, saying: Repent ye, repent ye,
   For the kingdom of heaven is at hand;
   And seek no more to destroy my servants.
   And it came to pass that the earth shook again, and the walls trembled.
33 And also again the third time the voice came, and did speak unto them marvelous words,
   Which cannot be uttered by man; and the walls did tremble again,
   And the earth shook as if it were about to divide asunder.
34 And it came to pass that the Lamanites could not flee,
   Because of the cloud of darkness which did overshadow them;
   Yea, and also they were immovable because of the fear which did come upon them.
35 Now there was one among them who was a Nephite by birth, who had once belonged to the church of God,
   But had dissented from them. And it came to pass that he turned him about,
   And behold, he saw through the cloud of darkness the faces of Nephi and Lehi;
   And behold, they did shine exceedingly, even as the faces of angels.
   And he beheld that they did lift their eyes to heaven;
   And they were in the attitude as if talking,
   Or lifting their voices to some being whom they beheld.
37 And it came to pass that this man did cry unto the multitude, that they might turn and look.
   And behold, there was power given unto them that they did turn and look;
   And they did behold the faces of Nephi and Lehi.
38 And they said unto the man:
   Behold, what do all these things mean,
   And who is it with whom these men do converse?
39 Now the man's name was Aminadab. And Aminadab said unto them:
   They do converse with the angels of God. And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him:
   What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?
41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice,
   Even until ye shall have faith in Christ,
   Who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom;
   And when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.
42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to cry unto the voice of him who had shaken the earth;
   Yea, they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was dispersed.
43 And it came to pass that when they cast their eyes about,
   And saw that the cloud of darkness was dispersed from overshadowing them,
   Behold, they saw that they were encircled about, yea every soul, by a pillar of fire.
44 And Nephi and Lehi were in the midst of them; yea, they were encircled about;
   Yea, they were as if in the midst of a flaming fire,
   Yet it did harm them not,
   Neither did it take hold upon the walls of the prison;
   And they were filled with that joy which is unspeakable and full of glory.
45 And behold, the Holy Spirit of God did come down from heaven, and did enter into their hearts,
   And they were filled as if with fire, and they could speak forth marvelous words.
46 And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them,
   Yea, a pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying: Peace, peace be unto you,
   Because of your faith in my Well Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world.
48 And now, when they heard this they cast up their eyes as if to behold from whence the voice came;
   And behold, they saw the heavens open; and angels came down out of heaven and ministered unto them.
49 And there were about three hundred souls who saw and heard these things;
   And they were bidden to go forth and marvel not, neither should they doubt.
50 And it came to pass that they did go forth, and did minister unto the people,
   Declaring throughout all the regions round about all the things which they had heard and seen,
   Insomuch that the more part of the Lamanites were convinced of them,
   Because of the greatness of the evidences which they had received.
51 And as many as were convinced did lay down their weapons of war,
   And also their hatred and the tradition of their fathers.
52 And it came to pass that they did yield up,
   Unto the Nephites the lands of their possession.



    HELAMAN 6

1  AND it came to pass that when the sixty and second year of the reign of the judges had ended,
   All these things had happened and the Lamanites had become, the more part of them,
   A righteous people, insomuch that their righteousness,
   Did exceed that of the Nephites,
   Because of their firmness and their steadiness in the faith.
2  For behold, there were many of the Nephites who had become hardened and impenitent and grossly wicked,
   Insomuch that they did reject the word of God and all the preaching and prophesying which did come among them.
3  Nevertheless, the people of the church did have great joy because of the conversion of the Lamanites,
   Yea, because of the church of God, which had been established among them.
   And they did fellowship one with another, and did rejoice one with another,
   And did have great joy. And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites,
   Did come down into the land of Zarahemla, and did declare unto the people of the Nephites,
   The manner of their conversion, and did exhort them to faith and repentance.
5  Yea, and many did preach with exceedingly great power and authority,
   Unto the bringing down many of them into the depths of humility,
   To be the humble followers of God and the Lamb.
6  And it came to pass that many of the Lamanites did go into the land northward;
   And also Nephi and Lehi went into the land northward, to preach unto the people.
   And thus ended the sixty and third year. And behold, there was peace in all the land,
   Insomuch that the Nephites did go into whatsoever part of the land they would,
   Whether among the Nephites or the Lamanites.
8  And it came to pass that the Lamanites did also go whithersoever they would,
   Whether it were among the Lamanites or among the Nephites;
   And thus they did have free intercourse one with another,
   To buy and to sell, and to get gain,
   According to their desire.
9  And it came to pass that they became exceedingly rich,
   Both the Lamanites and the Nephites; and they did have an exceeding plenty of gold,
   And of silver, and of all manner of precious metals,
   Both in the land south and in the land north.
10 Now the land south was called Lehi,
   And the land north was called Mulek, which was after the son of Zedekiah;
   For the Lord did bring Mulek into the land north, and Lehi into the land south.
11 And behold, there was all manner of gold in both these lands,
   And of silver, and of precious ore of every kind;
   And there were also curious workmen,
   Who did work all kinds of ore,
   And did refine it; and thus they did become rich.
12 They did raise grain in abundance, both in the north and in the south;
   And they did flourish exceedingly, both in the north and in the south.
   And they did multiply and wax exceedingly strong in the land.
   And they did raise many flocks and herds, yea, many fatlings.
13 Behold their women did toil and spin, and did make all manner of cloth,
   Of fine-twined linen and cloth of every kind, to clothe their nakedness.
   And thus the sixty and fourth year did pass away in peace.
14 And in the sixty and fifth year,
   They did also have great joy and peace,   
   Yea, much preaching and many prophecies,
   Concerning that which was to come.
   And thus passed away the sixty and fifth year.
15 And it came to pass that in the sixty and sixth year of the reign of the judges,
   Behold, Cezoram was murdered by an unknown hand as he sat upon the judgment-seat.
   And it came to pass that in the same year, that his son,
   Who had been appointed by the people in his stead,
   Was also murdered.
   And thus ended the sixty and sixth year.
16 And in the commencement of the sixty and seventh year,
   The people began to grow exceedingly wicked again.
17 For behold, the Lord had blessed them so long with the riches of the world,
   That they had not been stirred up to anger, to wars, nor to bloodshed;
   Therefore they began to set their hearts upon their riches;
   Yea, they began to seek to get gain that they might be lifted up one above another;
   Therefore they began to commit secret murders, and to rob and to plunder, that they might get gain.
18 And now behold, those murderers and plunderers were a band who had been formed by Kishkumen and Gadianton.
   And now it had come to pass that there were many, even among the Nephites, of Gadianton's band.
   But behold, they were more numerous among the more wicked part of the Lamanites.
   And they were called Gadianton's robbers and murderers.
19 And it was they who did murder the chief judge Cezoram, and his son,
   While in the judgment-seat; and behold, they were not found.
20 And now it came to pass that when the Lamanites found,
   That there were robbers among them they were exceedingly sorrowful;
   And they did use every means in their power to destroy them off the face of the earth.
21 But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more part of the Nephites,
   Insomuch that they did unite with those bands of robbers,
   And did enter into their covenants and their oaths,
   That they would protect and preserve one another,
   In whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed,
   That they should not suffer for their murders, and their plunderings, and their stealings.
22 And it came to pass that they did have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and their secret words;
   And this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant,
   That whatsoever wickedness his brother should do,
   He should not be injured by his brother,
   Nor by those who did belong to his band, who had taken this covenant.
23 And thus they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms,
   And all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country,
   And also the laws of their God.
24 And whosoever of those who belonged to their band,
   Should reveal unto the world of their wickedness and their abominations,
   Should be tried, not according to the laws of their country,
   But according to the laws of their wickedness,
   Which had been given by Gadianton and Kishkumen.
25 Now behold, it is these secret oaths and covenants,
   Which Alma commanded his son should not go forth unto the world,
   Lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction.
26 Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton,
   From the records which were delivered unto Helaman;
   But behold, they were put into the heart of Gadianton,
   By that same being who did entice our first parents,
   To partake of the forbidden fruit──
27 Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain,
   That if he would murder his brother Abel,
   It should not be known unto the world;
   And he did plot with Cain and his followers from that time forth.
28 And also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people,
   To build a tower sufficiently high that they might get to heaven.
   And it was that same being who led on the people who came from that tower into this land.
   Who spread the works of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land,
   Until he dragged the people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell.
29 Yea, it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton,
   To still carry on the work of darkness, and of secret murder;
   And he has brought it forth from the beginning of man,
   Even down to this time.
30 And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin.
   And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder,
   And doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness,
   From generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.
31 And now behold, he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites;
   Yea, insomuch that they had become exceedingly wicked;
   Yea, the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness,
   And did trample under their feet the commandments of God, and did turn unto their own ways,
   And did build up unto themselves idols of their gold and their silver.
32 And it came to pass that all these iniquities did come unto them,
   In the space of not many years, insomuch that a more part of it had come unto them,
   In the sixty and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
33 And they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty and eighth year also,
   To the great sorrow and lamentation of the righteous.
34 And thus we see that the Nephites,
   Did begin to dwindle in unbelief, and grow in wickedness and abominations,
   While the Lamanites began to grow exceedingly in the knowledge of their God;
   Yea, they did begin to keep his statutes and commandments,
   And to walk in truth and uprightness before him.
35 And thus we see that the Spirit of the Lord,
   Began to withdraw from the Nephites,
   Because of the wickedness and the hardness of their hearts.
36 And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his Spirit upon the Lamanites,
   Because of their easiness and willingness to believe in his words.
37 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton;    
   And they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them,
   Insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed,
   From among the Lamanites.
38 And it came to pass on the other hand,
   That the Nephites did build them up and support them,
   Beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread,
   All the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous,
   Until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils,
   And to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.
39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government,
   Insomuch that they did trample under their feet,
   And smite and rend and turn their backs,
   Upon the poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.
40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction.
41 And it came to pass that thus ended the sixty and eighth year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.



     HELAMAN   7

1  Behold, now it came to pass in the sixty and ninth year of the reign of the judges
   over the people of the Nephites, that Nephi, the son of Helaman,
   Returned to the land of Zarahemla from the land northward.
2  For he had been forth among the people who were in the land northward,
   And did preach the word of God unto them, and did prophesy many things unto them;
3  And they did reject all his words, insomuch that he could not stay among them,
   But returned again unto the land of his nativity.
4  And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness,
   And those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment-seats──
   Having usurped the power and authority of the land;
   Laying aside the commandments of God,
   And not in the least aright before him;
   Doing no justice unto the children of men;
5  Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness;
   Letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money;
   And moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills,
   That they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover,
   That they might the more easily commit adultery,
   And steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills──
6  Now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites, in the space of not many years;
   And when Nephi saw it, his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast;
   And he did exclaim in the agony of his soul: Oh, that I could have had my days,
   In the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem,
   That I could have joyed with him in the promised land; then were his people easy to be entreated,
   Firm to keep the commandments of God, and slow to be led to do iniquity;
   And they were quick to hearken unto the words of the Lord──
8  Yea, if my days could have been in those days,
   Then would my soul have had joy,
   In the righteousness of my brethren.
9  But behold, I am consigned that these are my days,
   And that my soul shall be filled with sorrow because of this the wickedness of my brethren.
10 And behold, now it came to pass that it was upon a tower, which was in the garden of Nephi,
   Which was by the highway which led to the chief market, which was in the city of Zarahemla;
   Therefore, Nephi had bowed himself
upon the tower which was in his garden,
   Which tower was also near unto the garden gate by which led the highway.
11 And it came to pass that there were certain men passing by and saw Nephi,
   As he was pouring out his soul unto God upon the tower;
   And they ran and told the people what they had seen,
   And the people came together in multitudes,
   That they might know the cause of so great mourning for the wickedness of the people.
12 And now, when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people who had gathered together.
13 And it came to pass that he opened his mouth and said unto them:
   Behold, why have ye gathered yourselves together?
   That I may tell you of your iniquities?
14 Yea, because I have got upon my tower that I might pour out my soul unto my God,
   Because of the exceeding sorrow of my heart, which is because of your iniquities!
15 And because of my mourning and lamentation ye have gathered yourselves together,
   And do marvel; yea, and ye have great need to marvel;
   Yea, ye ought to marvel because ye are given away,
   That the devil has got so great hold upon your hearts.
16 Yea, how could you have given way to the enticing of him,
   Who is seeking to hurl away your souls down to everlasting misery and endless wo?
17 O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye unto the Lord your God.
   Why has he forsaken you? It is because you have hardened your hearts;
   Yea, ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd;
   Yea, ye have provoked him to anger against you.
19 And behold, instead of gathering you, except ye will repent,
   Behold, he shall scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs and wild beasts.
20 O, how could you have forgotten your God in the very day that he has delivered you?
21 But behold, it is to get gain, to be praised of men, yea, and that ye might get gold and silver.
   And ye have set your hearts upon the riches and the vain things of this world,
   For the which ye do murder, and plunder, and steal,
   And bear false witness against your neighbor,
   And do all manner of iniquity.
22 And for this cause wo shall come unto you except ye shall repent.
   For if ye will not repent, behold, this great city, and also all those great cities which are round about,
   Which are in the land of our possession, shall be taken away that ye shall have no place in them;
   For behold, the Lord will not grant unto you strength, as he has hitherto done, to withstand against your enemies.
23 For behold, thus saith the Lord: I will not show unto the wicked of my strength, to one more than the other,
   Save it be unto those who repent of their sins, and hearken unto my words.
   Now therefore, I would that ye should behold, my brethren,
   That it shall be better for the Lamanites than for you except ye shall repent.
24 For behold, they are more righteous than you, for they have not sinned against that great knowledge,
   Which ye have received; therefore the Lord will be merciful unto them;
   Yea, he will lengthen out their days and increase their seed,
   Even when thou shalt be utterly destroyed except thou shalt repent.
25 Yea, wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you;
   And ye have united yourselves unto it, yea, to that secret band which was established by Gadianton!
26 Yea, wo shall come unto you because of that pride which ye have suffered to enter your hearts,
   Which has lifted you up beyond that which is good because of your exceedingly great riches!
27 Yea, wo be unto you because of your wickedness and abominations!
28 And except ye repent ye shall perish;
   Yea, even your lands shall be taken from you,
   And ye shall be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
29 Behold now, I do not say that these things shall be, of myself,    
   Because it is not of myself that I know these things;
   But behold, I know that these things are true,
   Because the Lord God has made them known unto me,
   Therefore I testify that they shall be.



    HELAMAN 8

1  AND now it came to pass that when Nephi had said these words,
   Behold, there were men who were judges, who also belonged to the secret band of Gadianton,
   And they were angry, and they cried out against him, saying unto the people:
   Why do ye not seize upon this man and bring him forth,
   That he may be condemned according to the crime which he has done?
2  Why seest thou this man, and hearest him revile against this people and against our law?
3  For behold, Nephi had spoken unto them concerning the corruptness of their law;
   Yea, many things did Nephi speak which cannot be written;
   And nothing did he speak which was contrary to the commandments of God.
4  And those judges were angry with him because he spake plainly unto them,
   Concerning their secret works of darkness; nevertheless, they durst not lay their own hands upon him,
   For they feared the people lest they should cry out against them.
5  Therefore they did cry unto the people,
   Saying: Why do you suffer this man to revile against us?
   For behold he doth condemn all this people, even unto destruction;
   Yea, and also that these our great cities shall be taken from us, that we shall have no place in them.
6  And now we know that this is impossible, for behold, we are powerful, and our cities great,
   Therefore our enemies can have no power over us.
7  And it came to pass,
   That thus they did stir up the people,
   To anger against Nephi, and raised contentions among them;
   For there were some who did cry out: Let this man alone, for he is a good man,
   And those things which he saith will surely come to pass except we repent;
8  Yea, behold, all the judgments will come upon us which he has testified unto us;
   For we know that he has testified aright unto us concerning our iniquities.
   And behold they are many, and he knoweth as well,
   All things which shall befall us, as he knoweth of our iniquities;
9  Yea, and behold, if he had not been a prophet he could not have testified concerning those things.
10 And it came to pass that those people who sought to destroy Nephi were compelled because of their fear,
   That they did not lay their hands on him; therefore he began again to speak unto them,
   Seeing that he had gained favor in the eyes of some,
   Insomuch that the remainder of them did fear.
11 Therefore he was constrained to speak more unto them saying:
   Behold, my brethren, have ye not read that God gave power unto one man,
   Even Moses, to smite upon the waters of the Red Sea, and they parted hither and thither,
   Insomuch that the Israelites, who were our fathers, came through upon dry ground,
   And the waters closed upon the armies of the Egyptians and swallowed them up?
12 And now behold, if God gave unto this man such power,
   Then why should ye dispute among yourselves,
   And say that he hath given unto me no power whereby,
   I may know concerning the judgments that shall come upon you except ye repent?
13 But, behold, ye not only deny my words, but ye also deny all the words which have been spoken by our fathers,
   And also the words which were spoken by this man, Moses, who had such great power given unto him,
   Yea, the words which he hath spoken concerning the coming of the Messiah.
14 Yea, did he not bear record that the Son of God should come?
   And as he lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness,
   Even so shall he be lifted up who should come.
15 And as many as should look upon that serpent should live,
   Even so as many as should look upon the Son of God,
   With faith, having a contrite spirit,
   Might live, even unto that life which is eternal.
16 And now behold, Moses did not only testify of these things,
   But also all the holy prophets, from his days even to the days of Abraham.
17 Yea, and behold, Abraham saw of his coming and was filled with gladness and did rejoice.
18 Yea, and behold I say unto you, that Abraham not only knew of these things,
   But there were many before the days of Abraham who were called by the order of God;
   Yea, even after the order of his Son; and this that it should be shown unto the people,
   A great many thousand years before his coming, that even redemption should come unto them.
19 And now I would that ye should know, that even since the days of Abraham,
   There have been many prophets that have testified these things;
   Yea, behold, the prophet Zenos did testify boldly;
   For the which he was slain.
20 And behold, also Zenock, and also Ezias, and also Isaiah, and Jeremiah,
   (Jeremiah being that same prophet who testified of the destruction of Jerusalem)
   And now we know that Jerusalem was destroyed according to the words of Jeremiah.
   O then why not the Son of God come, according to his prophecy?
21 And now will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed?
   Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain,
   All except it were Mulek?
   Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us,
   And they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem? But behold, this is not all──
22 Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified of these t
hings.
   Nephi also testified of these things, and also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time;
   Yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward,
   And have rejoiced in his day which is to come.
23 And behold, he is God, and he is with them, and he did manifest himself unto them,
   That they were redeemed by him; and they gave unto him glory, because of that which is to come.
24 And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie,
   Therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things,
   Notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received;
   Yea, even ye have received all things, both things in heaven,
   And all things which are in the earth, as a witness that they are true.
25 But behold, ye have rejected the truth, and rebelled against your holy God;
   And even at this time, instead of laying up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
   Where nothing doth corrupt and where nothing can come which is unclean,
   Ye are heaping up for yourselves wrath against the day of judgment.
26 Yea, even at this time ye are ripening, because of your murders,
   And your fornication and wickedness, for everlasting destruction;
   Yea, and except ye repent it will come unto you soon.
27 Yea, behold it is now even at your doors;
   Yea, go ye in unto the judgment-seat, and search;
   And behold, your judge is murdered, and he lieth in his blood;
   And he hath been murdered by his brother, who seeketh to sit in the judgment-seat.
28 And behold, they both belong to your secret band, whose author is Gadianton,
   And the evil one who seeketh to destroy the souls of men.



    HELAMAN 9

1  Behold, now it came to pass that when Nephi had spoken these words,
   Certain men who were among them ran to the judgment-seat;
   Yea, even there were five who went,
   And they said among themselves, as they went:
2  Behold, now we will know of a surety whether this man be a prophet,
   And God hath commanded him to prophesy such marvelous things unto us.
   Behold, we do not believe that he hath; yea, we do not believe that he is a prophet;
   Nevertheless, if this thing which he has said concerning the chief judge be true,
   That he be dead, then will we believe that the other words which he has spoken are true.
3  And it came to pass that they ran in their might, and came in unto the judgment-seat;
   And behold, the chief judge had fallen to the earth, and did lie in his blood.
4  And now behold, when they saw this they were astonished exceedingly,
   Insomuch that they fell to the earth; for they had not believed,
   The words which Nephi had spoken concerning the chief judge.
5  But now, when they saw they believed, and fear came upon them,
   Lest all the judgments which Nephi had spoken,
   Should come upon the people;
   Therefore they did quake,
   And had fallen to the earth.
6  Now, immediately when the judge had been murdered──
   He being stabbed by his brother by a garb of secrecy, and he fled,
   And the servants ran and told the people, raising the cry of murder among them;
7  And behold the people did gather themselves together unto the place of the judgment-seat──
   And behold, to their astonishment they saw those five men who had fallen to the earth.
8  And now behold, the people knew nothing concerning the multitude,
   Who had gathered together at the garden of Nephi;
   Therefore they said among themselves:
   These men are they who have murdered the judge,
   And God has smitten them that they could not flee from us.
9  And it came to pass that they laid hold on them,
   And bound them and cast them into prison.
   And there was a proclamation sent abroad that the judge was slain,
   And that the murderers had been taken and were cast into prison.
10 And it came to pass that on the morrow the people did assemble themselves together,
   To mourn and to fast, at the burial of the great chief judge who had been slain.
11 And thus also those judges who were at the garden of Nephi, and heard his words,
   Were also gathered together at the burial.
12 And it came to pass that they inquired among the people, saying:
   Where are the five who were sent to inquire concerning the chief judge whether he was dead?
   And they answered and said: Concerning this five whom ye say ye have sent, we know not;
   But there are five who are the murderers, whom we have cast into prison.
13 And it came to pass that the judges desired that they should be brought;
   And they were brought, and behold they were the five who were sent;
   And behold the judges inquired of them to know concerning the matter,
   And they told them all that they had done, saying:
14 We ran and came to the place of the judgment-seat,
   And when we saw all things even as Nephi had testified,
   We were astonished insomuch that we fell to the earth;
   And when we were recovered from our astonishment,
   Behold they cast us into prison.
15 Now, as for the murder of this man, we know not who has done it;
   And only this much we know, we ran and came according as ye desired,
   And behold he was dead, according to the words of Nephi. And now it came to pass,
   That the judges did expound the matter unto the people, and did cry out against Nephi,
   Saying: Behold, we know that this Nephi must have agreed with some one to slay the judge,
   And then he might declare it unto us, that he might convert us unto his faith,
   That he might raise himself to be a great man, chosen of God, and a prophet.
17 And now behold, we will detect this man, and he shall confess his fault,
   And make known unto us the true murderer of this judge.
18 And it came to pass that the five were liberated on the day of the burial.
   Nevertheless, they did rebuke the judges in the words which they had spoken against Nephi,
   And did contend with them one by one, insomuch that they did confound them.
19 Nevertheless, they caused that Nephi should be taken and bound and brought before the multitude,
   And they began to question him in divers ways that they might cross him,
   That they might accuse him to death──
20 Saying unto him: Thou art confederate;
   Who is this man that hath done this murder?
   Now tell us, and acknowledge thy fault; saying,
   Behold here is money; and also we will grant unto thee thy life,
   If thou wilt tell us, and acknowledge the agreement which thou hast made with him.
21 But Nephi said unto them: O ye fools, ye uncircumcised of heart, ye blind,
   And ye stiffnecked people, do ye know how long the Lord your God,
   Will suffer you that ye shall go on in this your way of sin?
22 O ye ought to begin to howl and mourn,
   Because of the great destruction which at this time doth await you, except ye shall repent.
23 Behold ye say that I have agreed with a man that he should murder Seezoram, our chief judge.
   But behold, I say unto you, that this is because I have testified unto you,
   That ye might know concerning this thing; yea, even for a witness unto you,
   That I did know of the wickedness and abominations which are among you.
24 And because I have done this,
   Ye say that I have agreed with a man that he should do this thing;
   Yea, because I showed unto you this sign ye are angry with me, and seek to destroy my life.
25 And now behold, I will show unto you another sign, and see if ye will in this thing seek to destroy me.
26 Behold I say unto you: Go to the house of Seantum, who is the brother of Seezoram, and say unto him──
27 Has Nephi, the pretended prophet, who doth prophesy so much evil concerning this people,
   Agree with thee, in the which ye have murdered Seezoram, who is your brother?
28 And behold, he shall say unto you, Nay.
29 And ye shall say unto him: Have ye murdered your brother?
30 And he shall stand with fear, and wist not what to say.
   And behold, he shall deny unto you;
   And he shall make as if he were astonished;
   Nevertheless, he shall declare unto you that he is innocent.
31 But behold, ye shall examine him, and ye shall find blood upon the skirts of his cloak.
32 And when ye have seen this, ye shall say: From whence cometh this blood?
   Do we not know that it is the blood of your brother?
33 And then shall he tremble, and shall look pale,
   Even as if death had come upon him.
34 And then shall ye say:
   Because of this fear and this paleness,
   Which has come upon your face, behold, we know that thou art guilty.
35 And then shall greater fear come upon him; and then shall he confess unto you,
   And deny no more that he has done this murder. And then shall he say unto you,
   That I, Nephi, know nothing concerning the matter save it were given unto me by the power of God.
   And then shall ye know that I am an honest man, and that I am sent unto you from God.
37 And it came to pass that they went and did, even according as Nephi had said unto them.
   And behold, the words which he had said were true;
   For according to the words he did deny;
   And also according to the words he did confess.
38 And he was brought to prove that he himself was the very murderer,
   Insomuch that the five were set at liberty, and also was Nephi.
39 And there were some of the Nephites who believed on the words of Nephi;
   And there were some also, who believed because of the testimony of the five,
   For they had been converted while they were in prison.
40 And now there were some among the people,
   Who said that Nephi was a prophet.
41 And there were others who said: Behold, he is a god,
   For except he was a god he could not know of all things. For behold,
   He has told us the thoughts of our hearts, and also has told us things;
   And even he has brought unto our knowledge the true murderer of our chief judge.



    HELAMAN 10

1  AND it came to pass that there arose a division among the people,
   Insomuch that they divided hither and thither and went their ways,
   Leaving Nephi alone, as he was standing in the midst of them.
2  And it came to pass that Nephi went his way towards his own house,
   Pondering upon the things which the Lord had shown unto him.
3  And it came to pass as he was thus pondering──
   Being much cast down because of the wickedness of the people of the Nephites,
   Their secret works of darkness, and their murderings, and their plunderings,
   And all manner of iniquities──and it came to pass as he was thus,
   Pondering in his heart, behold, a voice came unto him saying:
4  Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done;
   For I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word,
   Which I have given unto thee, unto this people.
   And thou hast not feared them,
   And hast not sought thine own life,
   But hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
5  And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness,
   Behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed,
   In faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word,
   For thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
6  Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God.
   Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels,
   That ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine,
   And with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.
7  Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven;
   And whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven;
   And thus shall ye have power among this people.
8  And thus, if ye shall say unto this temple, it shall be rent in twain, it shall be done.
9  And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast down and become smooth, it shall be done.
10 And behold, if ye shall say that God shall smite this people, it shall come to pass.
11 And now behold, I command you, that ye shall go and declare unto this people,
   That thus saith the Lord God, who is the Almighty:
   Except ye repent ye shall be smitten, even unto destruction.
12 And behold, now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi,
   He did stop and did not go unto his own house, but did return unto the multitudes,
   Who were scattered about upon the face of the land, and began to declare unto them,
   The word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him,
   Concerning their destruction if they did not repent.
13 Now behold, notwithstanding that great miracle,
   Which Nephi had done in telling them concerning the death of the chief judge,
   They did harden their hearts and did not hearken unto the words of the Lord.
14 Therefore Nephi did declare unto them the word of the Lord, saying:
   Except ye repent, thus saith the Lord, ye shall be smitten even unto destruction.
15 And it came to pass that when Nephi had declared unto them the word,
   Behold, they did still harden their hearts and would not hearken unto his words;
   Therefore they did revile against him, and did seek to lay their hands upon him,
   That they might cast him into prison.
16 But behold, the power of God was with him,
   And they could not take him to cast him into prison,
   For he was taken by the Spirit and conveyed away out of the midst of them.
17 And it came to pass that thus he did go forth in the Spirit, from multitude to multitude,
   Declaring the word of God, even until he had declared it unto them all,
   Or sent it forth among all the people.
18 And it came to pass that they would not hearken unto his words;
   And there began to be contentions, insomuch that they were divided against themselves,
   And began to slay one another with the sword. And thus ended the seventy and first year,
   Of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.



    HELAMAN 11

1  AND now it came to pass in the seventy and second year,
   Of the reign of the judges, that the contentions did increase,
   Insomuch that there were wars throughout all the land among all the people of Nephi.
2  And it was this secret band of robbers who did carry on this work of destruction and wickedness.
   And this war did last all that year; and in the seventy and third year it did also last.
3  And it came to pass that in this year Nephi did cry unto the Lord, saying:
4  O Lord, do not suffer that this people shall be destroyed by the sword;
   But O Lord, rather let there be a famine in the land,
   To stir them up in remembrance of the Lord their God,
   And perhaps they will repent and turn unto thee.
5  And so it was done, according to the words of Nephi.
   And there was a great famine upon the land,
   Among all the people of Nephi.
   And thus in the seventy and fourth year the famine did continue,
   And the work of destruction did cease by the sword but became sore by famine.
6  And this work of destruction did also continue in the seventy and fifth year.
   For the earth was smitten that it was dry, and did not yield forth grain in the season of grain;
   And the whole earth was smitten, even among the Lamanites as well as among the Nephites,
   So that they were smitten that they did perish by thousands in the more wicked parts of the land.
7  And it came to pass that the people saw that they were about to perish by famine,
   And they began to remember the Lord their God; and they began to remember the words of Nephi.
8  And the people began to plead with their chief judges and their leaders,
   That they would say unto Nephi: Behold, we know that thou art a man of God,
   And therefore cry unto the Lord our God that he turn away from us this famine,
   Lest all the words which thou hast spoken concerning our destruction be fulfilled.
9  And it came to pass that the judges did say unto Nephi,
   According to the words which had been desired.
   And it came to pass that when Nephi saw that the people had repented,
   And did humble themselves in sackcloth, he cried again unto the Lord, saying:
10 O Lord, behold this people repenteth; and they have swept away the band of Gadianton from amongst them,
   Insomuch that they have become extinct, and they have concealed their secret plans in the earth.
11 Now, O Lord, because of this their humility wilt thou turn away thine anger, and let thine anger be appeased,
   In the destruction of those wicked men whom thou hast already destroyed.
12 O Lord, wilt thou turn away thine anger, yea, thy fierce anger,
   And cause that this famine may cease in this land.
13 O Lord, wilt thou hearken unto me,
   And cause that it may be done,
   According to my words,
   And send forth rain upon the face of the earth,
   That she may bring forth her fruit, and her grain in the season of grain.
14 O Lord, thou didst hearken unto my words when I said, Let there be a famine,
   That the pestilence of the sword might cease; and I know,
   That thou wilt, even at this time, hearken unto my words,
   For thou saidst that: If this people repent I will spare them.
15 Yea, O Lord, and thou seest that they have repented,
   Because of the famine and the pestilence and destruction which has come unto them.
16 And now, O Lord, wilt thou turn away thine anger, and try again if they will serve thee?
   And if so, O Lord, thou canst bless them according to thy words which thou hast said.
17 And it came to pass that in the seventy and sixth year,
   The Lord did turn away his anger from the people,
   And caused that rain should fall upon the earth,
   Insomuch that it did bring forth her fruit in the season of her fruit.
   And it came to pass that it did bring forth her grain in the season of her grain.
18 And behold, the people did rejoice and glorify God, and the whole face of the land was filled with rejoicing;
   And they did no more seek to destroy Nephi, but they did esteem him as a great prophet,
   And a man of God, having great power and authority given unto him from God.
19 And behold, Lehi, his brother, was not a whit behind him as to things pertaining to righteousness.
20 And thus it did come to pass that the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land,
   And began to build up their waste places, and began to multiply and spread,
   Even until they did cover the whole face of the land,
   Both on the northward and on the southward,
   From the sea west to the sea east.
21 And it came to pass,
   That the seventy and sixth year did end in peace.
   And the seventy and seventh year began in peace;
   And the church did spread throughout the face of all the land;
   And the more part of the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites,
   Did belong to the church; and they did have exceedingly great peace in the land;
   And thus ended the seventy and seventh year.
22 And also they had peace in the seventy and eighth year, save it were a few contentions,
   Concerning the points of doctrine which had been laid down by the prophets.
23 And in the seventy and ninth year there began to be much strife.
   But it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi, and many of their brethren,
   Who knew concerning the true points of doctrine,
   Having many revelations daily,
   Therefore they did preach unto the people,
   Insomuch that they did put an end to their strife in that same year.
24 And it came to pass that in the eightieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
   There were a certain number of the dissenters from the people of Nephi,
   Who had some years before gone over unto the Lamanites,
   And taken upon themselves the name of Lamanites,
   And also a certain number who were real descendants of the Lamanites,
   Being stirred up to anger by them, or by those dissenters, therefore they commenced a war with their brethren.
25 And they did commit murder and plunder, and then they would retreat back into the mountains,
   And into the wilderness and secret places, hiding themselves that they could not be discovered,
   Receiving daily an addition to their numbers, inasmuch as there were dissenters that went forth unto them.
26 And thus in time, yea, even in the space of not many years, they became an exceedingly great band of robbers;
   And they did search out all the secret plans of Gadianton; and thus they became robbers of Gadianton.
27 Now behold, these robbers did make great havoc, yea,
   Even great destruction among the people of Nephi,
   And also among the people of the Lamanites.
28 And it came to pass that it was expedient,
   That there should be a stop put to this work of destruction;
   Therefore they sent an army of strong men into the wilderness,
   And upon the mountains to search out this band of robbers, and to destroy them.
29 But behold, it came to pass that in that same year they were driven back even into their own lands.
   And thus ended the eightieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
30 And it came to pass in the commencement of the eighty and first year,
   They did go forth again against this band of robbers,
   And did destroy many; and they were also visited with much destruction.
31 And they were again obliged to return out of the wilderness and out of the mountains,
   Unto their own lands because of the exceeding greatness of the numbers,
   Of those robbers who infested the mountains and the wilderness.
32 And it came to pass that thus ended this year.
   And the robbers did still increase and wax strong, insomuch,
   That they did defy the whole armies of the Nephites, and also of the Lamanites;
   And they did cause great fear to come unto the people upon all the face of the land.
33 Yea, for they did visit many parts of the land, and did do great destruction unto them;
   Yea, did kill many, and did carry away others captive into the wilderness,
   Yea, and more especially their women and their children.
34 Now this great evil, which came unto the people,
   Because of their iniquity,
   Did stir them up again in remembrance of the Lord their God.
35 And thus ended the eighty and first year of the reign of the judges.
36 And in the eighty and second year they began again to forget the Lord their God.
   And in the eighty and third year they began to wax strong in iniquity.
   And in the eighty and fourth year they did not mend their ways.
37 And it came to pass in the eighty and fifth year,
   They did wax stronger and stronger,
   In their pride, and in their wickedness;
   And thus they were ripening again for destruction.
38 And thus ended the eighty and fifth year.



    HELAMAN 12

1  AND thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men;
   Yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless,
   And prosper those who put their trust in him.
2  Yea, and we may see at the very time,
   When he doth prosper his people,
   Yea, in the increase of their fields,
   Their flocks and their herds, and in gold and in silver,
   And in all manner of precious things of every kind and art;
   Sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies;
   Softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them;
   Yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people;
   Yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts,
   And do forget the Lord their God,
   And do trample under their feet the Holy One──
   Yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
3  And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions,
   Yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror,
   And with famine and with all manner of pestilence,
   They will not remember him.
4  O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish,
   And how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men;
   Yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one,
   And to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!
5  Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride;
   Yea, how quick to boast,
   And do all manner of that which is iniquity;
   And how slow are they to remember the Lord their God,
   And to give ear unto his counsels, yea, how slow to walk in wisdom's paths!
6  Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them,
   Should rule and reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them,
   They do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide.
7  O how great is the nothingness of the children of men;
   Yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.
8  For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither,
   To the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.
9  Yea, behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains tremble and quake.
10 And by the power of his voice they are broken up, and become smooth,
   Yea, even like unto a valley.
11 Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake;
12 Yea, by the power of his voice, do the foundations rock, even to the very center.
13 Yea, and if he say unto the earth──Move──it is moved.
14 Yea, if he say unto the earth──
   Thou shalt go back, that it lengthen out the day for many hours──it is done;
15 And thus, according to his word the earth goeth back, and it appeareth unto man that the sun standeth still;
   Yea, and behold, this is so; for surely it is the earth that moveth and not the sun.
16 And behold, also, if he say unto the waters of the great deep──
   Be thou dried up──it is done.
   Behold, if he say unto this mountain──Be thou raised up,
   And come over and fall upon that city, that it be buried up──behold it is done.
18 And behold, if a man hide up a treasure in the earth, and the Lord shall say──
   Let it be accursed, because of the iniquity of him who hath hid it up──
   Behold, it shall be accursed.
19 And if the Lord shall say──Be thou accursed,
   That no man shall find thee from this time henceforth and forever──
   Behold, no man getteth it henceforth and forever.
20 And behold, if the Lord shall say unto a man──
   Because of thine iniquities,
   Thou shalt be accursed forever──it shall be done.
21 And if the Lord shall say──Because of thine iniquities,
   Thou shalt be cut off from my presence──he will cause that it shall be so.
22 And wo unto him to whom he shall say this, for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity,
   And he cannot be saved; therefore, for this cause, that men might be saved, hath repentance been declared.
23 Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God;
   For these are they that shall be saved.
24 And may God grant, in his great fullness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works,
   That they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.
25 And I would that all men might be saved, but we read that in the great and last day,
   There are some who shall be cast out, yea, who shall be cast off from the presence of the Lord;
26 Yea, who shall be consigned to a state of endless misery, fulfilling the words which say:
   They that have done good shall have everlasting life; and they that have done evil,
   Shall have everlasting damnation. And thus it is. Amen.



     HELAMAN 13

1  AND now it came to pass in the eighty and sixth year,
   The Nephites did still remain in wickedness,
   Yea, in great wickedness,
   While the Lamanites did observe strictly,
   To keep the commandments of God, according to the law of Moses.
2  And it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel, a Lamanite,
   Came into the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people.
   And it came to pass that he did preach, many days, repentance unto the people,
   And they did cast him out, and he was about to return to his own land.
3  But behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him,
   That he should return again,
   And prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart.
4  And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter into the city;
   Therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand,
   And cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people,
   Whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart.
5  And he said unto them: Behold,
   I, Samuel, a Lamanite, do speak the words of the Lord,
   Which he doth put into my heart; and behold he hath put it into my heart,
   To say unto this people that the sword of justice hangeth over this people;
   And four hundred years pass not away save the sword of justice falleth upon this people.
6  Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and it surely cometh unto this people,
   And nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ,
   Who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people.
7  And behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul.
   And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also,
   That ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me.
8  Therefore, thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of the Nephites,
   Except they repent I will take away my word from them, and I will withdraw my Spirit from them,
   And I will suffer them no longer, and I will turn the hearts of their brethren against them.
9  And four hundred years shall not pass away before I will cause that they shall be smitten;
   Yea, I will visit them with the sword and with famine and with pestilence.
10 Yea, I will visit them in my fierce anger, and there shall be,
   Those of the fourth generation who shall live, of your enemies,
   To behold your utter destruction;
   And this shall surely come except ye repent, saith the Lord;
   And those of the fourth generation shall visit your destruction.
11 But if ye will repent and return unto the Lord your God I will turn away mine anger,
   Saith the Lord; yea, thus saith the Lord, blessed are they who will repent,
   And turn unto me, but wo unto him that repenteth not.
12 Yea, wo unto this great city of Zarahemla;
   For behold, it is because of those who are righteous that it is saved;
   Yea, wo unto this great city, for I perceive, saith the Lord, that there are many,
   Yea, even the more part of this great city, that will harden their hearts against me, saith the Lord.
13 But blessed are they who will repent, for them will I spare.
   But behold, if it were not for the righteous who are in this great city,
   Behold, I would cause that fire should come down out of heaven and destroy it.
14 But behold, it is for the righteous' sake that it is spared.
   But behold, the time cometh, saith the Lord,
   That when ye shall cast out the righteous from among you,
   Then shall ye be ripe for destruction; yea, wo be unto this great city,
   Because of the wickedness and abominations which are in her.
15 Yea, and wo be unto the city of Gideon,
   For the wickedness and abominations which are in her.
16 Yea, and wo be unto all the cities which are in the land round about,
   Which are possessed by the Nephites, because of the wickedness and abominations which are in them.
17 And behold, a curse shall come upon the land, saith the Lord of Hosts,
   Because of the peoples' sake who are upon the land,
   Yea, because of their wickedness and their abominations.
18 And it shall come to pass, saith the Lord of Hosts, yea, our great and true God,
   That whoso shall hide up treasures in the earth shall find them again no more,
   Because of the great curse of the land, save he be a righteous man and shall hide it up unto the Lord.
19 For I will, saith the Lord, that they shall hide up their treasures unto me;
   And cursed be they who hide not up their treasures unto me;
   For none hideth up their treasures unto me save it be the righteous;
   And he that hideth not up his treasures unto me, cursed is he, and also the treasure,
   And none shall redeem it because of the curse of the land.
20 And the day shall come that they shall hide up their treasures,
   Because they have set their hearts upon riches;
   And because they have set their hearts upon their riches,
   And will hide up their treasures when they shall flee before their enemies;
   Because they will not hide them up unto me, cursed be they and also their treasures;
   And in that day shall they be smitten, saith the Lord.
21 Behold ye, the people of this great city,
   And hearken unto my words;
   Yea, hearken unto the words which the Lord saith;
   For behold, he saith that ye are cursed because of your riches,
   And also are your riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon them,
   And have not hearkened unto the words of him who gave them unto you.
22 Ye do not remember the Lord your God in the things with which he hath blessed you,
   But ye do always remember your riches, not to thank the Lord your God for them;
   Yea, your hearts are not drawn out unto the Lord,
   But they do swell with great pride,
   Unto boasting, and unto great swelling, envyings,
   Strifes, malice, persecutions, and murders, and all manner of iniquities.
23 For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land,
   And also upon your riches, and this because of your iniquities.
24 Yea, wo unto this people, because of this time,
   Which has arrived, that ye do cast out the prophets,
   And do mock them, and cast stones at them, and do slay them,
   And do all manner of iniquity unto them, even as they did of old time.
25 And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old,
   We would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.
26 Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth,
   If a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord,
   Which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him,
   And cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him;
   Yea, you will say that he is a false prophet,
   And that he is a sinner, and of the devil,
   Because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.
27 But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say:
   Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer;
   Yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts;
   Yea, walk after the pride of your eyes,
   And do whatsoever your heart desireth──
   And if a man shall come among you and say this,
   Ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet.
28 Yea, ye will lift him up, and ye will give unto him of your substance;
   Ye will give unto him of your gold, and of your silver,
   And ye will clothe him with costly apparel;
   And because he speaketh flattering words unto you,
   And he saith that all is well, then ye will not find fault with him.
29 O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people,
   How long will ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you?
   Yea, how long will ye suffer yourselves,
    To be led by foolish and blind guides?
   Yea, how long will ye choose darkness rather than light?
30 Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against you;
   Behold, he hath cursed the land because of your iniquity.
31 And behold, the time cometh that he curseth your riches,
   That they become slippery, that ye cannot hold them;
   And in the days of your poverty ye cannot retain them.
32 And in the days of your poverty ye shall cry unto the Lord;
   And in vain shall ye cry, for your desolation is already come upon you,
   And your destruction is made sure; and then shall ye weep and howl in that day,
   Saith the Lord of Hosts. And then shall ye lament, and say:
33 O that I had repented and had not killed the prophets,
   And stoned them, and cast them out. Yea, in that day ye shall say:
   O that we had remembered the Lord our God in the day that he gave us our riches,
   And then they would not have become slippery that we should lose them;
   For behold, our riches are gone from us.
34 Behold, we lay a tool here and on the morrow it is gone;
   And behold, our swords are taken from us in the day we have sought them for battle.
35 Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because of the curse of the land.
36 O that we had repented in the day that the word of the Lord came unto us;
   For behold the land is cursed, and all things are become slippery, and we cannot hold them.
37 Behold, we are surrounded by demons, yea, we are encircled about,
   By the angels of him who hath sought to destroy our souls.
   Behold, our iniquities are great. O Lord,
   Canst thou not turn away thine anger from us?
   And this shall be your language in those days.
38 But behold, your days of probation are past;
   Y
e have procrastinated the day of your salvation,
   Until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure;
   Yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain;
   And ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary,
   To the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.
39 O ye people of the land, that ye would hear my words! And I pray,
   That the anger of the Lord be turned away from you,
   And that ye would repent and be saved.



   HELAMAN 14

1  AND now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite,
   Did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.
2  And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign;
   For five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God,
   To redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
3  And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming;
   For behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that,
   In the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness,
   Insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
4  Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day,
   As if it were one day and there were no night;
   And this shall be unto you for a sign;
   For ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting;
   Therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night;
   Nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
5  And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld;
   And this also shall be a sign unto you.
6  And behold this is not all,
   There shall be many signs and wonders in heaven.
7  And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed and wonder,
   Insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth. And it shall come to pass,
   That whosoever shall believe on the Son of God,
   The same shall have everlasting life.
9  And behold, thus hath the Lord commanded me,
   By his angel, that I should come and tell this thing unto you;
   Yea, he hath commanded that I should prophesy these things unto you;
   Yea, he hath said unto me: Cry unto this people, repent and prepare the way of the Lord.
10 And now, because I am a Lamanite, and have spoken unto you the words which the Lord hath commanded me,
   And because it was hard against you, ye are angry with me,
   And do seek to destroy me, and have cast me out from among you.
11 Ye shall hear my words; for, for this intent have I come up upon the walls of this city,
   That ye might hear and know of the judgments of God,
   Which do await you because of your iniquities,
   And also that ye might know the conditions of repentance;
12 And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
   The Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning;
   And that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.
13 And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins,
   That thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits.
14 And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign of his death.
15 For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him,
   And becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead,
   That thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.
16 Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection,
   And redeemeth all mankind from the first death──that spiritual death;
   For all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord,
   Are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.
17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind,
   Yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back,
   Into the presence of the Lord.
18 Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance,
   That whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire;
   But whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire;
   And there cometh upon them again a spiritual death,
   Yea, a second death, for they are cut off again,
   As to things pertaining to righteousness.
19 Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them,
   Ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death.
20 But behold, as I said unto you concerning another sign, a sign of his death,
   Behold, in that day that he shall suffer death,
   The sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his light unto you;
   And also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land,
   Even from the time that he shall suffer death, for the space of three days,
   Unto the time that he shall rise again from the dead.
21 Yea, at the time that he shall yield up the ghost,
   There shall be thunderings and lightnings,
   For the space of many hours,
   And the earth shall shake and tremble;
   And the rocks which are upon the face of this earth,
   Which are both above the earth and beneath,
   Which ye know at this time are solid,
   Or the more part of it is one solid mass, shall be broken up;
22 Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be found in seams and in cracks,
   And in broken fragments upon the face of the whole earth, yea, both above the earth and beneath.
23 And behold, there shall be great tempests, and there shall be many mountains laid low, like unto a valley,
   And there shall be many places which are now called valleys which shall become mountains, whose height is great.
24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall become desolate.
25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead;
   And many saints shall appear unto many.
26 And behold, thus hath the angel spoken unto me; for he said unto me,
   That there should be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours.
27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest, these things should be,
   And that darkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space of three days.
28 And the angel said unto me that many shall see greater things than these,
   To the intent that they might believe that these signs and these wonders,
   Should come to pass upon all the face of this land,
   To the intent that there should be no cause,
   For unbelief among the children of men──
29 And this to the intent that whosoever will believe might be saved,
   And that whosoever will not believe, a righteous judgment might come upon them;
   And also if they are condemned they bring upon themselves their own condemnation.
30 And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself;
   And whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself;
   For behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves;
   For behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.
31 He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil,
   And he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death;
   And ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good,
   Or have that which is good restored unto you;
   Or ye can do evil,
   And have that which is evil restored unto you.


    HELAMAN 15

1  AND now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare unto you,
   That except ye shall repent your houses shall be left unto you desolate.
2  Yea, except ye repent, your women shall have great cause to mourn in the day that they shall give suck;
   For ye shall attempt to flee and there shall be no place for refuge;
   Yea, and wo unto them which with child, for they shall be heavy and cannot flee;
   Therefore, they shall be trodden down and shall be left to perish.
3  Yea, wo unto this people who are called the people of Nephi except they shall repent,
   When they shall see all these signs and wonders which shall be showed unto them;
   For behold, they have been a chosen people of the Lord;
   Yea, the people of Nephi hath he loved, and also hath he chastened them;
   Yea, in the days of their iniquities hath he chastened them because he loveth them.
4  But behold my brethren, the Lamanites hath he hated because their deeds have been evil continually,
   And this because of the iniquity of the tradition of their fathers.
   But behold, salvation hath come unto them through the preaching of the Nephites;
   And for this intent hath the Lord prolonged their days.
5  And I would that ye should behold,
   That the more part of them,
   Are in the path of their duty,
   And they do walk circumspectly before God,
   And they do observe to keep his commandments,
   And his statutes and his judgments according to the law of Moses.
6  Yea, I say unto you, that the more part of them are doing this, and they are striving with unwearied diligence,
   That they may bring the remainder of their brethren to the knowledge of the truth;
   Therefore there are many who do add to their numbers daily.
7  And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it,
   That as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth,
   And to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers,
   And are led to believe the holy scriptures,
   Yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets,
   Which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord,
   And unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them──
8  Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm,
   And steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free.
9  And ye know also that they have buried their weapons of war,
   And they fear to take them up lest by any means they should sin;
   Yea, ye can see that they fear to sin──for behold they will suffer themselves,
   That they be trodden down and slain by their enemies,
   And will not lift their swords against them, and this because of their faith in Christ.
10 And now, because of their steadfastness when they do believe in that thing which they do believe,
   For because of their firmness when they are once enlightened,
   Behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days, notwithstanding their iniquity──
11 Yea, even if they should dwindle in unbelief the Lord shall prolong their days,
   Until the time shall come which hath been spoken of by our fathers,
   And also by the prophet Zenos, and many other prophets,
   Concerning the restoration of our brethren,
   The Lamanites, again to the knowledge of the truth──
12 Yea, I say unto you, that in the latter times,
   The promises of the Lord have been extended to our brethren, the Lamanites;
   And notwithstanding the many afflictions which they shall have,
   And notwithstanding they shall be driven to and fro,
   Upon the face of the earth,
   And be hunted, and shall be smitten and scattered abroad,
   Having no place for refuge, the Lord shall be merciful unto them.
13 And this is according to the prophecy, that they shall again be brought to the true knowledge,
   Which is the knowledge of their Redeemer, and their great and true shepherd, and be numbered among his sheep.
14 Therefore I say unto you, it shall be better for them than for you except ye repent.
15 For behold, had the mighty works been shown unto them which have been shown unto you,
   Yea, unto them who have dwindled in unbelief because of the traditions of their fathers,
   Ye can see of yourselves that they never would again have dwindled in unbelief.
16 Therefore, saith the Lord: I will not utterly destroy them,
   But I will cause that in the day of my wisdom,
   They shall return again unto me, saith the Lord.
17 And now behold, saith the Lord, concerning the people of the Nephites:
   If they will not repent, and observe to do my will, I will utterly destroy them, saith the Lord,
   Because of their unbelief notwithstanding the many mighty works which I have done among them;
   And as surely as the Lord liveth shall these things be, saith the Lord.



    HELAMAN 16

1  AND now, it came to pass that there were many,
   Who heard the words of Samuel, the Lamanite,
   Which he spake upon the walls of the city.
   And as many as believed on his word,
   Went forth and sought for Nephi;
   And when they had come forth and found him,
   They confessed unto him their sins and denied not,
   Desiring that they might be baptized unto the Lord.
2  But as many as there were who did not believe in the words of Samuel,
   Were angry with him; and they cast stones at him upon the wall,
   And also many shot arrows at him as he stood upon the wall;
   But the Spirit of the Lord was with him,
   Insomuch that they could not hit him,
   With their stones neither with their arrows.
3  And when they saw that they could not hit him,
   There were many more who did believe on his words,
   Insomuch that they went away unto Nephi to be baptized.
4  For behold, Nephi was baptizing, and prophesying, and preaching,
   And crying repentance unto the people, showing signs and wonders,
   Working miracles among the people, that they might know,
   That the Christ must shortly come──
5  Telling them of things which must shortly come,
   That they might know and remember at the time of their coming,
   That they had been made known unto them beforehand, to the intent that they might believe;
   Therefore as many as believed on the words of Samuel went forth unto him to be baptized,
   For they came repenting and confessing their sins.
6  But the more part of them did not believe in the words of Samuel;
   Therefore when they saw that they could not hit him with their stones and their arrows,
   They cried unto their captains, saying: Take this fellow and bind him,
   For behold he hath a devil; and because of the power of the devil,
   Which is in him, we cannot hit him with our stones and our arrows;
   Therefore take him and bind him, and away with him.
7  And as they went forth to lay their hands on him, behold,
   He did cast himself down from the wall, and did flee out of their lands,
   Yea, even unto his own country, and began to preach and to prophesy among his own people.
8  And behold, he was never heard of more among the Nephites; and thus were the affairs of the people.
9  And thus ended the eighty and sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
10 And thus ended also the eighty and seventh year of the reign of the judges,
   The more part of the people remaining in their pride and wickedness,
   And the lesser part walking more circumspectly before God.
11 And these were the conditions also,
   In the eighty and eighth year of the reign of the judges.
12 And there was but little alteration in the affairs of the people,
   Save it were the people began to be more hardened in iniquity,
   And do more and more of that which was contrary to the commandments of God,
   In the eighty and ninth year of the reign of the judges.
13 But it came to pass in the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges,
   There were great signs given unto the people, and wonders;
   And the words of the prophets began to be fulfilled.
14 And angels did appear unto men, wise men,
   And did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy;
   Thus in this year the scriptures began to be fulfilled.
15 Nevertheless, the people began to harden their hearts,
   All save it were the most believing part of them,
   Both of the Nephites and also of the Lamanites,
   And began to depend upon their own strength,
   And upon their own wisdom, saying:
16 Some things they may have guessed right, among so many; but behold,
   We know that all these great and marvelous works cannot come to pass, of which has been spoken.
17 And they began to reason and to contend among themselves, saying:
18 That it is not reasonable that such a being as a Christ shall come;
   If so, and he be the Son of God,
   The Father of heaven and of earth, as it has been spoken,
   Why will he not show himself unto us as well as unto them who shall be at Jerusalem?
19 Yea, why will he not show himself in this land as well as in the land of Jerusalem?
20 But behold, we know that this is a wicked tradition, which has been handed down unto us by our fathers,
   To cause us that we should believe in some great and marvelous thing which should come to pass,
   But not among us, but in a land which is far distant, a land which we know not;
   Therefore they can keep us in ignorance,
   For we cannot witness with our own eyes that they are true.
21 And they will, by the cunning and the mysterious arts of the evil one,
   Work some great mystery which we cannot understand, which will keep us down,
   To be servants to their words, and also servants unto them, for we depend upon them to teach us the word;
   And thus will they keep us in ignorance if we will yield ourselves unto them, all the days of our lives.
22 And many more things did the people imagine up in their hearts, which were foolish and vain;
   And they were much disturbed, for Satan did stir them up to do iniquity continually;
   Yea, he did go about spreading rumors and contentions upon all the face of the land,
   That he might harden the hearts of the people,
   Against that which was good and against that which should come.
23 And notwithstanding the signs and the wonders,
   Which were wrought among the people of the Lord, and the many miracles which they did,
   Satan did get great hold upon the hearts of the people upon all the face of the land.
24 And thus ended the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
25 And thus ended the book of Helaman, according to the record of Helaman and his sons.



 

THE BOOK OF THIRD NEPHI

THE SON OF NEPHI, WHO WAS THE SON OF HELAMAN

And Helaman was the son of Helaman, who was the son of Alma, who was the son of Alma, being a descendant of Nephi who was the son of Lehi, who came out of Jerusalem in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, the king of Judah

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   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. 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 traditions 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 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 came.
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 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 the prophets.
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,
   End 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.
   And it came to pass that in the ninety and fourth year they began to increase in a 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 land.
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 passes 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 charge of the records,
   Did not return to the land of Zarahemla,
   And could no
where 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 sore. 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 Nephites;
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 year. 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 secret places.
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 over them.
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 defense of your liberty, and of 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 Gadianton robbers.
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 all 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 better 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 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 left desolate.
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 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 their enemies.
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 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 left Jerusalem.
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 of Gidgiddoni.
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. 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 year.
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 the wilderness;
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 till 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. 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 liberty.
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. 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. 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 souls.
21 Surely he hath blessed the house of Jacob, and hath been merciful unto the seed of Joseph.
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; 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.
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; 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, 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 before God.
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 willfully 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 death.
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 law.
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 Jacob;
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;
   Not withstanding 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. 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 and abominations;
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 daily.
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. 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 the land.
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 in 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 land.
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 darkness;
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; 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: Wo, wo, wo unto this people;
   Wo unto the inhabitants of the whole earth except they 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 thereof.
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 them.
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 their abominations from before my face,
   That the blood of the prophets and the saints should not come up any more unto me against them.
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.



   3 NEPHI 10

1  AND now behold, it came to pass that all the people of the land did hear these sayings, and did witness of it.
   And after these sayings there was silence in the land for the space of many hours;
2  For so great was the astonishment of the people,
   That they did cease lamenting and howling,
   For the loss of their kindred which had been slain;
   Therefore there was silence in all the land for the space of many hours.
3  And it came to pass that there came a voice again unto the people,
   And all the people did hear, and did witness of it, saying:
4  O ye people of these great cities which have fallen,
   Who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel,
   How oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.
5  And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings,
   Yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen;
   Yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen;
   Yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.
6  O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you,
   As a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings,
   If ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart.
7  But if not, O house of Israel, the places of your dwellings shall become desolate,
   Until the time of the fulfilling of the covenant to your fathers.
8  And now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words,
   Behold, they began to weep and howl again,
   Because of the loss of their kindred and friends.
9  And it came to pass that thus did the three days pass away.
   And it was in the morning, and the darkness dispersed from off the face of the land,
   And the earth did cease to tremble, and the rocks did cease to rend,
   And the dreadful groanings did cease, and all the tumultuous noises did pass away.
10 And the earth did cleave together again, that it stood;
   And the mourning, and the weeping,
   And the wailing of the people who were spared alive did cease;
   And their mourning was turned into joy, and their lamentations,
   Into the praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer.
11 And thus far were the scriptures fulfilled which had been spoken by the prophets.
12 And it was the more righteous part of the people who were saved,
   And it was they who received the prophets and stoned them not;
   And it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared──
13 And they were spared and were not sunk and buried up in the earth;
   And they were not drowned in the depths of the sea;
   And they were not burned by fire,
   Neither were they fallen upon and crushed to death;
   And they were not carried away in the whirlwind;
   Neither were they overpowered by the vapor of smoke and of darkness.
14 And now, whoso readeth, let him understand; he that hath the scriptures, let him search them,
   And see and behold if all these deaths and destructions by fire, and by smoke, and by tempests,
   And by whirlwinds, and by the opening of the earth to receive them,
   And all these things are not unto the fulfilling of the prophecies of many of the holy prophets.
15 Behold, I say unto you, Yea, many have testified of these things at the coming of Christ,
   And were slain because they testified of these things.
16 Yea, the prophet Zenos did testify of these things,
   And also Zenock spake concerning these things,
   Because they testified particularly,
   Concerning us who are the remnant of their seed.
17 Behold, our father Jacob also testified concerning a remnant of the seed of Joseph.
   And behold, are not we a remnant of the seed of Joseph?
   And these things which testify of us,
   Are they not written upon the plates of brass,
   Which our father Lehi brought out of Jerusalem?
18 And it came to pass that in the ending of the thirty and fourth year,
   Behold, I will show unto you that the people of Nephi who were spared,
   And also those who had been called Lamanites, who had been spared,
   Did have great favors shown unto them, and great blessings poured out upon their heads,
   Insomuch that soon after the ascension of Christ into heaven he did truly manifest himself unto them──
   Showing his body unto them, and ministering unto them;
   And an account of his ministry shall be given hereafter.
   Therefore for I make an end of my sayings.



   3 NEPHI 11

1  AND now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together,
   Of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful;
   And they were marveling and wondering one with another,
   And were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.
2  And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the sign had been given concerning his death.
3  And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another,
   They heard a voice as if it came out of heaven;
   And they cast their eyes round about,
   For they understood not the voice which they heard;
   And it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless,
   And notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center,
   Insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake;
   Yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
4  And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.
5  And again the third time they did hear the voice,
   And did open their ears to hear it;
   And their eyes were towards the sound thereof;
`  And they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
6  And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them:
7  Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name──hear ye him.
8  And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven;
   And behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven;
   And he was clothed in a white robe;
   And he came down and stood in the midst of them;
   And the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him,
   And they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not,
   What it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
9  And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world;
   And I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me,
   And have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which,
   I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words,
   The whole multitude fell to the earth;
   For they remembered that it had been prophesied among them,
   That Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.
13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
14 Arise and come forth unto me,
   That ye may thrust your hands into my side,
   And also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet,
   That ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth,
   And have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth,
   And thrust their hands into his side,
   And did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet;
   And this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth,
   And did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands,
   And did know of a surety and did bear record,
   That it was he of whom it was written by the prophets that should come.
16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves,
   They did cry out with one accord, saying:
17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!
   And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.
18 And it came to pass that he spake unto Nephi,
   (for Nephi was among the multitude)
   And he commanded him that he should come forth.
19 And Nephi arose and went forth, and bowed himself before the Lord and did kiss his feet.
20 And the Lord commanded him that he should arise.
   And he arose and stood before him.
21 And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you power,
   That ye shall baptize this people when I am again ascended into heaven.
22 And again the Lord called others, and said unto them likewise;
   And he gave unto them power to baptize.
   And he said unto them:
   On this wise shall ye baptize;
   And there shall be no disputations among you.
23 Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your words,
   And desireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them──
   Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them.
24 And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying:
25 Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you,
   In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
   And of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
26 And then shall ye immerse them in the water,
   And come forth again out of the water. And after this manner shall ye baptize in my name;
   For behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one;
   And I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one.
28 And according as I have commanded you thus shall ye baptize.
   And there shall be no disputations among you,
   As there have hitherto been;
   Neither shall there be disputations among you,
   Concerning the points of my doctrine, as there have hitherto been.
29 For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me,
   But is of the devil, who is the father of contention,
   And he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
30 Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another;
   But this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away.
31 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will declare unto you my doctrine.
32 And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me;
   And I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me,
   And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me;
   And I bear record that the Father commandeth all men,
   Everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
33 And whoso believeth in me,
   And is baptized, the same shall be saved;
   And they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.
34 And whoso believeth not in me, and is not baptized, shall be damned.
35 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine and I bear record of it from the Father;
   And whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also;
   And unto him will the Father bear record of me,
   For he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.
36 And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him,
   Of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one.
37 And again I say unto you, ye must repent,
   And become as a little child, and be baptized in my name,
   Or ye can in nowise receive these things.
38 And again I say unto you, ye must repent and be baptized in my name,
   And become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this,
   Buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this,
   And establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil,
   And is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation,
   And the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
41 Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth.



   3 NEPHI 12

1  AND it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi,
   And to those who had been called,
   (now the number of them who had been called,
   And received power and authority to baptize, was twelve)
   And behold, he stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and cried unto them,
   Saying: Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen,
   From among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants;
   And unto them I have given power that they may baptize you with water;
   And after that ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost;
   Therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized,
   After that ye have seen me and know that I am.
2  And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words,
   Because that ye shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am.
   Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized,
   For they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins.
3  Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4  And again, blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5  And blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6  And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst,
   After righteousness,
   For they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
7  And blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8  And blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9  And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
10 And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name's sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute
   And shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;
12 For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad,
   For great shall be your reward in heaven;
   For so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
13 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I` give unto you to be the salt of the earth;
   But if the salt shall lose its savor wherewith shall the earth be salted?
   The salt shall be thenceforth good for nothing,
`  But to be cast out,
   And to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
   I give unto you to be the light of this people.
   A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel?
   Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house;
16 Therefore let your light so shine before this people,
   That they may see your good works,
   And glorify your Father who is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets.
   I am not come to destroy but to fulfill; for verily I say unto you,
   One jot nor one tittle hath not passed away from the law, but in me it hath all been fulfilled.
19 And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father,
   That ye shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins,
   And come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
   Behold, ye have the commandments before you,
   And the law is fulfilled.
20 Therefore come unto me and be ye saved;
   For verily I say unto you,
   That except ye shall keep my commandments,
   Which I have commanded you
to do at this time,
   Ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time,
   And it is also written before you, that thou shalt not kill,
   And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment of God;
22 But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of his judgment.
   And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council;
   And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore, if ye shall come unto me, or shall desire to come unto me,
   And rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee──
24 Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be reconciled to thy brother,
   And then come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I will receive you.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him,
   Lest at any time he shall get thee, and thou shalt be cast into prison.
26 Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
   Thou shalt by no means come out thence,
   Until thou hast paid the uttermost senine.
   And while ye are in prison can ye pay even one senine?
   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit adultery;
28 But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her,
   Hath committed adultery already in his heart.
29 Behold, I give unto you a commandment,
   That ye suffer none of these things to enter into your heart;
30 For it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things,
   Wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been written, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement.
32 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife,
   Saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery;
   And whoso shall marry her who is divorced committeth adultery.
33 And again it is written, thou shalt not forswear thyself,
   But shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths;
34 But verily, verily, I say unto you, swear not at all;
   Neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair black or white;
37 But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh of more than these is evil.
38 And behold, it is written, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth;
39 But I say unto you, that ye shall not resist evil,
   But whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek,
   Turn to him the other also;
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law,
   And take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also;
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn thou not away.
43 And behold it is written also, that thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy;
44 But behold I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
   Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them,
   Who despitefully use you and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father,
   Who is in heaven; for he maketh his sun,
   To rise on the evil and on the good.
46 Therefore those things which were of old time,
   Which were under the law, in me are all fulfilled.
47 Old things are done away, and all things have become new.
48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I,
   Or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.



   3 NEPHI 13

1  Verily, verily, I say that I would that ye should do alms unto the poor;
   But take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them;
   Otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven.
2  Therefore, when ye shall do your alms,
   Do not sound a trumpet before you,
   As will hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
   That they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
3  But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth;
4  That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret,
   Himself shall reward thee openly.
5  And when thou prayest thou shalt not do as the hypocrites,
   For they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets,
   That they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
   And when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret;
   And thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions,
   As the heathen, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8  Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
12 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
13 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
14 For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 Moreover, when ye fast be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance,
   For they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast.
   Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, who is in secret;
   And thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
   Where moth and rust doth corrupt,
   And thieves break through and steal;
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
   Where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
   And where thieves do not break through nor steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single,
   Thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.
   If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
   Or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.
   Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
25 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words,
   He looked upon the twelve whom he had chosen, and said unto them: Remember the words which I have spoken.
   For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to minister unto this people.
   Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life,
   What ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
   Nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.
   Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns;
   Yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment?
   Consider the lilies of the field how they grow;
   They toil not, neither do they spin;
29 And yet I say unto you,
   That even Solomon, in all his glory,
   Was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
   Which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven,
   Even so will he clothe you, if ye are not of little faith.
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?
   Or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
   Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.



   3 NEPHI 14

1  AND now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words,
   He turned again to the multitude, and did open his mouth unto them again, saying:
   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged;
   And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye,   
   But considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother:
   Let me pull the mote out of thine eye──
   And behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5  Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye;
   And then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
   Lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.
7  Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find;
   Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
8  For every one that asketh, receiveth;
   And he that seeketh, findeth;
   And to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
9  Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread,
   Will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will ye give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,
   How much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
   Do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate;
   For wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
   Which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat;
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
   But inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.
   Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;
   But a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
   Neither a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,
   And cast into the fire; wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
   But he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord,
   Have we not prophesied in thy name,
   And in thy name have cast out devils,
   And in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you;
   Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them,
   I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock──
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
   And beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And now every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not,
   Shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand──
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
   And beat upon that house; and it fell,
   And great was the fall of it.



   3 NEPHI 15

1  AND now it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings,
   He cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and said unto them:
   Behold, ye have heard the things which I taught before I ascended to my Father;
   Therefore, whoso remembereth these sayings of mine and doeth them,
   Him will I raise up at the last day.
2  And it came to pass that when Jesus had said these words,
   He perceived that there were some among them who marveled,
   And wondered what he would concerning the law of Moses;
   For they understood not the saying,
   That old things had passed away,
   And that all things had become new.
3  And he said unto them: Marvel not that I said unto you,
   That old things had passed away, and that all things had become new.
4  Behold, I say unto you that the law is fulfilled that was given unto Moses.
5  Behold, I am he that gave the law, and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel;
   Therefore, the law in me is fulfilled, for I have come to fulfill the law; therefore it hath an end.
6  Behold, I do not destroy the prophets, for as many as have not been fulfilled in me,
   Verily I say unto you, shall all be fulfilled.
7  And because I said unto you that old things have passed away,
   I do not destroy that which hath been spoken concerning things which are to come.
8  For behold, the covenant which I have made with my people is not all fulfilled;
   But the law which was given unto Moses hath an end in me.
9  Behold, I am the law, and the light.
   Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live;
   For unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.
10 Behold, I have given unto you the commandments; therefore keep my commandments.
   And this is the law and the prophets, for they truly testified of me.
11 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words,
   He said unto those twelve whom he had chosen:
12 Ye are my disciples;
   And ye are a light unto this people,
   Who are a remnant of the house of Joseph.
13 And behold, this is the land of your inheritance;
   And the Father hath given it unto you. And not at any time,
   Hath the Father given me commandment that I should tell it unto your brethren at Jerusalem.
15 Neither at any time hath the Father given me commandment that I should tell,
   Unto them concerning the other tribes of the house of Israel,
   Whom the Father hath led away out of the land.
16 This much did the Father command me, that I should tell unto them:
17 That other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring,
   And they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
18 And now, because of stiffneckedness and unbelief they understood not my word;
   Therefore I was commanded to say no more of the Father concerning this thing unto them.
19 But, verily, I say unto you that the Father hath commanded me, and I tell it unto you,
   That ye were separated from among them because of their iniquity;
   Therefore it is because of their iniquity that they know not of you.
20 And verily, I say unto you again,
   That the other tribes hath the Father separated from them;
   And it is because of their iniquity that they know not of them.
21 And verily, I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said:
   Other sheep I have which are not of this fold;
   Them also I must bring,
   And they shall hear my voice;
   And there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
22 And they understood me not, for they supposed it had been the Gentiles;
   For they understood not that the Gentiles should be converted through their preaching.
23 And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice;
   And they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice──
   That I should not manifest myself unto them save it were by the Holy Ghost.
24 But behold, ye have both heard my voice, and seen me;
   And ye are my sheep,
   And ye are numbered among those whom the Father hath given me.



   3 NEPHI 16

1  AND verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep,
   Which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem,
   Neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.
2  For they of whom I speak are they who have not as yet heard my voice;
   Neither have I at any time manifested myself unto them.
3  But I have received a commandment of the Father that I shall go unto them,
   And that they shall hear my voice, and shall
That there may be one fold and one shepherd; therefore I go to show myself unto them.
4  And I command you that ye shall write these sayings after I am gone,
   That if it so be that my people at Jerusalem, they who have seen me and been with me in my ministry,
   Do not ask the Father in my name, that they may receive a knowledge of you by the Holy Ghost,
   And also of the other tribes whom they know not of,
   That these sayings which ye shall write,
   Shall be kept and shall be manifested unto the Gentiles,
   That through the fullness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed,
   Who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief,
   May be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer.
5  And then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth,
   And then will I fulfill the covenant which the Father hath made,
   Unto all people of the house of Israel.
6  And blessed are the Gentiles, 
   Because of their belief in me,
  And their belief in and of the Holy Ghost,
   Which witnesses unto them of me and of the Father.
7  Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father,
   And because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel,
   In the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles,
   That the fullness of these things shall be made known unto them.
8  But wo, saith the Father, unto the unbelieving of the Gentiles,
   For notwithstanding they have come forth upon the face of this land,
   And have scattered my people who are of the house of Israel;
   And my people who are of the house of Israel,
   Have been cast out from among them,
   And have been trodden under feet by them;
9  And because of the mercies of the Father unto the Gentiles,
   And also the judgments of the Father upon my people who are of the house of Israel,
   Verily, verily, I say unto you, that after all this,
   And I have caused my people,
   Who are of the house of Israel to be smitten,
   And to be afflicted, and to be slain, and to be cast out from among them,
   And to become hated by them, and to become a hiss and a byword among them──
10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you:
   At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel,
   And shall reject the fullness of my gospel,
   And shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations,
   And above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings,
   And of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders,
   And priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations;
   And if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel,
   Behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fullness of my gospel from among them.
11 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people,
   O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel,
   That the Gentiles shall not have power over you;
   But I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel,
   And ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fullness of my gospel.
13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father,
   Behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
14 And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel,
   To go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice,
   I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel,
   That they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down,
   And they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor,
   Which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out,
   And to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, thus hath the Father commanded me──
   That I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance.
17 And then the words of the prophet Isaiah shall be fulfilled, which say:
18 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing,
   For they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
19 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem;
   For the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
20 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
   And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.



   3 NEPHI 17

1  Behold, now it came to pass,
   That when Jesus had spoken these words,
   He looked round about again on the multitude,
   And he said unto them: Behold, my time is at hand.
2  I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words,
   Which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.
3  Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said,
   And ask of the Father, in my name,
which is Jesus Christ, that ye may understand,
   And prepare your minds for the morrow, and I shall come unto you again.
4  But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel,
   For they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them.
5  And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken,
   He cast his eyes round about again on the multitude,
   And beheld they were in tears,
   And did look steadfastly upon him,
   As if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.
6  And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.
7  Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame,
   Or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf,
   Or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them,
   For I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.
8  For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you,
   What I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem,
   For I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.
9  And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord,
   Did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind,
   And with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner;
   And he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.
10 And they did all, both they who had been healed,
   And they who were whole,
   Bow down at his feet, and did worship him;
   And as many as could come for the multitude,
   Did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.
11 And it came to pass that he commanded that their little children should be brought.
12 So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him,
   And Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him.
13 And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst,
   He commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground.
14 And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said:
   Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel.
15 And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth;
   And behold he prayed unto the Father,
   And the things which he prayed cannot be written,
   And the multitude did bear record who heard him.
16 And after this manner do they bear record:
   The eye hath never seen,
   Neither hath the ear heard,
   Before, so great and marvelous things,
   As we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;
17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man,
   Neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things,
   As we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy,
   Which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.
18 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father,
   He arose; but so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome.
19 And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.
20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them:
   Blessed are ye because of your faith.
   And now behold, my joy is full.
21 And when he had said these words, he wept,
   And the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children,
   One by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
22 And when he had done this he wept again;
23 And he spake unto the multitude,
   And said unto them: Behold your little ones.
24 And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven,
   And they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven,
   As it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about,
   And they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.
25 And the multitude did see and hear and bear record;
   And they know that their record is true,
   For they all of them did see and hear, every man for himself;
   And they were in number about two thousand and five hundred souls;
   And they did consist of men, women, and children.



   3 NEPHI 18

1  AND it came to pass that Jesus commanded his disciples,
   That they should bring forth some bread and wine unto him.
2  And while they were gone for bread and wine,
   He commanded the multitude,
   That they should sit themselves down upon the earth.
3  And when the disciples had come with bread and wine,
   He took of the bread and brake and blessed it;
   And he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat.
4  And when they had eaten and were filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude.
5  And when the multitude had eaten and were filled, he said unto the disciples:
   Behold there shall one be ordained among you,
   And to him will I give power,
   That he shall break bread and bless it,
   And give it unto the people of my church,
   Unto all those who shall believe and be baptized in my name.
6  And this shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done,
   Even as I have broken bread and blessed it and given it unto you.
7  And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you.
   And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me.
   And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
8  And it came to pass that when he said these words,
   He commanded his disciples,
   That they should take of the wine of the cup and drink of it,
   And that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it.
9  And it came to pass that they did so, and did drink of it and were filled;
   And they gave unto the multitude, and they did drink, and they were filled.
10 And when the disciples had done this, Jesus said unto them:
   Blessed are ye for this thing which ye have done,
   For this is fulfilling my commandments,
   And doth witness unto the Father,
   That ye are willing to do that which I have commanded you.
11 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name;
   And ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you,
   That ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me.
   And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things.
   And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye,
   For ye are built upon my rock.
13 But whoso among you shall do more or less than these,
   Are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation;
   And when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon them,
   They shall fall, and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.
14 Therefore blessed are ye if ye shall keep my commandments,
   And which the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you.
15 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always,
   Lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him.
16 And as I have prayed among you even so shall ye pray in my church,
   Among my people who do repent and are baptized in my name.
   Behold I am the light; and have set an example for you.
17 And it came to pass when Jesus had spoken these words,
   Unto his disciples, he turned again unto the multitude,
   And said unto them: Behold, verily, verily I say unto you,
   Ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation;
   For Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.
19 Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name;
20 And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father, in my name, which is right,
   Believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.
21 Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name,
   That your wives and your children may be blessed.
22 And behold, ye shall meet together oft;
   And ye shall not forbid any man,
   From coming unto you when ye shall meet together,
   But suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not;
23 But ye shall pray for them, and shall not cast them out;
   And if it so be that they come unto you oft,
   Ye shall pray for them unto the Father, in my name.
24 Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world.
   Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up──that which ye have seen me do.
   Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed.
25 And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away,
   But rather have commanded that ye should come unto me,
   That ye might feel and see;
   Even so shall ye do unto the world;
   And whosoever breaketh this commandment,
   Suffereth himself to be led into temptation.
26 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words,
   He turned his eyes again upon the disciples whom he had chosen, and said unto them:
27 Behold verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you another commandment,
   And then I must go unto my Father, that I may fulfill other commandments which he hath given me.
28 And now behold, this is the commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall not suffer any one knowingly,
   To partake of my flesh and blood unworthily, when ye shall minister it;
29 For whoso eateth and drinketh my flesh and blood unworthily,
   Eateth and drinketh damnation to his soul;
   Therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy,
   To eat and drink of my flesh and blood ye shall forbid him.
30 Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out from among you,
   But ye shall minister unto him and shall pray for him unto the Father, in my name;
   And if it so be that he repenteth and is baptized in my name,
   Then shall ye receive him, and shall minister unto him of my flesh and blood.
31 But if he repent not he shall not be numbered among my people,
   That he may not destroy my people,
   For behold I know my sheep, and they are numbered.
32 Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out of your synagogues,
   Or your places of worship, for unto such shall ye continue to minister;
   For ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart,
   And I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.
33 Therefore, keep these sayings which I have commanded you,
   That ye come not under condemnation; for wo unto him whom the Father condemneth.
34 And I give you these commandments because of the disputations which have been among you.
   And blessed are ye if ye have no disputations among you. And now I go unto the Father,
   Because it is expedient that I should go unto the Father for your sakes.
36 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of these sayings,
   He touched with his hand the disciples whom he had chosen,
   One by one, even until he had touched them all,
   And spake unto them as he touched them.
37 And the multitude heard not the words which he spake,
   Therefore they did not bear record; but the disciples bare record,
   That he gave them the power to give the Holy Ghost.
   And I will show unto you hereafter that this record is true.
38 And it came to pass that when Jesus had touched them all,
   There came a cloud and overshadowed the multitude that they could not see Jesus.
39 And while they were overshadowed he departed from them, and ascended into heaven.
   And the disciples saw and did bear record that he ascended again into heaven.



   3 NEPHI 19

1  AND now it came to pass that when Jesus had ascended into heaven, the multitude did disperse,
   And every man did take his wife and his children and did return to his own home.
2  And it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark,
   That the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had ministered unto them,
   And that he would also show himself on the morrow unto the multitude.
3  Yea, and even all the night it was noised abroad concerning Jesus;
   And insomuch did they send forth unto the people,
   That there were many, yea, an exceedingly great number,
   Did labor exceedingly all that night, that they might be on the morrow,
   In the place where Jesus should show himself unto the multitude.
4  And it came to pass that on the morrow, when the multitude was gathered together,
   Behold, Nephi and his brother whom he had raised from the dead,
   Whose name was Timothy, and also his son, whose name was Jonas,
   And also Mathoni, and Mathonihah, his brother,
   And Kumen, and Kumenonhi, and Jeremiah,
   And Shemnon, and Jonas, and Zedekiah, and Isaiah──
   Now these were the names of the disciples whom Jesus had chosen──
   And it came to pass that they went forth and stood in the midst of the multitude.
5  And behold, the multitude was so great that they did cause that they should be separated into twelve bodies.
6  And the twelve did teach the multitude; and behold, they did cause that the multitude should kneel down,
   Upon the face of the earth, and should pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus.
7  And the disciples did pray unto the Father also in the name of Jesus.
   And it came to pass that they arose and ministered unto the people.
8  And when they had ministered those same words which Jesus had spoken──
   Nothing varying from the words which Jesus had spoken──
   Behold, they knelt again,
   And prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus.
9  And they did pray for that which they most desired;
   And they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them.
10 And when they had thus prayed they went down unto the water's edge, and the multitude followed them.
11 And it came to pass that Nephi went down into the water and was baptized.
12 And he came up out of the water and began to baptize.
   And he baptized all those whom Jesus had chosen.
13 And it came to pass when they were all baptized and had come up out of the water,
   The Holy Ghost did fall upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
14 And behold, they were encircled about as if it were by fire;
   And it came down from heaven,
   And the multitude did witness it, and did bear record;
   And angels did come down out of heaven and did minister unto them.
15 And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples,
   Behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them.
16 And it came to pass that he spake unto the multitude,
   And commanded them that they should kneel down again upon the earth,
   And also that his disciples should kneel down upon the earth.
17 And it came to pass that when they had all knelt down upon the earth,
   He commanded his disciples that they should pray.
18 And behold, they began to pray;
   And they did pray unto Jesus,
   Calling him their Lord and their God.
19 And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst of them,
   And went a little way off from them and bowed himself to the earth, and he said:
20 Father, I thank thee that thou hast given the Holy Ghost unto these whom I have chosen;
   And it is because of their belief in me that I have chosen them out of the world.
21 Father, I pray thee that thou wilt give the Holy Ghost,
   Unto all them that shall believe in their words.
22 Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believe in me;
   And thou seest that they believe in me because thou hearest them, and they pray unto me;
   And they pray unto me because I am with them. And now Father, I pray unto thee for them,
   And also for all those who shall believe on their words, that they may believe in me,
   That I may be in them as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one.
24 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples,
   And behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not multiply many words,
   For it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire.
25 And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him;
   And his countenance did smile upon them,
   And the light of his countenance did shine upon them,
   And behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus;
   And behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness,
   Yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.
26 And Jesus said unto them: Pray on; nevertheless, they did not cease to pray.
27 And he turned from them again, and went a little way off,
   And bowed himself to the earth;
   And he prayed again unto the Father, saying:
28 Father, I thank thee that thou hast purified those whom I have chosen,
   Because of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their words,
   That they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they are purified in me.
29 Father, I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me out of the world,
   Because of their faith, that they may be purified in me,
   That I may be in them as thou, Father, art in me,
   That we may be one, that I may be glorified in them.
30 And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples;
   And behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him;
   And he did smile upon them again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus.
31 And it came to pass that he went again a little way off and prayed unto the Father;
32 And tongue cannot speak the words which he prayed, neither can be written by man the words which he prayed.
33 And the multitude did hear and do bear record; and their hearts were open,
   And they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed.
34 Nevertheless, so great and marvelous were the words which he prayed,
   That they cannot be written, neither can they be uttered by man.
35 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying.
   He came again to the disciples, and said unto them:
   So great faith have I never seen among all the Jews;
   Wherefore I could not show unto them,
   So great miracles, because of their unbelief.
36 Verily I say unto you, there are none of them,
   That have seen so great things as ye have seen;
   Neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard.



   3 NEPHI 20

1  AND it came to pass that he commanded,
   The multitude that they should cease to pray, and also his disciples.
   And he commanded them that they should not cease to pray in their hearts.
2  And he commanded them that they should arise and stand up upon their feet.
   And they arose up and stood upon their feet.
3  And it came to pass that he brake bread again and blessed it, and gave to the disciples to eat.
4  And when they had eaten he commanded them that they should break bread, and give unto the multitude.
5  And when they had given unto the multitude he also gave them wine to drink,
   And commanded them that they should give unto the multitude.
6  Now, there had been no bread, neither wine,
   Brought by the disciples, neither by the multitude;
7  But he truly gave unto them bread to eat, and also wine to drink.
8  And he said unto them: He that eateth this bread eateth of my body to his soul;
   And he that drinketh of this wine drinketh of my blood to his soul;
   And his soul shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled.
9  Now, when the multitude had all eaten and drunk,
   Behold, they were filled with the Spirit;
   And they did cry out with one voice,
   And gave glory to Jesus, whom they both saw and heard.
10 And it came to pass that when they had all given glory unto Jesus,
   He said unto them: Behold now I finish the commandment which the Father hath commanded me,
   Concerning this people, who are a remnant of the house of Israel.
11 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said,
   That when the words of Isaiah should be fulfilled──
   Behold they are written, ye have them before you, therefore search them──
12 And verily, verily, I say unto you, that when shall be fulfilled,
   Then is the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O house of Israel.
13 And then shall the remnants, which shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth,
   Be gathered in from the east and from the west, and from the south and from the north;
   And they shall be brought to the knowledge of the Lord their God,
   Who hath redeemed them.
14 And the Father hath commanded me,
   That I should give unto you this land, for your inheritance.
15 And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent,
   After the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people──
16 Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them;
   And ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many;
   And ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest,
   And as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through,
   Both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
17 Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries,
   And all thine enemies shall be cut off.
18 And I will gather my people together,
   As a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.
19 For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted,
   Yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass.
   And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain,
   Unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth; and behold, I am he who doeth it.
20 And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, the sword of my justice shall hang over them at that day;
   And except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith the Father,
   Yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles.
21 And it shall come to pass that I will establish my people, O house of Israel.
22 And behold, this people will I establish in this land unto the fulfilling of the covenant,
   Which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem.
   And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people;
   Yea, even I will be in the midst of you.
23 Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying:
   A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me;
   Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
   And it shall come to pass that every soul,
   Who will not hear that prophet,
   Shall be cut off from among the people.
24 Verily I say unto you, yea, and all the prophets,
   From Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have testified of me.
25 And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel;
   And ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers,
   Saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed,
   Shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you,
   In turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant──
27 And after that ye were blessed, then fulfilled the Father the covenant which he made with Abraham,
   Saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed──
   Unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles,
   Which blessing upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all,
   Unto the scattering of my people, O house of Israel.
28 And they shall be a scourge unto the people of this land.    
   Nevertheless, when they shall have received the fullness of my gospel,
   Then if they harden their hearts against me,
   I will return their iniquities upon their own heads, saith the Father.
29 And I will remember the covenant which I have made with my people;
   And I have covenanted with them,
   That I would gather them together in mine own due time,
   That I would give unto them again the land of their fathers for their inheritance,
   Which is the land of Jerusalem, which is the promised land unto them forever, saith the Father.
30 And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fullness of my gospel shall be preached unto them;
31 And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
   And shall pray unto the Father in my name.
32 Then shall their watchmen lift up their voice,
   And with the voice together shall they sing;
   For they shall see eye to eye.
33 Then will the Father gather them together again,
   And give unto them Jerusalem for the land of their inheritance.
34 Then shall they break forth into joy──Sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem;
   For the Father hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
35 The Father hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
   And all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Father;
   And the Father and I are one.
36 And then shall be brought to pass that which is written:
   Awake, awake again, and put on thy strength, O Zion;
   Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city,
   For henceforth there shall no more come into thee,
   The uncircumcised and the unclean.
37 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem;
   Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
38 For thus saith the Lord: Ye have sold yourselves for naught,    
   And ye shall be redeemed without money.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that my people shall know my name;
   Yea, in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak.
40 And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him,
   That bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace;
   That bringeth good tidings unto them of good,
   That publisheth salvation;
   That saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
41 And then shall a cry go forth: Depart ye, depart ye,
   Go ye out from thence, touch not that which is unclean;
   Go ye out of the midst of her;
   Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.
42 For ye shall not go out with haste nor go by flight;
   For the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel,
   Shall be your rearward.
43 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently;
   Be shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
44 As many were astonished at thee──his visage was so marred,
   More than any man, and his form more than the sons of men──
45 So shall he sprinkle many nations;
   The kings shall shut their mouths at him,
   For that which had not been told them shall they see;
   And that which they had not heard shall they consider.
46 Verily, verily, I say unto you, all these things shall surely come,
   Even as the Father hath commanded me. And then shall this covenant,
   Which the Father hath covenanted with his people be fulfilled;
   And then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my people,
   And it shall be the land of their inheritance.



   3 NEPHI 21

1  AND verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time,
   When these things shall be about to take place──that I shall gather in,
   From their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel,
   And shall establish again among them my Zion;
2  And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign──
   For verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you,
   And which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost,
   Which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles,
   That they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob,
   And concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them;
3  Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known,
   Unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you;
4  For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land,
   And be set up as a free people by the power of the Father,
   That these things might come forth,
   From them unto a remnant of your seed,
   That the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled,
   Which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;
5  Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter,
   Shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity;
6  For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles,
   That he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles,
   For this cause that the Gentiles,
   If they will not harden their hearts,
   That they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name,
   And know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;
7  And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things──
   It shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father,
   Hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant,
   Which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.
8  And when that day shall come, it shall come to pass,
   That kings shall shut their mouths;
   For that which had not been told them shall they see;
   And that which they had not heard shall they consider.
9  For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work,
   Which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them;
   And there shall be among them those who will not believe it,
   Although a man shall declare it unto them.
10 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand;
   Therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them.
   Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.
11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ,
   Which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles,
   And shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles,    
   (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.
12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles,
   Yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest,
   As a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
   Who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.
14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father,
   That I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;
15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds;
16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land,
   And thou shalt have no more soothsayers;
17 Thy graven images I will also cut off,
   And thy standing images out of the midst of thee,
   And thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands;
18 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.
19 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings,
   And strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away.
20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day,
   Whosoever will not repent, and come unto my Beloved Son,
   Them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel;
21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them,
   Even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words,
   And harden not their hearts,
   I will establish my church among them,
   And they shall come in unto the covenant,
   And be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob,
   Unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance;
23 And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob,
   And also as many of the house of Israel as shall come,
   That they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.
24 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in,
   Who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.
25 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst.
26 And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day,
   Even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people.
   Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father,
   Commence among all the dispersed of my people,    
   Yea, even the tribes which have been lost,
   Which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
27 Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father,
   To prepare the way, whereby they may come unto me that they may call on the Father in my name.
28 Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way,
   Whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.
29 And they shall go out from all nations;
   And they shall not go out in haste, nor go by flight,
   For I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward.



   3 NEPHI 22

1  AND then shall that which is written come to pass:
   Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear;
   Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child;
   For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
2  Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations,
   And spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes;
3  For thou shalt break forth on the right hand,
   And on the left,
   And thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles,
   And make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4  Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed;
   Neither be thou confounded,
   For thou shalt not be put to shame;
   For thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth,
   And shalt not remember the reproach of thy youth,
   And shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5  For thy maker, the husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name;
   And thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel──the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6  For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
   And a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7  For a small moment have I forsaken thee,
   But with great mercies will I gather thee.
8  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment,
   But with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
9  For this, the waters of Noah unto me, for as I have sworn,
   That the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth,
   So have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart,
   And the hills be removed,
   But my kindness shall not depart from thee,
   Neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed,
   Saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted!
   Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established; and thou shalt be far from oppression,
   For thou shalt not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together against thee, not by me;
   Whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire,
   And that bringeth forth an instrument for his work;
   And I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
   And every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.
   This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.



   3 NEPHI 23

1  AND now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things.
   Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.
2  For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel;
   Therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles.
3  And all things that he spake have been and shall be,
   Even according to the words which he spake.
4  Therefore give heed to my words;
   Write the things which I have told you;
   And according to the time and the will of the Father,
   They shall go forth unto the Gentiles.
5  And whosoever will hearken unto my words,
   And repenteth and is baptized,
   The same shall be saved.
   Search the prophets,
   For many there be that testify of these things.
6  And now it came to pass that when Jesus had said these words,
   He said unto them again, after he had expounded all the scriptures unto them which they had received,
   He said unto them: Behold, other scriptures I would that ye should write, that ye have not.
7  And it came to pass that he said unto Nephi: Bring forth the record which ye have kept.
8  And when Nephi had brought forth the records, and laid them before him,
   He cast his eyes upon them and said: Verily I say unto you,
   I commanded my servant Samuel, the Lamanite,
   That he should testify unto this people,
   That at the day that the Father should glorify his name in me,
   That there were many saints who should arise from the dead, and should appear unto many,
   And should minister unto them. And he said unto them: Was it not so?
10 And his disciples answered him and said:
   Yea, Lord, Samuel did prophesy,
   According to thy words, and they were all fulfilled.
11 And Jesus said unto them: How be it that ye have not written this thing,
   That many saints did arise and appear unto many and did minister unto them?
12 And it came to pass that Nephi remembered that this thing had not been written.
13 And it came to pass that Jesus commanded that it should be written;
   Therefore it was written according as he commanded.
14 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had expounded all the scriptures in one,
   Which they had written, he commanded them that they should teach the things which he had expounded unto them.



   3 NEPHI 24

1  AND it came to pass that he commanded them that they should write the words,
   Which the Father had given unto Malachi, which he should tell unto them.
   And it came to pass that after they were written he expounded them.
   And these are the words which he did tell unto them,
   Saying: Thus said the Father unto Malachi──
   Behold, I will send my messenger,
   And he shall prepare the way before me,
   And the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple,
   Even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in;
   Behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.
2  But who may abide the day of his coming,
   And who shall stand when he appeareth?
   For he is like a refiner's fire,
   And like fuller's soap.
3  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;
   And he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver,
   That they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4  Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord,
   As in the days of old, and as in former years.
5  And I will come near to you to judgment;
   And I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers,
   And against the adulterers, and against false swearers,
   And against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless,
   And that turn aside the stranger, and fear not me, saith the Lord of Hosts.
6  For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7  Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances,
   And have not kept them. Return unto me and I will return unto you,
   Saith the Lord of Hosts. But ye say: Wherein shall we return?
8  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say:
   Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9  Ye are cursed with a curse, for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house;
   And prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
   And pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
   And he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;
   Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the fields, saith the Lord of Hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed, for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of Hosts.
13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say: What have we spoken against thee?
14 Ye have said: It is vain to serve God, and what doth it profit that we have kept his ordinances,
   And that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of Hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy;
   Yea, they that work wickedness are set up;
   Yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another,
   And the Lord hearkened and heard; and a book of remembrance was written before him,
   For them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts,
   In that day when I make up my jewels;
   And I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
   Between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.



   3 NEPHI 25

1  FOR behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven;
   And all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble;
   And the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts,
   That it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2  But unto you that fear my name,
   Shall the Son of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings;
   And ye shall go forth and grow up as calves in the stall.
3  And ye shall tread down the wicked;
   For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet,
   In the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of Hosts.
4  Remember ye the law of Moses, my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb,
   For all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet,
   Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord;
6  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
   And the heart of the children to their fathers,
`  Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.



   3 NEPHI 26

1  AND now it came to pass that when Jesus had told these things he expounded them unto the multitude;
   And he did expound all things unto them, both great and small.
2  And he saith: These scriptures, which ye had not with you,
   The Father commanded that I should give unto you;
   For it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations.
3  And he did expound all things, even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory──
   Yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth,
   Even until the elements should melt with fervent heat,
   And the earth should be wrapt together as a scroll,
   And the heavens and the earth should pass away;
4  And even unto the great and last day,
   When all people, and all kindreds,
   And all nations and tongues shall stand before God,
   To be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil──
5  If they be good, to the resurrection of everlasting life;
   And if they be evil, to the resurrection of damnation;
   Being on a parallel, the one on the one hand,
   And the other on the other hand,
   According to the mercy, and the justice,
   And holiness which is in Christ, who was before the world began.
   And now there cannot be written in this book even a hundredth part of the things,
   which Jesus did truly teach unto the people;
7  But behold the plates of Nephi,
   Do contain the more part of the things which he taught the people.
8  And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people;
   And I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people,
   From the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.
9  And when they shall have received this,
   Which is expedient,
   That they should have first, to try their faith,
   And if it shall so be that they shall believe these things,
   Then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.
10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things,
   Then shall the greater things be withheld from them,
   Unto their condemnation.
11 Behold, I was about to write them,
   All which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi,
   But the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people.
12 Therefore I, Mormon, do write the things which have been commanded me of the Lord.
   And now I, Mormon, make an end of my sayings, and proceed to write the things which have been commanded me.
13 Therefore, I would that ye should behold that the Lord truly did teach the people,
   For the space of three days; and after that he did show himself unto them oft,
   And did break bread oft, and bless it, and give it unto them.
14 And it came to pass that he did teach and minister,
   Unto the children of the multitude of whom hath been spoken,
   And he did loose their tongues, and they did speak unto their fathers,
   Great and marvelous things, even greater than he had revealed unto the people;
   And he loosed their tongues that they could utter.
15 And it came to pass that after he had ascended into heaven──
   The second time that he showed himself unto them, and had gone unto the Father,
   After having healed all their sick, and their lame, and opened the eyes of their blind,
   And unstopped the ears of the deaf, and even had done all manner of cures among them,
   And raised a man from the dead, and had shown forth his power unto them, and had ascended unto the Father──
16 Behold, it came to pass on the morrow that the multitude gathered themselves together,
   And they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things;
   And the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them.
17 And it came to pass that the disciples whom Jesus had chosen began from that time forth,
   To baptize and to teach, as many as did come unto them;
   And as many as were baptized in the name of Jesus,
   Were filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And many of them saw,
   And heard unspeakable things,
   Which are not lawful to be written.
19 And they taught, and did minister one to another;
   And they had all things common among them, every man dealing justly, one with another.
20 And it came to pass they did do all things even as Jesus had commanded them.
21 And they who were baptized in the name of Jesus were called the church of Christ.



   3 NEPHI 27

1  AND it came to pass that as the disciples of Jesus were journeying,
   And were preaching the things which they had both heard and seen,
   And were baptizing in the name of Jesus, it came to pass,
   That the disciples were gathered together,
   And were united in mighty prayer and fasting.
2  And Jesus again showed himself unto them,
   For they were praying unto the Father in his name;
   And Jesus came and stood in the midst of them, and said unto them:
   What will ye that I shall give unto you? And they said unto him: Lord,
   We will that thou wouldst tell us the name whereby we shall call this church;
   For there are disputations among the people concerning this matter.
4  And the Lord said unto them: Verily, verily, I say unto you,
   Why is it that the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing?
5  Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ,
   Which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day;
6  And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end,
   The same shall be saved at the last day.
7  Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do,
   Ye shall do it in my name;
   Therefore ye shall call the church in my name;
   And ye shall call upon the Father in my name,
   That he will bless the church for my sake.
8  And how be it my church save it be called in my name?
   For if a church be called in Moses' name then it be Moses' church;
   Or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man;
   But if it be called in my name then it is my church,
   If it so be that they are built upon my gospel.
9  Verily I say unto you, that ye are built upon my gospel;
   Therefore ye shall call whatsoever things ye do call, in my name;
   Therefore if ye call upon the Father, for the church,
   If it be in my name the Father will hear you;
10 And if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel,
   Then will the Father show forth his own works in it.
11 But if it be not built upon my gospel,
   And is built upon the works of men, or upon the works of the devil,
   Verily I say unto you they have joy in their works for a season,
   And by and by the end cometh and they are hewn down and cast into the fire,
   From whence there is no return; for their works do follow them,
   For it is because of their works that they are hewn down;
   Therefore remember the things that I have told you.
13 Behold I have given unto you my gospel,
   And this is the gospel which I have given unto you──
   That I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.
14 And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross;
   And after that I had been lifted up upon the cross,
   That I might draw all men unto me,
   That as I have been lifted up by men,
   Even so should men be lifted up by the Father to stand before me,
   To be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil──
15 And for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father,
   I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works.
16 And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled;
   And if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father,
   At that day when I shall stand to judge the world.
17 And he that endureth not unto the end,
   The same is he that is also hewn down and cast into the fire,
   From whence they can no more return, because of the justice of the Father.
18 And this is the word which he hath given unto the children of men.
   And for this cause he fulfilled the words which he hath given,
   And he lieth not, but fulfilleth all his words.
19 And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom;
   Therefore nothing entereth into his rest,
   Save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood,
   Because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.
20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth,
   And come unto me and be baptized in my name,
   That ye may be sanctified,
   By the reception of the Holy Ghost,
   That ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.
21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things,
   That ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do;
   For that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;
22 Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye,
   For ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
23 Write the things,
   Which ye have seen and heard,
   Save it be those which are forbidden.
24 Write the works of this people, which shall be,
   Even as hath been written, of that which hath been.
25 For behold, out of the books which have been written,
   And which shall be written, shall this people be judged,
   For by them shall their works be known unto men.
26 And behold, all things are written by the Father;
   Therefore, out of the books which shall be written,
   Shall the world be judged;
   And know ye that ye shall be judges,
   Of this people, according to the judgment,
   Which I shall give unto you, which shall be just.
   Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be?
   Verily I say unto you, even as I am.
28 And now I go unto the Father.
   And verily I say unto you,
   Whatsoever things ye shall ask the Father,
   In my name shall be given unto you. Therefore, ask,
   And ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;
   For he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
30 And now, behold, my joy is great, even unto fullness, because of you, and also this generation;
   Yea, and even the Father rejoiceth, and also all the holy angels,
   Because of you and this generation; for none of them are lost.
31 Behold, I would that ye should understand;
   For I mean them who are now alive of this generation;
   And none of them are lost; and in them I have fullness of joy.
32 But behold, it sorroweth me because of the fourth generation from this generation,
   For they are led away captive by him even as was the son of perdition;
   For they will sell me for silver and for gold,
   And for that which moth doth corrupt and which thieves can break through and steal.
   And in that day will I visit them, even in turning their works upon their own heads.
33 And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he said unto his disciples:
   Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life,
   And few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the way,
   Which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein,
   Until the night cometh, wherein no man can work.



   3 NEPHI 28

1  AND it came to pass when Jesus had said these words,
   He spake unto his disciples, one by one, saying unto them:
   What is it that ye desire of me, after that I am gone to the Father?
2  And they all spake, save it were three, saying:
   We desire that after we have lived unto the age of man,
   That our ministry, wherein thou hast called us, may have an end,
   That we may speedily come unto thee in thy kingdom. And he said unto them:
   Blessed are ye because ye desired this thing of me; therefore,
   After that ye are seventy and two years old,
   Ye shall come unto me in my kingdom;
   And with me ye shall find rest.
4  And when he had spoken unto them,
   He turned himself unto the three, and said unto them:
   What will ye that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the Father?
5  And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they durst not speak unto him the thing which they desired.
6  And he said unto them: Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing,
   Which John, my beloved, who was with me in my ministry,
   Before that I was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me.
7  Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall never taste of death;
   But ye shall live to behold all the doings of the Father unto the children of men,
   Even until all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of the Father,
   When I shall come in my glory with the powers of heaven.
8  And ye shall never endure the pains of death;
   But when I shall come in my glory ye shall be changed,
   In the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality;
   And then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father.
9  And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh,
   Neither sorrow save it be for the sins of the world;
   And all this will I do because of the thing which ye have desired of me,
   For ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto me, while the world shall stand.
10 And for this cause ye shall have fullness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father;
   Yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fullness of joy;
   And ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one;
11 And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me;
   And the Father giveth the Holy Ghost unto the children of men because of me.
12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words,
   He touched every one of them with his finger,
   Save it were the three who were to tarry, and then he departed.
13 And behold, the heavens were opened, and they were caught up into heaven,
   And saw and heard unspeakable things, and it was forbidden them that they should utter;
   Neither was it given unto them power that they could utter the things which they saw and heard;
15 And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell;
   For it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of them,
   That they were changed from this body of flesh,
   Into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God.
16 But it came to pass that they did again minister upon the face of the earth;
   Nevertheless they did not minister of the things which they had heard and seen,
   Because of the commandment which was given them in heaven.
17 And now, whether they were mortal or immortal,
   From the day of their transfiguration, I know not;
18 But this much I know, according to the record which hath been given──
   They did go forth upon the face of the land, and did minister unto all the people,
   Uniting as many to the church as would believe in their preaching;
   Baptizing them, and as many as were baptized did receive the Holy Ghost.
19 And they were cast into prison by them who did not belong to the church.
   And the prisons could not hold them, for they were rent in twain.
20 And they were cast down into the earth;
   But they did smite the earth with the word of God,
   Insomuch that by his power they were delivered out of the depths of the earth;
   And therefore they could not dig pits sufficient to hold them.
21 And thrice they were cast into a furnace and received no harm.
22 And twice were they cast into a den of wild beasts;
   And behold they did play with the beasts,
   As a child with a suckling lamb, and received no harm.
23 And it came to pass that thus they did go forth among all the people of Nephi,
   And did preach the gospel of Christ unto all people upon the face of the land;
   And they were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto the church of Christ,
   And thus the people of that generation were blessed, according to the word of Jesus.
24 And now I, Mormon, make an end of speaking concerning these things for a time.
25 Behold, I was about to write the names of those,
   Who were never to taste of death, but the Lord forbade;
   Therefore I write them not, for they are hid from the world.
26 But behold, I have seen them, and they have ministered unto me.
27 And behold they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not.
28 They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not.
29 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord seeth fit in his wisdom,
   That they shall minister unto all the scattered tribes of Israel,
   And unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people,
   And shall bring out of them unto Jesus many souls,
   That their desire may be fulfilled,
   And also because of the convincing power of God which is in them.
30 And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus,
   They can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.
31 Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them,
   Before the great and coming day,
   When all people must surely stand before the judgment-seat of Christ;
32 Yea even among the Gentiles shall there be a great and marvelous work wrought by them,
   Before that judgment day.
33 And if ye had all the scriptures which give an account of all the marvelous works of Christ,
   Ye would, according to the words of Christ, know that these things must surely come.
34 And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus,
   And also to them whom he hath chosen and sent among them;
   For whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus,
   And the words of those he hath sent,
   Receiveth not him; and therefore,
   He will not receive them at the last day;
35 And it would be better for them if they had not been born.
   For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God,
   Who hath been trampled under feet of men, that thereby salvation might come?
36 And now behold, as I spake concerning those whom the Lord hath chosen,
   Yea, even three who were caught up into the heavens,
   That I knew not whether they were cleansed,
   From mortality to immortality──But behold, since I wrote,
   I have inquired of the Lord, and he hath made it manifest unto me,
   That there must needs be a change wrought upon their bodies,
   Or else it needs be that they must taste of death;
38 Therefore, that they might not taste of death,
   There was a change wrought upon their bodies,
   That they might not suffer pain nor sorrow,
   Save it were for the sins of the world.
39 Now this change was not equal to that,
   Which shall take place at the last day;
   But there was a change wrought upon them,
   Insomuch that Satan could have no power over them,
   That he could not tempt them; and they were sanctified in the flesh,
   That they were holy, and that the powers of the earth could not hold them.
40 And in this state they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ;
   And at that day they were to receive a greater change,
   And to be received into the kingdom of the Father,
   To go no more out, but to dwell with God eternally in the heavens.



   3 NEPHI 29

1  AND now behold, I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit,
   In his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word,
   Then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel,
   Concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance,
   Is already beginning to be fulfilled.
2  And ye may know that the words of the Lord,
   Which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled;
   And ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.
3  And ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain,
   For behold, the Lord will remember his covenant,
   Which he hath made unto his people of the house of Israel.
4  And when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you,
   Then ye need not any longer spurn at the doings of the Lord,
   For the sword of his justice is in his right hand;
   And behold, at that day,
   If ye shall spurn at his doings,
   He will cause that it shall soon overtake you.
5  Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord;
   Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works!
6  Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord,
   And that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation,
   Or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues, or by healings,    
   Or by the power of the Holy Ghost!
7  Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day,
   To get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ;
   For he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition,
   For whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!
8  Yea, and ye need not any longer hiss, nor spurn,
   Nor make game of the Jews,
   Nor any of the remnant of the house of Israel;
   For behold, the Lord remembereth his covenant unto them,
   And he will do unto them according to that which he hath sworn.
9  Therefore ye need not suppose that ye can turn the right hand of the Lord unto the left,
   That he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant,
   Which he hath made unto the house of Israel.




   3 NEPHI 30

1  Hearken, O ye Gentiles, and hear the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God,
   Which he hath commanded me that I should speak concerning you,
   For, behold he commandeth me that I should write, saying:
2  Turn, all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways;
   And repent of your evil doings,
   Of your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms,
   And of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders,
   And your priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations,
   And come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins,
   And be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people,
   Who are of the house of Israel.




THE BOOK OF FOURTH NEPHI

THE BOOK OF NEPHI WHO IS THE SON OF NEPHI──ONE OF THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
An account of the people of Nephi, according to his record.

4 NEPHI 1

1  AND it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away, and also the thirty and fifth,
   And behold the disciples of Jesus had formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about.
   And as many as did come unto them and did truly repent of their sins,
   Were baptized in the name of Jesus; and they did also receive the Holy Ghost.
2  And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people were all converted unto the Lord,
   Upon all the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites,
   And there were no contentions and disputations among them,
   And every man did deal justly one with another.
3  And they had all things common among them;
   Therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free,
   But they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.
4  And it came to pass that the thirty and seventh year passed away also,
   And there still continued to be peace in the land.
5  And there were great and marvelous works wrought by the disciples of Jesus,
   Insomuch that they did heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cause the lame to walk,
   And the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear;
   And all manner of miracles did they work among the children of men;
   And in nothing did they work miracles save it were in the name of Jesus.
6  And thus did the thirty and eighth year pass away, and also the thirty and ninth,
   And forty and first, and the forty and second, yea, even until forty and nine years had passed away,
   And also the fifty and first, the fifty and second, yea, even until fifty and nine years had passed away.
7  And the Lord did prosper them exceedingly in the land; yea, insomuch,
   That they did build cities again where there had been cities burned.
8  Yea, even that great city Zarahemla did they cause to be built again.
9  But there were many cities which had been sunk,
   And waters came up in the stead thereof;
   Therefore these cities could not be renewed.
10 And now, behold, it came to pass,
   That the people did wax strong,
   And did multiply exceedingly fast,
   And became an exceedingly fair and delightsome people.
11 And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed,
   According to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them.
12 And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses;
   But they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God,
   Continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
13 And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land;
   But there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus.
14 And it came to pass that the seventy and first year passed away,
   And also the seventy and second year,
   Yea, and in fine, till the seventy and ninth year had passed away;
   Yea, even an hundred years had passed away, and the disciples of Jesus,
   Whom he had chosen, had all gone to the paradise of God,
   Save it were the three who should tarry;
   And there were other disciples,
   Ordained in their stead;
   And also many of that generation had passed away.
15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land,
   Because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders,
   Nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people,
   Among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.
17 There were no robbers, nor murderers,
   Neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites;
   But they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.
18 And how blessed were they! For the Lord did bless them in all their doings;
   Yea, even they were blessed and prospered until an hundred and ten years had passed away;
   And the first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land.
19 And it came to pass that Nephi, he that kept this last record, (and he kept it upon the plates of Nephi) died,
   And his son Amos kept it in his stead; and he kept it upon the plates of Nephi also.
20 And he kept it eighty and four years, and there was still peace in the land,
   Save it were a small part of the people who had revolted from the church,
   And taken upon them the name of Lamanites; therefore there began to be Lamanites again in the land.
21 And it came to pass that Amos died also,
   (and it was an hundred and ninety and four years from the coming of Christ)
   And his son Amos kept the record in his stead; and he also kept it upon the plates of Nephi;
   And it was also written in the book of Nephi, which is this book.
22 And it came to pass that two hundred years had passed away;
   And the second generation had all passed away save it were a few.
23 And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied,
   Insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land,
   And that they had become exceedingly rich, because of their prosperity in Christ.
24 And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride,
   Such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world.
25 And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them.
26 And they began to be divided into classes,
`  And they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ.
27 And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away there were many churches in the land;
   Yea, there were many churches which professed to know the Christ,
   And yet they did deny the more parts of his gospel,
   Insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness,
   And did administer that which was sacred unto him,
   To whom it had been forbidden because of unworthiness.
28 And this church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity,
   And because of the power of Satan who did get hold upon their hearts.
29 And again, there was another church which denied the Christ;
   And they did persecute the true church of Christ,
   Because of their humility and their belief in Christ;
   And they did despise them because of the many miracles which were wrought among them.
30 Therefore they did exercise power and authority over the disciples of Jesus who did tarry with them,
   And they did cast them into prison; but by the power of the word of God,
   Which was in them, the prisons were rent in twain,
   And they went forth doing mighty miracles among them.
31 Nevertheless, and notwithstanding all these miracles,
   The people did harden their hearts, and did seek to kill them,
   Even as the Jews at Jerusalem sought to kill Jesus, according to his word.
32 And they did cast them into furnaces of fire, and they came forth receiving no harm.
33 And they also cast them into dens of wild beasts, and they did play with the wild beasts,
   Even as a child with a lamb; and they did come forth from among them, receiving no harm.
34 Nevertheless, the people did harden their hearts, for they were led by many priests and false prophets,
   To build up many churches, and to do all manner of iniquity.
   And they did smite upon the people of Jesus;
   But the people of Jesus did not smite again.
   And thus they did dwindle in unbelief and wickedness,
   From year to year, even until two hundred and thirty years had passed away.
35 And now it came to pass in this year, yea, in the two hundred and thirty and first year,
   There was a great division among the people. And it came to pass that in this year,
   There arose a people who were called the Nephites, and they were true believers in Christ;
   And among them there were those who were called by the Lamanites──Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites;
37 Therefore the true believers in Christ, and the true worshipers of Christ,
   (among whom were the three disciples of Jesus who should tarry)
   Were called Nephites, and Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites.
38 And it came to pass that they who rejected the gospel were called Lamanites,
   And Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites; and they did not dwindle in unbelief,
   But they did willfully rebel against the gospel of Christ;   
   And they did teach their children they should not believe,
   Even as their fathers, from the beginning, did dwindle.
39 And it was because of the wickedness, and abomination of their fathers,
   Even as it was in the beginning. And they were taught to hate the children of God,
   Even as the Lamanites were taught to hate the children of Nephi from the beginning.
40 And it came to pass that two hundred and forty and four years had passed away,
   And thus were the affairs of the people.
   And the more wicked part of the people did wax strong,
   And became exceedingly more numerous than were the people of God.
41 And they did still continue to build up churches unto themselves,
   And adorn them with all manner of precious things.
   And thus did two hundred and fifty years pass away,
   And also two hundred and sixty years.
42 And it came to pass that the wicked part of the people,
   Began again to build up the secret oaths and combinations of Gadianton.
43 And also the people who were called the people of Nephi began to be proud in their hearts,
   Because of their exceeding riches, and become vain like unto their brethren, and the Lamanites.
44 And from this time the disciples began to sorrow for the sins of the world.
45 And it came to pass that when three hundred years had passed away,
   Both the people of Nephi and the Lamanites, had become exceedingly wicked one like unto another,
46 And it came to pass that the robbers of Gadianton did spread over all the face of the land;
   And there were none that were righteous save it were the disciples of Jesus.
   And gold and silver did they lay up in store in abundance, and did traffic in all manner of traffic.
47 And it came to pass that after three hundred and five years had passed away,
   (and the people did still remain in wickedness)
   Amos died; and his brother, Ammaron, did keep the record in his stead.
48 And it came to pass that when three hundred and twenty years had passed away,
   Ammaron, being constrained by the Holy Ghost, did hide up the records which were sacred──
   Yea, even all the sacred records which had been handed down from generation to generation, which were sacred──
   Even until the three hundred and twentieth year from the coming of Christ.
49 And he did hide them up unto the Lord, that they might come again unto the remnant of the house of Jacob,
   According to the prophecies and the promises of the Lord.
   And thus is the end of the record of Ammaron.



  1. THE BOOK OF MORMON

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   MORMON 1

1  AND now I, Mormon, make a record of the things I have both seen and heard, and call it the Book of Mormon.
2  And about the time that Ammaron hid up the records unto the Lord,
   He came unto me, (I being about ten years of age,
   And I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people)
   And Ammaron said unto me: I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe;
3  Therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old I would that ye should,
   Remember the things that ye have observed concerning this people;
   And when ye are of that age go to the land Antum,
   Unto a hill which shall be called Shim;
   And there have I deposited unto the Lord,
   All the sacred engravings concerning this people.
4  And behold, ye shall take the plates of Nephi unto yourself,
   And the remainder shall ye leave in the place where they are;
   And ye shall engrave on the plates of Nephi,
   All the things ye have observed concerning this people.
5  And I, Mormon, being a descendant of Nephi,
   (and my father's name was Mormon)
   I remembered the things which Ammaron commanded.
6  And it came to pass that I, being eleven years old,
   Was carried by my father into the land southward,
   Even to the land of Zarahemla.
7  The whole face of the land had become covered with buildings,
   And the people were as numerous almost, as it were the sand of the sea.
8  And it came to pass in this year there began to be a war between the Nephites,
   Who consisted of the Nephites and the Jacobites and the Josephites and the Zoramites;
   And this war was between the Nephites, and the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites.
9  Now the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites were called Lamanites,
   And the two parties were Nephites and Lamanites.
10 And it came to pass that the war began to be among them,
   In the borders of Zarahemla, by the waters of Sidon.
11 And it came to pass that the Nephites had gathered together,
   A great number of men, even to exceed the number of thirty thousand.
   And it came to pass that they did have in this same year a number of battles,
   In which the Nephites did beat the Lamanites, and they did slay many of them.
12 And it came to pass that the Lamanites withdrew their design, and there was peace settled in the land;
   And peace did remain for the space of about four years, that there was no bloodshed.
13 But wickedness did prevail upon the face of the whole land insomuch,
   That the Lord did take away his beloved disciples,
   And the work of miracles and of healing,
   Did cease because of the iniquity of the people.
14 And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost,
   Did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief.
15 And I, being fifteen years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind,
   Therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus.
16 And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, but my mouth was shut,
   And I was forbidden that I should preach unto them;
   For behold they had willfully rebelled against their God;
   And the beloved disciples were taken away out of the land, because of their iniquity.
17 But I did remain among them, but I was forbidden to preach unto them,
   Because of the hardness of their hearts;
   And because of the hardness of their hearts the land was cursed for their sake.
18 And these Gadianton robbers, who were among the Lamanites, did infest the land,
   Insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth;
   And they became slippery, because the Lord had cursed the land,
   That they could not hold them, nor retain them again.
19 And it came to pass that there were sorceries, and witchcrafts, and magics;
   And the power of the evil one was wrought upon all the face of the land,
   Even unto the fulfilling of all the words of Abinadi, and also Samuel the Lamanite.



   MORMON 2

1  AND it came to pass in that same year there began to be a war again between the Nephites and the Lamanites.
   And notwithstanding I being young, was large in stature; therefore the people of Nephi,
   Appointed me that I should be their leader, or the leader of their armies.
2  Therefore it came to pass that in my sixteenth year I did go forth,
   At the head of an army of the Nephites, against the Lamanites;
   Therefore three hundred and twenty and six years had passed away.
3  And it came to pass that in the three hundred and twenty and seventh year,
   The Lamanites did come upon us with exceedingly great power,
   Insomuch that they did frighten my armies;
   Therefore they would not fight,
   And they began to retreat towards the north countries.
4  And it came to pass that we did come to the city of Angola,
   And we did take possession of the city, and make preparations,
   To defend ourselves against the Lamanites. And it came to pass that,
   We did fortify the city with our might; but notwithstanding all our fortifications,
   The Lamanites did come upon us and did drive us out of the city.
5  And they did also drive us forth out of the land of David.
6  And we marched forth and came to the land of Joshua,
   Which was in the borders west by the seashore.
7  And it came to pass that we did gather in,
   Our people as fast as it were possible,
   That we might get them together in one body.
8  But behold, the land was filled with robbers and with Lamanites;
   And notwithstanding the great destruction which hung over my people,
   They did not repent of their evil doings;
   Therefore there was blood and carnage spread throughout all the face of the land,
   Both on the part of the Nephites and also on the part of the Lamanites;
   And it was one complete revolution throughout all the face of the land.
9  And now, the Lamanites had a king, and his name was Aaron;
   And he came against us with an army of forty and four thousand.
   And behold, I withstood him with forty and two thousand.
   And it came to pass that I beat him with my army that he fled before me.
   And behold, all this was done, and three hundred and thirty years had passed away.
10 And it came to pass that the Nephites began to repent of their iniquity,
   And began to cry even as had been prophesied by Samuel the prophet;
   For behold no man could keep that which was his own,
   For the thieves, and the robbers, and the murderers,
   And the magic art, and the witchcraft which was in the land.
11 Thus there began to be a mourning and a lamentation in all the land,
   Because of all these things, and more especially among the people of Nephi.
12 And it came to pass that when I, Mormon, saw their lamentation,
   And their mourning and their sorrow before the Lord,
   My heart did begin to rejoice within me,
   Knowing the mercies and the long-suffering of the Lord,
   Therefore supposing that he would be merciful unto them,
   That they would again become a righteous people.
13 But behold this my joy was vain, for their sorrowing was not unto repentance,
   Because of the goodness of God; but it was rather the sorrowing of the damned,
   Because the Lord would not always suffer them to take happiness in sin.
14 And they did not come unto Jesus with broken hearts,
   And contrite spirits, but they did curse God and wish to die.
   Nevertheless they would struggle with the sword for their lives.
15 And it came to pass that my sorrow did return unto me again,
   And I saw that the day of grace was passed with them,
   Both temporally and spiritually; for I saw thousands of them hewn down,
   In open rebellion against their God, and heaped up as dung upon the face of the land.
   And thus three hundred and forty and four years had passed away.
16 And it came to pass that in the three hundred and forty and fifth year,
   The Nephites did begin to flee before the Lamanites;
   And they were pursued until they came,
   Even to the land of Jashon,
   Before it was possible to stop them in their retreat.
17 And now, the city of Jashon was near the land where Ammaron,
   Had deposited the records unto the Lord,
   That they might not be destroyed.
   And behold I had gone according to the word of Ammaron,
   And taken the plates of Nephi, and did make a record according to the words of Ammaron.
18 And upon the plates of Nephi I did make a full account of all the wickedness and abominations;
   But upon these plates I did forbear to make a full account of their wickedness and abominations,
   For behold, a continual scene of wickedness and abominations has been before mine eyes,
   Ever since I have been sufficient to behold the ways of man.
19 And wo is me because of their wickedness;
   For my heart has been filled with sorrow because of their wickedness, all my days;
   Nevertheless, I know that I shall be lifted up at the last day.
20 And it came to pass that in this year,
   The people of Nephi again,
   Were hunted and driven.
   And it came to pass that we were driven forth,
   Until we had come northward to the land which was called Shem.
21 And it came to pass that we did fortify the city of Shem, and we did gather in our people,
   As much as it were possible, that perhaps we might save them from destruction.
22 And it came to pass in the three hundred and forty and sixth year,
   They began to come upon us again.
23 And it came to pass that I did speak unto my people,
   And did urge them with great energy, that they would stand boldly before the Lamanites,
   And fight for their wives, and their children, and their houses, and their homes.
24 And my words did arouse them somewhat to vigor, insomuch,
   That they did not flee from before the Lamanites,
   But did stand with boldness against them.
25 And it came to pass,
   We did contend with an army of thirty thousand,
   Against an army of fifty thousand. And it came to pass,
   That we did stand before them with such firmness that they did flee from before us.
26 And it came to pass that when they had fled we did pursue them with our armies,
   And did meet them again, and did beat them; nevertheless the strength of the Lord was not with us;
   Yea, we were left to ourselves, that the Spirit of the Lord did not abide in us;
   Therefore we had become weak like unto our brethren.
27 And my heart did sorrow,
   Because of this the great calamity of my people,
   Because of their wickedness and their abominations.
   But behold, we did go forth against the Lamanites and the robbers of Gadianton,
   Until we had again taken possession of the lands of our inheritance.
28 And the three hundred and forty and ninth year had passed away.
   And in the three hundred and fiftieth year,
   We made a treaty with the Lamanites,
   And the robbers of Gadianton,
   In which we did get the lands of our inheritance divided.
29 And the Lamanites did give unto us the land northward,
   Yea, even to the narrow passage which led into the land southward.
   And we did give unto the Lamanites all the land southward.



   MORMON 3

1  AND it came to pass that the Lamanites,
   Did not come to battle again,
   Until ten years more had passed away.
   And behold, I had employed my people, the Nephites,
   In preparing their lands and their arms against the time of battle.
2  And it came to pass that the Lord did say unto me: Cry unto this people──Repent ye,
   And come unto me, and be ye baptized, and build up again my church, and ye shall be spared.
3  And I did cry unto this people, but it was in vain;
   And they did not realize,
   That it was the Lord that had spared them,
   And granted unto them a chance for repentance.
   And behold they did harden their hearts against the Lord their God.
4  And it came to pass that after this tenth year had passed away, making, in the whole,
   Three hundred and sixty years from the coming of Christ, the king of the Lamanites sent an epistle unto me,
   Which gave unto me to know that they were preparing to come again to battle against us.
5  And it came to pass that I did cause my people,
   That they should gather themselves together at the land Desolation,
   To a city which was in the borders, by the narrow pass which led into the land southward.
6  And there we did place our armies, that we might stop the armies of the Lamanites,
   That they might not get possession of any of our lands;
   Therefore we did fortify against them with all our force.
7  And it came to pass that in the three hundred and sixty and first year,
   The Lamanites did come down to the city of Desolation to battle against us;
   And it came to pass that in that year we did beat them,
   Insomuch that they did return to their own lands again.
8  And in the three hundred and sixty and second year,
   They did come down again to battle. And we did beat them again,
   And did slay a great number of them, and their dead were cast into the sea.
9  And now, because of this great thing which my people, the Nephites, had done,
   They began to boast in their own strength, and began to swear before the heavens,
   That they would avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren who had been slain by their enemies.
10 And they did swear by the heavens, and also by the throne of God,
   That they would go up to battle against their enemies,
   And would cut them off from the face of the land.
11 And it came to pass that I, Mormon, did utterly refuse from this time forth,
   To be a commander and a leader of this people, because of their wickedness and abomination.
12 Behold, I had led them, notwithstanding their wickedness I had led them many times to battle,
   And had loved them, according to the love of God which was in me, with all my heart;
   And my soul had been poured out in prayer unto my God all the day long for them;
   Nevertheless, it was without faith, because of the hardness of their hearts.
13 And thrice have I delivered them out of the hands of their enemies,
   And they have repented not of their sins.
14 And when they had sworn by all that had been forbidden them,
   By our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that they would go up unto their enemies to battle,
   And avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren, behold the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying:
15 Vengeance is mine, and I will repay; and because this people repented not after I had delivered them,
   Behold, they shall be cut off from the face of the earth.
16 And it came to pass that I utterly refused to go up against mine enemies;
   And I did even as the Lord had commanded me; and I did stand as an idle witness,
   To manifest unto the world the things which I saw and heard,
   According to the manifestations of the Spirit,
   Which had testified of things to come.
17 Therefore I write unto you, Gentiles,
   And also unto you, house of Israel,
   When the work shall commence,
   That ye shall be about to prepare,
   To return to the land of your inheritance;
18 Yea, behold, I write unto all the ends of the earth;
   Yea, unto you, twelve tribes of Israel, who shall be judged,
   According to your works by the twelve whom Jesus chose,
   To be his disciples in the land of Jerusalem.
19 And I write also unto the remnant of this people,
   Who shall also be judged by the twelve whom Jesus chose in this land;
   And they shall be judged by the other twelve whom Jesus chose in the land of Jerusalem.
20 And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all.
   And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know,
   That ye must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ,
   Yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human family of Adam;
   And ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil;
21 And also that ye may believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, which ye shall have among you;
   And also that the Jews, the covenant people of the Lord,
   Shall have other witness besides him whom they saw and heard,
   That Jesus, whom they slew, was the very Christ and the very God.
22 And I would that I could persuade all ye ends of the earth to repent,
   And prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.



   MORMON 4

1  AND now it came to pass that in the three hundred and sixty and third year,
`  The Nephites did go up with their armies to battle,
   Against the Lamanites,
   Out of the land Desolation.
2  And it came to pass,
   That the armies of the Nephites,
   Were driven back again to the land of Desolation.    
   And while they were yet weary, a fresh army of the Lamanites did come upon them;
   And they had a sore battle, insomuch that the Lamanites did take possession of the city Desolation,
   And did slay many of the Nephites, and did take many prisoners.
3  And the remainder did flee,
   And join the inhabitants of the city Teancum.
   Now the city Teancum lay in the borders by the seashore;
   And it was also near the city Desolation; and it was because,
   The armies of the Nephites went up unto the Lamanites that they began to be smitten;
   For were it not for that, the Lamanites could have had no power over them.
5  But, behold, the judgments of God will overtake the wicked;
   And it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished;
   For it is the wicked that stir up the hearts of the children of men unto bloodshed.
6  And it came to pass that the Lamanites did make preparations to come against the city Teancum.
7  And it came to pass in the three hundred and sixty and fourth year,
   The Lamanites did come against the city Teancum,
   That they might take possession of the city Teancum also.
8  And it came to pass that they were repulsed and driven back by the Nephites.
   And when the Nephites saw they had driven the Lamanites, they did again boast of their own strength;
   And they went forth in their own might, and took possession again of the city Desolation.
9  And now all these things had been done, and there had been thousands slain on both sides,
   Both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that,
   Three hundred and sixty and sixth year had passed away,
   And the Lamanites came again upon the Nephites to battle;
   And yet the Nephites repented not of the evil they had done,
   But persisted in their wickedness continually.
11 And it is impossible for the tongue to describe,
   Or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible scene,
   Of the blood and carnage which was among the people, both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites;
   And every heart was hardened, so that they delighted in the shedding of blood continually.
12 And there never had been so great wickedness among all the children of Lehi,
   Nor even among all the house of Israel,
   According to the words of the Lord, as was among this people.
13 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did take possession of the city Desolation,
   And this because their number did exceed the number of the Nephites.
14 And they did also march forward against the city Teancum,
   And did drive the inhabitants forth out of her,
   And did take many prisoners both women and children,
   And did offer them up as sacrifices unto their idol gods.
15 And it came to pass that in the three hundred and sixty and seventh year,
   The Nephites being angry because the Lamanites had sacrificed their women and their children,
   That they did go against the Lamanites with exceedingly great anger,
   Insomuch that they did beat again the Lamanites,
   And drive them out of their lands.
16 And the Lamanites did not come again,
   Against the Nephites until the three hundred and seventy and fifth year.
17 And in this year they did come down against the Nephites with all their powers;
   And they were not numbered because of the greatness of their number.
18 And from this time forth,
   Did the Nephites gain no power over the Lamanites,
   But began to be swept off by them even as a dew before the sun.
19 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did come down against the city Desolation;
   And there was an exceedingly sore battle fought in the land Desolation,
   In the which they did beat the Nephites.
20 And they fled again from before them,
   And they came to the city Boaz; and there they did stand,
   Against the Lamanites with exceeding boldness, insomuch that the Lamanites did not beat them,
   Until they had come again the second time; and when they had come the second time,
   The Nephites were driven and slaughtered with an exceedingly great slaughter;
   And their women and their children were again sacrificed unto idols.
22 And it came to pass that the Nephites did again flee from before them,
   Taking all the inhabitants with them, both in towns and villages.
23 And now I, Mormon, seeing that the Lamanites were about to overthrow the land,
   Therefore I did go to the hill Shim, and did take up all the records which Ammaron had hid up unto the Lord.



   MORMON 5

1  AND it came to pass that I did go forth among the Nephites,
   And did repent of the oath which I had made,
   That I would no more assist them;
   And they gave me command again of their armies,
   For they looked upon me as though I could deliver them from their afflictions.
2  But behold, I was without hope, for I knew the judgments of the Lord which should come upon them;
   For they repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle for their lives,
   Without calling upon that Being who created them. And it came to pass,
   That the Lamanites did come against us as we had fled to the city of Jordan;
   But behold, they were driven back that they did not take the city at that time.
4  And it came to pass that they came against us again, and we did maintain the city.
   And there were also other cities which were maintained by the Nephites,
   Which strongholds did cut them off,
   That they could not get into the country,
   Which lay before us, to destroy the inhabitants of our land.
5  But it came to pass that whatsoever lands we had passed by,
   And the inhabitants thereof were not gathered in, were destroyed by the Lamanites,
   And their towns, and villages, and cities were burned with fire;
   And thus three hundred and seventy and nine years passed away.
6  And it came to pass that in the three hundred and eightieth year,
   The Lamanites did come again against us to battle,
   And we did stand against them boldly;
   But it was all in vain, for so great were their numbers,
   That they did tread the people of the Nephites under their feet.
7  And it came to pass that we did again take to flight,
   And those whose flight was swifter than the Lamanites' did escape,
   And those whose flight did not exceed the Lamanites' were swept down and destroyed.
8  And now behold, I, Mormon, do not desire to harrow up the souls of men,
   In casting before them such an awful scene,
   Of blood and carnage as was laid before mine eyes;
   But I, knowing that these things must surely be made known,
   And that all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops──
9  And also that a knowledge of these things must come unto the remnant of these people,
   And also unto the Gentiles, who the Lord hath said should scatter this people,
   And this people should be counted as naught among them──
   Therefore I write a small abridgment,
   Daring not to give a full account of the things,
   Which I have seen, because of the commandment which I have received,
   And also that ye might not have too great sorrow because of the wickedness of this people.
10 And now behold, this I speak unto their seed, and also to the Gentiles,
   Who have care for the house of Israel, that realize and know from whence their blessings come.
11 For I know that such will sorrow for the calamity of the house of Israel;
   Yea, they will sorrow for the destruction of this people;
   They will sorrow that this people had not repented,
   That they might have been clasped in the arms of Jesus.
12 Now these things are written unto the remnant of the house of Jacob;
   And they are written after this manner, because it is known of God,
   That wickedness will not bring them forth unto them;
   And they are to be hid up unto the Lord,
   That they may come forth in his own due time.
13 And this is the commandment which I have received;
   And behold, they shall come forth according to the commandment of the Lord,
   When he shall see fit, in his wisdom.
14 And behold, they shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews;
   And for this intent shall they go──
   That they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ,
   The Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about,
   Through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews,
   Or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance,
   Which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant;
15 And also that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel,
   Which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles;
   For this people shall be scattered,
   And shall become a dark,
   A filthy, and a loathsome people,
   Beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us,
   Yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry.
16 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord hath already ceased to strive with their fathers;
   And they are without Christ and God in the world; and they are driven about,
   As chaff before the wind. They were once a delightsome people,
   And they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father.
18 But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind,
   Or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor,
   Or without anything wherewith to steer her;
   And even as she is, so are they.
19 And behold, the Lord hath reserved their blessings,
   Which they might have received in the land, for the Gentiles who shall possess the land.
20 But behold, it shall come to pass that they shall be driven and scattered by the Gentiles;
   And after they have been driven and scattered by the Gentiles,
   Behold, then will the Lord remember the covenant,
   Which he made unto Abraham and unto all the house of Israel.
21 And also the Lord will remember the prayers of the righteous,
   Which have been put up unto him for them.
22 And then, O ye Gentiles,
   How can ye stand before the power of God,
   Except ye shall repent and turn from your evil ways?
23 Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power,
   And at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?
24 Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves before him,
   Lest he shall come out in justice against you──
   Lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob,
   Shall go forth among you as a lion,
   And tear you in pieces,
   And there is none to deliver.



   MORMON 6

1  AND now I finish my record concerning the destruction of my people, the Nephites.
   And it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites.
2  And I, Mormon, wrote an epistle unto the king of the Lamanites,
   And desired of him that he would grant unto us,
   That we might gather together our people unto the land of Cumorah,
   By a hill which was called Cumorah, and there we could give them battle.
3  And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired.
4  And it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah,
   And we did pitch our tents around about the hill Cumorah;
   And it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains;    
   And here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites.
5  And when three hundred and eighty and four years had passed away,
   We had gathered in all the remainder of our people unto the land of Cumorah.
6  And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah,
   Behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people,
   And having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records,
   Which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred,
   To fall into the hands of the Lamanites,
   (for the Lamanites would destroy them)
   Therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi,
   And hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me,
   By the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.
7  And it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their children,
   Did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them;
   And with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts,
   Of all the wicked, did they await to receive them.
8  And it came to pass that they came to battle against us,
   And every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
9  And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword,
   And with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax,
   And with all manner of weapons of war.
10 And it came to pass that my men were hewn down,
   Yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst;
   And they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life.
11 And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people,
   Save it were twenty and four of us,
   (among whom was my son Moroni)
   And we having survived the dead of our people,
   Did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps,
   From the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people,
   Who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.
12 And we also beheld the ten thousand,
   Of my people who were led by my son Moroni.
13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.
14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand;
   And Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand;
   And Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh,
   Had fallen with their ten thousand each. And it came to pass,
   That there were ten more who did fall by the sword,
   With their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people,
   Save it were those twenty and four who were with me,
   And also a few who had escaped into the south countries,
   And a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen;
   And their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth,
   Being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land,
   And to crumble and to return to their mother earth.
16 And my soul was rent with anguish,
   Because of the slain of my people, and I cried:
17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord!
   O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!
18 Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen.
   But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.
19 O ye fair sons and daughters,
   Ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives,
   Ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen?
20 But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return.
21 And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality,
   And these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies;
   And then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, to be judged according to your works;
   And if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you.
22 O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone,
   And the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state;
   And he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.



   MORMON 7

1  AND now, behold, I would speak somewhat unto the remnant of this people who are spared,
   If it so be that God may give unto them my words, that they may know of the things of their fathers;
   Yea, I speak unto you, ye remnant of the house of Israel;
   And these are the words which I speak:
2  Know ye that ye are of the house of Israel.
3  Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved.
4  Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war, and delight no more in the shedding of blood,
   And take them not again, save it be that God shall command you.
5  Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers,
   And repent of all your sins and iniquities,
   And believe in Jesus Christ,
   That he is the Son of God,
   And that he was slain by the Jews,
   And by the power of the Father he hath risen again,
   Whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave;
   And also in him is that sting of death swallowed up.
6  And he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead,
   Whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgment-seat.
7  And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world,
   Whereby he that is found guiltless before him,
   At the judgment day hath it given unto him,
   To dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom,
   To sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above,
   Unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost,
   Which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.
8  Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold,
   upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record,
   But also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews,
   Which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.
9  For behold, this is written,
   For the intent that ye may believe that;
   And if ye believe that, ye will believe this also;
   And if ye believe this, ye will know concerning your fathers,
   And also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.
10 And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob;
   Therefore ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant;
   And if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized,
   First with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost,
   Following the example of our Savior,
   According to that which he hath commanded us,
   It shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen.



   MORMON 8

1  BEHOLD I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon.
   Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father.
2  And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah,
   Behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward,
   Were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed.
3  And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain alone to write,
   The sad tale of the destruction of my people. But behold, they are gone,
   And I fulfill the commandment of my father; and whether they will slay me, I know not.
   Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth; and whither I go it mattereth not.
5  Behold, my father hath made this record, and he hath written the intent thereof.
   And behold, I would write it also if I had room upon the plates, but I have not;
   And ore I have none, for I am alone. My father hath been slain in battle,
   And all my kinsfolk, and I have not friends nor whither to go;
   And how long the Lord will suffer that I may live I know not.
6  Behold, four hundred years have passed away,    
   Since the coming of our Lord and Savior.
7  And behold, the Lamanites have hunted my people,
   The Nephites, down from city to city and from place to place,
   Even until they are no more; and great has been their fall;
   Yea, great and marvelous is the destruction,
   Of my people, the Nephites.
8  And behold, it is the hand of Lord which hath done it.    
   And behold also, the Lamanites are at war one with another;
   And the whole face of this land is one continual round of murder and bloodshed;
   And no one knoweth the end of the war. And now, behold, I say no more concerning them,
   For there are none save it be the Lamanites and robbers that do exist upon the face of the land.
10 And there are none that do know the true God save it be the disciples of Jesus,
   Who did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the people was so great,
   That the Lord would not suffer them to remain with the people;
   And whether they be upon the face of the land no man knoweth.
11 But behold, my father and I have seen them, and they have ministered unto us.
12 And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections,
   Which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these.
   Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible,
   I would make all things known unto you.
13 Behold, I make an end of speaking concerning this people.
   I am the son of Mormon, and my father was a descendant of Nephi.
14 And I am the same who hideth up this record unto the Lord;
   The plates thereof are of no worth, because of the commandment of the Lord.
   For he truly saith that no one shall have them to get gain;
   But the record thereof is of great worth;
   And whoso shall bring it to light,
   Him will the Lord bless.
15 For none can have power to bring it to light,
   Save it be given him of God; for God wills that it shall be done,
   With an eye single to his glory, for the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed,
   Covenant people of the Lord. And blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light;
   For it shall be brought out of darkness unto light, according to the word of God;
   Yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth,
   Out of darkness, and come unto the knowledge of the people;
   And it shall be done by the power of God.
17 And if there be faults they be the faults of a man.
   But behold, we know no fault; nevertheless God knoweth all things;
   Therefore, he that condemneth, let him be aware lest he shall be in danger of hell fire.
18 And he that saith: Show unto me, or ye shall be smitten──let him beware,
   Lest he commandeth that which is forbidden of the Lord.
19 For behold, the same that judgeth rashly,
   Shall be judged rashly again;
   For according to his works shall his wages be;
   Therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the Lord.
20 Behold what the scripture says──man shall not smite, neither shall he judge;
   For judgment is mine, saith the Lord, and vengeance is mine also, and I will repay.
21 And he that shall breathe out wrath and strifes against the work of the Lord,
   And against the covenant people of the Lord who are the house of Israel,
   And shall say: We will destroy the work of the Lord;
   And the Lord will not remember,
   His covenant which he made unto the house of Israel──
   The same is in danger to be hewn down and cast into the fire;
22 For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.
23 Search the prophecies of Isaiah. Behold, I cannot write them. Yea, behold I say unto you,
   That those saints who have gone before me, who have possessed this land,
   Shall cry, yea, even from the dust will they cry unto the Lord;
   And as the Lord liveth he will remember the covenant, which he hath made with them.
24 And he knoweth their prayers, that they were in behalf of their brethren.
   And he knoweth their faith, for in his name could they remove mountains;
   And in his name could they cause the earth to shake;
   And by the power of his word,
   Did they cause prisons to tumble to the earth;
   Yea, even the fiery furnace could not harm them,
   Neither wild beasts nor poisonous serpents,
   Because of the power of his word.
25 And behold, their prayers were also in behalf of him,
   That the Lord should suffer to bring these things forth.
26 And no one need say they shall not come, for they surely shall,
   For the Lord hath spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come,
   By the hand of the Lord, and none can stay it;
   And it shall come in a day,
   When it shall be said that miracles are done away;
   And it shall come even as if one should speak from the dead.
27 And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord,
   Because of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
28 Yea, it shall come in a day when the power of God,
   Shall be denied, and churches become defiled,
   And be lifted up in the pride of their hearts;
   Yea, even in a day when leaders of churches,
   And teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts,
   Even to the envying of them who belong to their churches.
29 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires,
   And tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands;
30 And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.
31 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth;
   There shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms,
   And all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say,
   Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day.
   But wo unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.
32 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say:
   Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
33 O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people,
   Why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain?
   Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls?
   Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God;
   For behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.
34 Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things,
   Concerning that which must shortly come,
   At that day when these things shall come forth among you.
35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not.
   But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts, and there are none,
   Save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts,
   Unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice,
   And persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches,
   Yea, even every one, have become polluted,
   Because of the pride of your hearts.
37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel,
   And the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and needy, the sick and afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker,
   Why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ?
   Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than,
   That misery which never dies──all because of the praise of the world?
39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life,
   And yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked,
   And the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain,
   And cause that widows should mourn before the Lord,
   And also orphans to mourn before the Lord,
   And also the blood of their fathers and their husbands,
   To cry unto the Lord from the ground for vengeance upon your heads?
41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh,
   That he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you,
   For he will not suffer their cries any longer.



   MORMON 9

1  AND now, I speak also concerning those who do not believe in Christ.
2  Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation──behold, when the Lord shall come,
   Yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll,
   And the elements shall melt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day,
   When ye shall be brought to stand before the Lamb of God──
   Then will ye say that there is no God?
3  Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God?
   Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under a consciousness of your guilt?
   Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with that holy Being,
   When your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt,
   That ye have ever abused his laws?
4  Behold, I say unto you,
   That ye would be more miserable,
   To dwell with a holy and just God,
   Under a consciousness of your filthiness before him,
   Than ye would to dwell with the damned souls in hell.
5  For behold, when ye shall be brought to see your nakedness before God,
   And also the glory of God, and the holiness of Jesus Christ,
   It will kindle a flame of unquenchable fire upon you.
6  O then ye unbelieving, turn ye unto the Lord;
   Cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus,
   That perhaps ye may be found spotless, pure, fair, and white,
   Having been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day.
7  And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away,
   That there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing,
   Nor speaking with tongues, and the interpretation of tongues;
8  Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things,
   Knoweth not the gospel of Christ;
   Yea, he has not read the scriptures;
   If so, he does not understand them.
9  For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever,
   And in him there is no variableness, neither shadow of changing?
10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary,
   And in whom there is shadow of changing,
   Then have ye imagined up unto yourselves,
   A god who is not a God of miracles.
11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles,
   Even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
   And it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.
12 Behold he created, Adam, and by Adam came the fall of man.
   And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son;
   And because of Jesus Christ came the redemption of man.
13 And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ,
   They are brought back into the presence of the Lord;
   Yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed,
   Because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection,
   Which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep, from which sleep,
   All men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound;
   And they shall come forth, both small and great, and all shall stand before his bar,
   Being redeemed and loosed from this eternal band of death,
   Which death is a temporal death.
14 And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them;
   And then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still;
   And he that is righteous shall be righteous still;    
   And he that is happy shall be happy still;
   And he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.
15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god,
   Who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken?
   Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes?
   Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?
17 Who shall say that it was not a miracle,
   That by his word the heaven,
   And the earth should be;
   And by the power of his word,
   Man was created of the dust of the earth;
   And by the power of his word have miracles been wrought?
18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not many mighty miracles?
   And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles,
   And yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you, He changeth not;
   If so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God,
   And is a God of miracles.
20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles,
   Among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief,
   And depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing,
   Whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him;
   And this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.
22 For behold, thus said Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
   Unto his disciples who should tarry,
   Yea, and also to all his disciples, in the hearing of the multitude:
   Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;
23 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,
   But he that believeth not shall be damned;
24 And these signs shall follow them that believe──
   In my name shall they cast out devils;
   They shall speak with new tongues;
   They shall take up serpents;
   And if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them;
   They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover;
25 And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing,
   Unto him will I confirm all my words,
   Even unto the ends of the earth.
26 And now, behold, who can stand against the works of the Lord?
   Who can deny his sayings? Who will rise up against the almighty power of the Lord?
   Who will despise the works of the Lord? Who will despise the children of Christ?
   Behold, all ye who are despisers of the works of the Lord, for ye shall wonder and perish.
27 O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord,
   And ask the Father in the name of Jesus,
   For what things soever ye shall stand in need.
   Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old,
   And come unto the Lord with all your heart,
   And work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.
28 Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness;
   Ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken,
   That ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.
29 See that ye are not baptized unworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ unworthily;
   But see that ye do all things in worthiness, and do it in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God;
   And if ye do this, and endure to the end, ye will in nowise be cast out.
30 Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead,
   For I know that ye shall have my words.
31 Condemn me not because of mine imperfection,
   Neither my father, because of his imperfection,
   Neither them who have written before him;
   But rather give thanks unto God,
   That he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections,
   That ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.
32 And now, behold, we have written this record according to our knowledge,
   In the characters which are called among us the reformed Egyptian,
   Being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech.
33 And if our plates had been sufficiently large we should have written in Hebrew;
   But the Hebrew hath been altered by us also; and if we could have written in Hebrew,
   Behold, ye would have had no imperfection in our record.
34 But the Lord knoweth the things which we have written,
   And also that none other people knoweth our language;
   And because that none other people knoweth our language,
   Therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.
35 And these things are written that we may rid our garments of the blood,
   Of our brethren, who have dwindled in unbelief.
36 And behold, these things, which we have desired concerning our brethren,
   Yea, even their restoration to the knowledge of Christ,
   Are according to the prayers of all the saints who have dwelt in the land.
37 And may the Lord Jesus Christ grant that their prayers may be answered according to their faith;
   And may God the Father remember the covenant which he hath made with the house of Israel;
   And may he bless them forever, through faith on the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.




THE BOOK OF ETHER


The record of the Jaredites, taken from the twenty-four plates
   found by the people of Limhi in the days of king Mosiah.

CHAPTERS

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ETHER 1

1  AND now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants,
   Who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country.
2  And I take mine account from the twenty and four plates,
   Which were found by the people of Limhi,
   Which is called the Book of Ether.
3  And as I suppose that the first part of this record,
   Which speaks concerning the creation of the world, and also of Adam,
   And an account from that time even to the great tower,
   And whatsoever things transpired among the children of men,
   Until that time, is had among the Jews──therefore I do not write those things,
   Which transpired from the days of Adam until that time; but they are had upon the plates;
   And whoso findeth them, the same will have power that he may get the full account.
5  But behold, I give not the full account, but a part of the account I give,
   From the tower down until they were destroyed.
6  And on this wise do I give the account.
   He that wrote this record was Ether, 
   And he was a descendant of Coriantor.
7  Coriantor was the son of Moron. And Moron was the son of Ethem.
9  And Ethem was the son of Ahah. And Ahah was the son of Seth. And Seth was the son of Shiblon.
12 And Shiblon was the son of Com. And Com was the son of Coriantum.
14 And Coriantum was the son of Amnigaddah.
15 And Amnigaddah was the son of Aaron.
   And Aaron was a descendant of Heth, who was the son of Hearthom.
17 And Hearthom was the son of Lib. And Lib was the son of Kish. And Kish was the son of Corom.
20 And Corom was the son of Levi. And Levi was the son of Kim.
22 And Kim was the son of Morianton.
23 And Morianton was a descendant of Riplakish.
24 And Riplakish was the son of Shez. And Shez was the son of Heth.
26 And Heth was the son of Com. And Com was the son of Coriantum. And Coriantum was the son of Emer.
29 And Emer was the son of Omer. And Omer was the son of Shule.
31 And Shule was the son of Kib.
32 And Kib was the son of Orihah, who was the son of Jared;
33 Which Jared came forth with his brother and their families, with some others and their families,
   From the great tower, at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people,
   And swore in his wrath that they should be scattered upon all the face of the earth;
   And according to the word of the Lord the people were scattered.
34 And the brother of Jared being a large and mighty man,
   And a man highly favored of the Lord, Jared, his brother,
   Said unto him: Cry unto the Lord, that he will not confound us,
   That we may not understand our words. And it came to pass,
   That the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord,
   And the Lord had compassion upon Jared;
   Therefore he did not confound the language of Jared;
   And Jared and his brother were not confounded.
36 Then Jared said unto his brother:
   Cry again unto the Lord,
   And it may be that he will turn away his anger,
   From them who are our friends, that he confound not their language.
37 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord,
   And the Lord had compassion upon their friends,
   And their families also, that they were not confounded.
38 And it came to pass that Jared spake again unto his brother,
   Saying: Go and inquire of the Lord whether he will drive us out of the land,
   And if he will drive us out of the land, cry unto him whither we shall go; and who knoweth,
   But the Lord will carry us forth into a land which is choice above all the earth?
   And if it so be, let us be faithful unto the Lord,
   That we may receive it for our inheritance.
39 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry,
   Unto the Lord according to that which had been spoken by the mouth of Jared.
40 And it came to pass that the Lord did hear the brother of Jared,
   And had compassion upon him, and said unto him:
41 Go to and gather together thy flocks,
   Both male and female, of every kind;
   And also of the seed of the earth of every kind;
   And thy families; and also Jared thy brother and his family;
   And also thy friends and their families, and the friends of Jared and their families.
42 And when thou hast done this thou shalt go at the head of them down into the valley which is northward.
   And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee into a land,
   Which is choice above all the lands of the earth.
43 And there will I bless thee and thy seed,
   And raise up unto me of thy seed,
   And of the seed of thy brother,
   And they who shall go with thee, a great nation.
   And there shall be none greater than the nation,
   Which I will raise up unto me of thy seed, upon all the face of the earth.
   And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me.



ETHER 2

1  AND it came to pass that Jared and his brother, and their families,
   And also the friends of Jared and his brother and their families,
   Went down into the valley which was northward,
   (and the name of the valley was Nimrod,
   Being called after the mighty hunter) with their flocks,
   Which they had gathered together, male and female, of every kind.
2  And they did also lay snares and catch fowls of the air;
   And they did also prepare a vessel,
   In which they did carry with them the fish of the waters.
3  And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by interpretation,
   Is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with them swarms of bees,
   And all manner of that which was upon the face of the land, seeds of every kind.
4  And it came to pass that when they had come down into the valley of Nimrod,
   The Lord came down and talked with the brother of Jared;
   And he was in a cloud, and the brother of Jared saw him not.
5  And it came to pass that the Lord commanded them,
   That they should go forth into the wilderness,
   Yea, into that quarter where there never had man been.
   And it came to pass that the Lord did go before them, and did talk with them,
   As he stood in a cloud, and gave directions whither they should travel.
6  And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness,
   And did build barges, in which they did cross many waters,
   Being directed continually by the hand of the Lord.
7  And the Lord would not suffer,
   That they should stop beyond the sea in the wilderness,
   But he would that they should come forth even unto the land of promise,
   Which was choice above all other lands, which the Lord God had preserved for a righteous people.
8  And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared,
   That whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever,
   Should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off,
   When the fullness of his wrath should come upon them.
9  And now, we can behold the decrees of God,
   Concerning this land,
   That it is a land of promise;
   And whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God,
   Or they shall be swept off when the fullness of his wrath shall come upon them.
   And the fullness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.
10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands;
   Wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God,
   Or shall be swept off;
   For it is the everlasting decree of God.
   And it is not until the fullness of iniquity,
   Among the children of the land, that they are swept off.
11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God──
   That ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fullness come,
   That ye may not bring down the fullness of the wrath of God upon you,
   As the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.
12 Behold, this is a choice land,
   And whatsoever nation shall possess it,
   Shall be free from bondage, and from captivity,
   And from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land,
   Who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.
13 And now I proceed with my record; for behold, it came to pass,
   That the Lord did bring Jared and his brethren forth,
   Even to that great sea which divideth the lands.    
   And as they came to the sea they pitched their tents;
   And they called the name of the place Moriancumer; 
   And they dwelt in tents,
   And dwelt in tents upon the seashore for the space of four years.
14 And it came to pass at the end of four years that,
   The Lord came again unto the brother of Jared,
   And stood in a cloud and talked with him;
   And for the space of three hours,
   Did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared,
   And chastened him because he remembered not,
   To call upon the name of the Lord.
15 And the brother of Jared repented of the evil which he had done,
   And did call upon the name of the Lord for his brethren who were with him.
   And the Lord said unto him: I will forgive thee and thy brethren of their sins;
   But thou shalt not sin any more, for ye shall remember that my Spirit will not always strive with man;
   Wherefore, if ye will sin until ye are fully ripe ye shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
   And these are my thoughts upon the land which I shall give you for your inheritance;
   For it shall be a land choice above all other lands.
16 And the Lord said: Go to work and build,
   After the manner of barges which ye have hitherto built.
   And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did go to work,
   And also his brethren, and built barges after the manner which they had built,
   According to the instructions of the Lord. And they were small, and they were light upon the water,
   Even like unto the lightness of a fowl upon the water. And they were built after a manner,    
   That they were exceedingly tight, even that they would hold water like unto a dish;
   And the bottom thereof was tight like unto a dish;
   And the sides thereof were tight like unto a dish; and the ends thereof were peaked;
   And the top thereof was tight like unto a dish; and the length thereof was the length of a tree;
   And the door thereof, when it was shut, was tight like unto a dish.
18 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared cried unto the Lord, saying:
   O Lord, I have performed the work which thou hast commanded me,
   And I have made the barges according as thou hast directed me.
19 And behold, O Lord, in them there is no light;
   Whither shall we steer?
   And also we shall perish, for in them we cannot breathe,
   Save it is the air which is in them; therefore we shall perish.
20 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt make a hole in the top,
   And also in the bottom; and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air.
   And if it be so that the water come in upon thee,
   Behold, ye shall stop the hole that ye may not perish in the flood.
21 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did so, according as the Lord had commanded.
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