13-The Book Of Helaman

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.

Helaman 1

Chapter 1

Helaman 1:1

 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.

Helaman 1:2

 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.

Helaman 1:3

 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.

Helaman 1:4

 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.

Helaman 1:5

 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.

Helaman 1:6

 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.

Helaman 1:7

 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.

Helaman 1:8

 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.

Helaman 1:9

 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.

Helaman 1:10

 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.

Helaman 1:11

 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.

Helaman 1:12

 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 had 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.

Helaman 1:13

 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.

Helaman 1:14

 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.

Helaman 1:15

 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.

Helaman 1:16

 16 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–

Helaman 1:17

 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.

Helaman 1:18

 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.

Helaman 1:19

 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.

Helaman 1:20

 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.

Helaman 1:21

 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.

Helaman 1:22

 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.

Helaman 1:23

 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.

Helaman 1:24

 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.

Helaman 1:25

 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.

Helaman 1:26

 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.

Helaman 1:27

 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.

Helaman 1:28

 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

Helaman 1:29

 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.

Helaman 1:30

 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.

Helaman 1:31

 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.

Helaman 1:32

 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.

Helaman 1:33

 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.

Helaman 1:34

 34 And thus ended the forty and first year of the reign of the

judges.

Helaman 2

Chapter 2

Helaman 2:1

 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.

Helaman 2:2

 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.

Helaman 2:3

 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.

Helaman 2:4

 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.

Helaman 2:5

 5 Therefore he did flatter them, and also Kishkumen, that if

they would place him in the judgment-seat he would grant unto

those who belonged to his band that they should be placed in

power and authority among the people; therefore Kishkumen sought

to destroy Helaman.

Helaman 2:6

 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–

Helaman 2:7

 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.

Helaman 2:8

 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.

Helaman 2:9

 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.

Helaman 2:10

 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.

Helaman 2:11

 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.

Helaman 2:12

 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.

Helaman 2:13

 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.

Helaman 2:14

 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

Chapter 3

Helaman 3:1

 1 And now it came to pass in the forty and third year of the

reign of the judges, 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.

Helaman 3:2

 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.

Helaman 3:3

 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.

Helaman 3:4

 4 And they did travel to an exceedingly great distance, insomuch

that they came to large bodies of water and many rivers.

Helaman 3:5

 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.

Helaman 3:6

 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.

Helaman 3:7

 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.

Helaman 3:8

 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.

Helaman 3:9

 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.

Helaman 3:10

 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.

Helaman 3:11

 11 And thus they did enable the people in the land northward

that they might build many cities, both of wood and of cement.

Helaman 3:12

 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.

Helaman 3:13

 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.

Helaman 3:14

 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.

Helaman 3:15

 15 But behold, there are many books and many records of every

kind, and they have been kept chiefly by the Nephites.

Helaman 3:16

 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.

Helaman 3:17

 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.

Helaman 3:18

 18 The forty and sixth year of the reign of the judges ended;

Helaman 3:19

 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.

Helaman 3:20

 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.

Helaman 3:21

 21 And it came to pass that he had two sons.  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.

Helaman 3:22

 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.

Helaman 3:23

 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.

Helaman 3:24

 24 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.

Helaman 3:25

 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.

Helaman 3:26

 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.

Helaman 3:27

 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.

Helaman 3:28

 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.

Helaman 3:29

 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–

Helaman 3:30

 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.

Helaman 3:31

 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.

Helaman 3:32

 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.

Helaman 3:33

 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–

Helaman 3:34

 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.

Helaman 3:35

 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.

Helaman 3:36

 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.

Helaman 3:37

 37 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

Chapter 4

Helaman 4:1

 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.

Helaman 4:2

 2 And the rebellious part were slain and driven out of the land,

and they did go unto the king of the Lamanites.

Helaman 4:3

 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.

Helaman 4:4

 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.

Helaman 4:5

 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.

Helaman 4:6

 6 And the Nephites and the armies of Moronihah were driven even

into the land of Bountiful;

Helaman 4:7

 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.

Helaman 4:8

 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.

Helaman 4:9

 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.

Helaman 4:10

 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.

Helaman 4:11

 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.

Helaman 4:12

 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–

Helaman 4:13

 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.

Helaman 4:14

 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.

Helaman 4:15

 15 And it came to pass that they did repent, and inasmuch as

they did repent they did begin to prosper.

Helaman 4:16

 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.

Helaman 4:17

 17 And thus ended the sixty and first year of the reign of the

judges.

Helaman 4:18

 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.

Helaman 4:19

 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.

Helaman 4:20

 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.

Helaman 4:21

 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.

Helaman 4:22

 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.

Helaman 4:23

 23 And because of their iniquity the church had begun to

dwindle; 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.

Helaman 4:24

 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–

Helaman 4:25

 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.

Helaman 4:26

 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

Chapter 5

Helaman 5:1

 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.

Helaman 5:2

 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.

Helaman 5:3

 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.

Helaman 5:4

 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;

Helaman 5:5

 5 For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake

unto them.  And these are the words which he spake:

Helaman 5:6

 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 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.

Helaman 5:7

 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.

Helaman 5:8

 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; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life,

which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.

Helaman 5:9

 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.

Helaman 5:10

 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.

Helaman 5:11

 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.

Helaman 5:12

 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.

Helaman 5:13

 13 And it came to pass that these were the words which Helaman

taught to his sons; yea, he did teach them many things which are

not written, and also many things which are written.

Helaman 5:14

 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;

Helaman 5:15

 15 And from thenceforth to the city of Gid; and from the city of

Gid to the city of Mulek;

Helaman 5:16

 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.

Helaman 5:17

 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.

Helaman 5:18

 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–

Helaman 5:19

 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.

Helaman 5:20

 20 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did proceed from

thence to go to the land of Nephi.

Helaman 5:21

 21 And it came to pass that they were taken 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.

Helaman 5:22

 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.

Helaman 5:23

 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.

Helaman 5:24

 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.

Helaman 5:25

 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.

Helaman 5:26

 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.

Helaman 5:27

 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.

Helaman 5:28

 28 And it came to pass that they were overshadowed with a cloud

of darkness, and an awful solemn fear came upon them.

Helaman 5:29

 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.

Helaman 5:30

 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–

Helaman 5:31

 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–

Helaman 5:32

 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.

Helaman 5:33

 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.

Helaman 5:34

 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.

Helaman 5:35

 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.

Helaman 5:36

 36 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.

Helaman 5:37

 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.

Helaman 5:38

 38 And they said unto the man: Behold, what do all these things

mean, and who is it with whom these men do converse?

Helaman 5:39

 39 Now the man’s name was Aminadab.  And Aminadab said unto

them: They do converse with the angels of God.

Helaman 5:40

 40 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?

Helaman 5:41

 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.

Helaman 5:42

 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.

Helaman 5:43

 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.

Helaman 5:44

 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.

Helaman 5:45

 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.

Helaman 5:46

 46 And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them, yea, a

pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying:

Helaman 5:47

 47 Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well

Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world.

Helaman 5:48

 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.

Helaman 5:49

 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.

Helaman 5:50

 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.

Helaman 5:51

 51 And as many as were convinced did lay down their weapons of

war, and also their hatred and the tradition of their fathers.

Helaman 5:52

 52 And it came to pass that they did yield up unto the Nephites

the lands of their possession.

Helaman 6

Chapter 6

Helaman 6:1

 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.

Helaman 6:2

 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.

Helaman 6:3

 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.

Helaman 6:4

 4 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.

Helaman 6:5

 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.

Helaman 6:6

 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.

Helaman 6:7

 7 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.

Helaman 6:8

 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.

Helaman 6:9

 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.

Helaman 6:10

 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.

Helaman 6:11

 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.

Helaman 6:12

 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.

Helaman 6:13

 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.

Helaman 6:14

 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.

Helaman 6:15

 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.

Helaman 6:16

 16 And in the commencement of the sixty and seventh year the

people began to grow exceedingly wicked again.

Helaman 6:17

 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.

Helaman 6:18

 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.

Helaman 6:19

 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.

Helaman 6:20

 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.

Helaman 6:21

 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.

Helaman 6:22

 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.

Helaman 6:23

 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.

Helaman 6:24

 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.

Helaman 6:25

 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.

Helaman 6:26

 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–

Helaman 6:27

 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.

Helaman 6:28

 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.

Helaman 6:29

 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.

Helaman 6:30

 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.

Helaman 6:31

 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.

Helaman 6:32

 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.

Helaman 6:33

 33 And they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty and eighth

year also

Helaman 6:34

 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.

Helaman 6:35

 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.

Helaman 6:36

 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.

Helaman 6:37

 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.

Helaman 6:38

 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.

Helaman 6:39

 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.

Helaman 6:40

 40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and

ripening for an everlasting destruction.

Helaman 6:41

 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

Chapter 7

Helaman 7:1

 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.

Helaman 7:2

 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;

Helaman 7:3

 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.

Helaman 7:4

 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;

Helaman 7:5

 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–

Helaman 7:6

 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:

Helaman 7:7

 7 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–

Helaman 7:8

 8 Yea, if my days could have been in those days, then would my

soul have had joy in the righteousness of my brethren.

Helaman 7:9

 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.

Helaman 7:10

 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.

Helaman 7:11

 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.

Helaman 7:12

 12 And now, when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people

who had gathered together.

Helaman 7:13

 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?

Helaman 7:14

 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!

Helaman 7:15

 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.

Helaman 7:16

 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?

Helaman 7:17

 17 O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye

unto the Lord your God. Why has he forsaken you?

Helaman 7:18

 18 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.

Helaman 7:19

 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.

Helaman 7:20

 20 O, how could you have forgotten you God in the very day that

he has delivered you?

Helaman 7:21

 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.

Helaman 7:22

 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.

Helaman 7:23

 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 that 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.

Helaman 7:24

 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.

Helaman 7:25

 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!

Helaman 7:26

 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!

Helaman 7:27

 27 Yea, wo be unto you because of your wickedness and

abominations!

Helaman 7:28

 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.

Helaman 7:29

 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

Chapter 8

Helaman 8:1

 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?

Helaman 8:2

 2 Why seest thou this man, and hearest him revile against this

people and against our law?

Helaman 8:3

 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.

Helaman 8:4

 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.

Helaman 8:5

 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.

Helaman 8:6

 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.

Helaman 8:7

 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;

Helaman 8:8

 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;

Helaman 8:9

 9 Yea, and behold, if he had not been a prophet he could not

have testified concerning those things.

Helaman 8:10

 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.

Helaman 8:11

 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?

Helaman 8:12

 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?

Helaman 8:13

 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.

Helaman 8:14

 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.

Helaman 8:15

 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.

Helaman 8:16

 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.

Helaman 8:17

 17 Yea, and behold, Abraham saw of his coming, and was filled

with gladness and did rejoice.

Helaman 8:18

 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.

Helaman 8:19

 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.

Helaman 8:20

 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?

Helaman 8:21

 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–

Helaman 8:22

 22 Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he

testified of these things.  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.

Helaman 8:23

 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.

Helaman 8:24

 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.

Helaman 8:25

 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.

Helaman 8:26

 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.

Helaman 8:27

 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.

Helaman 8:28

 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

Chapter 9

Helaman 9:1

 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:

Helaman 9:2

 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.

Helaman 9:3

 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.

Helaman 9:4

 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.

Helaman 9:5

 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.

Helaman 9:6

 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;

Helaman 9:7

 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.

Helaman 9:8

 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.

Helaman 9:9

 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.

Helaman 9:10

 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.

Helaman 9:11

 11 And thus also those judges who were at the garden of Nephi,

and heard his words, were also gathered together at the burial.

Helaman 9:12

 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.

Helaman 9:13

 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:

Helaman 9:14

 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.

Helaman 9:15

 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.

Helaman 9:16

 16 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.

Helaman 9:17

 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.

Helaman 9:18

 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.

Helaman 9:19

 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–

Helaman 9:20

 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.

Helaman 9:21

 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?

Helaman 9:22

 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.

Helaman 9:23

 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.

Helaman 9:24

 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.

Helaman 9:25

 25 And now behold, I will show unto you another sign, and see if

ye will in this thing seek to destroy me.

Helaman 9:26

 26 Behold I say unto you: Go to the house of Seantum, who is the

brother of Seezoram, and say unto him–

Helaman 9:27

 27 Has Nephi, the pretended prophet, who doth prophesy so much

evil concerning this people, agreed with thee, in the which ye

have murdered Seezoram, who is your brother?

Helaman 9:28

 28 And behold, he shall say unto you, Nay.

Helaman 9:29

 29 And ye shall say unto him: Have ye murdered your brother?

Helaman 9:30

 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.

Helaman 9:31

 31 But behold, ye shall examine him, and ye shall find blood

upon the skirts of his cloak.

Helaman 9:32

 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?

Helaman 9:33

 33 And then shall he tremble, and shall look pale, even as if

death had come upon him.

Helaman 9:34

 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.

Helaman 9:35

 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.

Helaman 9:36

 36 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.

Helaman 9:37

 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.

Helaman 9:38

 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.

Helaman 9:39

 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.

Helaman 9:40

 40 And now there were some among the people, who said that Nephi

was a prophet.

Helaman 9:41

 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

Chapter 10

Helaman 10:1

 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.

Helaman 10:2

 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.

Helaman 10:3

 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:

Helaman 10:4

 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.

Helaman 10:5

 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.

Helaman 10:6

 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.

Helaman 10:7

 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.

Helaman 10:8

 8 And thus, if ye shall say unto this temple it shall be rent in

twain, it shall be done.

Helaman 10:9

 9 And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast down and

become smooth, it shall be done.

Helaman 10:10

 10 And behold, if ye shall say that God shall smite this people,

it shall come to pass.

Helaman 10:11

 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.

Helaman 10:12

 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.

Helaman 10:13

 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.

Helaman 10:14

 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.

Helaman 10:15

 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.

Helaman 10:16

 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.

Helaman 10:17

 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.

Helaman 10:18

 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.

Helaman 10:19

 19 And thus ended the seventy and first year of the reign of the

judges over the people of Nephi.

Helaman 11

Chapter 11

Helaman 11:1

 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.

Helaman 11:2

 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.

Helaman 11:3

 3 And it came to pass that in this year Nephi did cry unto the

Lord, saying:

Helaman 11:4

 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.

Helaman 11:5

 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.

Helaman 11:6

 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.

Helaman 11:7

 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.

Helaman 11:8

 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.

Helaman 11:9

 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:

Helaman 11:10

 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.

Helaman 11:11

 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.

Helaman 11:12

 12 O Lord, wilt thou turn away thine anger, yea, thy fierce

anger, and cause that this famine may cease in this land.

Helaman 11:13

 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.

Helaman 11:14

 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.

Helaman 11:15

 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.

Helaman 11:16

 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.

Helaman 11:17

 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.

Helaman 11:18

 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.

Helaman 11:19

 19 And behold, Lehi, his brother, was not a whit behind him as

to things pertaining to righteousness.

Helaman 11:20

 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.

Helaman 11:21

 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.

Helaman 11:22

 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.

Helaman 11:23

 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.

Helaman 11:24

 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.

Helaman 11:25

 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.

Helaman 11:26

 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.

Helaman 11:27

 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.

Helaman 11:28

 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.

Helaman 11:29

 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.

Helaman 11:30

 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.

Helaman 11:31

 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.

Helaman 11:32

 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.

Helaman 11:33

 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.

Helaman 11:34

 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.

Helaman 11:35

 35 And thus ended the eighty and first year of the reign of the

judges.

Helaman 11:36

 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.

Helaman 11:37

 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.

Helaman 11:38

 38 And thus ended the eighty and fifth year.

Helaman 12

Chapter 12

Helaman 12:1

 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.

Helaman 12:2

 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.

Helaman 12:3

 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.

Helaman 12:4

 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!

Helaman 12:5

 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!

Helaman 12:6

 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.

Helaman 12:7

 7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea,

even they are less than the dust of the earth.

Helaman 12:8

 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.

Helaman 12:9

 9 Yea, behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains

tremble and quake.

Helaman 12:10

 10 And by the power of his voice they are broken up, and become

smooth, yea, even like unto a valley.

Helaman 12:11

 11 Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake;

Helaman 12:12

 12 Yea, by the power of his voice, do the foundations rock, even

to the very center.

Helaman 12:13

 13 Yea, and if he say unto the earth–Move–it is moved.

Helaman 12:14

 14 Yea, if he say unto the earth–Thou shalt go back, that it

lengthen out the day for many hours–it is done;

Helaman 12:15

 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.

Helaman 12:16

 16 And behold, also, if he say unto the waters of the great

deep–Be thou dried up–it is done.

Helaman 12:17

 17 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.

Helaman 12:18

 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.

Helaman 12:19

 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.

Helaman 12:20

 20 And behold, if the Lord shall say unto a man–Because of

thine iniquities, thou shalt be accursed forever–it shall be

done.

Helaman 12:21

 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.

Helaman 12:22

 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.

Helaman 12:23

 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.

Helaman 12:24

 24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be

brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be

restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.

Helaman 12:25

 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;

Helaman 12:26

 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

Chapter 13

Helaman 13:1

 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.

Helaman 13:2

 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.

Helaman 13:3

 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.

Helaman 13:4

 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.

Helaman 13:5

 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.

Helaman 13:6

 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.

Helaman 13:7

 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.

Helaman 13:8

 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.

Helaman 13:9

 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.

Helaman 13:10

 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.

Helaman 13:11

 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.

Helaman 13:12

 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.

Helaman 13:13

 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.

Helaman 13:14

 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.

Helaman 13:15

 15 Yea, and wo be unto the city of Gideon, for the wickedness

and abominations which are in her.

Helaman 13:16

 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.

Helaman 13:17

 17 And behold, a curse shall come upon the land, saith the Lord

of Hosts, because of the people’s sake who are upon the land,

yea, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

Helaman 13:18

 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.

Helaman 13:19

 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.

Helaman 13:20

 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.

Helaman 13:21

 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.

Helaman 13:22

 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.

Helaman 13:23

 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.

Helaman 13:24

 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.

Helaman 13:25

 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.

Helaman 13:26

 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.

Helaman 13:27

 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.

Helaman 13:28

 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.

Helaman 13:29

 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?

Helaman 13:30

 30 Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against

you; behold, he hath cursed the land because of your iniquity.

Helaman 13:31

 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.

Helaman 13:32

 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:

Helaman 13:33

 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.

Helaman 13:34

 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.

Helaman 13:35

 35 Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away

from us, because of the curse of the land.

Helaman 13:36

 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.

Helaman 13:37

 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.

Helaman 13:38

 38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye 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.

Helaman 13:39

 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

Chapter 14

Helaman 14:1

 1 And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did

prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.

Helaman 14:2

 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.

Helaman 14:3

 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.

Helaman 14:4

 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.

Helaman 14:5

 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.

Helaman 14:6

 6 And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and

wonders in heaven.

Helaman 14:7

 7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and

wonder, insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth.

Helaman 14:8

 8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the

Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life.

Helaman 14:9

 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.

Helaman 14:10

 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.

Helaman 14:11

 11 And 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;

Helaman 14:12

 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.

Helaman 14:13

 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.

Helaman 14:14

 14 And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign

of his death.

Helaman 14:15

 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.

Helaman 14:16

 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.

Helaman 14:17

 17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind,

yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence

of the Lord.

Helaman 14:18

 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.

Helaman 14:19

 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.

Helaman 14:20

 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, to the time that he shall

rise again from the dead.

Helaman 14:21

 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;

Helaman 14:22

 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.

Helaman 14:23

 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.

Helaman 14:24

 24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall

become desolate.

Helaman 14:25

 25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of

their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.

Helaman 14:26

 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.

Helaman 14:27

 27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning

lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that

darkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space

of three days.

Helaman 14:28

 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–

Helaman 14:29

 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.

Helaman 14:30

 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.

Helaman 14:31

 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

Chapter 15

Helaman 15:1

 1 And now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare unto you that

except ye shall repent your houses shall be left unto you

desolate.

Helaman 15:2

 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 are with child, for they shall be heavy and cannot

flee; therefore, they shall be trodden down and shall be left to

perish.

Helaman 15:3

 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.

Helaman 15:4

 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.

Helaman 15:5

 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.

Helaman 15:6

 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.

Helaman 15:7

 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–

Helaman 15:8

 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.

Helaman 15:9

 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.

Helaman 15:10

 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–

Helaman 15:11

 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–

Helaman 15:12

 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.

Helaman 15:13

 13 And this is according to the prophecy, that they shall again

be brought to the true knowledge, which is knowledge of their

Redeemer, and their great and true shepherd, and be numbered

among his sheep.

Helaman 15:14

 14 Therefore I say unto you, it shall be better for them than

for you except ye repent.

Helaman 15:15

 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.

Helaman 15:16

 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.

Helaman 15:17

 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

Chapter 16

Helaman 16:1

 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.

Helaman 16:2

 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.

Helaman 16:3

 3 Now 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.

Helaman 16:4

 4 For behold, Nephi was baptizing, and prophesying, and

preaching, crying repentance unto the people, showing signs and

wonders, working miracles among the people, that they might know

that the Christ must shortly come–

Helaman 16:5

 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.

Helaman 16:6

 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.

Helaman 16:7

 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.

Helaman 16:8

 8 And behold, he was never heard of more among the Nephites; and

thus were the affairs of the people.

Helaman 16:9

 9 And thus ended the eighty and sixth year of the reign of the

judges over the people of Nephi.

Helaman 16:10

 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.

Helaman 16:11

 11 And these were the conditions also, in the eighty and eighth

year of the reign of the judges.

Helaman 16:12

 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.

Helaman 16:13

 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.

Helaman 16:14

 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.

Helaman 16:15

 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:

Helaman 16:16

 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.

Helaman 16:17

 17 And they began to reason and to contend among themselves,

saying:

Helaman 16:18

 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?

Helaman 16:19

 19 Yea, why will he not show himself in this land as well as in

the land of Jerusalem?

Helaman 16:20

 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.

Helaman 16:21

 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.

Helaman 16:22

 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.

Helaman 16:23

 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.

Helaman 16:24

 24 And thus ended the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges

over the people of Nephi.

Helaman 16:25

 25 And thus ended the book of Helaman, according to the record

of Helaman and his sons.

15-Fourth Nephi

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

 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.

4 Nephi 1:2

 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.

4 Nephi 1:3

 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 Nephi 1:4

 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.

4 Nephi 1:5

 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.

4 Nephi 1:6

 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, and the fifty and second; yea, and even

until fifty and nine years had passed away.

4 Nephi 1:7

 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.

4 Nephi 1:8

 8 Yea, even that great city Zarahemla did they cause to be built

again.

4 Nephi 1:9

 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.

4 Nephi 1:10

 10 And now, behold, it came to pass that the people of Nephi did

wax strong, and did multiply exceedingly fast, and became an

exceedingly fair and delightsome people.

4 Nephi 1:11

 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.

4 Nephi 1:12

 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.

4 Nephi 1:13

 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.

4 Nephi 1:14

 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.

4 Nephi 1:15

 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.

4 Nephi 1:16

 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.

4 Nephi 1:17

 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.

4 Nephi 1:18

 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.

4 Nephi 1:19

 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.

4 Nephi 1:20

 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.

4 Nephi 1:21

 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.

4 Nephi 1:22

 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.

4 Nephi 1:23

 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.

4 Nephi 1:24

 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.

4 Nephi 1:25

 25 And from that time forth they did have their goods and their

substance no more common among them.

4 Nephi 1:26

 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.

4 Nephi 1:27

 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.

4 Nephi 1:28

 28 And this church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity,

and because of the power of Satan who did get hold upon their

hearts.

4 Nephi 1:29

 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.

4 Nephi 1:30

 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.

4 Nephi 1:31

 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.

4 Nephi 1:32

 32 And they did cast them into furnaces of fire, and they came

forth receiving no harm.

4 Nephi 1:33

 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.

4 Nephi 1:34

 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.

4 Nephi 1:35

 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.

4 Nephi 1:36

 36 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;

4 Nephi 1:37

 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.

4 Nephi 1:38

 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 wilfully rebel against the

gospel of Christ; and they did teach their children that they

should not believe, even as their fathers, from the beginning,

did dwindle.

4 Nephi 1:39

 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.

4 Nephi 1:40

 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.

4 Nephi 1:41

 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.

4 Nephi 1:42

 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.

4 Nephi 1:43

 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, the Lamanites.

4 Nephi 1:44

 44 And from this time the disciples began to sorrow for the sins

of the world.

4 Nephi 1:45

 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.

4 Nephi 1:46

 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.

4 Nephi 1:47

 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.

4 Nephi 1:48

 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.

4 Nephi 1:49

 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.

16-Book Mormon

MORMON

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Mormon 1

Chapter 1

Mormon 1:1

 1 And now I, Mormon, make a record of the things which I have

both seen and heard, and call it the Book of Mormon.

Mormon 1:2

 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;

Mormon 1:3

 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.

Mormon 1:4

 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 that ye

have observed concerning this people.

Mormon 1:5

 5 And I, Mormon, being a descendant of Nephi, (and my father’s

name was Mormon) I remembered the things which Ammaron commanded

me.

Mormon 1:6

 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.

Mormon 1:7

 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.

Mormon 1:8

 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.

Mormon 1:9

 9 Now the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites were

called Lamanites, and the two parties were Nephites and

Lamanites.

Mormon 1:10

 10 And it came to pass that the war began to be among them in

the borders of Zarahemla, by the waters of Sidon.

Mormon 1:11

 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 did slay many of them.

Mormon 1:12

 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.

Mormon 1:13

 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.

Mormon 1:14

 14 And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did

not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief.

Mormon 1:15

 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.

Mormon 1:16

 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 wilfully rebelled against their God; and the

beloved disciples were taken away out of the land, because of

their iniquity.

Mormon 1:17

 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.

Mormon 1:18

 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.

Mormon 1:19

 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

Chapter 2

Mormon 2:1

 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.

Mormon 2:2

 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.

Mormon 2:3

 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.

Mormon 2:4

 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.

Mormon 2:5

 5 And they did also drive us forth out of the land of David.

Mormon 2:6

 6 And we marched forth and came to the land of Joshua, which was

in the borders west by the seashore.

Mormon 2:7

 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.

Mormon 2:8

 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.

Mormon 2:9

 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.

Mormon 2:10

 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.

Mormon 2:11

 11 Thus there began to be a mourning and a lamentation in all

the land because of these things, and more especially among the

people of Nephi.

Mormon 2:12

 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.

Mormon 2:13

 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.

Mormon 2:14

 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.

Mormon 2:15

 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.

Mormon 2:16

 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.

Mormon 2:17

 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.

Mormon 2:18

 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.

Mormon 2:19

 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.

Mormon 2:20

 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.

Mormon 2:21

 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.

Mormon 2:22

 22 And it came to pass in the three hundred and forty and sixth

year they began to come upon us again.

Mormon 2:23

 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.

Mormon 2:24

 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.

Mormon 2:25

 25 And it came to pass that 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.

Mormon 2:26

 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.

Mormon 2:27

 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.

Mormon 2:28

 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.

Mormon 2:29

 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

Chapter 3

Mormon 3:1

 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.

Mormon 3:2

 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.

Mormon 3:3

 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.

Mormon 3:4

 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.

Mormon 3:5

 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.

Mormon 3:6

 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.

Mormon 3:7

 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.

Mormon 3:8

 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.

Mormon 3:9

 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.

Mormon 3:10

 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.

Mormon 3:11

 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.

Mormon 3:12

 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.

Mormon 3:13

 13 And thrice have I delivered them out of the hands of their

enemies, and they have repented not of their sins.

Mormon 3:14

 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:

Mormon 3:15

 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.

Mormon 3:16

 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.

Mormon 3:17

 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;

Mormon 3:18

 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.

Mormon 3:19

 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.

Mormon 3:20

 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;

Mormon 3:21

 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.

Mormon 3:22

 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

Chapter 4

Mormon 4:1

 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.

Mormon 4:2

 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.

Mormon 4:3

 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.

Mormon 4:4

 4 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.

Mormon 4:5

 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.

Mormon 4:6

 6 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did make preparations

to come against the city Teancum.

Mormon 4:7

 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.

Mormon 4:8

 8 And it came to pass that they were repulsed and driven back by

the Nephites.  And when the Nephites saw that 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.

Mormon 4:9

 9 And now all these things had been done, and there had been

thousands slain on both sides, both the Nephites and the

Lamanites.

Mormon 4:10

 10 And it came to pass that the 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.

Mormon 4:11

 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.

Mormon 4:12

 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.

Mormon 4:13

 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.

Mormon 4:14

 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.

Mormon 4:15

 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.

Mormon 4:16

 16 And the Lamanites did not come again against the Nephites

until the three hundred and seventy and fifth year.

Mormon 4:17

 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.

Mormon 4:18

 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.

Mormon 4:19

 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.

Mormon 4:20

 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.

Mormon 4:21

 21 And when they had come the second time, the Nephites were

driven and slaughtered with an exceedingly great slaughter; their

women and their children were again sacrificed unto idols.

Mormon 4:22

 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.

Mormon 4:23

 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

Chapter 5

Mormon 5:1

 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.

Mormon 5:2

 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.

Mormon 5:3

 3 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.

Mormon 5:4

 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 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.

Mormon 5:5

 5 And 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.

Mormon 5:6

 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.

Mormon 5:7

 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.

Mormon 5:8

 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–

Mormon 5:9

 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.

Mormon 5:10

 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.

Mormon 5:11

 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.

Mormon 5:12

 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.

Mormon 5:13

 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.

Mormon 5:14

 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;

Mormon 5:15

 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.

Mormon 5:16

 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.

Mormon 5:17

 17 They were once a delightsome people, and they had Christ for

their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father.

Mormon 5:18

 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.

Mormon 5:19

 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.

Mormon 5:20

 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.

Mormon 5:21

 21 And also the Lord will remember the prayers of the righteous,

which have been put up unto him for them.

Mormon 5:22

 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?

Mormon 5:23

 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?

Mormon 5:24

 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

Chapter 6

Mormon 6:1

 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.

Mormon 6:2

 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.

Mormon 6:3

 3 And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites did grant

unto me the thing which I desired.

Mormon 6:4

 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.

Mormon 6:5

 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.

Mormon 6:6

 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.

Mormon 6:7

 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.

Mormon 6:8

 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.

Mormon 6:9

 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.

Mormon 6:10

 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.

Mormon 6:11

 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.

Mormon 6:12

 12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led

by my son Moroni.

Mormon 6:13

 13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and

he also in the midst.

Mormon 6:14

 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.

Mormon 6:15

 15 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.

Mormon 6:16

 16 And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my

people, and I cried:

Mormon 6:17

 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!

Mormon 6:18

 18 Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen.

But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.

Mormon 6:19

 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!

Mormon 6:20

 20 But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your

return.

Mormon 6:21

 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.

Mormon 6:22

 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

Chapter 7

Mormon 7:1

 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:

Mormon 7:2

 2 Know ye that ye are of the house of Israel.

Mormon 7:3

 3 Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be

saved.

Mormon 7:4

 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.

Mormon 7:5

 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 the

sting of death swallowed up.

Mormon 7:6

 6 And he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, whereby

man must be raised to stand before his judgment-seat.

Mormon 7:7

 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.

Mormon 7:8

 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.

Mormon 7:9

 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.

Mormon 7:10

 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

Chapter 8

Mormon 8:1

 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.

Mormon 8:2

 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.

Mormon 8:3

 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 fulfil the commandment of my father.

And whether they will slay me, I know not.

Mormon 8:4

 4 Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth;

and whither I go it mattereth not.

Mormon 8:5

 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.

Mormon 8:6

 6 Behold, four hundred years have passed away since the coming

of our Lord and Savior.

Mormon 8:7

 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.

Mormon 8:8

 8 And behold, it is the hand of the 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.

Mormon 8:9

 9 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.

Mormon 8:10

 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.

Mormon 8:11

 11 But behold, my father and I have seen them, and they have

ministered unto us.

Mormon 8:12

 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.

Mormon 8:13

 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.

Mormon 8:14

 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.

Mormon 8:15

 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, or the welfare of the ancient and long

dispersed covenant people of the Lord.

Mormon 8:16

 16 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.

Mormon 8:17

 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.

Mormon 8:18

 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.

Mormon 8:19

 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.

Mormon 8:20

 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.

Mormon 8:21

 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

hath made unto the house of Israel–the same is in danger to be

hewn down and cast into the fire;

Mormon 8:22

 22 For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all

his promises shall be fulfilled.

Mormon 8:23

 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.

Mormon 8:24

 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.

Mormon 8:25

 25 And behold, their prayers were also in behalf of him that the

Lord should suffer to bring these things forth.

Mormon 8:26

 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.

Mormon 8:27

 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.

Mormon 8:28

 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.

Mormon 8:29

 29 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of

fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands;

Mormon 8:30

 30 And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and

earthquakes in divers places.

Mormon 8:31

 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.

Mormon 8:32

 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.

Mormon 8:33

 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.

Mormon 8:34

 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.

Mormon 8:35

 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.

Mormon 8:36

 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.

Mormon 8:37

 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 the needy, the sick and the afflicted.

Mormon 8:38

 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–because of

the praise of the world?

Mormon 8:39

 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?

Mormon 8:40

 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?

Mormon 8:41

 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

Chapter 9

Mormon 9:1

 1 And now, I speak also concerning those who do not believe in

Christ.

Mormon 9:2

 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?

Mormon 9:3

 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?

Mormon 9:4

 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.

Mormon 9:5

 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.

Mormon 9:6

 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.

Mormon 9:7

 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;

Mormon 9:8

 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.

Mormon 9:9

 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?

Mormon 9:10

 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 God of miracles.

Mormon 9:11

 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.

Mormon 9:12

 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.

Mormon 9:13

 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.

Mormon 9:14

 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; he that

is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be

unhappy still.

Mormon 9:15

 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.

Mormon 9:16

 16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in

our eyes?  Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of

God?

Mormon 9:17

 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?

Mormon 9:18

 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.

Mormon 9:19

 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.

Mormon 9:20

 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.

Mormon 9:21

 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.

Mormon 9:22

 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;

Mormon 9:23

 23 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he

that believeth not shall be damned;

Mormon 9:24

 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;

Mormon 9:25

 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.

Mormon 9:26

 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.

Mormon 9:27

 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.

Mormon 9:28

 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.

Mormon 9:29

 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.

Mormon 9:30

 30 Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for

I know that ye shall have my words.

Mormon 9:31

 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.

Mormon 9:32

 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.

Mormon 9:33

 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.

Mormon 9:34

 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.

Mormon 9:35

 35 And these things are written that we may rid our garments of

the blood of our brethren, who have dwindled in unbelief.

Mormon 9:36

 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.

Mormon 9:37

 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.

17-Book Ether

ETHER

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.

Ether 1

Chapter 1

Ether 1:1

 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.

Ether 1:2

 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.

Ether 1:3

 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–

Ether 1:4

 4 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.

Ether 1:5

 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.

Ether 1:6

 6 And on this wise do I give the account.  He that wrote this

record was Ether, and he was a descendant of Coriantor.

Ether 1:7

 7 Coriantor was the son of Moron.

Ether 1:8

 8 And Moron was the son of Ethem.

Ether 1:9

 9 And Ethem was the son of Ahah.

Ether 1:10

 10 And Ahah was the son of Seth.

Ether 1:11

 11 And Seth was the son of Shiblon.

Ether 1:12

 12 And Shiblon was the son of Com.

Ether 1:13

 13 And Com was the son of Coriantum.

Ether 1:14

 14 And Coriantum was the son of Amnigaddah.

Ether 1:15

 15 And Amnigaddah was the son of Aaron.

Ether 1:16

 16 And Aaron was a descendant of Heth, who was the son of

Hearthom.

Ether 1:17

 17 And Hearthom was the son of Lib.

Ether 1:18

 18 And Lib was the son of Kish.

Ether 1:19

 19 And Kish was the son of Corom.

Ether 1:20

 20 And Corom was the son of Levi.

Ether 1:21

 21 And Levi was the son of Kim.

Ether 1:22

 22 And Kim was the son of Morianton.

Ether 1:23

 23 And Morianton was a descendant of Riplakish.

Ether 1:24

 24 And Riplakish was the son of Shez.

Ether 1:25

 25 And Shez was the son of Heth.

Ether 1:26

 26 And Heth was the son of Com.

Ether 1:27

 27 And Com was the son of Coriantum.

Ether 1:28

 28 And Coriantum was the son of Emer.

Ether 1:29

 29 And Emer was the son of Omer.

Ether 1:30

 30 And Omer was the son of Shule.

Ether 1:31

 31 And Shule was the son of Kib.

Ether 1:32

 32 And Kib was the son of Orihah, who was the son of Jared;

Ether 1:33

 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.

Ether 1:34

 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.

Ether 1:35

 35 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.

Ether 1:36

 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.

Ether 1:37

 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.

Ether 1:38

 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.

Ether 1:39

 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.

Ether 1:40

 40 And it came to pass that the Lord did hear the brother of

Jared, and had compassion upon him, and said unto him:

Ether 1:41

 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.

Ether 1:42

 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.

Ether 1:43

 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

Chapter 2

Ether 2:1

 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.

Ether 2:2

 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.

Ether 2:3

 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.

Ether 2:4

 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.

Ether 2:5

 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.

Ether 2:6

 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.

Ether 2:7

 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.

Ether 2:8

 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 fulness of his wrath should

come upon them.

Ether 2:9

 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

fulness of his wrath shall come upon them.  And the fulness of

his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.

Ether 2:10

 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 fulness of iniquity among the children of the land,

that they are swept off.

Ether 2:11

 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 fulness come, that ye may not bring down the

fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the

land have hitherto done.

Ether 2:12

 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.

Ether 2:13

 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.

Ether 2:14

 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.

Ether 2:15

 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.

Ether 2:16

 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.

Ether 2:17

 17 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.

Ether 2:18

 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.

Ether 2:19

 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.

Ether 2:20

 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.

Ether 2:21

 21 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did so,

according as the Lord had commanded.

Ether 2:22

 22 And he cried again unto the Lord saying: O Lord, behold I

have done even as thou hast commanded me; and I have prepared the

vessels for my people, and behold there is no light in them.

Behold, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that we shall cross this great

water in darkness?

Ether 2:23

 23 And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye

that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?  For

behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in

pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go

by the light of fire.

Ether 2:24

 24 For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea;

for the mountain waves shall dash upon you.  Nevertheless, I will

bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds

have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the

floods have I sent forth.

Ether 2:25

 25 And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot

cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the

sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which

shall come.  Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you

that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of

the sea?

Ether 3

Chapter 3

Ether 3:1

 1 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared, (now the number

of the vessels which had been prepared was eight) went forth unto

the mount, which they called the mount Shelem, because of its

exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small

stones; and they were white and clear, even as transparent glass;

and he did carry them in his hands upon the top of the mount, and

cried again unto the Lord, saying:

Ether 3:2

 2 O Lord, thou hast said that we must be encompassed about by

the floods.  Now behold, O Lord, and do not be angry with thy

servant because of his weakness before thee; for we know that

thou art holy and dwellest in the heavens, and that we are

unworthy before thee; because of the fall our natures have become

evil continually; nevertheless, O Lord, thou hast given us a

commandment that we must call upon thee, that from thee we may

receive according to our desires.

Ether 3:3

 3 Behold, O Lord, thou hast smitten us because of our iniquity,

and hast driven us forth, and for these many years we have been

in the wilderness; nevertheless, thou hast been merciful unto us.

O Lord, look upon me in pity, and turn away thine anger from this

thy people, and suffer not that they shall go forth across this

raging deep in darkness; but behold these things which I have

molten out of the rock.

Ether 3:4

 4 And I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power, and can do

whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man; therefore touch

these stones, O Lord, with thy finger, and prepare them that they

may shine forth in darkness; and they shall shine forth unto us

in the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light

while we shall cross the sea.

Ether 3:5

 5 Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this.  We know that thou art

able to show forth great power, which looks small unto the

understanding of men.

Ether 3:6

 6 And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said

these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and

touched the stones one by one with his finger.  And the veil was

taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the

finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto

flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the

Lord, for he was struck with fear.

Ether 3:7

 7 And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the

earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?

Ether 3:8

 8 And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and

I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord

had flesh and blood.

Ether 3:9

 9 And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast

seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man

come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were

it not so ye could not have seen my finger.  Sawest thou more

than this?

Ether 3:10

 10 And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.

Ether 3:11

 11 And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I

shall speak?

Ether 3:12

 12 And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the

truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.

Ether 3:13

 13 And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed

himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye

are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my

presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

Ether 3:14

 14 Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the

world to redeem my people.  Behold, I am Jesus Christ.  I am the

Father and the Son.  In me shall all mankind have life, and that

eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall

become my sons and my daughters.

Ether 3:15

 15 And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created,

for never has man believed in me as thou hast.  Seest thou that

ye are created after mine own image?  Yea, even all men were

created in the beginning after mine own image.

Ether 3:16

 16 Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my

spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and

even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto

my people in the flesh.

Ether 3:17

 17 And now, as I, Moroni, said I could not make a full account

of these things which are written therefore it sufficeth me to

say that Jesus showed himself unto this man in the spirit, even

after the manner and in the likeness of the same body even as he

showed himself unto the Nephites.

Ether 3:18

 18 And he ministered unto him even as he ministered unto the

Nephites; and all this, that this man might know that he was God,

because of the many great works which the Lord had showed unto

him.

Ether 3:19

 19 And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept

from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus,

which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew that it was

the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew,

nothing doubting.

Ether 3:20

 20 Wherefore, having this perfect knowledge of God, he could not

be kept from within the veil; therefore he saw Jesus; and he did

minister unto him.

Ether 3:21

 21 And it came to pass that the Lord said unto the brother of

Jared: Behold, thou shalt not suffer these things which ye have

seen and heard to go forth unto the world, until the time cometh

that I shall glorify my name in the flesh; wherefore, ye shall

treasure up the things which ye have seen and heard, and show it

to no man.

Ether 3:22

 22 And behold, when ye shall come unto me, ye shall write them

and shall seal them up, that no one can interpret them; for ye

shall write them in a language that they cannot be read.

Ether 3:23

 23 And behold, these two stones will I give unto thee, and ye

shall seal them up also with the things which ye shall write.

Ether 3:24

 24 For behold, the language which ye shall write I have

confounded; wherefore I will cause in my own due time that these

stones shall magnify to the eyes of men these things which ye

shall write.

Ether 3:25

 25 And when the Lord had said these words, he showed unto the

brother of Jared all the inhabitants of the earth which had been,

and also all that would be; and he withheld them not from his

sight, even unto the ends of the earth.

Ether 3:26

 26 For he had said unto him in times before, that if he would

believe in him that he could show unto him all things–it should

be shown unto him; therefore the Lord could not withhold anything

from him, for he knew that the Lord could show him all things.

Ether 3:27

 27 And the Lord said unto him: Write these things and seal them

up; and I will show them in mine own due time unto the children

of men.

Ether 3:28

 28 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that he

should seal up the two stones which he had received, and show

them not, until the Lord should show them unto the children of

men.

Ether 4

Chapter 4

Ether 4:1

 1 And the Lord commanded the brother of Jared to go down out of

the mount from the presence of the Lord, and write the things

which he had seen; and they were forbidden to come unto the

children of men until after that he should be lifted up upon the

cross; and for this cause did king Mosiah keep them, that they

should not come unto the world until after Christ should show

himself unto his people.

Ether 4:2

 2 And after Christ truly had showed himself unto his people he

commanded that they should be made manifest.

Ether 4:3

 3 And now, after that, they have all dwindled in unbelief; and

there is none save it be the Lamanites, and they have rejected

the gospel of Christ; therefore I am commanded that I should hide

them up again in the earth.

Ether 4:4

 4 Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which

the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things

made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the

brother of Jared.

Ether 4:5

 5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have

written them.  And he commanded me that I should seal them up;

and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the

interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the

interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.

Ether 4:6

 6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the

Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity,

and become clean before the Lord.

Ether 4:7

 7 And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith

the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become

sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which

the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my

revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of

the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.

Ether 4:8

 8 And he that will contend against the word of the Lord, let him

be accursed; and he that shall deny these things, let him be

accursed; for unto them will I show no greater things, saith

Jesus Christ; for I am he who speaketh.

Ether 4:9

 9 And at my command the heavens are opened and are shut; and at

my word the earth shall shake; and at my command the inhabitants

thereof shall pass away, even so as by fire.

Ether 4:10

 10 And he that believeth not my words believeth not my

disciples; and if it so be that I do not speak, judge ye; for ye

shall know that it is I that speaketh, at the last day.

Ether 4:11

 11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him

will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall

know and bear record.  For because of my Spirit he shall know

that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.

Ether 4:12

 12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for

good cometh of none save it be of me.  I am the same that leadeth

men to all good; he that will not believe my words will not

believe me–that I am; and he that will not believe me will not

believe the Father who sent me.  For behold, I am the Father, I

am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world.

Ether 4:13

 13 Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the

greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of

unbelief.

Ether 4:14

 14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made

manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for

you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto

you, because of unbelief.

Ether 4:15

 15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth

cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and

hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great

and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation

of the world from you–yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in

my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye

know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made

unto your fathers, O house of Israel.

Ether 4:16

 16 And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be

written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the

people.  Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that

the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very

deed.

Ether 4:17

 17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that

the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the

land.

Ether 4:18

 18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me,

and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that

believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth

not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in

my name.

Ether 4:19

 19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the

last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom

prepared for him from the foundation of the world.  And behold it

is I that hath spoken it.  Amen.

Ether 5

Chapter 5

Ether 5:1

 1 And now I, Moroni, have written the words which were commanded

me, according to my memory; and I have told you the things which

I have sealed up; therefore touch them not in order that ye may

translate; for that thing is forbidden you, except by and by it

shall be wisdom in God.

Ether 5:2

 2 And behold, ye may be privileged that ye may show the plates

unto those who shall assist to bring forth this work;

Ether 5:3

 3 And unto three shall they be shown by the power of God;

wherefore they shall know of a surety that these things are true.

Ether 5:4

 4 And in the mouth of three witnesses shall these things be

established; and the testimony of three, and this work, in the

which shall be shown forth the power of God and also his word, of

which the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost bear

record–and all this shall stand as a testimony against the world

at the last day.

Ether 5:5

 5 And if it so be that they repent and come unto the Father in

the name of Jesus, they shall be received into the kingdom of

God.

Ether 5:6

 6 And now, if I have no authority for these things, judge ye;

for ye shall know that I have authority when ye shall see me, and

we shall stand before God at the last day.  Amen.

Ether 6

Chapter 6

Ether 6:1

 1 And now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of Jared and his

brother.

Ether 6:2

 2 For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the stones

which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the

brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth

the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end

thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels.

Ether 6:3

 3 And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give

light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross

the great waters in darkness.

Ether 6:4

 4 And it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of

food, that thereby they might subsist upon the water, and also

food for their flocks and herds, and whatsoever beast or animal

or fowl that they should carry with them–and it came to pass

that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their

vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending

themselves unto the Lord their God.

Ether 6:5

 5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should

be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the

promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the

sea before the wind.

Ether 6:6

 6 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the

depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon

them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused

by the fierceness of the wind.

Ether 6:7

 7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep

there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being

tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the

ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many

waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth

again upon the top of the waters.

Ether 6:8

 8 And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow

towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and

thus they were driven forth before the wind.

Ether 6:9

 9 And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of

Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise

the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not

cease to praise the Lord.

Ether 6:10

 10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea

could break them, neither whale that could mar them; and they did

have light continually, whether it was above the water or under

the water.

Ether 6:11

 11 And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and

four days upon the water.

Ether 6:12

 12 And they did land upon the shore of the promised land.  And

when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land

they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did

humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy

before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies

over them.

Ether 6:13

 13 And it came to pass that they went forth upon the face of the

land, and began to till the earth.

Ether 6:14

 14 And Jared had four sons; and they were called Jacom, and

Gilgah, and Mahah, and Orihah.

Ether 6:15

 15 And the brother of Jared also begat sons and daughters.

Ether 6:16

 16 And the friends of Jared and his brother were in number about

twenty and two souls; and they also begat sons and daughters

before they came to the promised land; and therefore they began

to be many.

Ether 6:17

 17 And they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they

were also taught from on high.

Ether 6:18

 18 And it came to pass that they began to spread upon the face

of the land, and to multiply and to till the earth; and they did

wax strong in the land.

Ether 6:19

 19 And the brother of Jared began to be old, and saw that he

must soon go down to the grave; wherefore he said unto Jared: Let

us gather together our people that we may number them, that we

may know of them what they will desire of us before we go down to

our graves.

Ether 6:20

 20 And accordingly the people were gathered together.  Now the

number of the sons and the daughters of the brother of Jared were

twenty and two souls; and the number of sons and daughters of

Jared were twelve, he having four sons.

Ether 6:21

 21 And it came to pass that they did number their people; and

after that they had numbered them, they did desire of them the

things which they would that they should do before they went down

to their graves.

Ether 6:22

 22 And it came to pass that the people desired of them that they

should anoint one of their sons to be a king over them.

Ether 6:23

 23 And now behold, this was grievous unto them.  And the brother

of Jared said unto them: Surely this thing leadeth into

captivity.

Ether 6:24

 24 But Jared said unto his brother: Suffer them that they may

have a king.  And therefore he said unto them: Choose ye out from

among our sons a king, even whom ye will.

Ether 6:25

 25 And it came to pass that they chose even the firstborn of the

brother of Jared; and his name was Pagag.  And it came to pass

that he refused and would not be their king.  And the people

would that his father should constrain him, but his father would

not; and he commanded them that they should constrain no man to

be their king.

Ether 6:26

 26 And it came to pass that they chose all the brothers of

Pagag, and they would not.

Ether 6:27

 27 And it came to pass that neither would the sons of Jared,

even all save it were one; and Orihah was anointed to be king

over the people.

Ether 6:28

 28 And he began to reign, and the people began to prosper; and

they became exceedingly rich.

Ether 6:29

 29 And it came to pass that Jared died, and his brother also.

Ether 6:30

 30 And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the

Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his

father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had

done for their fathers.

Ether 7

Chapter 7

Ether 7:1

 1 And it came to pass that Orihah did execute judgment upon the

land in righteousness all his days, whose days were exceedingly

many.

Ether 7:2

 2 And he begat sons and daughters; yea, he begat thirty and one,

among whom were twenty and three sons.

Ether 7:3

 3 And it came to pass that he also begat Kib in his old age.

And it came to pass that Kib reigned in his stead; and Kib begat

Corihor.

Ether 7:4

 4 And when Corihor was thirty and two years old he rebelled

against his father, and went over and dwelt in the land of Nehor;

and he begat sons and daughters, and they became exceedingly

fair; wherefore Corihor drew away many people after him.

Ether 7:5

 5 And when he had gathered together an army he came up unto the

land of Moron where the king dwelt, and took him captive, which

brought to pass the saying of the brother of Jared that they

would be brought into captivity.

Ether 7:6

 6 Now the land of Moron, where the king dwelt, was near the land

which is called Desolation by the Nephites.

Ether 7:7

 7 And it came to pass that Kib dwelt in captivity, and his

people under Corihor his son, until he became exceedingly old;

nevertheless Kib begat Shule in his old age, while he was yet in

captivity.

Ether 7:8

 8 And it came to pass that Shule was angry with his brother; and

Shule waxed strong, and became mighty as to the strength of a

man; and he was also mighty in judgment.

Ether 7:9

 9 Wherefore, he came to the hill Ephraim, and he did molten out

of the hill, and made swords out of steel for those whom he had

drawn away with him; and after he had armed them with swords he

returned to the city Nehor and gave battle unto his brother

Corihor, by which means he obtained the kingdom and restored it

unto his father Kib.

Ether 7:10

 10 And now because of the thing which Shule had done, his father

bestowed upon him the kingdom; therefore he began to reign in the

stead of his father.

Ether 7:11

 11 And it came to pass that he did execute judgment in

righteousness; and he did spread his kingdom upon all the face of

the land, for the people had become exceedingly numerous.

Ether 7:12

 12 And it came to pass that Shule also begat many sons and

daughters.

Ether 7:13

 13 And Corihor repented of the many evils which he had done;

wherefore Shule gave him power in his kingdom.

Ether 7:14

 14 And it came to pass that Corihor had many sons and daughters.

And among the sons of Corihor there was one whose name was Noah.

Ether 7:15

 15 And it came to pass that Noah rebelled against Shule, the

king, and also his father Corihor, and drew away Cohor his

brother, and also all his brethren and many of the people.

Ether 7:16

 16 And he gave battle unto Shule the king, in which he did

obtain the land of their first inheritance; and he became a king

over that part of the land.

Ether 7:17

 17 And it came to pass that he gave battle again unto Shule, the

king; and he took Shule, the king, and carried him away captive

into Moron.

Ether 7:18

 18 And it came to pass as he was about to put him to death, the

sons of Shule crept into the house of Noah by night and slew him,

and broke down the door of the prison and brought out their

father, and placed him upon his throne in his own kingdom.

Ether 7:19

 19 Wherefore, the son of Noah did build up his kingdom in his

stead; nevertheless they did not gain power any more over Shule

the king, and the people who were under the reign of Shule the

king did prosper exceedingly and wax great.

Ether 7:20

 20 And the country was divided; and there were two kingdoms, the

kingdom of Shule, and the kingdom of Cohor, the son of Noah.

Ether 7:21

 21 And Cohor, the son of Noah, caused that his people should

give battle unto Shule, in which Shule did beat them and did slay

Cohor.

Ether 7:22

 22 And now Cohor had a son who was called Nimrod; and Nimrod

gave up the kingdom of Cohor unto Shule, and he did gain favor in

the eyes of Shule; wherefore Shule did bestow great favors upon

him, and he did do in the kingdom of Shule according to his

desires.

Ether 7:23

 23 And also in the reign of Shule there came prophets among the

people, who were sent from the Lord, prophesying that the

wickedness and idolatry of the people was bringing a curse upon

the land, and they should be destroyed if they did not repent.

Ether 7:24

 24 And it came to pass that the people did revile against the

prophets, and did mock them.  And it came to pass that king Shule

did execute judgment against all those who did revile against the

prophets.

Ether 7:25

 25 And he did execute a law throughout all the land, which gave

power unto the prophets that they should go whithersoever they

would; and by this cause the people were brought unto repentance.

Ether 7:26

 26 And because the people did repent of their iniquities and

idolatries the Lord did spare them, and they began to prosper

again in the land.  And it came to pass that Shule begat sons and

daughters in his old age.

Ether 7:27

 27 And there were no more wars in the days of Shule; and he

remembered the great things that the Lord had done for his

fathers in bringing them across the great deep into the promised

land; wherefore he did execute judgment in righteousness all his

days.

Ether 8

Chapter 8

Ether 8:1

 1 And it came to pass that he begat Omer, and Omer reigned in

his stead.  And Omer begat Jared; and Jared begat sons and

daughters.

Ether 8:2

 2 And Jared rebelled against his father, and came and dwelt in

the land of Heth.  And it came to pass that he did flatter many

people, because of his cunning words, until he had gained the

half of the kingdom.

Ether 8:3

 3 And when he had gained the half of the kingdom he gave battle

unto his father, and he did carry away his father into captivity,

and did make him serve in captivity;

Ether 8:4

 4 And now, in the days of the reigns of Omer he was in captivity

the half of his days.  And it came to pass that he begat sons and

daughters among whom were Esrom and Coriantumr;

Ether 8:5

 5 And they were exceedingly angry because of the doings of Jared

their brother, insomuch that they did raise an army and gave

battle unto Jared.  And it came to pass that they did give battle

unto him by night.

Ether 8:6

 6 And it came to pass that when they had slain the army of Jared

they were about to slay him also; and he plead with them that

they would not slay him, and he would give up the kingdom unto

his father.  And it came to pass that they did grant unto him his

life.

Ether 8:7

 7 And now Jared became exceedingly sorrowful because of the loss

of the kingdom, for he had set his heart upon the kingdom and

upon the glory of the world.

Ether 8:8

 8 Now the daughter of Jared being exceedingly expert, and seeing

the sorrows of her father, thought to devise a plan whereby she

could redeem the kingdom unto her father.

Ether 8:9

 9 Now the daughter of Jared was exceedingly fair.  And it came

to pass that she did talk with her father, and said unto him:

Whereby hath my father so much sorrow?  Hath he not read the

record which our fathers brought across the great deep?  Behold,

is there not an account concerning them of old, that they by

their secret plans did obtain kingdoms and great glory?

Ether 8:10

 10 And now, therefore, let my father send for Akish, the son of

Kimnor; and behold, I am fair, and I will dance before him, and I

will please him, that he will desire me to wife; wherefore if he

shall desire of thee that ye shall give unto him me to wife, then

shall ye say: I will give her if ye will bring unto me the head

of my father, the king.

Ether 8:11

 11 And now Omer was a friend to Akish; wherefore, when Jared had

sent for Akish, the daughter of Jared danced before him that she

pleased him, insomuch that he desired her to wife.  And it came

to pass that he said unto Jared: Give her unto me to wife.

Ether 8:12

 12 And Jared said unto him: I will give her unto you, if ye will

bring unto me the head of my father, the king.

Ether 8:13

 13 And it came to pass that Akish gathered in unto the house of

Jared all his kinsfolk, and said unto them: Will ye swear unto me

that ye will be faithful unto me in the thing which I shall

desire of you?

Ether 8:14

 14 And it came to pass that they all sware unto him, by the God

of heaven, and also by the heavens, and also by the earth, and by

their heads, that whoso should vary from the assistance which

Akish desired should lose his head; and whoso should divulge

whatsoever thing Akish made known unto them, the same should lose

his life.

Ether 8:15

 15 And it came to pass that thus they did agree with Akish.  And

Akish did administer unto them the oaths which were given by them

of old who also sought power, which had been handed down even

from Cain, who was a murderer from the beginning.

Ether 8:16

 16 And they were kept up by the power of the devil to administer

these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help

such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to

plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and

whoredoms.

Ether 8:17

 17 And it was the daughter of Jared who put it into his heart to

search up these things of old; and Jared put it into the heart of

Akish; wherefore, Akish administered it unto his kindred and

friends, leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever

thing he desired.

Ether 8:18

 18 And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination,

even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and

wicked above all, in the sight of God;

Ether 8:19

 19 For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth

he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath

forbidden it, from the beginning of man.

Ether 8:20

 20 And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and

combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are

had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.

Ether 8:21

 21 And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I

am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.

Ether 8:22

 22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations,

to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation,

behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer

that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall

always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and

yet he avenge them not.

Ether 8:23

 23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these

things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of

your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall

get above you, which are built up to get power and gain–and the

work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even

the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you,

to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things

to be.

Ether 8:24

 24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these

things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your

awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall

be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who

have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon

it, and also upon those who built it up.

Ether 8:25

 25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to

overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and

it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is

built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that

same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same

liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who

hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the

prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

Ether 8:26

 26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that

evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may

have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that

they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come

unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

Ether 9

Chapter 9

Ether 9:1

 1 And now I, Moroni, proceed with my record.  Therefore, behold,

it came to pass that because of the secret combinations of Akish

and his friends, behold, they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer.

Ether 9:2

 2 Nevertheless, the Lord was merciful unto Omer, and also to his

sons and to his daughters who did not seek his destruction.

Ether 9:3

 3 And the Lord warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out

of the land; wherefore Omer departed out of the land with his

family, and traveled many days, and came over and passed by the

hill of Shim, and came over by the place where the Nephites were

destroyed, and from thence eastward, and came to a place which

was called Ablom, by the seashore, and there he pitched his tent,

and also his sons and his daughters, and all his household, save

it were Jared and his family.

Ether 9:4

 4 And it came to pass that Jared was anointed king over the

people, by the hand of wickedness; and he gave unto Akish his

daughter to wife.

Ether 9:5

 5 And it came to pass that Akish sought the life of his

father-in-law; and he applied unto those whom he had sworn by the

oath of the ancients, and they obtained the head of his

father-in-law, as he sat upon his throne, giving audience to his

people.

Ether 9:6

 6 For so great had been the spreading of this wicked and secret

society that it had corrupted the hearts of all the people;

therefore Jared was murdered upon his throne, and Akish reigned

in his stead.

Ether 9:7

 7 And it came to pass that Akish began to be jealous of his son,

therefore he shut him up in prison, and kept him upon little or

no food until he had suffered death.

Ether 9:8

 8 And now the brother of him that suffered death, (and his name

was Nimrah) was angry with his father because of that which his

father had done unto his brother.

Ether 9:9

 9 And it came to pass that Nimrah gathered together a small

number of men, and fled out of the land, and came over and dwelt

with Omer.

Ether 9:10

 10 And it came to pass that Akish begat other sons, and they won

the hearts of the people, notwithstanding they had sworn unto him

to do all manner of iniquity according to that which he desired.

Ether 9:11

 11 Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish

was desirous for power; wherefore, the sons of Akish did offer

them money, by which means they drew away the more part of the

people after them.

Ether 9:12

 12 And there began to be a war between the sons of Akish and

Akish, which lasted for the space of many years, yea, unto the

destruction of nearly all the people of the kingdom, yea, even

all, save it were thirty souls, and they who fled with the house

of Omer.

Ether 9:13

 13 Wherefore, Omer was restored again to the land of his

inheritance.

Ether 9:14

 14 And it came to pass that Omer began to be old; nevertheless,

in his old age he begat Emer; and he anointed Emer to be king to

reign in his stead.

Ether 9:15

 15 And after that he had anointed Emer to be king he saw peace

in the land for the space of two years, and he died, having seen

exceedingly many days, which were full of sorrow.  And it came to

pass that Emer did reign in his stead, and did fill the steps of

his father.

Ether 9:16

 16 And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land,

and the house of Emer did prosper exceedingly under the reign of

Emer; and in the space of sixty and two years they had become

exceedingly strong, insomuch that they became exceedingly rich–

Ether 9:17

 17 Having all manner of fruit, and of grain, and of silks, and

of fine linen, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious

things;

Ether 9:18

 18 And also all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of

sheep, and of swine, and of goats, and also many other kinds of

animals which were useful for the food of man.

Ether 9:19

 19 And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants

and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and

more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.

Ether 9:20

 20 And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land,

which was choice above all other lands; and he commanded that

whoso should possess the land should possess it unto the Lord, or

they should be destroyed when they were ripened in iniquity; for

upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness of my

wrath.

Ether 9:21

 21 And Emer did execute judgment in righteousness all his days,

and he begat many sons and daughters; and he begat Coriantum, and

he anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead.

Ether 9:22

 22 And after he had anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead he

lived four years, and he saw peace in the land; yea, and he even

saw the Son of Righteousness, and did rejoice and glory in his

day; and he died in peace.

Ether 9:23

 23 And it came to pass that Coriantum did walk in the steps of

his father, and did build many mighty cities, and did administer

that which was good unto his people in all his days.  And it came

to pass that he had no children even until he was exceedingly

old.

Ether 9:24

 24 And it came to pass that his wife died, being an hundred and

two years old.  And it came to pass that Coriantum took to wife,

in his old age, a young maid, and begat sons and daughters;

wherefore he lived until he was an hundred and forty and two

years old.

Ether 9:25

 25 And it came to pass that he begat Com, and Com reigned in his

stead; and he reigned forty and nine years, and he begat Heth;

and he also begat other sons and daughters.

Ether 9:26

 26 And the people had spread again over all the face of the

land, and there began again to be an exceedingly great wickedness

upon the face of the land, and Heth began to embrace the secret

plans again of old, to destroy his father.

Ether 9:27

 27 And it came to pass that he did dethrone his father, for he

slew him with his own sword; and he did reign in his stead.

Ether 9:28

 28 And there came prophets in the land again, crying repentance

unto them–that they must prepare the way of the Lord or there

should come a curse upon the face of the land; yea, even there

should be a great famine, in which they should be destroyed if

they did not repent.

Ether 9:29

 29 But the people believed not the words of the prophets, but

they cast them out; and some of them they cast into pits and left

them to perish.  And it came to pass that they did all these

things according to the commandment of the king, Heth.

Ether 9:30

 30 And it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth

upon the land, and the inhabitants began to be destroyed

exceedingly fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain

upon the face of the earth.

Ether 9:31

 31 And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of

the land, and did poison many people.  And it came to pass that

their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents, towards

the land southward, which was called by the Nephites Zarahemla.

Ether 9:32

 32 And it came to pass that there were many of them which did

perish by the way; nevertheless, there were some which fled into

the land southward.

Ether 9:33

 33 And it came to pass that the Lord did cause the serpents that

they should pursue them no more, but that they should hedge up

the way that the people could not pass, that whoso should attempt

to pass might fall by the poisonous serpents.

Ether 9:34

 34 And it came to pass that the people did follow the course of

the beasts, and did devour the carcasses of them which fell by

the way, until they had devoured them all.  Now when the people

saw that they must perish they began to repent of their

iniquities and cry unto the Lord.

Ether 9:35

 35 And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves

sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain upon the face of

the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began

to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries

round about.  And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in

preserving them from famine.

Ether 10

Chapter 10

Ether 10:1

 1 And it came to pass that Shez, who was a descendant of

Heth–for Heth had perished by the famine, and all his household

save it were Shez–wherefore, Shez began to build up again a

broken people.

Ether 10:2

 2 And it came to pass that Shez did remember the destruction of

his fathers, and he did build up a righteous kingdom; for he

remembered what the Lord had done in bringing Jared and his

brother across the deep; and he did walk in the ways of the Lord;

and he begat sons and daughters.

Ether 10:3

 3 And his eldest son, whose name was Shez, did rebel against

him; nevertheless, Shez was smitten by the hand of a robber,

because of his exceeding riches, which brought peace again unto

his father.

Ether 10:4

 4 And it came to pass that his father did build up many cities

upon the face of the land, and the people began again to spread

over all the face of the land.  And Shez did live to an

exceedingly old age; and he begat Riplakish.  And he died, and

Riplakish reigned in his stead.

Ether 10:5

 5 And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was

right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and

concubines, and did lay that upon men’s shoulders which was

grievous to be borne; yea, he did tax them with heavy taxes; and

with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings.

Ether 10:6

 6 And he did erect him an exceedingly beautiful throne; and he

did build many prisons, and whoso would not be subject unto taxes

he did cast into prison; and whoso was not able to pay taxes he

did cast into prison; and he did cause that they should labor

continually for their support; and whoso refused to labor he did

cause to be put to death.

Ether 10:7

 7 Wherefore he did obtain all his fine work, yea, even his fine

gold he did cause to be refined in prison, and all manner of fine

workmanship he did cause to be wrought in prison.  And it came to

pass that he did afflict the people with his whoredoms and

abominations.

Ether 10:8

 8 And when he had reigned for the space of forty and two years

the people did rise up in rebellion against him; and there began

to be war again in the land, insomuch that Riplakish was killed,

and his descendants were driven out of the land.

Ether 10:9

 9 And it came to pass after the space of many years, Morianton,

(he being a descendant of Riplakish) gathered together an army of

outcasts, and went forth and gave battle unto the people; and he

gained power over many cities; and the war became exceedingly

sore, and did last for the space of many years; and he did gain

power over all the land, and did establish himself king over all

the land.

Ether 10:10

 10 And after that he had established himself king he did ease

the burden of the people, by which he did gain favor in the eyes

of the people, and they did anoint him to be their king.

Ether 10:11

 11 And he did do justice unto the people, but not unto himself

because of his many whoredoms; wherefore he was cut off from the

presence of the Lord.

Ether 10:12

 12 And it came to pass that Morianton built up many cities, and

the people became exceedingly rich under his reign, both in

buildings, and in gold and silver, and in raising grain, and in

flocks, and herds, and such things which had been restored unto

them.

Ether 10:13

 13 And Morianton did live to an exceedingly great age, and then

he begat Kim; and Kim did reign in the stead of his father; and

he did reign eight years, and his father died.  And it came to

pass that Kim did not reign in righteousness, wherefore he was

not favored of the Lord.

Ether 10:14

 14 And his brother did rise up in rebellion against him, by

which he did bring him into captivity; and he did remain in

captivity all his days; and he begat sons and daughters in

captivity, and in his old age he begat Levi; and he died.

Ether 10:15

 15 And it came to pass that Levi did serve in captivity after

the death of his father, for the space of forty and two years.

And he did make war against the king of the land, by which he did

obtain unto himself the kingdom.

Ether 10:16

 16 And after he had obtained unto himself the kingdom he did

that which was right in the sight of the Lord; and the people did

prosper in the land; and he did live to a good old age, and begat

sons and daughters; and he also begat Corom, whom he anointed

king in his stead.

Ether 10:17

 17 And it came to pass that Corom did that which was good in the

sight of the Lord all his days; and he begat many sons and

daughters; and after he had seen many days he did pass away, even

like unto the rest of the earth; and Kish reigned in his stead.

Ether 10:18

 18 And it came to pass that Kish passed away also, and Lib

reigned in his stead.

Ether 10:19

 19 And it came to pass that Lib also did that which was good in

the sight of the Lord.  And in the days of Lib the poisonous

serpents were destroyed.  Wherefore they did go into the land

southward, to hunt food for the people of the land, for the land

was covered with animals of the forest.  And Lib also himself

became a great hunter.

Ether 10:20

 20 And they built a great city by the narrow neck of land, by

the place where the sea divides the land.

Ether 10:21

 21 And they did preserve the land southward for a wilderness, to

get game.  And the whole face of the land northward was covered

with inhabitants.

Ether 10:22

 22 And they were exceedingly industrious, and they did buy and

sell and traffic one with another, that they might get gain.

Ether 10:23

 23 And they did work in all manner of ore, and they did make

gold, and silver, and iron, and brass, and all manner of metals;

and they did dig it out of the earth; wherefore they did cast up

mighty heaps of earth to get ore, of gold, and of silver, and of

iron, and of copper.  And they did work all manner of fine work.

Ether 10:24

 24 And they did have silks, and fine-twined linen; and they did

work all manner of cloth, that they might clothe themselves from

their nakedness.

Ether 10:25

 25 And they did make all manner of tools to till the earth, both

to plow and to sow, to reap and to hoe, and also to thrash.

Ether 10:26

 26 And they did make all manner of tools with which they did

work their beasts.

Ether 10:27

 27 And they did make all manner of weapons of war.  And they did

work all manner of work of exceedingly curious workmanship.

Ether 10:28

 28 And never could be a people more blessed than were they, and

more prospered by the hand of the Lord.  And they were in a land

that was choice above all lands, for the Lord had spoken it.

Ether 10:29

 29 And it came to pass that Lib did live many years, and begat

sons and daughters; and he also begat Hearthom.

Ether 10:30

 30 And it came to pass that Hearthom reigned in the stead of his

father.  And when Hearthom had reigned twenty and four years,

behold, the kingdom was taken away from him.  And he served many

years in captivity, yea, even all the remainder of his days.

Ether 10:31

 31 And he begat Heth, and Heth lived in captivity all his days.

And Heth begat Aaron, and Aaron dwelt in captivity all his days;

and he begat Amnigaddah, and Amnigaddah also dwelt in captivity

all his days; and he begat Coriantum, and Coriantum dwelt in

captivity all his days; and he begat Com.

Ether 10:32

 32 And it came to pass that Com drew away the half of the

kingdom.  And he reigned over the half of the kingdom forty and

two years; and he went to battle against the king, Amgid, and

they fought for the space of many years, during which time Com

gained power over Amgid, and obtained power over the remainder of

the kingdom.

Ether 10:33

 33 And in the days of Com there began to be robbers in the land;

and they adopted the old plans, and administered oaths after the

manner of the ancients, and sought again to destroy the kingdom.

Ether 10:34

 34 Now Com did fight against them much; nevertheless, he did not

prevail against them.

Ether 11

Chapter 11

Ether 11:1

 1 And there came also in the days of Com many prophets, and

prophesied of the destruction of that great people except they

should repent, and turn unto the Lord, and forsake their murders

and wickedness.

Ether 11:2

 2 And it came to pass that the prophets were rejected by the

people, and they fled unto Com for protection, for the people

sought to destroy them.

Ether 11:3

 3 And they prophesied unto Com many things; and he was blessed

in all the remainder of his days.

Ether 11:4

 4 And he lived to a good old age, and begat Shiblom; and Shiblom

reigned in his stead.  And the brother of Shiblom rebelled

against him, and there began to be an exceedingly great war in

all the land.

Ether 11:5

 5 And it came to pass that the brother of Shiblom caused that

all the prophets who prophesied of the destruction of the people

should be put to death;

Ether 11:6

 6 And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had

testified that a great curse should come upon the land, and also

upon the people, and that there should be a great destruction

among them, such an one as never had been upon the face of the

earth, and their bones should become as heaps of earth upon the

face of the land except they should repent of their wickedness.

Ether 11:7

 7 And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord, because of

their wicked combinations; wherefore, there began to be wars and

contentions in all the land, and also many famines and

pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an

one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; and all

this came to pass in the days of Shiblom.

Ether 11:8

 8 And the people began to repent of their iniquity; and inasmuch

as they did the Lord did have mercy on them.

Ether 11:9

 9 And it came to pass that Shiblom was slain, and Seth was

brought into captivity, and did dwell in captivity all his days.

Ether 11:10

 10 And it came to pass that Ahah, his son, did obtain the

kingdom; and he did reign over the people all his days.  And he

did do all manner of iniquity in his days, by which he did cause

the shedding of much blood; and few were his days.

Ether 11:11

 11 And Ethem, being a descendant of Ahah, did obtain the

kingdom; and he also did do that which was wicked in his days.

Ether 11:12

 12 And it came to pass that in the days of Ethem there came many

prophets, and prophesied again unto the people; yea, they did

prophesy that the Lord would utterly destroy them from off the

face of the earth except they repented of their iniquities.

Ether 11:13

 13 And it came to pass that the people hardened their hearts,

and would not hearken unto their words; and the prophets mourned

and withdrew from among the people.

Ether 11:14

 14 And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in

wickedness all his days; and he begat Moron.  And it came to pass

that Moron did reign in his stead; and Moron did that which was

wicked before the Lord.

Ether 11:15

 15 And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the

people, because of that secret combination which was built up to

get power and gain; and there arose a mighty man among them in

iniquity, and gave battle unto Moron, in which he did overthrow

the half of the kingdom; and he did maintain the half of the

kingdom for many years.

Ether 11:16

 16 And it came to pass that Moron did overthrow him, and did

obtain the kingdom again.

Ether 11:17

 17 And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man; and

he was a descendant of the brother of Jared.

Ether 11:18

 18 And it came to pass that he did overthrow Moron and obtain

the kingdom; wherefore, Moron dwelt in captivity all the

remainder of his days; and he begat Coriantor.

Ether 11:19

 19 And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his

days.

Ether 11:20

 20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets,

and prophesied of great and marvelous things, and cried

repentance unto the people, and except they should repent the

Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter

destruction;

Ether 11:21

 21 And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another

people to possess the land, by his power, after the manner by

which he brought their fathers.

Ether 11:22

 22 And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of

their secret society and wicked abominations.

Ether 11:23

 23 And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether, and he died,

having dwelt in captivity all his days.

Ether 12

Chapter 12

Ether 12:1

 1 And it came to pass that the days of Ether were in the days of

Coriantumr; and Coriantumr was king over all the land.

Ether 12:2

 2 And Ether was a prophet of the Lord; wherefore Ether came

forth in the days of Coriantumr, and began to prophesy unto the

people, for he could not be restrained because of the Spirit of

the Lord which was in him.

Ether 12:3

 3 For he did cry from the morning, even until the going down of

the sun, exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance

lest they should be destroyed, saying unto them that by faith all

things are fulfilled–

Ether 12:4

 4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a

better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which

hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which

would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good

works, being led to glorify God.

Ether 12:5

 5 And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and

marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe,

because they saw them not.

Ether 12:6

 6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these

things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which

are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see

not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your

faith.

Ether 12:7

 7 For it was by faith that Christ showed himself unto our

fathers, after he had risen from the dead; and he showed not

himself unto them until after they had faith in him; wherefore,

it must needs be that some had faith in him, for he showed

himself not unto the world.

Ether 12:8

 8 But because of the faith of men he has shown himself unto the

world, and glorified the name of the Father, and prepared a way

that thereby others might be partakers of the heavenly gift, that

they might hope for those things which they have not seen.

Ether 12:9

 9 Wherefore, ye may also have hope, and be partakers of the

gift, if ye will but have faith.

Ether 12:10

 10 Behold it was by faith that they of old were called after the

holy order of God.

Ether 12:11

 11 Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given.  But in the

gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is

by faith that it hath been fulfilled.

Ether 12:12

 12 For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do

no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until

after their faith.

Ether 12:13

 13 Behold, it was the faith of Alma and Amulek that caused the

prison to tumble to the earth.

Ether 12:14

 14 Behold, it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the

change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and

with the Holy Ghost.

Ether 12:15

 15 Behold, it was the faith of Ammon and his brethren which

wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites.

Ether 12:16

 16 Yea, and even all they who wrought miracles wrought them by

faith, even those who were before Christ and also those who were

after.

Ether 12:17

 17 And it was by faith that the three disciples obtained a

promise that they should not taste of death; and they obtained

not the promise until after their faith.

Ether 12:18

 18 And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after

their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God.

Ether 12:19

 19 And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong,

even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the

veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had

beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad.

Ether 12:20

 20 And behold, we have seen in this record that one of these was

the brother of Jared; for so great was his faith in God, that

when God put forth his finger he could not hide it from the sight

of the brother of Jared, because of his word which he had spoken

unto him, which word he had obtained by faith.

Ether 12:21

 21 And after the brother of Jared had beheld the finger of the

Lord, because of the promise which the brother of Jared had

obtained by faith, the Lord could not withhold anything from his

sight; wherefore he showed him all things, for he could no longer

be kept without the veil.

Ether 12:22

 22 And it is by faith that my fathers have obtained the promise

that these things should come unto their brethren through the

Gentiles; therefore the Lord hath commanded me, yea, even Jesus

Christ.

Ether 12:23

 23 And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these

things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast

made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty

in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could

speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;

Ether 12:24

 24 And thou hast made us that we could write but little, because

of the awkwardness of our hands.  Behold, thou hast not made us

mighty in writing like unto the brother of Jared, for thou madest

him that the things which he wrote were mighty even as thou art,

unto the overpowering of man to read them.

Ether 12:25

 25 Thou hast also made our words powerful and great, even that

we cannot write them; wherefore, when we write we behold our

weakness, and stumble because of the placing of our words; and I

fear lest the Gentiles shall mock at our words.

Ether 12:26

 26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying:

Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for

the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

Ether 12:27

 27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness.

I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is

sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if

they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will

I make weak things become strong unto them.

Ether 12:28

 28 Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness and I

will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto

me–the fountain of all righteousness.

Ether 12:29

 29 And I, Moroni, having heard these words, was comforted, and

said: O Lord, thy righteous will be done, for I know that thou

workest unto the children of men according to their faith;

Ether 12:30

 30 For the brother of Jared said unto the mountain Zerin,

Remove–and it was removed.  And if he had not had faith it would

not have moved; wherefore thou workest after men have faith.

Ether 12:31

 31 For thus didst thou manifest thyself unto thy disciples; for

after they had faith, and did speak in thy name, thou didst show

thyself unto them in great power.

Ether 12:32

 32 And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast

prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy

Father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; wherefore

man must hope, or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place

which thou hast prepared.

Ether 12:33

 33 And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast

loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the

world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for

the children of men.

Ether 12:34

 34 And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the

children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have

charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared

in the mansions of thy Father.

Ether 12:35

 35 Wherefore, I know by this thing which thou hast said, that if

the Gentiles have not charity, because of our weakness, that thou

wilt prove them, and take away their talent, yea, even that which

they have received, and give unto them who shall have more

abundantly.

Ether 12:36

 36 And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would

give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity.

Ether 12:37

 37 And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have

not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful;

wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean.  And because thou

hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the

sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions

of my Father.

Ether 12:38

 38 And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the Gentiles, yea, and

also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the

judgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my

garments are not spotted with your blood.

Ether 12:39

 39 And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he

hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain

humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language,

concerning these things;

Ether 12:40

 40 And only a few have I written, because of my weakness in

writing.

Ether 12:41

 41 And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the

prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the

Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which

beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever.  Amen.

Ether 13

Chapter 13

Ether 13:1

 1 And now I, Moroni, proceed to finish my record concerning the

destruction of the people of whom I have been writing.

Ether 13:2

 2 For behold, they rejected all the words of Ether; for he truly

told them of all things, from the beginning of man; and that

after the waters had receded from off the face of this land it

became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the

Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him

who dwell upon the face thereof;

Ether 13:3

 3 And that it was the place of the New Jerusalem, which should

come down out of heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord.

Ether 13:4

 4 Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and he spake concerning

a New Jerusalem upon this land.

Ether 13:5

 5 And he spake also concerning the house of Israel, and the

Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come–after it should be

destroyed it should be built up again, a holy city unto the Lord;

wherefore, it could not be a new Jerusalem for it had been in a

time of old; but it should be built up again, and become a holy

city of the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of

Israel.

Ether 13:6

 6 And that a New Jerusalem should be built upon this land, unto

the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for which things there has

been a type.

Ether 13:7

 7 For as Joseph brought his father down into the land of Egypt,

even so he died there; wherefore, the Lord brought a remnant of

the seed of Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, that he might be

merciful unto the seed of Joseph that they should perish not,

even as he was merciful unto the father of Joseph that he should

perish not.

Ether 13:8

 8 Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built

upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and

they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the

Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the

end come when the earth shall pass away.

Ether 13:9

 9 And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth; and they

shall be like unto the old save the old have passed away, and all

things have become new.

Ether 13:10

 10 And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who

dwell therein, for it is they whose garments are white through

the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who are numbered among

the remnant of the seed of Joseph, who were of the house of

Israel.

Ether 13:11

 11 And then also cometh the Jerusalem of old; and the

inhabitants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been washed

in the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who were scattered

and gathered in from the four quarters of the earth, and from the

north countries, and are partakers of the fulfilling of the

covenant which God made with their father, Abraham.

Ether 13:12

 12 And when these things come, bringeth to pass the scripture

which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last;

and there are they who were last, who shall be first.

Ether 13:13

 13 And I was about to write more, but I am forbidden; but great

and marvelous were the prophecies of Ether; but they esteemed him

as naught, and cast him out; and he hid himself in the cavity of

a rock by day, and by night he went forth viewing the things

which should come upon the people.

Ether 13:14

 14 And as he dwelt in the cavity of a rock he made the remainder

of his record, viewing the destructions which came upon the

people, by night.

Ether 13:15

 15 And it came to pass that in that same year in which he was

cast out from among the people there began to be a great war

among the people, for there were many who rose up, who were

mighty men, and sought to destroy Coriantumr by their secret

plans of wickedness, of which hath been spoken.

Ether 13:16

 16 And now Coriantumr, having studied, himself, in all the arts

of war and all the cunning of the world, wherefore he gave battle

unto them who sought to destroy him.

Ether 13:17

 17 But he repented not, neither his fair sons nor daughters;

neither the fair sons and daughters of Cohor; neither the fair

sons and daughters of Corihor; and in fine, there were none of

the fair sons and daughters upon the face of the whole earth who

repented of their sins.

Ether 13:18

 18 Wherefore, it came to pass that in the first year that Ether

dwelt in the cavity of a rock, there were many people who were

slain by the sword of those secret combinations, fighting against

Coriantumr that they might obtain the kingdom.

Ether 13:19

 19 And it came to pass that the sons of Coriantumr fought much

and bled much.

Ether 13:20

 20 And in the second year the word of the Lord came to Ether,

that he should go and prophesy unto Coriantumr that, if he would

repent, and all his household, the Lord would give unto him his

kingdom and spare the people–

Ether 13:21

 21 Otherwise they should be destroyed, and all his household

save it were himself.  And he should only live to see the

fulfilling of the prophecies which had been spoken concerning

another people receiving the land for their inheritance; and

Coriantumr should receive a burial by them; and every soul should

be destroyed save it were Coriantumr.

Ether 13:22

 22 And it came to pass that Coriantumr repented not, neither his

household, neither the people; and the wars ceased not; and they

sought to kill Ether, but he fled from before them and hid again

in the cavity of the rock.

Ether 13:23

 23 And it came to pass that there arose up Shared, and he also

gave battle unto Coriantumr; and he did beat him, insomuch that

in the third year he did bring him into captivity.

Ether 13:24

 24 And the sons of Coriantumr, in the fourth year, did beat

Shared, and did obtain the kingdom again unto their father.

Ether 13:25

 25 Now there began to be a war upon all the face of the land,

every man with his band fighting for that which he desired.

Ether 13:26

 26 And there were robbers, and in fine, all manner of wickedness

upon all the face of the land.

Ether 13:27

 27 And it came to pass that Coriantumr was exceedingly angry

with Shared, and he went against him with his armies to battle;

and they did meet in great anger, and they did meet in the valley

of Gilgal; and the battle became exceedingly sore.

Ether 13:28

 28 And it came to pass that Shared fought against him for the

space of three days.  And it came to pass that Coriantumr beat

him, and did pursue him until he came to the plains of Heshlon.

Ether 13:29

 29 And it came to pass that Shared gave him battle again upon

the plains; and behold, he did beat Coriantumr, and drove him

back again to the valley of Gilgal.

Ether 13:30

 30 And Coriantumr gave Shared battle again in the valley of

Gilgal, in which he beat Shared and slew him.

Ether 13:31

 31 And Shared wounded Coriantumr in his thigh, that he did not

go to battle again for the space of two years, in which time all

the people upon the face of the land were shedding blood, and

there was none to restrain them.

Ether 14

Chapter 14

Ether 14:1

 1 And now there began to be a great curse upon all the land

because of the iniquity of the people, in which, if a man should

lay his tool or his sword upon his shelf, or upon the place

whither he would keep it, behold, upon the morrow, he could not

find it, so great was the curse upon the land.

Ether 14:2

 2 Wherefore every man did cleave unto that which was his own,

with his hands, and would not borrow neither would he lend; and

every man kept the hilt of his sword in his right hand, in the

defence of his property and his own life and of his wives and

children.

Ether 14:3

 3 And now, after the space of two years, and after the death of

Shared, behold, there arose the brother of Shared and he gave

battle unto Coriantumr, in which Coriantumr did beat him and did

pursue him to the wilderness of Akish.

Ether 14:4

 4 And it came to pass that the brother of Shared did give battle

unto him in the wilderness of Akish; and the battle became

exceedingly sore, and many thousands fell by the sword.

Ether 14:5

 5 And it came to pass that Coriantumr did lay siege to the

wilderness; and the brother of Shared did march forth out of the

wilderness by night, and slew a part of the army of Coriantumr,

as they were drunken.

Ether 14:6

 6 And he came forth to the land of Moron, and placed himself

upon the throne of Coriantumr.

Ether 14:7

 7 And it came to pass that Coriantumr dwelt with his army in the

wilderness for the space of two years, in which he did receive

great strength to his army.

Ether 14:8

 8 Now the brother of Shared, whose name was Gilead, also

received great strength to his army, because of secret

combinations.

Ether 14:9

 9 And it came to pass that his high priest murdered him as he

sat upon his throne.

Ether 14:10

 10 And it came to pass that one of the secret combinations

murdered him in a secret pass, and obtained unto himself the

kingdom; and his name was Lib; and Lib was a man of great

stature, more than any other man among all the people.

Ether 14:11

 11 And it came to pass that in the first year of Lib, Coriantumr

came up unto the land of Moron, and gave battle unto Lib.

Ether 14:12

 12 And it came to pass that he fought with Lib, in which Lib did

smite upon his arm that he was wounded; nevertheless, the army of

Coriantumr did press forward upon Lib, that he fled to the

borders upon the seashore.

Ether 14:13

 13 And it came to pass that Coriantumr pursued him; and Lib gave

battle unto him upon the seashore.

Ether 14:14

 14 And it came to pass that Lib did smite the army of

Coriantumr, that they fled again to the wilderness of Akish.

Ether 14:15

 15 And it came to pass that Lib did pursue him until he came to

the plains of Agosh.  And Coriantumr had taken all the people

with him as he fled before Lib in that quarter of the land

whither he fled.

Ether 14:16

 16 And when he had come to the plains of Agosh he gave battle

unto Lib, and he smote upon him until he died; nevertheless, the

brother of Lib did come against Coriantumr in the stead thereof,

and the battle became exceedingly sore, in the which Coriantumr

fled again before the army of the brother of Lib.

Ether 14:17

 17 Now the name of the brother of Lib was called Shiz.  And it

came to pass that Shiz pursued after Coriantumr, and he did

overthrow many cities, and he did slay both women and children,

and he did burn the cities.

Ether 14:18

 18 And there went a fear of Shiz throughout all the land; yea, a

cry went forth throughout the land–Who can stand before the army

of Shiz?  Behold, he sweepeth the earth before him!

Ether 14:19

 19 And it came to pass that the people began to flock together

in armies, throughout all the face of the land.

Ether 14:20

 20 And they were divided; and a part of them fled to the army of

Shiz, and a part of them fled to the army of Coriantumr.

Ether 14:21

 21 And so great and lasting had been the war, and so long had

been the scene of bloodshed and carnage, that the whole face of

the land was covered with the bodies of the dead.

Ether 14:22

 22 And so swift and speedy was the war that there was none left

to bury the dead, but they did march forth from the shedding of

blood to the shedding of blood, leaving the bodies of both men,

women, and children strewed upon the face of the land, to become

a prey to the worms of the flesh.

Ether 14:23

 23 And the scent thereof went forth upon the face of the land,

even upon all the face of the land; wherefore the people became

troubled by day and by night, because of the scent thereof.

Ether 14:24

 24 Nevertheless, Shiz did not cease to pursue Coriantumr; for he

had sworn to avenge himself upon Coriantumr of the blood of his

brother, who had been slain, and the word of the Lord which came

to Ether that Coriantumr should not fall by the sword.

Ether 14:25

 25 And thus we see that the Lord did visit them in the fulness

of his wrath, and their wickedness and abominations had prepared

a way for their everlasting destruction.

Ether 14:26

 26 And it came to pass that Shiz did pursue Coriantumr eastward,

even to the borders by the seashore, and there he gave battle

unto Shiz for the space of three days.

Ether 14:27

 27 And so terrible was the destruction among the armies of Shiz

that the people began to be frightened, and began to flee before

the armies of Coriantumr; and they fled to the land of Corihor,

and swept off the inhabitants before them, all them that would

not join them.

Ether 14:28

 28 And they pitched their tents in the valley of Corihor; and

Coriantumr pitched his tents in the valley of Shurr.  Now the

valley of Shurr was near the hill Comnor; wherefore, Coriantumr

did gather his armies together upon the hill Comnor, and did

sound a trumpet unto the armies of Shiz to invite them forth to

battle.

Ether 14:29

 29 And it came to pass that they came forth, but were driven

again; and they came the second time, and they were driven again

the second time.  And it came to pass that they came again the

third time, and the battle became exceedingly sore.

Ether 14:30

 30 And it came to pass that Shiz smote upon Coriantumr that he

gave him many deep wounds; and Coriantumr, having lost his blood,

fainted, and was carried away as though he were dead.

Ether 14:31

 31 Now the loss of men, women and children on both sides was so

great that Shiz commanded his people that they should not pursue

the armies of Coriantumr; wherefore, they returned to their camp.

Ether 15

Chapter 15

Ether 15:1

 1 And it came to pass when Coriantumr had recovered of his

wounds, he began to remember the words which Ether had spoken

unto him.

Ether 15:2

 2 He saw that there had been slain by the sword already nearly

two millions of his people, and he began to sorrow in his heart;

yea, there had been slain two millions of mighty men, and also

their wives and their children.

Ether 15:3

 3 He began to repent of the evil which he had done; he began to

remember the words which had been spoken by the mouth of all the

prophets, and he saw them that they were fulfilled thus far,

every whit; and his soul mourned and refused to be comforted.

Ether 15:4

 4 And it came to pass that he wrote an epistle unto Shiz,

desiring him that he would spare the people, and he would give up

the kingdom for the sake of the lives of the people.

Ether 15:5

 5 And it came to pass that when Shiz had received his epistle he

wrote an epistle unto Coriantumr, that if he would give himself

up, that he might slay him with his own sword, that he would

spare the lives of the people.

Ether 15:6

 6 And it came to pass that the people repented not of their

iniquity; and the people of Coriantumr were stirred up to anger

against the people of Shiz; and the people of Shiz were stirred

up to anger against the people of Coriantumr; wherefore, the

people of Shiz did give battle unto the people of Coriantumr.

Ether 15:7

 7 And when Coriantumr saw that he was about to fall he fled

again before the people of Shiz.

Ether 15:8

 8 And it came to pass that he came to the waters of Ripliancum,

which, by interpretation, is large, or to exceed all; wherefore,

when they came to these waters they pitched their tents; and Shiz

also pitched his tents near unto them; and therefore on the

morrow they did come to battle.

Ether 15:9

 9 And it came to pass that they fought an exceedingly sore

battle, in which Coriantumr was wounded again, and he fainted

with the loss of blood.

Ether 15:10

 10 And it came to pass that the armies of Coriantumr did press

upon the armies of Shiz that they beat them, that they caused

them to flee before them; and they did flee southward, and did

pitch their tents in a place which was called Ogath.

Ether 15:11

 11 And it came to pass that the army of Coriantumr did pitch

their tents by the hill Ramah; and it was that same hill where my

father Mormon did hide up the records unto the Lord, which were

sacred.

Ether 15:12

 12 And it came to pass that they did gather together all the

people upon all the face of the land, who had not been slain,

save it was Ether.

Ether 15:13

 13 And it came to pass that Ether did behold all the doings of

the people; and he beheld that the people who were for Coriantumr

were gathered together to the army of Coriantumr; and the people

who were for Shiz were gathered together to the army of Shiz.

Ether 15:14

 14 Wherefore, they were for the space of four years gathering

together the people, that they might get all who were upon the

face of the land, and that they might receive all the strength

which it was possible that they could receive.

Ether 15:15

 15 And it came to pass that when they were all gathered

together, every one to the army which he would, with their wives

and their children–both men women and children being armed with

weapons of war, having shields, and breastplates, and

head-plates, and being clothed after the manner of war–they did

march forth one against another to battle; and they fought all

that day, and conquered not.

Ether 15:16

 16 And it came to pass that when it was night they were weary,

and retired to their camps; and after they had retired to their

camps they took up a howling and a lamentation for the loss of

the slain of their people; and so great were their cries, their

howlings and lamentations, that they did rend the air

exceedingly.

Ether 15:17

 17 And it came to pass that on the morrow they did go again to

battle, and great and terrible was that day; nevertheless, they

conquered not, and when the night came again they did rend the

air with their cries, and their howlings, and their mournings,

for the loss of the slain of their people.

Ether 15:18

 18 And it came to pass that Coriantumr wrote again an epistle

unto Shiz, desiring that he would not come again to battle, but

that he would take the kingdom, and spare the lives of the

people.

Ether 15:19

 19 And behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with

them, and Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for

they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the

blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed; wherefore

they went again to battle.

Ether 15:20

 20 And it came to pass that they fought all that day, and when

the night came they slept upon their swords.

Ether 15:21

 21 And on the morrow they fought even until the night came.

Ether 15:22

 22 And when the night came they were drunken with anger, even as

a man who is drunken with wine; and they slept again upon their

swords.

Ether 15:23

 23 And on the morrow they fought again; and when the night came

they had all fallen by the sword save it were fifty and two of

the people of Coriantumr, and sixty and nine of the people of

Shiz.

Ether 15:24

 24 And it came to pass that they slept upon their swords that

night, and on the morrow they fought again, and they contended in

their might with their swords and with their shields, all that

day.

Ether 15:25

 25 And when the night came there were thirty and two of the

people of Shiz, and twenty and seven of the people of Coriantumr.

Ether 15:26

 26 And it came to pass that they ate and slept, and prepared for

death on the morrow.  And they were large and mighty men as to

the strength of men.

Ether 15:27

 27 And it came to pass that they fought for the space of three

hours, and they fainted with the loss of blood.

Ether 15:28

 28 And it came to pass that when the men of Coriantumr had

received sufficient strength that they could walk, they were

about to flee for their lives; but behold, Shiz arose, and also

his men, and he swore in his wrath that he would slay Coriantumr

or he would perish by the sword.

Ether 15:29

 29 Wherefore, he did pursue them, and on the morrow he did

overtake them; and they fought again with the sword.  And it came

to pass that when they had all fallen by the sword, save it were

Coriantumr and Shiz, behold Shiz had fainted with the loss of

blood.

Ether 15:30

 30 And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his

sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz.

Ether 15:31

 31 And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of

Shiz, that Shiz raised upon his hands and fell; and after that he

had struggled for breath, he died.

Ether 15:32

 32 And it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth, and

became as if he had no life.

Ether 15:33

 33 And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him: Go forth.

And he went forth, and beheld that the words of the Lord had all

been fulfilled; and he finished his record; (and the hundredth

part I have not written) and he hid them in a manner that the

people of Limhi did find them.

Ether 15:34

 34 Now the last words which are written by Ether are these:

Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the

will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that

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MORONI

THE BOOK OF MORONI

Moroni 1

Chapter 1

Moroni 1:1

 1 Now I, Moroni, after having made an end of abridging the

account of the people of Jared, I had supposed not to have

written more, but I have not as yet perished; and I make not

myself known to the Lamanites lest they should destroy me.

Moroni 1:2

 2 For behold, their wars are exceedingly fierce among

themselves; and because of their hatred they put to death every

Nephite that will not deny the Christ.

Moroni 1:3

 3 And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander

whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life.

Moroni 1:4

 4 Wherefore, I write a few more things, contrary to that which I

had supposed; for I had supposed not to have written any more;

but I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth

unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to

the will of the Lord.

Moroni 2

Chapter 2

Moroni 2:1

 1 The words of Christ, which he spake unto his disciples, the

twelve whom he had chosen, as he laid his hands upon them–

Moroni 2:2

 2 And he called them by name, saying: Ye shall call on the

Father in my name, in mighty prayer; and after ye have done this

ye shall have power that to him upon whom ye shall lay your

hands, ye shall give the Holy Ghost; and in my name shall ye give

it, for thus do mine apostles.

Moroni 2:3

 3 Now Christ spake these words unto them at the time of his

first appearing; and the multitude heard it not, but the

disciples heard it; and on as many as they laid their hands, fell

the Holy Ghost.

Moroni 3

Chapter 3

Moroni 3:1

 1 The manner which the disciples, who were called the elders of

the church, ordained priests and teachers–

Moroni 3:2

 2 After they had prayed unto the Father in the name of Christ,

they laid their hands upon them, and said:

Moroni 3:3

 3 In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a priest, (or,

if he be a teacher) I ordain you to be a teacher, to preach

repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the

endurance of faith on his name to the end.  Amen.

Moroni 3:4

 4 And after this manner did they ordain priests and teachers,

according to the gifts and callings of God unto men; and they

ordained them by the power of the Holy Ghost, which was in them.

Moroni 4

Chapter 4

Moroni 4:1

 1 The manner of their elders and priests administering the flesh

and blood of Christ unto the church; and they administered it

according to the commandments of Christ; wherefore we know the

manner to be true; and the elder or priest did minister it–

Moroni 4:2

 2 And they did kneel down with the church, and pray to the

Father in the name of Christ, saying:

Moroni 4:3

 3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son,

Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of

all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of

the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal

Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy

Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he

hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with

them.  Amen.

Moroni 5

Chapter 5

Moroni 5:1

 1 The manner of administering the wine–Behold, they took the

cup, and said:

Moroni 5:2

 2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy

Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls

of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance

of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may

witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always

remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them.

Amen.

Moroni 6

Chapter 6

Moroni 6:1

 1 And now I speak concerning baptism.  Behold, elders, priests,

and teachers were baptized; and they were not baptized save they

brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it.

Moroni 6:2

 2 Neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth

with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnessed unto the

church that they truly repented of all their sins.

Moroni 6:3

 3 And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them

the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the

end.

Moroni 6:4

 4 And after they had been received unto baptism, and were

wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they

were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their

names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by

the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them

continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits

of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.

Moroni 6:5

 5 And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and

to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.

Moroni 6:6

 6 And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine,

in remembrance of the Lord Jesus.

Moroni 6:7

 7 And they were strict to observe that there should be no

iniquity among them; and whoso was found to commit iniquity, and

three witnesses of the church did condemn them before the elders,

and if they repented not, and confessed not, their names were

blotted out, and they were not numbered among the people of

Christ.

Moroni 6:8

 8 But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real

intent, they were forgiven.

Moroni 6:9

 9 And their meetings were conducted by the church after the

manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the

Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether

to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to

sing, even so it was done.

Moroni 7

Chapter 7

Moroni 7:1

 1 And now I, Moroni, write a few of the words of my father

Mormon, which he spake concerning faith, hope, and charity; for

after this manner did he speak unto the people, as he taught them

in the synagogue which they had built for the place of worship.

Moroni 7:2

 2 And now I, Mormon, speak unto you, my beloved brethren; and it

is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and

his holy will, because of the gift of his calling unto me, that I

am permitted to speak unto you at this time.

Moroni 7:3

 3 Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are of the church, that

are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a

sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord,

from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven.

Moroni 7:4

 4 And now my brethren, I judge these things of you because of

your peaceable walk with the children of men.

Moroni 7:5

 5 For I remember the word of God, which saith by their works ye

shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good

also.

Moroni 7:6

 6 For behold, God hath said a man being evil cannot do that

which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God,

except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing.

Moroni 7:7

 7 For behold, it is not counted unto him for righteousness.

Moroni 7:8

 8 For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it

grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he

had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God.

Moroni 7:9

 9 And likewise also is it counted evil unto a man, if he shall

pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him

nothing, for God receiveth none such.

Moroni 7:10

 10 Wherefore, a man being evil cannot do that which is good;

neither will he give a good gift.

Moroni 7:11

 11 For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water;

neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore,

a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if

he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil.

Moroni 7:12

 12 Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that

which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto

God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and

enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.

Moroni 7:13

 13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do

good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and

enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is

inspired of God.

Moroni 7:14

 14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not

judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and

of God to be of the devil.

Moroni 7:15

 15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that

ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain,

that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is

from the dark night.

Moroni 7:16

 16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that

he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to

judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade

to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of

Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of

God.

Moroni 7:17

 17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe

not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know

with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this

manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good,

no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject

themselves unto him.

Moroni 7:18

 18 And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which

ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do

not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge

ye shall also be judged.

Moroni 7:19

 19 Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search

diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from

evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn

it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.

Moroni 7:20

 20 And now, my brethren, how is it possible that ye can lay hold

upon every good thing?

Moroni 7:21

 21 And now I come to that faith, of which I said I would speak;

and I will tell you the way whereby ye may lay hold on every good

thing.

Moroni 7:22

 22 For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to

everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children

of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in

Christ there should come every good thing.

Moroni 7:23

 23 And God also declared unto prophets, by his own mouth, that

Christ should come.

Moroni 7:24

 24 And behold, there were divers ways that he did manifest

things unto the children of men, which were good; and all things

which are good cometh of Christ; otherwise men were fallen, and

there could no good thing come unto them.

Moroni 7:25

 25 Wherefore, by the ministering of angels, and by every word

which proceeded forth out of the mouth of God, men began to

exercise faith in Christ; and thus by faith, they did lay hold

upon every good thing; and thus it was until the coming of

Christ.

Moroni 7:26

 26 And after that he came men also were saved by faith in his

name; and by faith, they become the sons of God.  And as sure as

Christ liveth he spake these words unto our fathers, saying:

Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is

good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall

be done unto you.

Moroni 7:27

 27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because

Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right

hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he

hath upon the children of men?

Moroni 7:28

 28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all

those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will

cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause

of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.

Moroni 7:29

 29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have

miracles ceased?  Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels

ceased to minister unto the children of men.

Moroni 7:30

 30 For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according

to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of

strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.

Moroni 7:31

 31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto

repentance, and to fulfill and to do the work of the covenants of

the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to

prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word

of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear

testimony of him.

Moroni 7:32

 32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the

residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may

have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and

after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants

which he hath made unto the children of men.

Moroni 7:33

 33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall

have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.

Moroni 7:34

 34 And he hath said: Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come

unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that

ye may be saved.

Moroni 7:35

 35 And now, my beloved brethren, if this be the case that these

things are true which I have spoken unto you, and God will show

unto you, with power and great glory at the last day, that they

are true, and if they are true has the day of miracles ceased?

Moroni 7:36

 36 Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men?  Or

has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them?  Or will

he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or

there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved?

Moroni 7:37

 37 Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles

are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister

unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the

children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.

Moroni 7:38

 38 For no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ,

save they shall have faith in his name; wherefore, if these

things have ceased, then has faith ceased also; and awful is the

state of man, for they are as though there had been no redemption

made.

Moroni 7:39

 39 But behold, my beloved brethren, I judge better things of

you, for I judge that ye have faith in Christ because of your

meekness; for if ye have not faith in him then ye are not fit to

be numbered among the people of his church.

Moroni 7:40

 40 And again, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you

concerning hope.  How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save

ye shall have hope?

Moroni 7:41

 41 And what is it that ye shall hope for?  Behold I say unto you

that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the

power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and

this because of your faith in him according to the promise.

Moroni 7:42

 42 Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for

without faith there cannot be any hope.

Moroni 7:43

 43 And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith

and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.

Moroni 7:44

 44 If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable

before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be

meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy

Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for

if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs

have charity.

Moroni 7:45

 45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and

is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,

thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in

the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all

things, endureth all things.

Moroni 7:46

 46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye

are nothing, for charity never faileth.  Wherefore, cleave unto

charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail–

Moroni 7:47

 47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth

forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it

shall be well with him.

Moroni 7:48

 48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all

the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which

he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son,

Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he

shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is;

that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is

pure.  Amen.

Moroni 8

Chapter 8

Moroni 8:1

 1 An epistle of my father Mormon, written to me, Moroni; and it

was written unto me soon after my calling to the ministry.  And

on this wise did he write unto me, saying:

Moroni 8:2

 2 My beloved son, Moroni, I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord

Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you, and hath called you to his

ministry, and to his holy work.

Moroni 8:3

 3 I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying

unto God the Father in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that

he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep you

through the endurance of faith on his name to the end.

Moroni 8:4

 4 And now, my son, I speak unto you concerning that which

grieveth me exceedingly; for it grieveth me that there should

disputations rise among you.

Moroni 8:5

 5 For, if I have learned the truth, there have been disputations

among you concerning the baptism of your little children.

Moroni 8:6

 6 And now, my son, I desire that ye should labor diligently,

that this gross error should be removed from among you; for, for

this intent I have written this epistle.

Moroni 8:7

 7 For immediately after I had learned these things of you I

inquired of the Lord concerning the matter.  And the word of the

Lord came to me by the power of the Holy Ghost, saying:

Moroni 8:8

 8 Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and

your God.  Behold, I came into the world not to call the

righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician,

but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for

they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of

Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them;

and the law of circumcision is done away in me.

Moroni 8:9

 9 And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of

God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn

mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.

Moroni 8:10

 10 Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye

teach–repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and

capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must

repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little

children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.

Moroni 8:11

 11 And their little children need no repentance, neither

baptism.  Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling

the commandments unto the remission of sins.

Moroni 8:12

 12 But little children are alive in Christ, even from the

foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and

also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many

little children have died without baptism!

Moroni 8:13

 13 Wherefore, if little children could not be saved without

baptism, these must have gone to an endless hell.

Moroni 8:14

 14 Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little

children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the

bonds of iniquity, for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity;

wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go

down to hell.

Moroni 8:15

 15 For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one

child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he

hath no baptism.

Moroni 8:16

 16 Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after

this manner, for they shall perish except they repent.  Behold, I

speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not

what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear.

Moroni 8:17

 17 And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love;

wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love

little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and

partakers of salvation.

Moroni 8:18

 18 For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a

changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all

eternity.

Moroni 8:19

 19 Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful

wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, for they

are all alive in him because of his mercy.

Moroni 8:20

 20 And he that saith that little children need baptism denieth

the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him

and the power of his redemption.

Moroni 8:21

 21 Wo unto such, for they are in danger of death, hell, and an

endless torment.  I speak it boldly; God hath commanded me.

Listen unto them and give heed, or they stand against you at the

judgment-seat of Christ.

Moroni 8:22

 22 For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and

also all they that are without the law.  For the power of

redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he

that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation,

cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing–

Moroni 8:23

 23 But it is mockery before God, denying the mercies of Christ,

and the power of his Holy Spirit, and putting trust in dead

works.

Moroni 8:24

 24 Behold, my son, this thing ought not to be; for repentance is

unto them that are under condemnation and under the curse of a

broken law.

Moroni 8:25

 25 And the first fruits of repentance is baptism; and baptism

cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments; and the

fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins;

Moroni 8:26

 26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of

heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the

visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope

and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer,

until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with

God.

Moroni 8:27

 27 Behold, my son, I will write unto you again if I go not out

soon against the Lamanites.  Behold, the pride of this nation, or

the people of the Nephites, hath proven their destruction except

they should repent.

Moroni 8:28

 28 Pray for them, my son, that repentance may come unto them.

But behold, I fear lest the Spirit hath ceased striving with

them; and in this part of the land they are also seeking to put

down all power and authority which cometh from God; and they are

denying the Holy Ghost.

Moroni 8:29

 29 And after rejecting so great a knowledge, my son, they must

perish soon, unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which were

spoken by the prophets, as well as the words of our Savior

himself.

Moroni 8:30

 30 Farewell, my son, until I shall write unto you, or shall meet

you again.  Amen.

Moroni 9

Chapter 9

Moroni 9:1

 1 My beloved son, I write unto you again that ye may know that I

am yet alive; but I write somewhat of that which is grievous.

Moroni 9:2

 2 For behold, I have had a sore battle with the Lamanites, in

which we did not conquer; and Archeantus has fallen by the sword,

and also Luram and Emron; yea, and we have lost a great number of

our choice men.

Moroni 9:3

 3 And now behold, my son, I fear lest the Lamanites shall

destroy this people; for they do not repent, and Satan stirreth

them up continually to anger one with another.

Moroni 9:4

 4 Behold, I am laboring with them continually; and when I speak

the word of God with sharpness they tremble and anger against me;

and when I use no sharpness they harden their hearts against it;

wherefore, I fear lest the Spirit of the Lord hath ceased

striving with them.

Moroni 9:5

 5 For so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they

have no fear of death; and they have lost their love, one towards

another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually.

Moroni 9:6

 6 And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let

us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should

be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform

whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy

of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.

Moroni 9:7

 7 And now I write somewhat concerning the sufferings of this

people.  For according to the knowledge which I have received

from Amoron, behold, the Lamanites have many prisoners, which

they took from the tower of Sherrizah; and there were men, women,

and children.

Moroni 9:8

 8 And the husbands and fathers of those women and children they

have slain; and they feed the women upon the flesh of their

husbands, and the children upon the flesh of their fathers; and

no water, save a little, do they give unto them.

Moroni 9:9

 9 And notwithstanding this great abomination of the Lamanites,

it doth not exceed that of our people in Moriantum.  For behold,

many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners;

and after depriving them of that which was most dear and precious

above all things, which is chastity and virtue–

Moroni 9:10

 10 And after they had done this thing, they did murder them in a

most cruel manner, torturing their bodies even unto death; and

after they have done this, they devour their flesh like unto wild

beasts, because of the hardness of their hearts; and they do it

for a token of bravery.

Moroni 9:11

 11 O my beloved son, how can a people like this, that are

without civilization–

Moroni 9:12

 12 (And only a few years have passed away, and they were a civil

and a delightsome people)

Moroni 9:13

 13 But O my son, how can a people like this, whose delight is in

so much abomination–

Moroni 9:14

 14 How can we expect that God will stay his hand in judgment

against us?

Moroni 9:15

 15 Behold, my heart cries: Wo unto this people.  Come out in

judgment, O God, and hide their sins, and wickedness, and

abominations from before thy face!

Moroni 9:16

 16 And again, my son, there are many widows and their daughters

who remain in Sherrizah; and that part of the provisions which

the Lamanites did not carry away, behold, the army of Zenephi has

carried away, and left them to wander whithersoever they can for

food; and many old women do faint by the way and die.

Moroni 9:17

 17 And the army which is with me is weak; and the armies of the

Lamanites are betwixt Sherrizah and me; and as many as have fled

to the army of Aaron have fallen victims to their awful

brutality.

Moroni 9:18

 18 O the depravity of my people!  They are without order and

without mercy.  Behold, I am but a man, and I have but the

strength of a man, and I cannot any longer enforce my commands.

Moroni 9:19

 19 And they have become strong in their perversion; and they are

alike brutal, sparing none, neither old nor young; and they

delight in everything save that which is good; and the suffering

of our women and our children upon all the face of this land doth

exceed everything; yea, tongue cannot tell, neither can it be

written.

Moroni 9:20

 20 And now, my son, I dwell no longer upon this horrible scene.

Behold, thou knowest the wickedness of this people; thou knowest

that they are without principle, and past feeling; and their

wickedness doth exceed that of the Lamanites.

Moroni 9:21

 21 Behold, my son, I cannot recommend them unto God lest he

should smite me.

Moroni 9:22

 22 But behold, my son, I recommend thee unto God, and I trust in

Christ that thou wilt be saved; and I pray unto God that he will

spare thy life, to witness the return of his people unto him, or

their utter destruction; for I know that they must perish except

they repent and return unto him.

Moroni 9:23

 23 And if they perish it will be like unto the Jaredites,

because of the wilfulness of their hearts, seeking for blood and

revenge.

Moroni 9:24

 24 And if it so be that they perish, we know that many of our

brethren have deserted over unto the Lamanites, and many more

will also desert over unto them; wherefore, write somewhat a few

things, if thou art spared and I shall perish and not see thee;

but I trust that I may see thee soon; for I have sacred records

that I would deliver up unto thee.

Moroni 9:25

 25 My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I

have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may

Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the

showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and

long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life,

rest in your mind forever.

Moroni 9:26

 26 And may the grace of God the Father, whose throne is high in

the heavens, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who sitteth on the right

hand of his power, until all things shall become subject unto

him, be, and abide with you forever.  Amen.

Moroni 10

Chapter 10

Moroni 10:1

 1 Now I, Moroni, write somewhat as seemeth me good; and I write

unto my brethren, the Lamanites; and I would that they should

know that more than four hundred and twenty years have passed

away since the sign was given of the coming of Christ.

Moroni 10:2

 2 And I seal up these records, after I have spoken a few words

by way of exhortation unto you.

Moroni 10:3

 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these

things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye

would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children

of men, from the creation of Adam even down unto the time that ye

shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

Moroni 10:4

 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you

that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ,

if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere

heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest

the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Moroni 10:5

 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of

all things.

Moroni 10:6

 6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore,

nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that

he is.

Moroni 10:7

 7 And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost;

wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God;

for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children

of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.

Moroni 10:8

 8 And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the

gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God.

And there are different ways that these gifts are administered;

but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given

by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit

them.

Moroni 10:9

 9 For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may

teach the word of wisdom;

Moroni 10:10

 10 And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by

the same Spirit;

Moroni 10:11

 11 And to another, exceedingly great faith; and to another, the

gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

Moroni 10:12

 12 And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles;

Moroni 10:13

 13 And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all

things;

Moroni 10:14

 14 And again, to another, the beholding of angels and

ministering spirits;

Moroni 10:15

 15 And again, to another, all kinds of tongues;

Moroni 10:16

 16 And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of

divers kinds of tongues.

Moroni 10:17

 17 And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they

come unto every man severally, according as he will.

Moroni 10:18

 18 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember

that every good gift cometh of Christ.

Moroni 10:19

 19 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember

that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all

these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never

will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only

according to the unbelief of the children of men.

Moroni 10:20

 20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith

there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must

also be charity.

Moroni 10:21

 21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the

kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if

ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.

Moroni 10:22

 22 And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair; and

despair cometh because of iniquity.

Moroni 10:23

 23 And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye

can do all things which are expedient unto me.

Moroni 10:24

 24 And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth–that if the

day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be done away

among you, it shall be because of unbelief.

Moroni 10:25

 25 And wo be unto the children of men if this be the case; for

there shall be none that doeth good among you, no not one.  For

if there be one among you that doeth good, he shall work by the

power and gifts of God.

Moroni 10:26

 26 And wo unto them who shall do these things away and die, for

they die in their sins, and they cannot be saved in the kingdom

of God; and I speak it according to the words of Christ; and I

lie not.

Moroni 10:27

 27 And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time

speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall

see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did

I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man,

like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out

of the dust?

Moroni 10:28

 28 I declare these things unto the fulfilling of the prophecies.

And behold, they shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the

everlasting God; and his word shall hiss forth from generation to

generation.

Moroni 10:29

 29 And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written

is true.

Moroni 10:30

 30 And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ,

and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift,

nor the unclean thing.

Moroni 10:31

 31 And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put

on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy

stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more

be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he

hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.

Moroni 10:32

 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny

yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of

all ungodliness and love God with all your might, mind and

strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace

ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are

perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

Moroni 10:33

 33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ,

and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the

grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which

is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins,

that ye become holy, without spot.

Moroni 10:34

 34 And now I bid unto all, farewell.  I soon go to rest in the

paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite,

and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you

before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge

of both quick and dead.  Amen.

13-The Book Of Helaman

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.

Helaman 1

Chapter 1

Helaman 1:1

 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.

Helaman 1:2

 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.

Helaman 1:3

 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.

Helaman 1:4

 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.

Helaman 1:5

 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.

Helaman 1:6

 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.

Helaman 1:7

 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.

Helaman 1:8

 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.

Helaman 1:9

 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.

Helaman 1:10

 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.

Helaman 1:11

 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.

Helaman 1:12

 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 had 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.

Helaman 1:13

 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.

Helaman 1:14

 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.

Helaman 1:15

 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.

Helaman 1:16

 16 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–

Helaman 1:17

 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.

Helaman 1:18

 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.

Helaman 1:19

 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.

Helaman 1:20

 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.

Helaman 1:21

 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.

Helaman 1:22

 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.

Helaman 1:23

 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.

Helaman 1:24

 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.

Helaman 1:25

 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.

Helaman 1:26

 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.

Helaman 1:27

 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.

Helaman 1:28

 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

Helaman 1:29

 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.

Helaman 1:30

 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.

Helaman 1:31

 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.

Helaman 1:32

 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.

Helaman 1:33

 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.

Helaman 1:34

 34 And thus ended the forty and first year of the reign of the

judges.

Helaman 2

Chapter 2

Helaman 2:1

 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.

Helaman 2:2

 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.

Helaman 2:3

 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.

Helaman 2:4

 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.

Helaman 2:5

 5 Therefore he did flatter them, and also Kishkumen, that if

they would place him in the judgment-seat he would grant unto

those who belonged to his band that they should be placed in

power and authority among the people; therefore Kishkumen sought

to destroy Helaman.

Helaman 2:6

 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–

Helaman 2:7

 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.

Helaman 2:8

 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.

Helaman 2:9

 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.

Helaman 2:10

 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.

Helaman 2:11

 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.

Helaman 2:12

 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.

Helaman 2:13

 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.

Helaman 2:14

 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

Chapter 3

Helaman 3:1

 1 And now it came to pass in the forty and third year of the

reign of the judges, 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.

Helaman 3:2

 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.

Helaman 3:3

 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.

Helaman 3:4

 4 And they did travel to an exceedingly great distance, insomuch

that they came to large bodies of water and many rivers.

Helaman 3:5

 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.

Helaman 3:6

 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.

Helaman 3:7

 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.

Helaman 3:8

 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.

Helaman 3:9

 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.

Helaman 3:10

 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.

Helaman 3:11

 11 And thus they did enable the people in the land northward

that they might build many cities, both of wood and of cement.

Helaman 3:12

 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.

Helaman 3:13

 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.

Helaman 3:14

 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.

Helaman 3:15

 15 But behold, there are many books and many records of every

kind, and they have been kept chiefly by the Nephites.

Helaman 3:16

 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.

Helaman 3:17

 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.

Helaman 3:18

 18 The forty and sixth year of the reign of the judges ended;

Helaman 3:19

 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.

Helaman 3:20

 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.

Helaman 3:21

 21 And it came to pass that he had two sons.  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.

Helaman 3:22

 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.

Helaman 3:23

 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.

Helaman 3:24

 24 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.

Helaman 3:25

 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.

Helaman 3:26

 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.

Helaman 3:27

 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.

Helaman 3:28

 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.

Helaman 3:29

 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–

Helaman 3:30

 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.

Helaman 3:31

 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.

Helaman 3:32

 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.

Helaman 3:33

 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–

Helaman 3:34

 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.

Helaman 3:35

 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.

Helaman 3:36

 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.

Helaman 3:37

 37 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

Chapter 4

Helaman 4:1

 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.

Helaman 4:2

 2 And the rebellious part were slain and driven out of the land,

and they did go unto the king of the Lamanites.

Helaman 4:3

 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.

Helaman 4:4

 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.

Helaman 4:5

 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.

Helaman 4:6

 6 And the Nephites and the armies of Moronihah were driven even

into the land of Bountiful;

Helaman 4:7

 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.

Helaman 4:8

 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.

Helaman 4:9

 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.

Helaman 4:10

 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.

Helaman 4:11

 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.

Helaman 4:12

 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–

Helaman 4:13

 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.

Helaman 4:14

 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.

Helaman 4:15

 15 And it came to pass that they did repent, and inasmuch as

they did repent they did begin to prosper.

Helaman 4:16

 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.

Helaman 4:17

 17 And thus ended the sixty and first year of the reign of the

judges.

Helaman 4:18

 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.

Helaman 4:19

 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.

Helaman 4:20

 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.

Helaman 4:21

 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.

Helaman 4:22

 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.

Helaman 4:23

 23 And because of their iniquity the church had begun to

dwindle; 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.

Helaman 4:24

 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–

Helaman 4:25

 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.

Helaman 4:26

 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

Chapter 5

Helaman 5:1

 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.

Helaman 5:2

 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.

Helaman 5:3

 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.

Helaman 5:4

 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;

Helaman 5:5

 5 For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake

unto them.  And these are the words which he spake:

Helaman 5:6

 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 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.

Helaman 5:7

 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.

Helaman 5:8

 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; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life,

which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.

Helaman 5:9

 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.

Helaman 5:10

 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.

Helaman 5:11

 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.

Helaman 5:12

 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.

Helaman 5:13

 13 And it came to pass that these were the words which Helaman

taught to his sons; yea, he did teach them many things which are

not written, and also many things which are written.

Helaman 5:14

 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;

Helaman 5:15

 15 And from thenceforth to the city of Gid; and from the city of

Gid to the city of Mulek;

Helaman 5:16

 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.

Helaman 5:17

 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.

Helaman 5:18

 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–

Helaman 5:19

 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.

Helaman 5:20

 20 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did proceed from

thence to go to the land of Nephi.

Helaman 5:21

 21 And it came to pass that they were taken 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.

Helaman 5:22

 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.

Helaman 5:23

 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.

Helaman 5:24

 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.

Helaman 5:25

 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.

Helaman 5:26

 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.

Helaman 5:27

 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.

Helaman 5:28

 28 And it came to pass that they were overshadowed with a cloud

of darkness, and an awful solemn fear came upon them.

Helaman 5:29

 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.

Helaman 5:30

 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–

Helaman 5:31

 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–

Helaman 5:32

 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.

Helaman 5:33

 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.

Helaman 5:34

 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.

Helaman 5:35

 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.

Helaman 5:36

 36 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.

Helaman 5:37

 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.

Helaman 5:38

 38 And they said unto the man: Behold, what do all these things

mean, and who is it with whom these men do converse?

Helaman 5:39

 39 Now the man’s name was Aminadab.  And Aminadab said unto

them: They do converse with the angels of God.

Helaman 5:40

 40 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?

Helaman 5:41

 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.

Helaman 5:42

 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.

Helaman 5:43

 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.

Helaman 5:44

 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.

Helaman 5:45

 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.

Helaman 5:46

 46 And it came to pass that there came a voice unto them, yea, a

pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying:

Helaman 5:47

 47 Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well

Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world.

Helaman 5:48

 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.

Helaman 5:49

 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.

Helaman 5:50

 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.

Helaman 5:51

 51 And as many as were convinced did lay down their weapons of

war, and also their hatred and the tradition of their fathers.

Helaman 5:52

 52 And it came to pass that they did yield up unto the Nephites

the lands of their possession.

Helaman 6

Chapter 6

Helaman 6:1

 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.

Helaman 6:2

 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.

Helaman 6:3

 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.

Helaman 6:4

 4 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.

Helaman 6:5

 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.

Helaman 6:6

 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.

Helaman 6:7

 7 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.

Helaman 6:8

 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.

Helaman 6:9

 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.

Helaman 6:10

 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.

Helaman 6:11

 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.

Helaman 6:12

 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.

Helaman 6:13

 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.

Helaman 6:14

 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.

Helaman 6:15

 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.

Helaman 6:16

 16 And in the commencement of the sixty and seventh year the

people began to grow exceedingly wicked again.

Helaman 6:17

 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.

Helaman 6:18

 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.

Helaman 6:19

 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.

Helaman 6:20

 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.

Helaman 6:21

 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.

Helaman 6:22

 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.

Helaman 6:23

 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.

Helaman 6:24

 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.

Helaman 6:25

 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.

Helaman 6:26

 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–

Helaman 6:27

 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.

Helaman 6:28

 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.

Helaman 6:29

 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.

Helaman 6:30

 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.

Helaman 6:31

 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.

Helaman 6:32

 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.

Helaman 6:33

 33 And they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty and eighth

year also

Helaman 6:34

 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.

Helaman 6:35

 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.

Helaman 6:36

 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.

Helaman 6:37

 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.

Helaman 6:38

 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.

Helaman 6:39

 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.

Helaman 6:40

 40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and

ripening for an everlasting destruction.

Helaman 6:41

 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

Chapter 7

Helaman 7:1

 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.

Helaman 7:2

 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;

Helaman 7:3

 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.

Helaman 7:4

 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;

Helaman 7:5

 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–

Helaman 7:6

 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:

Helaman 7:7

 7 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–

Helaman 7:8

 8 Yea, if my days could have been in those days, then would my

soul have had joy in the righteousness of my brethren.

Helaman 7:9

 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.

Helaman 7:10

 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.

Helaman 7:11

 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.

Helaman 7:12

 12 And now, when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people

who had gathered together.

Helaman 7:13

 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?

Helaman 7:14

 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!

Helaman 7:15

 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.

Helaman 7:16

 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?

Helaman 7:17

 17 O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye

unto the Lord your God. Why has he forsaken you?

Helaman 7:18

 18 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.

Helaman 7:19

 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.

Helaman 7:20

 20 O, how could you have forgotten you God in the very day that

he has delivered you?

Helaman 7:21

 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.

Helaman 7:22

 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.

Helaman 7:23

 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 that 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.

Helaman 7:24

 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.

Helaman 7:25

 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!

Helaman 7:26

 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!

Helaman 7:27

 27 Yea, wo be unto you because of your wickedness and

abominations!

Helaman 7:28

 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.

Helaman 7:29

 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

Chapter 8

Helaman 8:1

 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?

Helaman 8:2

 2 Why seest thou this man, and hearest him revile against this

people and against our law?

Helaman 8:3

 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.

Helaman 8:4

 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.

Helaman 8:5

 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.

Helaman 8:6

 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.

Helaman 8:7

 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;

Helaman 8:8

 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;

Helaman 8:9

 9 Yea, and behold, if he had not been a prophet he could not

have testified concerning those things.

Helaman 8:10

 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.

Helaman 8:11

 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?

Helaman 8:12

 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?

Helaman 8:13

 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.

Helaman 8:14

 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.

Helaman 8:15

 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.

Helaman 8:16

 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.

Helaman 8:17

 17 Yea, and behold, Abraham saw of his coming, and was filled

with gladness and did rejoice.

Helaman 8:18

 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.

Helaman 8:19

 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.

Helaman 8:20

 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?

Helaman 8:21

 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–

Helaman 8:22

 22 Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he

testified of these things.  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.

Helaman 8:23

 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.

Helaman 8:24

 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.

Helaman 8:25

 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.

Helaman 8:26

 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.

Helaman 8:27

 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.

Helaman 8:28

 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

Chapter 9

Helaman 9:1

 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:

Helaman 9:2

 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.

Helaman 9:3

 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.

Helaman 9:4

 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.

Helaman 9:5

 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.

Helaman 9:6

 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;

Helaman 9:7

 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.

Helaman 9:8

 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.

Helaman 9:9

 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.

Helaman 9:10

 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.

Helaman 9:11

 11 And thus also those judges who were at the garden of Nephi,

and heard his words, were also gathered together at the burial.

Helaman 9:12

 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.

Helaman 9:13

 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:

Helaman 9:14

 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.

Helaman 9:15

 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.

Helaman 9:16

 16 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.

Helaman 9:17

 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.

Helaman 9:18

 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.

Helaman 9:19

 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–

Helaman 9:20

 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.

Helaman 9:21

 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?

Helaman 9:22

 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.

Helaman 9:23

 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.

Helaman 9:24

 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.

Helaman 9:25

 25 And now behold, I will show unto you another sign, and see if

ye will in this thing seek to destroy me.

Helaman 9:26

 26 Behold I say unto you: Go to the house of Seantum, who is the

brother of Seezoram, and say unto him–

Helaman 9:27

 27 Has Nephi, the pretended prophet, who doth prophesy so much

evil concerning this people, agreed with thee, in the which ye

have murdered Seezoram, who is your brother?

Helaman 9:28

 28 And behold, he shall say unto you, Nay.

Helaman 9:29

 29 And ye shall say unto him: Have ye murdered your brother?

Helaman 9:30

 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.

Helaman 9:31

 31 But behold, ye shall examine him, and ye shall find blood

upon the skirts of his cloak.

Helaman 9:32

 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?

Helaman 9:33

 33 And then shall he tremble, and shall look pale, even as if

death had come upon him.

Helaman 9:34

 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.

Helaman 9:35

 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.

Helaman 9:36

 36 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.

Helaman 9:37

 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.

Helaman 9:38

 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.

Helaman 9:39

 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.

Helaman 9:40

 40 And now there were some among the people, who said that Nephi

was a prophet.

Helaman 9:41

 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

Chapter 10

Helaman 10:1

 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.

Helaman 10:2

 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.

Helaman 10:3

 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:

Helaman 10:4

 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.

Helaman 10:5

 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.

Helaman 10:6

 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.

Helaman 10:7

 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.

Helaman 10:8

 8 And thus, if ye shall say unto this temple it shall be rent in

twain, it shall be done.

Helaman 10:9

 9 And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast down and

become smooth, it shall be done.

Helaman 10:10

 10 And behold, if ye shall say that God shall smite this people,

it shall come to pass.

Helaman 10:11

 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.

Helaman 10:12

 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.

Helaman 10:13

 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.

Helaman 10:14

 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.

Helaman 10:15

 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.

Helaman 10:16

 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.

Helaman 10:17

 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.

Helaman 10:18

 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.

Helaman 10:19

 19 And thus ended the seventy and first year of the reign of the

judges over the people of Nephi.

Helaman 11

Chapter 11

Helaman 11:1

 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.

Helaman 11:2

 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.

Helaman 11:3

 3 And it came to pass that in this year Nephi did cry unto the

Lord, saying:

Helaman 11:4

 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.

Helaman 11:5

 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.

Helaman 11:6

 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.

Helaman 11:7

 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.

Helaman 11:8

 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.

Helaman 11:9

 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:

Helaman 11:10

 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.

Helaman 11:11

 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.

Helaman 11:12

 12 O Lord, wilt thou turn away thine anger, yea, thy fierce

anger, and cause that this famine may cease in this land.

Helaman 11:13

 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.

Helaman 11:14

 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.

Helaman 11:15

 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.

Helaman 11:16

 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.

Helaman 11:17

 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.

Helaman 11:18

 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.

Helaman 11:19

 19 And behold, Lehi, his brother, was not a whit behind him as

to things pertaining to righteousness.

Helaman 11:20

 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.

Helaman 11:21

 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.

Helaman 11:22

 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.

Helaman 11:23

 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.

Helaman 11:24

 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.

Helaman 11:25

 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.

Helaman 11:26

 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.

Helaman 11:27

 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.

Helaman 11:28

 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.

Helaman 11:29

 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.

Helaman 11:30

 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.

Helaman 11:31

 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.

Helaman 11:32

 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.

Helaman 11:33

 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.

Helaman 11:34

 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.

Helaman 11:35

 35 And thus ended the eighty and first year of the reign of the

judges.

Helaman 11:36

 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.

Helaman 11:37

 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.

Helaman 11:38

 38 And thus ended the eighty and fifth year.

Helaman 12

Chapter 12

Helaman 12:1

 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.

Helaman 12:2

 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.

Helaman 12:3

 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.

Helaman 12:4

 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!

Helaman 12:5

 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!

Helaman 12:6

 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.

Helaman 12:7

 7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea,

even they are less than the dust of the earth.

Helaman 12:8

 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.

Helaman 12:9

 9 Yea, behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains

tremble and quake.

Helaman 12:10

 10 And by the power of his voice they are broken up, and become

smooth, yea, even like unto a valley.

Helaman 12:11

 11 Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake;

Helaman 12:12

 12 Yea, by the power of his voice, do the foundations rock, even

to the very center.

Helaman 12:13

 13 Yea, and if he say unto the earth–Move–it is moved.

Helaman 12:14

 14 Yea, if he say unto the earth–Thou shalt go back, that it

lengthen out the day for many hours–it is done;

Helaman 12:15

 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.

Helaman 12:16

 16 And behold, also, if he say unto the waters of the great

deep–Be thou dried up–it is done.

Helaman 12:17

 17 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.

Helaman 12:18

 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.

Helaman 12:19

 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.

Helaman 12:20

 20 And behold, if the Lord shall say unto a man–Because of

thine iniquities, thou shalt be accursed forever–it shall be

done.

Helaman 12:21

 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.

Helaman 12:22

 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.

Helaman 12:23

 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.

Helaman 12:24

 24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be

brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be

restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.

Helaman 12:25

 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;

Helaman 12:26

 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

Chapter 13

Helaman 13:1

 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.

Helaman 13:2

 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.

Helaman 13:3

 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.

Helaman 13:4

 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.

Helaman 13:5

 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.

Helaman 13:6

 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.

Helaman 13:7

 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.

Helaman 13:8

 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.

Helaman 13:9

 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.

Helaman 13:10

 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.

Helaman 13:11

 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.

Helaman 13:12

 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.

Helaman 13:13

 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.

Helaman 13:14

 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.

Helaman 13:15

 15 Yea, and wo be unto the city of Gideon, for the wickedness

and abominations which are in her.

Helaman 13:16

 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.

Helaman 13:17

 17 And behold, a curse shall come upon the land, saith the Lord

of Hosts, because of the people’s sake who are upon the land,

yea, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

Helaman 13:18

 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.

Helaman 13:19

 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.

Helaman 13:20

 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.

Helaman 13:21

 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.

Helaman 13:22

 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.

Helaman 13:23

 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.

Helaman 13:24

 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.

Helaman 13:25

 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.

Helaman 13:26

 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.

Helaman 13:27

 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.

Helaman 13:28

 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.

Helaman 13:29

 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?

Helaman 13:30

 30 Yea, behold, the anger of the Lord is already kindled against

you; behold, he hath cursed the land because of your iniquity.

Helaman 13:31

 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.

Helaman 13:32

 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:

Helaman 13:33

 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.

Helaman 13:34

 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.

Helaman 13:35

 35 Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away

from us, because of the curse of the land.

Helaman 13:36

 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.

Helaman 13:37

 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.

Helaman 13:38

 38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye 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.

Helaman 13:39

 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

Chapter 14

Helaman 14:1

 1 And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did

prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.

Helaman 14:2

 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.

Helaman 14:3

 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.

Helaman 14:4

 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.

Helaman 14:5

 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.

Helaman 14:6

 6 And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and

wonders in heaven.

Helaman 14:7

 7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and

wonder, insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth.

Helaman 14:8

 8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the

Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life.

Helaman 14:9

 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.

Helaman 14:10

 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.

Helaman 14:11

 11 And 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;

Helaman 14:12

 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.

Helaman 14:13

 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.

Helaman 14:14

 14 And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign

of his death.

Helaman 14:15

 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.

Helaman 14:16

 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.

Helaman 14:17

 17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind,

yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence

of the Lord.

Helaman 14:18

 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.

Helaman 14:19

 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.

Helaman 14:20

 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, to the time that he shall

rise again from the dead.

Helaman 14:21

 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;

Helaman 14:22

 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.

Helaman 14:23

 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.

Helaman 14:24

 24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall

become desolate.

Helaman 14:25

 25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of

their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.

Helaman 14:26

 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.

Helaman 14:27

 27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning

lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that

darkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space

of three days.

Helaman 14:28

 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–

Helaman 14:29

 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.

Helaman 14:30

 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.

Helaman 14:31

 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

Chapter 15

Helaman 15:1

 1 And now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare unto you that

except ye shall repent your houses shall be left unto you

desolate.

Helaman 15:2

 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 are with child, for they shall be heavy and cannot

flee; therefore, they shall be trodden down and shall be left to

perish.

Helaman 15:3

 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.

Helaman 15:4

 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.

Helaman 15:5

 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.

Helaman 15:6

 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.

Helaman 15:7

 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–

Helaman 15:8

 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.

Helaman 15:9

 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.

Helaman 15:10

 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–

Helaman 15:11

 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–

Helaman 15:12

 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.

Helaman 15:13

 13 And this is according to the prophecy, that they shall again

be brought to the true knowledge, which is knowledge of their

Redeemer, and their great and true shepherd, and be numbered

among his sheep.

Helaman 15:14

 14 Therefore I say unto you, it shall be better for them than

for you except ye repent.

Helaman 15:15

 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.

Helaman 15:16

 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.

Helaman 15:17

 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

Chapter 16

Helaman 16:1

 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.

Helaman 16:2

 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.

Helaman 16:3

 3 Now 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.

Helaman 16:4

 4 For behold, Nephi was baptizing, and prophesying, and

preaching, crying repentance unto the people, showing signs and

wonders, working miracles among the people, that they might know

that the Christ must shortly come–

Helaman 16:5

 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.

Helaman 16:6

 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.

Helaman 16:7

 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.

Helaman 16:8

 8 And behold, he was never heard of more among the Nephites; and

thus were the affairs of the people.

Helaman 16:9

 9 And thus ended the eighty and sixth year of the reign of the

judges over the people of Nephi.

Helaman 16:10

 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.

Helaman 16:11

 11 And these were the conditions also, in the eighty and eighth

year of the reign of the judges.

Helaman 16:12

 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.

Helaman 16:13

 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.

Helaman 16:14

 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.

Helaman 16:15

 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:

Helaman 16:16

 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.

Helaman 16:17

 17 And they began to reason and to contend among themselves,

saying:

Helaman 16:18

 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?

Helaman 16:19

 19 Yea, why will he not show himself in this land as well as in

the land of Jerusalem?

Helaman 16:20

 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.

Helaman 16:21

 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.

Helaman 16:22

 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.

Helaman 16:23

 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.

Helaman 16:24

 24 And thus ended the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges

over the people of Nephi.

Helaman 16:25

 25 And thus ended the book of Helaman, according to the record

of Helaman and his sons.

10-The Words Of Mormon

THE WORDS OF MORMON

Words of Mormon 1:1

 1 And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record which

I have been making into the hands of my son Moroni, behold I have

witnessed almost all the destruction of my people, the Nephites.

Words of Mormon 1:2

 2 And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ that I

deliver these records into the hands of my son; and it supposeth

me that he will witness the entire destruction of my people.  But

may God grant that he may survive them, that he may write

somewhat concerning them, and somewhat concerning Christ, that

perhaps some day it may profit them.

Words of Mormon 1:3

 3 And now, I speak somewhat concerning that which I have

written; for after I had made an abridgment from the plates of

Nephi, down to the reign of this king Benjamin, of whom Amaleki

spake, I searched among the records which had been delivered into

my hands, and I found these plates, which contained this small

account of the prophets, from Jacob down to the reign of this

king Benjamin, and also many of the words of Nephi.

Words of Mormon 1:4

 4 And the things which are upon these plates pleasing me,

because of the prophecies of the coming of Christ; and my fathers

knowing that many of them have been fulfilled; yea, and I also

know that as many things as have been prophesied concerning us

down to this day have been fulfilled, and as many as go beyond

this day must surely come to pass–

Words of Mormon 1:5

 5 Wherefore, I chose these things, to finish my record upon

them, which remainder of my record I shall take from the plates

of Nephi; and I cannot write the hundredth part of the things of

my people.

Words of Mormon 1:6

 6 But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these

prophesyings and revelations, and put them with the remainder of

my record, for they are choice unto me; and I know they will be

choice unto my brethren.

Words of Mormon 1:7

 7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me,

according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in

me.  And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all

things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do

according to his will.

Words of Mormon 1:8

 8 And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may

once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of

Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people.

Words of Mormon 1:9

 9 And now I, Mormon, proceed to finish out my record, which I

take from the plates of Nephi; and I make it according to the

knowledge and the understanding which God has given me.

Words of Mormon 1:10

 10 Wherefore, it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered

up these plates into the hands of king Benjamin, he took them and

put them with the other plates, which contained records which had

been handed down by the kings, from generation to generation

until the days of king Benjamin.

Words of Mormon 1:11

 11 And they were handed down from king Benjamin, from generation

to generation until they have fallen into my hands.  And I,

Mormon, pray to God that they may be preserved from this time

henceforth.  And I know that they will be preserved; for there

are great things written upon them, out of which my people and

their brethren shall be judged at the great and last day,

according to the word of God which is written.

Words of Mormon 1:12

 12 And now, concerning this king Benjamin–he had somewhat of

contentions among his own people.

Words of Mormon 1:13

 13 And it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites

came down out of the land of Nephi, to battle against his people.

But behold, king Benjamin gathered together his armies, and he

did stand against them; and he did fight with the strength of his

own arm, with the sword of Laban.

Words of Mormon 1:14

 14 And in the strength of the Lord they did contend against

their enemies, until they had slain many thousands of the

Lamanites.  And it came to pass that they did contend against the

Lamanites until they had driven them out of all the lands of

their inheritance.

Words of Mormon 1:15

 15 And it came to pass that after there had been false Christs,

and their mouths had been shut, and they punished according to

their crimes;

Words of Mormon 1:16

 16 And after there had been false prophets, and false preachers

and teachers among the people, and all these having been punished

according to their crimes; and after there having been much

contention and many dissensions away unto the Lamanites, behold,

it came to pass that king Benjamin, with the assistance of the

holy prophets who were among his people–

Words of Mormon 1:17

 17 For behold, king Benjamin was a holy man, and he did reign

over his people in righteousness; and there were many holy men in

the land, and they did speak the word of God with power and with

authority; and they did use much sharpness because of the

stiffneckedness of the people–

Words of Mormon 1:18

 18 Wherefore, with the help of these, king Benjamin, by laboring

with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul,

and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land.

09-The Book Of Omni

THE BOOK OF OMNI

Omni 1:1

 1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my

father, Jarom, that I should write somewhat upon these plates, to

preserve our genealogy–

Omni 1:2

 2 Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I

fought much with the sword to preserve my people, the Nephites,

from falling into the hands of their enemies, the Lamanites.  But

behold, I of myself am a wicked man, and I have not kept the

statutes and the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have

done.

Omni 1:3

 3 And it came to pass that two hundred and seventy and six years

had passed away, and we had many seasons of peace; and we had

many seasons of serious war and bloodshed.  Yea, and in fine, two

hundred and eighty and two years had passed away, and I had kept

these plates according to the commandments of my fathers; and I

conferred them upon my son Amaron.  And I make an end.

Omni 1:4

 4 And now I, Amaron, write the things whatsoever I write, which

are few, in the book of my father.

Omni 1:5

 5 Behold, it came to pass that three hundred and twenty years

had passed away, and the more wicked part of the Nephites were

destroyed.

Omni 1:6

 6 For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led them out of

the land of Jerusalem and kept and preserved them from falling

into the hands of their enemies, yea, he would not suffer that

the words should not be verified, which he spake unto our

fathers, saying that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my

commandments ye shall not prosper in the land.

Omni 1:7

 7 Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great judgment;

nevertheless, he did spare the righteous that they should not

perish, but did deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.

Omni 1:8

 8 And it came to pass that I did deliver the plates unto my

brother Chemish.

Omni 1:9

 9 Now I, Chemish, write what few things I write, in the same

book with my brother; for behold, I saw the last which he wrote,

that he wrote it with his own hand; and he wrote it in the day

that he delivered them unto me.  And after this manner we keep

the records, for it is according to the commandments of our

fathers.  And I make an end.

Omni 1:10

 10 Behold, I, Abinadom, am the son of Chemish.  Behold, it came

to pass that I saw much war and contention between my people, the

Nephites, and the Lamanites; and I, with my own sword, have taken

the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of my brethren.

Omni 1:11

 11 And behold, the record of this people is engraven upon plates

which is had by the kings, according to the generations; and I

know of no revelation save that which has been written, neither

prophecy; wherefore, that which is sufficient is written.  And I

make an end.

Omni 1:12

 12 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom.  Behold, I will

speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah, who was made king over

the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being warned of the Lord

that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as

would hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out

of the land with him, into the wilderness–

Omni 1:13

 13 And it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had

commanded him.  And they departed out of the land into the

wilderness, as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord;

and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings.  And they

were admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led

by the power of his arm, through the wilderness, until they came

down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla.

Omni 1:14

 14 And they discovered a people, who were called the people of

Zarahemla.  Now, there was great rejoicing among the people of

Zarahemla; and also Zarahemla did rejoice exceedingly, because

the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass

which contained the record of the Jews.

Omni 1:15

 15 Behold, it came to pass that Mosiah discovered that the

people of Zarahemla came out from Jerusalem at the time that

Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive into Babylon.

Omni 1:16

 16 And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the

hand of the Lord across the great waters, into the land where

Mosiah discovered them; and they had dwelt there from that time

forth.

Omni 1:17

 17 And at the time that Mosiah discovered them, they had become

exceedingly numerous.  Nevertheless, they had had many wars and

serious contentions, and had fallen by the sword from time to

time; and their language had become corrupted; and they had

brought no records with them; and they denied the being of their

Creator; and Mosiah, nor the people of Mosiah, could understand

them.

Omni 1:18

 18 But it came to pass that Mosiah caused that they should be

taught in his language.  And it came to pass that after they were

taught in the language of Mosiah, Zarahemla gave a genealogy of

his fathers, according to his memory; and they are written, but

not in these plates.

Omni 1:19

 19 And it came to pass that the people of Zarahemla, and of

Mosiah, did unite together; and Mosiah was appointed to be their

king.

Omni 1:20

 20 And it came to pass in the days of Mosiah, there was a large

stone brought unto him with engravings on it; and he did

interpret the engravings by the gift and power of God.

Omni 1:21

 21 And they gave an account of one Coriantumr, and the slain of

his people.  And Coriantumr was discovered by the people of

Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for the space of nine moons.

Omni 1:22

 22 It also spake a few words concerning his fathers.  And his

first parents came out from the tower, at the time the Lord

confounded the language of the people; and the severity of the

Lord fell upon them according to his judgments, which are just;

and their bones lay scattered in the land northward.

Omni 1:23

 23 Behold, I, Amaleki, was born in the days of Mosiah; and I

have lived to see his death; and Benjamin, his son, reigneth in

his stead.

Omni 1:24

 24 And behold, I have seen, in the days of king Benjamin, a

serious war and much bloodshed between the Nephites and the

Lamanites.  But behold, the Nephites did obtain much advantage

over them; yea, insomuch that king Benjamin did drive them out of

the land of Zarahemla.

Omni 1:25

 25 And it came to pass that I began to be old; and, having no

seed, and knowing king Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord,

wherefore, I shall deliver up these plates unto him, exhorting

all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in

prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of

angels, and in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift

of interpreting languages, and in all things which are good; for

there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord; and

that which is evil cometh from the devil.

Omni 1:26

 26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come

unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his

salvation, and the power of his redemption.  Yea, come unto him,

and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue

in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord

liveth ye will be saved.

Omni 1:27

 27 And now I would speak somewhat concerning a certain number

who went up into the wilderness to return to the land of Nephi;

for there was a large number who were desirous to possess the

land of their inheritance.

Omni 1:28

 28 Wherefore, they went up into the wilderness.  And their

leader being a strong and mighty man, and a stiffnecked man,

wherefore he caused a contention among them; and they were all

slain, save fifty, in the wilderness, and they returned again to

the land of Zarahemla.

Omni 1:29

 29 And it came to pass that they also took others to a

considerable number, and took their journey again into the

wilderness.

Omni 1:30

 30 And I, Amaleki, had a brother, who also went with them; and I

have not since known concerning them.  And I am about to lie down

in my grave; and these plates are full.  And I make an end of my

speaking.

06-The Book Of Jacob

THE BOOK OF JACOB

THE BROTHER OF NEPHI

The words of his preaching unto his brethren.  He confoundeth a

man who seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ.  A few words

concerning the history of the people of Nephi.

Jacob 1

Chapter 1

Jacob 1:1

 1 For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had

passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore,

Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the small plates,

upon which these things are engraven.

Jacob 1:2

 2 And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write upon

these plates a few of the things which I consider to be most

precious; that I should not touch, save it were lightly,

concerning the history of this people which are called the people

of Nephi.

Jacob 1:3

 3 For he said that the history of his people should be engraven

upon his other plates, and that I should preserve these plates

and hand them down unto my seed, from generation to generation.

Jacob 1:4

 4 And if there were preaching which was sacred, or revelation

which was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven the heads

of them upon these plates, and touch upon them as much as it were

possible, for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people.

Jacob 1:5

 5 For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made

manifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen

unto them.

Jacob 1:6

 6 And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much

prophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which

should come.

Jacob 1:7

 7 Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we

might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the

goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by any

means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as

in the provocation in the days of temptation while the children

of Israel were in the wilderness.

Jacob 1:8

 8 Wherefore, we would to God that we could persuade all men not

to rebel against God, to provoke him to anger, but that all men

would believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer his cross

and bear the shame of the world; wherefore, I, Jacob, take it

upon me to fulfil the commandment of my brother Nephi.

Jacob 1:9

 9 Now Nephi began to be old, and he saw that he must soon die;

wherefore, he anointed a man to be a king and a ruler over his

people now, according to the reigns of the kings.

Jacob 1:10

 10 The people having loved Nephi exceedingly, he having been a

great protector for them, having wielded the sword of Laban in

their defence, and having labored in all his days for their

welfare–

Jacob 1:11

 11 Wherefore, the people were desirous to retain in remembrance

his name.  And whoso should reign in his stead were called by the

people, second Nephi, third Nephi, and so forth, according to the

reigns of the kings; and thus they were called by the people, let

them be of whatever name they would.

Jacob 1:12

 12 And it came to pass that Nephi died.

Jacob 1:13

 13 Now the people which were not Lamanites were Nephites;

nevertheless, they were called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites,

Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites.

Jacob 1:14

 14 But I, Jacob, shall not hereafter distinguish them by these

names, but I shall call them Lamanites that seek to destroy the

people of Nephi, and those who are friendly to Nephi I shall call

Nephites, or the people of Nephi, according to the reigns of the

kings.

Jacob 1:15

 15 And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the

reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and

indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like

unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also

Solomon, his son.

Jacob 1:16

 16 Yea, and they also began to search much gold and silver, and

began to be lifted up somewhat in pride.

Jacob 1:17

 17 Wherefore I, Jacob, gave unto them these words as I taught

them in the temple, having first obtained mine errand from the

Lord.

Jacob 1:18

 18 For I, Jacob, and my brother Joseph had been consecrated

priests and teachers of this people, by the hand of Nephi.

Jacob 1:19

 19 And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us

the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own

heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all

diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood

might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would

come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the

last day.

Jacob 2

Chapter 2

Jacob 2:1

 1 The words which Jacob, the brother of Nephi, spake unto the

people of Nephi, after the death of Nephi:

Jacob 2:2

 2 Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the

responsibility which I am under to God, to magnify mine office

with soberness, and that I might rid my garments of your sins, I

come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you

the word of God.

Jacob 2:3

 3 And ye yourselves know that I have hitherto been diligent in

the office of my calling; but I this day am weighed down with

much more desire and anxiety for the welfare of your souls than I

have hitherto been.

Jacob 2:4

 4 For behold, as yet, ye have been obedient unto the word of the

Lord, which I have given unto you.

Jacob 2:5

 5 But behold, hearken ye unto me, and know that by the help of

the all-powerful Creator of heaven and earth I can tell you

concerning your thoughts, how that ye are beginning to labor in

sin, which sin appeareth very abominable unto me, yea, and

abominable unto God.

Jacob 2:6

 6 Yea, it grieveth my soul and causeth me to shrink with shame

before the presence of my Maker, that I must testify unto you

concerning the wickedness of your hearts.

Jacob 2:7

 7 And also it grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of

speech concerning you, before your wives and your children, many

of whose feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate

before God, which thing is pleasing unto God;

Jacob 2:8

 8 And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the

pleasing word of God, yea, the word which healeth the wounded

soul.

Jacob 2:9

 9 Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul that I should be constrained,

because of the strict commandment which I have received from God,

to admonish you according to your crimes, to enlarge the wounds

of those who are already wounded, instead of consoling and

healing their wounds; and those who have not been wounded,

instead of feasting upon the pleasing word of God have daggers

placed to pierce their souls and wound their delicate minds.

Jacob 2:10

 10 But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do

according to the strict commands of God, and tell you concerning

your wickedness and abominations, in the presence of the pure in

heart, and the broken heart, and under the glance of the piercing

eye of the Almighty God.

Jacob 2:11

 11 Wherefore, I must tell you the truth according to the

plainness of the word of God.  For behold, as I inquired of the

Lord, thus came the word unto me, saying:  Jacob, get thou up

into the temple on the morrow, and declare the word which I shall

give thee unto this people.

Jacob 2:12

 12 And now behold, my brethren, this is the word which I declare

unto you, that many of you have begun to search for gold, and for

silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in the which this

land, which is a land of promise unto you and to your seed, doth

abound most plentifully.

Jacob 2:13

 13 And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most

pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches; and because some

of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren

ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff

necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel,

and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better

than they.

Jacob 2:14

 14 And now, my brethren, do ye suppose that God justifieth you

in this thing?  Behold, I say unto you, Nay.  But he condemneth

you, and if ye persist in these things his judgments must

speedily come unto you.

Jacob 2:15

 15 O that he would show you that he can pierce you, and with one

glance of his eye he can smite you to the dust!

Jacob 2:16

 16 O that he would rid you from this iniquity and abomination.

And, O that ye would listen unto the word of his commands, and

let not this pride of your hearts destroy your souls!

Jacob 2:17

 17 Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar

with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like

unto you.

Jacob 2:18

 18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of

God.

Jacob 2:19

 19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain

riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to

do good–to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to

liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the

afflicted.

Jacob 2:20

 20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken unto you concerning

pride; and those of you which have afflicted your neighbor, and

persecuted him because ye were proud in your hearts, of the

things which God hath given you, what say ye of it?

Jacob 2:21

 21 Do ye not suppose that such things are abominable unto him

who created all flesh?  And the one being is as precious in his

sight as the other.  And all flesh is of the dust; and for the

selfsame end hath he created them, that they should keep his

commandments and glorify him forever.

Jacob 2:22

 22 And now I make an end of speaking unto you concerning this

pride.  And were it not that I must speak unto you concerning a

grosser crime, my heart would rejoice exceedingly because of you.

Jacob 2:23

 23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser

crimes.  For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to

wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they

seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the

things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.

Jacob 2:24

 24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and

concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

Jacob 2:25

 25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth

out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I

might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the

loins of Joseph.

Jacob 2:26

 26 Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people

shall do like unto them of old.

Jacob 2:27

 27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of

the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be

one wife; and concubines he shall have none;

Jacob 2:28

 28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women.  And

whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of

Hosts.

Jacob 2:29

 29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the

Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for their sakes.

Jacob 2:30

 30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto

me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto

these things.

Jacob 2:31

 31 For behold, I, the Lord, have seen the sorrow, and heard the

mourning of the daughters of my people in the land of Jerusalem,

yea, and in all the lands of my people, because of the wickedness

and abominations of their husbands.

Jacob 2:32

 32 And I will not suffer, saith the Lord of Hosts, that the

cries of the fair daughters of this people, which I have led out

of the land of Jerusalem, shall come up unto me against the men

of my people, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Jacob 2:33

 33 For they shall not lead away captive the daughters of my

people because of their tenderness, save I shall visit them with

a sore curse, even unto destruction; for they shall not commit

whoredoms, like unto them of old, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Jacob 2:34

 34 And now behold, my brethren, ye know that these commandments

were given to our father, Lehi; wherefore, ye have known them

before; and ye have come unto great condemnation; for ye have

done these things which ye ought not to have done.

Jacob 2:35

 35 Behold, ye have done greater iniquities than the Lamanites,

our brethren.  Ye have broken the hearts of your tender wives,

and lost the confidence of your children, because of your bad

examples before them; and the sobbings of their hearts ascend up

to God against you.  And because of the strictness of the word of

God, which cometh down against you, many hearts died, pierced

with deep wounds.

Jacob 3

Chapter 3

Jacob 3:1

 1 But behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in

heart.  Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him

with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your

afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice

upon those who seek your destruction.

Jacob 3:2

 2 O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and

receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye

may, if your minds are firm, forever.

Jacob 3:3

 3 But, wo, wo, unto you that are not pure in heart, that are

filthy this day before God; for except ye repent the land is

cursed for your sakes; and the Lamanites, which are not filthy

like unto you, nevertheless they are cursed with a sore cursing,

shall scourge you even unto destruction.

Jacob 3:4

 4 And the time speedily cometh, that except ye repent they shall

possess the land of your inheritance, and the Lord God will lead

away the righteous out from among you.

Jacob 3:5

 5 Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of

their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their

skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not forgotten

the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our

father–that they should have save it were one wife, and

concubines they should have none, and there should not be

whoredoms committed among them.

Jacob 3:6

 6 And now, this commandment they observe to keep; wherefore,

because of this observance, in keeping this commandment, the Lord

God will not destroy them, but will be merciful unto them; and

one day they shall become a blessed people.

Jacob 3:7

 7 Behold, their husbands love their wives, and their wives love

their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their

children; and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is

because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much

better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?

Jacob 3:8

 8 O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins

that their skins will be whiter than yours, when ye shall be

brought with them before the throne of God.

Jacob 3:9

 9 Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, which is the word of

God, that ye revile no more against them because of the darkness

of their skins; neither shall ye revile against them because of

their filthiness; but ye shall remember your own filthiness, and

remember that their filthiness came because of their fathers.

Jacob 3:10

 10 Wherefore, ye shall remember your children, how that ye have

grieved their hearts because of the example that ye have set

before them; and also, remember that ye may, because of your

filthiness, bring your children unto destruction, and their sins

be heaped upon your heads at the last day.

Jacob 3:11

 11 O my brethren, hearken unto my words; arouse the faculties of

your souls; shake yourselves that ye may awake from the slumber

of death; and loose yourselves from the pains of hell that ye may

not become angels to the devil, to be cast into that lake of fire

and brimstone which is the second death.

Jacob 3:12

 12 And now I, Jacob, spake many more things unto the people of

Nephi, warning them against fornication and lasciviousness, and

every kind of sin, telling them the awful consequences of them.

Jacob 3:13

 13 And a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, which

now began to be numerous, cannot be written upon these plates;

but many of their proceedings are written upon the larger plates,

and their wars, and their contentions, and the reigns of their

kings.

Jacob 3:14

 14 These plates are called the plates of Jacob, and they were

made by the hand of Nephi.  And I make an end of speaking these

words.

Jacob 4

Chapter 4

Jacob 4:1

 1 Now behold, it came to pass that I, Jacob, having ministered

much unto my people in word, (and I cannot write but a little of

my words, because of the difficulty of engraving our words upon

plates) and we know that the things which we write upon plates

must remain;

Jacob 4:2

 2 But whatsoever things we write upon anything save it be upon

plates must perish and vanish away; but we can write a few words

upon plates, which will give our children, and also our beloved

brethren, a small degree of knowledge concerning us, or

concerning their fathers–

Jacob 4:3

 3 Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to

engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved

brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts,

and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with

sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents.

Jacob 4:4

 4 For, for this intent have we written these things, that they

may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory

many hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselves

had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which

were before us.

Jacob 4:5

 5 Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in

his name, and also we worship the Father in his name.  And for

this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to

him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for

righteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the

wilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God in offering up

his son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten

Son.

Jacob 4:6

 6 Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many

revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these

witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken,

insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the

very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.

Jacob 4:7

 7 Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may

know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto

the children of men, that we have power to do these things.

Jacob 4:8

 8 Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord.  How

unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is

impossible that man should find out all his ways.  And no man

knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore,

brethren, despise not the revelations of God.

Jacob 4:9

 9 For behold, by the power of his word man came upon the face of

the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word.

Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and to

speak and man was created, O then, why not able to command the

earth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it,

according to his will and pleasure?

Jacob 4:10

 10 Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to

take counsel from his hand.  For behold, ye yourselves know that

he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over

all his works.

Jacob 4:11

 11 Wherefore, beloved brethren, be reconciled unto him through

the atonement of Christ, his Only Begotten Son, and ye may obtain

a resurrection, according to the power of the resurrection which

is in Christ, and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto

God, having faith, and obtained a good hope of glory in him

before he manifesteth himself in the flesh.

Jacob 4:12

 12 And now, beloved, marvel not that I tell you these things;

for why not speak of the atonement of Christ, and attain to a

perfect knowledge of him, as to attain to the knowledge of a

resurrection and the world to come?

Jacob 4:13

 13 Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to

the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and

lieth not.  Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are,

and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are

manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls.  But

behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also

spake them unto prophets of old.

Jacob 4:14

 14 But behold, the Jews were a stiffnecked people; and they

despised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, and

sought for things that they could not understand.  Wherefore,

because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking

beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away

his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things

which they cannot understand, because they desired it.  And

because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble.

Jacob 4:15

 15 And now I, Jacob, am led on by the Spirit unto prophesying;

for I perceive by the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that

by the stumbling of the Jews they will reject the stone upon

which they might build and have safe foundation.

Jacob 4:16

 16 But behold, according to the scriptures, this stone shall

become the great, and the last, and the only sure foundation,

upon which the Jews can build.

Jacob 4:17

 17 And now, my beloved, how is it possible that these, after

having rejected the sure foundation, can ever build upon it, that

it may become the head of their corner?

Jacob 4:18

 18 Behold, my beloved brethren, I will unfold this mystery unto

you; if I do not, by any means, get shaken from my firmness in

the Spirit, and stumble because of my over anxiety for you.

Jacob 5

Chapter 5

Jacob 5:1

 1 Behold, my brethren, do ye not remember to have read the words

of the prophet Zenos, which he spake unto the house of Israel,

saying:

Jacob 5:2

 2 Hearken, O ye house of Israel, and hear the words of me, a

prophet of the Lord.

Jacob 5:3

 3 For behold, thus saith the Lord, I will liken thee, O house of

Israel, like unto a tame olive-tree, which a man took and

nourished in his vineyard; and it grew, and waxed old, and began

to decay.

Jacob 5:4

 4 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard went

forth, and he saw that his olive-tree began to decay; and he

said: I will prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it, that

perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches, and it

perish not.

Jacob 5:5

 5 And it came to pass that he pruned it, and digged about it,

and nourished it according to his word.

Jacob 5:6

 6 And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth

somewhat a little, young and tender branches; but behold, the

main top thereof began to perish.

Jacob 5:7

 7 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it,

and he said unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose

this tree; wherefore, go and pluck the branches from a wild

olive-tree, and bring them hither unto me; and we will pluck off

those main branches which are beginning to wither away, and we

will cast them into the fire that they may be burned.

Jacob 5:8

 8 And behold, saith the Lord of the vineyard, I take away many

of these young and tender branches, and I will graft them

whithersoever I will; and it mattereth not that if it so be that

the root of this tree will perish, I may preserve the fruit

thereof unto myself; wherefore, I will take these young and

tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will.

Jacob 5:9

 9 Take thou the branches of the wild olive-tree, and graft them

in, in the stead thereof; and these which I have plucked off I

will cast into the fire and burn them, that they may not cumber

the ground of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:10

 10 And it came to pass that the servant of the Lord of the

vineyard did according to the word of the Lord of the vineyard,

and grafted in the branches of the wild olive-tree.

Jacob 5:11

 11 And the Lord of the vineyard caused that it should be digged

about, and pruned, and nourished, saying unto his servant: It

grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore, that perhaps

I might preserve the roots thereof that they perish not, that I

might preserve them unto myself, I have done this thing.

Jacob 5:12

 12 Wherefore, go thy way; watch the tree, and nourish it,

according to my words.

Jacob 5:13

 13 And these will I place in the nethermost part of my vineyard,

whithersoever I will, it mattereth not unto thee; and I do it

that I may preserve unto myself the natural branches of the tree;

and also, that I may lay up fruit thereof against the season,

unto myself; for it grieveth me that I should lose this tree and

the fruit thereof.

Jacob 5:14

 14 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard went his

way, and hid the natural branches of the tame olive-tree in the

nethermost parts of the vineyard, some in one and some in

another, according to his will and pleasure.

Jacob 5:15

 15 And it came to pass that a long time passed away, and the

Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Come, let us go down

into the vineyard, that we may labor in the vineyard.

Jacob 5:16

 16 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard, and also

the servant, went down into the vineyard to labor.  And it came

to pass that the servant said unto his master: Behold, look here;

behold the tree.

Jacob 5:17

 17 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard looked and

beheld the tree in the which the wild olive branches had been

grafted; and it had sprung forth and begun to bear fruit.  And he

beheld that it was good; and the fruit thereof was like unto the

natural fruit.

Jacob 5:18

 18 And he said unto the servant: Behold, the branches of the

wild tree have taken hold of the moisture of the root thereof,

that the root thereof hath brought forth much strength; and

because of the much strength of the root thereof the wild

branches have brought forth tame fruit.  Now, if we had not

grafted in these branches, the tree thereof would have perished.

And now, behold, I shall lay up much fruit, which the tree

thereof hath brought forth; and the fruit thereof I shall lay up

against the season, unto mine own self.

Jacob 5:19

 19 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto

the servant: Come, let us go to the nethermost part of the

vineyard, and behold if the natural branches of the tree have not

brought forth much fruit also, that I may lay up of the fruit

thereof against the season, unto mine own self.

Jacob 5:20

 20 And it came to pass that they went forth whither the master

had hid the natural branches of the tree, and he said unto the

servant: Behold these; and he beheld the first that it had

brought forth much fruit; and he beheld also that it was good.

And he said unto the servant: Take of the fruit thereof, and lay

it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own

self; for behold, said he, this long time have I nourished it,

and it hath brought forth much fruit.

Jacob 5:21

 21 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master:

How comest thou hither to plant this tree, or this branch of the

tree?  For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy

vineyard.

Jacob 5:22

 22 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I

knew that it was a poor spot of ground; wherefore, I said unto

thee, I have nourished it this long time, and thou beholdest that

it hath brought forth much fruit.

Jacob 5:23

 23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto

his servant: Look hither; behold I have planted another branch of

the tree also; and thou knowest that this spot of ground was

poorer than the first.  But, behold the tree.  I have nourished

it this long time, and it hath brought forth much fruit;

therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I

may preserve it unto mine own self.

Jacob 5:24

 24 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said again

unto his servant: Look hither, and behold another branch also,

which I have planted; behold that I have nourished it also, and

it hath brought forth fruit.

Jacob 5:25

 25 And he said unto the servant: Look hither and behold the

last.  Behold, this have I planted in a good spot of ground; and

I have nourished it this long time, and only a part of the tree

hath brought forth tame fruit, and the other part of the tree

hath brought forth wild fruit; behold, I have nourished this tree

like unto the others.

Jacob 5:26

 26 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto

the servant: Pluck off the branches that have not brought forth

good fruit, and cast them into the fire.

Jacob 5:27

 27 But behold, the servant said unto him: Let us prune it, and

dig about it, and nourish it a little longer, that perhaps it may

bring forth good fruit unto thee, that thou canst lay it up

against the season.

Jacob 5:28

 28 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard and the

servant of the Lord of the vineyard did nourish all the fruit of

the vineyard.

Jacob 5:29

 29 And it came to pass that a long time had passed away, and the

Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Come, let us go down

into the vineyard, that we may labor again in the vineyard.  For

behold, the time draweth near, and the end soon cometh;

wherefore, I must lay up fruit against the season, unto mine own

self.

Jacob 5:30

 30 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard and the

servant went down into the vineyard; and they came to the tree

whose natural branches had been broken off, and the wild branches

had been grafted in; and behold all sorts of fruit did cumber the

tree.

Jacob 5:31

 31 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard did taste

of the fruit, every sort according to its number.  And the Lord

of the vineyard said: Behold, this long time have we nourished

this tree, and I have laid up unto myself against the season much

fruit.

Jacob 5:32

 32 But behold, this time it hath brought forth much fruit, and

there is none of it which is good.  And behold, there are all

kinds of bad fruit; and it profiteth me nothing, notwithstanding

all our labor; and now it grieveth me that I should lose this

tree.

Jacob 5:33

 33 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: What

shall we do unto the tree, that I may preserve again good fruit

thereof unto mine own self?

Jacob 5:34

 34 And the servant said unto his master: Behold, because thou

didst graft in the branches of the wild olive-tree they have

nourished the roots, that they are alive and they have not

perished; wherefore thou beholdest that they are yet good.

Jacob 5:35

 35 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto

his servant: The tree profiteth me nothing, and the roots thereof

profit me nothing so long as it shall bring forth evil fruit.

Jacob 5:36

 36 Nevertheless, I know that the roots are good, and for mine

own purpose I have preserved them; and because of their much

strength they have hitherto brought forth, from the wild

branches, good fruit.

Jacob 5:37

 37 But behold, the wild branches have grown and have overrun the

roots thereof; and because that the wild branches have overcome

the roots thereof it hath brought forth much evil fruit; and

because that it hath brought forth so much evil fruit thou

beholdest that it beginneth to perish; and it will soon become

ripened, that it may be cast into the fire, except we should do

something for it to preserve it.

Jacob 5:38

 38 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto

his servant: Let us go down into the nethermost parts of the

vineyard, and behold if the natural branches have also brought

forth evil fruit.

Jacob 5:39

 39 And it came to pass that they went down into the nethermost

parts of the vineyard.  And it came to pass that they beheld that

the fruit of the natural branches had become corrupt also; yea,

the first and the second and also the last; and they had all

become corrupt.

Jacob 5:40

 40 And the wild fruit of the last had overcome that part of the

tree which brought forth good fruit, even that the branch had

withered away and died.

Jacob 5:41

 41 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and

said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my

vineyard?

Jacob 5:42

 42 Behold, I knew that all the fruit of the vineyard, save it

were these, had become corrupted.  And now these which have once

brought forth good fruit have also become corrupted; and now all

the trees of my vineyard are good for nothing save it be to be

hewn down and cast into the fire.

Jacob 5:43

 43 And behold this last, whose branch hath withered away, I did

plant in a good spot of ground; yea, even that which was choice

unto me above all other parts of the land of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:44

 44 And thou beheldest that I also cut down that which cumbered

this spot of ground, that I might plant this tree in the stead

thereof.

Jacob 5:45

 45 And thou beheldest that a part thereof brought forth good

fruit, and a part thereof brought forth wild fruit; and because I

plucked not the branches thereof and cast them into the fire,

behold, they have overcome the good branch that it hath withered

away.

Jacob 5:46

 46 And now, behold, notwithstanding all the care which we have

taken of my vineyard, the trees thereof have become corrupted,

that they bring forth no good fruit; and these I had hoped to

preserve, to have laid up fruit thereof against the season, unto

mine own self.  But, behold, they have become like unto the wild

olive-tree, and they are of no worth but to be hewn down and cast

into the fire; and it grieveth me that I should lose them.

Jacob 5:47

 47 But what could I have done more in my vineyard?  Have I

slackened mine hand, that I have not nourished it, Nay, I have

nourished it, and I have digged about it, and I have pruned it,

and I have dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost

all the day long, and the end draweth nigh.  And it grieveth me

that I should hew down all the trees of my vineyard, and cast

them into the fire that they should be burned.  Who is it that

has corrupted my vineyard?

Jacob 5:48

 48 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: Is

it not the loftiness of thy vineyard–have not the branches

thereof overcome the roots which are good?  And because the

branches have overcome the roots thereof, behold they grew faster

than the strength of the roots, taking strength unto themselves.

Behold, I say, is not this the cause that the trees of thy

vineyard have become corrupted?

Jacob 5:49

 49 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto

the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard

and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the

ground of my vineyard, for I have done all.  What could I have

done more for my vineyard?

Jacob 5:50

 50 But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard:

Spare it a little longer.

Jacob 5:51

 51 And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for

it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:52

 52 Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have

planted in the nethermost parts of my vineyard, and let us graft

them into the tree from whence they came; and let us pluck from

the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter, and graft in

the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof.

Jacob 5:53

 53 And this will I do that the tree may not perish, that,

perhaps, I may preserve unto myself the roots thereof for mine

own purpose.

Jacob 5:54

 54 And, behold, the roots of the natural branches of the tree

which I planted whithersoever I would are yet alive; wherefore,

that I may preserve them also for mine own purpose, I will take

of the branches of this tree, and I will graft them in unto them.

Yea, I will graft in unto them the branches of their mother tree,

that I may preserve the roots also unto mine own self, that when

they shall be sufficiently strong perhaps they may bring forth

good fruit unto me, and I may yet have glory in the fruit of my

vineyard.

Jacob 5:55

 55 And it came to pass that they took from the natural tree

which had become wild, and grafted in unto the natural trees,

which also had become wild.

Jacob 5:56

 56 And they also took of the natural trees which had become

wild, and grafted into their mother tree.

Jacob 5:57

 57 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck not

the wild branches from the trees, save it be those which are most

bitter; and in them ye shall graft according to that which I have

said.

Jacob 5:58

 58 And we will nourish again the trees of the vineyard, and we

will trim up the branches thereof; and we will pluck from the

trees those branches which are ripened, that must perish, and

cast them into the fire.

Jacob 5:59

 59 And this I do that, perhaps, the roots thereof may take

strength because of their goodness; and because of the change of

the branches, that the good may overcome the evil.

Jacob 5:60

 60 And because that I have preserved the natural branches and

the roots thereof, and that I have grafted in the natural

branches again into their mother tree, and have preserved the

roots of their mother tree, that, perhaps, the trees of my

vineyard may bring forth again good fruit; and that I may have

joy again in the fruit of my vineyard, and, perhaps, that I may

rejoice exceedingly that I have preserved the roots and the

branches of the first fruit–

Jacob 5:61

 61 Wherefore, go to, and call servants, that we may labor

diligently with our might in the vineyard, that we may prepare

the way, that I may bring forth again the natural fruit, which

natural fruit is good and the most precious above all other

fruit.

Jacob 5:62

 62 Wherefore, let us go to and labor with our might this last

time, for behold the end draweth nigh, and this is for the last

time that I shall prune my vineyard.

Jacob 5:63

 63 Graft in the branches; begin at the last that they may be

first, and that the first may be last, and dig about the trees,

both old and young, the first and the last; and the last and the

first, that all may be nourished once again for the last time.

Jacob 5:64

 64 Wherefore, dig about them, and prune them, and dung them once

more, for the last time, for the end draweth nigh.  And if it be

so that these last grafts shall grow, and bring forth the natural

fruit, then shall ye prepare the way for them, that they may

grow.

Jacob 5:65

 65 And as they begin to grow ye shall clear away the branches

which bring forth bitter fruit, according to the strength of the

good and the size thereof; and ye shall not clear away the bad

thereof all at once, lest the roots thereof should be too strong

for the graft, and the graft thereof shall perish, and I lose the

trees of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:66

 66 For it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my

vineyard; wherefore ye shall clear away the bad according as the

good shall grow, that the root and the top may be equal in

strength, until the good shall overcome the bad, and the bad be

hewn down and cast into the fire, that they cumber not the ground

of my vineyard; and thus will I sweep away the bad out of my

vineyard.

Jacob 5:67

 67 And the branches of the natural tree will I graft in again

into the natural tree;

Jacob 5:68

 68 And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the

natural branches of the tree; and thus will I bring them together

again, that they shall bring forth the natural fruit, and they

shall be one.

Jacob 5:69

 69 And the bad shall be cast away, yea, even out of all the land

of my vineyard; for behold, only this once will I prune my

vineyard.

Jacob 5:70

 70 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his

servant; and the servant went and did as the Lord had commanded

him, and brought other servants; and they were few.

Jacob 5:71

 71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor

in the vineyard, with your might.  For behold, this is the last

time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at

hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your

might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up

unto myself against the time which will soon come.

Jacob 5:72

 72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with

their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with

them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the

vineyard in all things.

Jacob 5:73

 73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the

vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive

exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to

be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof

equal, according to the strength thereof.

Jacob 5:74

 74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the

commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had

been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved

unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit;

and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal;

and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the

natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the

beginning.

Jacob 5:75

 75 And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw

that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more

corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold,

for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou

beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have

preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was

in the beginning.  And blessed art thou; for because ye have been

diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my

commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit,

that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away,

behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my

vineyard.

Jacob 5:76

 76 For behold, for a long time will I lay up of the fruit of my

vineyard unto mine own self against the season, which speedily

cometh; and for the last time have I nourished my vineyard, and

pruned it, and dug about it, and dunged it; wherefore I will lay

up unto mine own self of the fruit, for a long time, according to

that which I have spoken.

Jacob 5:77

 77 And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come

into my vineyard, then will I cause the good and the bad to be

gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and the bad

will I cast away into its own place.  And then cometh the season

and the end; and my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.

Jacob 6

Chapter 6

Jacob 6:1

 1 And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would

prophesy, behold, this is my prophecy–that the things which this

prophet Zenos spake, concerning the house of Israel, in the which

he likened them unto a tame olive-tree, must surely come to pass.

Jacob 6:2

 2 And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time

to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that

the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish

and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.

Jacob 6:3

 3 And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his

vineyard; and how cursed are they who shall be cast out into

their own place!  And the world shall be burned with fire.

Jacob 6:4

 4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the

house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth

his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked

and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their

hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

Jacob 6:5

 5 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of

soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of

heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you.  And while

his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day,

harden not your hearts.

Jacob 6:6

 6 Yea, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts;

for why will ye die?

Jacob 6:7

 7 For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of

God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye

must be hewn down and cast into the fire?

Jacob 6:8

 8 Behold, will ye reject these words?  Will ye reject the words

of the prophets; and will ye reject all the words which have been

spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning

him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and

the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make

a mock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for

you?

Jacob 6:9

 9 Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of

the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will

bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of

God?

Jacob 6:10

 10 And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be

denied, ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone,

whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up

forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless

torment.

Jacob 6:11

 11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the

strait gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye

shall obtain eternal life.

Jacob 6:12

 12 O be wise; what can I say more?

Jacob 6:13

 13 Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before

the pleasing bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful

dread and fear.  Amen.

Jacob 7

Chapter 7

Jacob 7:1

 1 And now it came to pass after some years had passed away,

there came a man among the people of Nephi, whose name was

Sherem.

Jacob 7:2

 2 And it came to pass that he began to preach among the people,

and to declare unto them that there should be no Christ.  And he

preached many things which were flattering unto the people; and

this he did that he might overthrow the doctrine of Christ.

Jacob 7:3

 3 And he labored diligently that he might lead away the hearts

of the people, insomuch that he did lead away many hearts; and he

knowing that I, Jacob, had faith in Christ who should come, he

sought much opportunity that he might come unto me.

Jacob 7:4

 4 And he was learned, that he had a perfect knowledge of the

language of the people; wherefore, he could use much flattery,

and much power of speech, according to the power of the devil.

Jacob 7:5

 5 And he had hope to shake me from the faith, notwithstanding

the many revelations and the many things which I had seen

concerning these things; for I truly had seen angels, and they

had ministered unto me.  And also, I had heard the voice of the

Lord speaking unto me in very word, from time to time; wherefore,

I could not be shaken.

Jacob 7:6

 6 And it came to pass that he came unto me, and on this wise did

he speak unto me, saying: Brother Jacob, I have sought much

opportunity that I might speak unto you; for I have heard and

also know that thou goest about much, preaching that which ye

call the gospel, or the doctrine of Christ.

Jacob 7:7

 7 And ye have led away much of this people that they pervert the

right way of God, and keep not the law of Moses which is the

right way; and convert the law of Moses into the worship of a

being which ye say shall come many hundred years hence.  And now

behold, I, Sherem, declare unto you that this is blasphemy; for

no man knoweth of such things; for he cannot tell of things to

come.  And after this manner did Sherem contend against me.

Jacob 7:8

 8 But behold, the Lord God poured in his Spirit into my soul,

insomuch that I did confound him in all his words.

Jacob 7:9

 9 And I said unto him: Deniest thou the Christ who shall come?

And he said: If there should be a Christ, I would not deny him;

but I know that there is no Christ, neither has been, nor ever

will be.

Jacob 7:10

 10 And I said unto him: Believest thou the scriptures?  And he

said, Yea.

Jacob 7:11

 11 And I said unto him: Then ye do not understand them; for they

truly testify of Christ.  Behold, I say unto you that none of the

prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken

concerning this Christ.

Jacob 7:12

 12 And this is not all–it has been made manifest unto me, for I

have heard and seen; and it also has been made manifest unto me

by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, I know if there should

be no atonement made all mankind must be lost.

Jacob 7:13

 13 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Show me a sign by

this power of the Holy Ghost, in the which ye know so much.

Jacob 7:14

 14 And I said unto him: What am I that I should tempt God to

show unto thee a sign in the thing which thou knowest to be true?

Yet thou wilt deny it, because thou art of the devil.

Nevertheless, not my will be done; but if God shall smite thee,

let that be a sign unto thee that he has power, both in heaven

and in earth; and also, that Christ shall come.  And thy will, O

Lord, be done, and not mine.

Jacob 7:15

 15 And it came to pass that when I, Jacob, had spoken these

words, the power of the Lord came upon him, insomuch that he fell

to the earth.  And it came to pass that he was nourished for the

space of many days.

Jacob 7:16

 16 And it came to pass that he said unto the people: Gather

together on the morrow, for I shall die; wherefore, I desire to

speak unto the people before I shall die.

Jacob 7:17

 17 And it came to pass that on the morrow the multitude were

gathered together; and he spake plainly unto them and denied the

things which he had taught them, and confessed the Christ, and

the power of the Holy Ghost, and the ministering of angels.

Jacob 7:18

 18 And he spake plainly unto them, that he had been deceived by

the power of the devil.  And he spake of hell, and of eternity,

and of eternal punishment.

Jacob 7:19

 19 And he said: I fear lest I have committed the unpardonable

sin, for I have lied unto God; for I denied the Christ, and said

that I believed the scriptures; and they truly testify of him.

And because I have thus lied unto God I greatly fear lest my case

shall be awful; but I confess unto God.

Jacob 7:20

 20 And it came to pass that when he had said these words he

could say no more, and he gave up the ghost.

Jacob 7:21

 21 And when the multitude had witnessed that he spake these

things as he was about to give up the ghost, they were astonished

exceedingly; insomuch that the power of God came down upon them,

and they were overcome that they fell to the earth.

Jacob 7:22

 22 Now, this thing was pleasing unto me, Jacob, for I had

requested it of my Father who was in heaven; for he had heard my

cry and answered my prayer.

Jacob 7:23

 23 And it came to pass that peace and the love of God was

restored again among the people; and they searched the

scriptures, and hearkened no more to the words of this wicked

man.

Jacob 7:24

 24 And it came to pass that many means were devised to reclaim

and restore the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth; but it

all was vain, for they delighted in wars and bloodshed, and they

had an eternal hatred against us, their brethren.  And they

sought by the power of their arms to destroy us continually.

Jacob 7:25

 25 Wherefore, the people of Nephi did fortify against them with

their arms, and with all their might, trusting in the God and

rock of their salvation; wherefore, they became as yet,

conquerors of their enemies.

Jacob 7:26

 26 And it came to pass that I, Jacob, began to be old; and the

record of this people being kept on the other plates of Nephi,

wherefore, I conclude this record, declaring that I have written

according to the best of my knowledge, by saying that the time

passed away with us, and also our lives passed away like as it

were unto us a dream, we being a lonesome and a solemn people,

wanderers, cast out from Jerusalem, born in tribulation, in a

wilderness, and hated of our brethren, which caused wars and

contentions; wherefore, we did mourn out our days.

Jacob 7:27

 27 And I, Jacob, saw that I must soon go down to my grave;

wherefore, I said unto my son Enos: Take these plates.  And I

told him the things which my brother Nephi had commanded me, and

he promised obedience unto the commands.  And I make an end of my

writing upon these plates, which writing has been small; and to

the reader I bid farewell, hoping that many of my brethren may

read my words.  Brethren, adieu.

08-The Book Of Jarom

THE BOOK OF JAROM

Jarom 1:1

 1 Now behold, I, Jarom, write a few words according to the

commandment of my father, Enos, that our genealogy may be kept.

Jarom 1:2

 2 And as these plates are small, and as these things are written

for the intent of the benefit of our brethren the Lamanites,

wherefore, it must needs be that I write a little; but I shall

not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations.

For what could I write more than my fathers have written?  For

have not they revealed the plan of salvation?  I say unto you,

Yea; and this sufficeth me.

Jarom 1:3

 3 Behold, it is expedient that much should be done among this

people, because of the hardness of their hearts, and the deafness

of their ears, and the blindness of their minds, and the

stiffness of their necks; nevertheless, God is exceedingly

merciful unto them, and has not as yet swept them off from the

face of the land.

Jarom 1:4

 4 And there are many among us who have many revelations, for

they are not all stiffnecked.  And as many as are not stiffnecked

and have faith, have communion with the Holy Spirit, which maketh

manifest unto the children of men, according to their faith.

Jarom 1:5

 5 And now, behold, two hundred years had passed away, and the

people of Nephi had waxed strong in the land.  They observed to

keep the law of Moses and the sabbath day holy unto the Lord.

And they profaned not; neither did they blaspheme.  And the laws

of the land were exceedingly strict.

Jarom 1:6

 6 And they were scattered upon much of the face of the land, and

the Lamanites also.  And they were exceedingly more numerous than

were they of the Nephites; and they loved murder and would drink

the blood of beasts.

Jarom 1:7

 7 And it came to pass that they came many times against us, the

Nephites, to battle.  But our kings and our leaders were mighty

men in the faith of the Lord; and they taught the people the ways

of the Lord; wherefore, we withstood the Lamanites and swept them

away out of our lands, and began to fortify our cities, or

whatsoever place of our inheritance.

Jarom 1:8

 8 And we multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the

land, and became exceedingly rich in gold, and in silver, and in

precious things, and in fine workmanship of wood, in buildings,

and in machinery, and also in iron and copper, and brass and

steel, making all manner of tools of every kind to till the

ground, and weapons of war–yea, the sharp pointed arrow, and the

quiver, and the dart, and the javelin, and all preparations for

war.

Jarom 1:9

 9 And thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites, they did not

prosper against us.  But the word of the Lord was verified, which

he spake unto our fathers, saying that: Inasmuch as ye will keep

my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.

Jarom 1:10

 10 And it came to pass that the prophets of the Lord did

threaten the people of Nephi, according to the word of God, that

if they did not keep the commandments, but should fall into

transgression, they should be destroyed from off the face of the

land.

Jarom 1:11

 11 Wherefore, the prophets, and the priests, and the teachers,

did labor diligently, exhorting with all long-suffering the

people to diligence; teaching the law of Moses, and the intent

for which it was given; persuading them to look forward unto the

Messiah, and believe in him to come as though he already was.

And after this manner did they teach them.

Jarom 1:12

 12 And it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from

being destroyed upon the face of the land; for they did prick

their hearts with the word, continually stirring them up unto

repentance.

Jarom 1:13

 13 And it came to pass that two hundred and thirty and eight

years had passed away–after the manner of wars, and contentions,

and dissensions, for the space of much of the time.

Jarom 1:14

 14 And I, Jarom, do not write more, for the plates are small.

But behold, my brethren, ye can go to the other plates of Nephi;

for behold, upon them the records of our wars are engraven,

according to the writings of the kings, or those which they

caused to be written.

Jarom 1:15

 15 And I deliver these plates into the hands of my son Omni,

that they may be kept according to the commandments of my

fathers.