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