|27:1 Now it came to pass that when those Lamanites
who had gone to war against the Nephites had found, after
their many struggles to destroy them, that it was in vain
to seek their destruction, they returned again to the
land of Nephi.
|27:2 And it came to pass that the Amalekites,
because of their loss, were exceedingly angry. And when
they saw that they could not seek revenge from the
Nephites, they began to stir up the people in anger
against their brethren, the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi;
therefore they began again to destroy them.
|27:3 Now this people again refused to take their
arms, and they suffered themselves to be slain according
to the desires of their enemies.
|27:4 Now when Ammon and his brethren saw this work
of destruction among those whom they so dearly beloved,
and among those who had so dearly beloved them--for they
were treated as though they were angels sent from God to
save them from everlasting destruction--therefore, when
Ammon and his brethren saw this great work of
destruction, they were moved with compassion, and they
said unto the king:
|27:5 Let us gather together this people of the Lord,
and let us go down to the land of Zarahemla to our
brethren the Nephites, and flee out of the hands of our
enemies, that we be not destroyed.
|27:6 But the king said unto them: Behold, the
Nephites will destroy us, because of the many murders and
sins we have committed against them.
|27:7 And Ammon said: I will go and inquire of the
Lord, and if he say unto us, go down unto our brethren,
will ye go?
|27:8 And the king said unto him: Yea, if the Lord
saith unto us go, we will go down unto our brethren, and
we will be their slaves until we repair unto them the
many murders and sins which we have committed against
|27:9 But Ammon said unto him: It is against the law
of our brethren, which was established by my father, that
there should be any slaves among them; therefore let us
go down and rely upon the mercies of our brethren.
|27:10 But the king said unto him: Inquire of the
Lord, and if he saith unto us go, we will go; otherwise
we will perish in the land.
|27:11 And it came to pass that Ammon went and
inquired of the Lord, and the Lord said unto him:
|27:12 Get this people out of this land, that they
perish not; for Satan has great hold
on the hearts of the Amalekites, who do stir up the
Lamanites to anger against their brethren to slay them;
therefore get thee out of this land; and blessed are this
people in this generation, for I will preserve them.
|27:13 And now it came to pass that Ammon went and
told the king all the words which the Lord had said unto
|27:14 And they gathered together all their people,
yea, all the people of the Lord, and did gather together
all their flocks and herds, and departed out of the land,
and came into the wilderness which divided the land of
Nephi from the land of Zarahemla, and came over near the
borders of the land.
|27:15 And it came to pass that Ammon said unto them:
Behold, I and my brethren will go forth into the land of
Zarahemla, and ye shall remain here until we return; and
we will try the hearts of our brethren, whether they will
that ye shall come into their land.
|27:16 And it came to pass that as Ammon was going
forth into the land, that he and his brethren met Alma,
over in the place of which has been spoken; and behold,
this was a joyful meeting.
|27:17 Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he
was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God,
even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again
to the earth.
|27:18 Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is
joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent
and humble seeker of happiness.
|27:19 Now the joy of Alma in meeting his brethren was
truly great, and also the joy of Aaron, of Omner, and
Himni; but behold their joy was not that to exceed their
|27:20 And now it came to pass that Alma conducted his
brethren back to the land of Zarahemla; even to his own
house. And they went and told the chief judge all the
things that had happened unto them in the land of Nephi,
among their brethren, the Lamanites.
|27:21 And it came to pass that the chief judge sent a
proclamation throughout all the land, desiring the voice
of the people concerning the admitting their brethren,
who were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
|27:22 And it came to pass that the voice of the
people came, saying: Behold, we will give up the land of
Jershon, which is on the east by the sea, which joins the
land Bountiful, which is on the south of the land
Bountiful; and this land Jershon is the land which we
will give unto our brethren for an inheritance.
|27:23 And behold, we will set our armies between the
land Jershon and the land Nephi, that we may protect our
brethren in the land Jershon; and this we do for our
brethren, on account of their fear to take up arms
against their brethren lest they should commit sin; and
this their great fear came because of their sore
repentance which they had, on account of their many
murders and their awful wickedness.
|27:24 And now behold, this will we do unto our
brethren, that they may inherit the land Jershon; and we
will guard them from their enemies with our armies, on
condition that they will give us a portion of their
substance to assist us that we may maintain our armies.
|27:25 Now, it came to pass that when Ammon had heard
this, he returned to the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, and
also Alma with him, into the wilderness, where they had
pitched their tents, and made known unto them all these
things. And Alma also related unto them his conversion,
with Ammon and Aaron, and his brethren.
|27:26 And it came to pass that it did cause great joy
among them. And they went down into the land of Jershon,
and took possession of the land of Jershon; and they were
called by the Nephites the people of Ammon; therefore
they were distinguished by that name ever after.
|27:27 And they were among the people of Nephi, and
also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for
their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they
were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they
were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the
|27:28 And they did look upon shedding the blood of
their brethren with the greatest abhorrence; and they
never could be prevailed upon to take up arms against
their brethren; and they never did look upon death with
any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was
swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.
|27:29 Therefore, they would suffer death in the most
aggravating and distressing manner which could be
inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the sword or cimeter to smite them.
|27:30 And thus they were a zealous and beloved
people, a highly favored people of the Lord.