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