|48:1 And now it came to pass that, as soon as
Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom he began to inspire
the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi;
yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from
their towers, against the Nephites.
|48:2 And thus he did inspire their hearts against
the Nephites, insomuch that in the latter end of the
nineteenth year of the reign of the judges, he having
accomplished his designs thus far, yea, having been made
king over the Lamanites, he sought also to reign over all
the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land,
the Nephites as well as the Lamanites.
|48:3 Therefore he had accomplished his design, for
he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded
their minds, and stirred them up to anger, insomuch that
he had gathered together a numerous host to go to battle
against the Nephites.
|48:4 For he was determined, because of the greatness
of the number of his people, to overpower the Nephites
and to bring them into bondage.
|48:5 And thus he did appoint chief captains of the
Zoramites, they being the most acquainted with the
strength of the Nephites, and their places of resort, and
the weakest parts of their cities; therefore he appointed
them to be chief captains over his armies.
|48:6 And it came to pass that they took their camp,
and moved forth toward the land of Zarahemla in the
|48:7 Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had
thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on
the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the
people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.
|48:8 Yea, he had been strengthening the armies of
the Nephites, and erecting small forts, or places of
resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose
his armies, and also building walls of stone to encircle
them about, round about their cities and the borders of
their lands; yea, all round about the land.
|48:9 And in their weakest fortifications he did
place the greater number of men; and thus he did fortify
and strengthen the land which was possessed by the
|48:10 And thus he was preparing to support their
liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children,
and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord
their God, and that they might maintain that which was
called by their enemies the cause of Christians.
|48:11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he
was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did
not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the
liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren
from bondage and slavery;
|48:12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with
thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and
blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who
did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his
|48:13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith
of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his
people, his rights, and his country, and his religion,
even to the loss of his blood.
|48:14 Now the Nephites were taught to defend
themselves against their enemies, even to the shedding of
blood if it were necessary; yea, and they were also
taught never to give an offense, yea, and never to raise
the sword except it were against an enemy, except it were
to preserve their lives.
|48:15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God
would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if
they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God
that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to
flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger;
|48:16 And also, that God would make it known unto
them whither they should go to defend themselves against
their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver
them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his heart did
glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing
good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the
commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.
|48:17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men
had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni,
behold, the very powers of hell would have been
shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have
power over the hearts of the children of men.
|48:18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son
of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea,
and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God.
|48:19 Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no
less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni; for
they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken
unto their words.
|48:20 And thus they went forth, and the people did
humble themselves because of their words, insomuch that
they were highly favored of the Lord, and thus they were
free from wars and contentions among themselves, yea,
even for the space of four years.
|48:21 But, as I have said, in the latter end of the
nineteenth year, yea, notwithstanding their peace amongst
themselves, they were compelled reluctantly to contend
with their brethren, the Lamanites.
|48:22 Yea, and in fine, their wars never did cease
for the space of many years with the Lamanites,
notwithstanding their much reluctance.
|48:23 Now, they were sorry to take up arms against
the Lamanites, because they did not delight in the
shedding of blood; yea, and this was not all--they were
sorry to be the means of sending so many of their
brethren out of this world into an eternal world,
unprepared to meet their God.
|48:24 Nevertheless, they could not suffer to lay down
their lives, that their wives and their children should
be massacred by the barbarous cruelty of those who were
once their brethren, yea, and had dissented from their church, and had left them and had gone to destroy them
by joining the Lamanites.
|48:25 Yea, they could not bear that their brethren
should rejoice over the blood of the Nephites, so long as
there were any who should keep the commandments of God,
for the promise of the Lord was, if they should keep his
commandments they should prosper in the land.