|50:1 And now it came to pass that Moroni did not
stop making preparations for war, or to defend his people
against the Lamanites; for he caused that his armies
should commence in the commencement of the twentieth year
of the reign of the judges, that they should commence in
digging up heaps of earth round about all the cities,
throughout all the land which was possessed by the
|50:2 And upon the top of these ridges of earth he
caused that there should be timbers, yea, works of
timbers built up to the height of a man, round about the
|50:3 And he caused that upon those works of timbers
there should be a frame of pickets built upon the timbers
round about; and they were strong and high.
|50:4 And he caused towers to be erected that
overlooked those works of pickets, and he caused places
of security to be built upon those towers, that the
stones and the arrows of the Lamanites could not hurt
|50:5 And they were prepared that they could cast
stones from the top thereof, according to their pleasure
and their strength, and slay him who should attempt to
approach near the walls of the city.
|50:6 Thus Moroni did prepare strongholds against the
coming of their enemies, round about every city in all
|50:7 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that his
armies should go forth into the east wilderness; yea, and
they went forth and drove all the Lamanites who were in
the east wilderness into their own lands, which were
south of the land of Zarahemla.
|50:8 And the land of Nephi did run in a straight
course from the east sea to the west.
|50:9 And it came to pass that when Moroni had driven
all the Lamanites out of the east wilderness, which was
north of the lands of their own possessions, he caused
that the inhabitants who were in the land of Zarahemla
and in the land round about should go forth into the east
wilderness, even to the borders by the seashore, and
possess the land.
|50:10 And he also placed armies on the south, in the
borders of their possessions, and caused them to erect
fortifications that they might secure their armies and
their people from the hands of their enemies.
|50:11 And thus he cut off all the strongholds of the
Lamanites in the east wilderness, yea, and also on the
west, fortifying the line between the Nephites and the
Lamanites, between the land of Zarahemla and the land of
Nephi, from the west sea, running by the head of the
river Sidon--the Nephites possessing all the land
northward, yea, even all the land which was northward of
the land Bountiful, according to their pleasure.
|50:12 Thus Moroni, with his armies, which did
increase daily because of the assurance of protection
which his works did bring forth unto them, did seek to
cut off the strength and the power of the Lamanites from
off the lands of their possessions, that they should have
no power upon the lands of their possession.
|50:13 And it came to pass that the Nephites began the
foundation of a city, and they called the name of the
city Moroni; and it was by the east sea; and it was on
the south by the line of the possessions of the
|50:14 And they also began a foundation for a city
between the city of Moroni and the city of Aaron, joining
the borders of Aaron and Moroni; and they called the name
of the city, or the land, Nephihah.
|50:15 And they also began in that same year to build
many cities on the north, one in a particular manner
which they called Lehi, which was in the north by the
borders of the seashore.
|50:16 And thus ended the twentieth year.
|50:17 And in these prosperous circumstances were the
people of Nephi in the commencement of the twenty and
first year of the reign of the judges over the people of
|50:18 And they did prosper exceedingly, and they
became exceedingly rich; yea, and they did multiply and
wax strong in the land.
|50:19 And thus we see how merciful and just are all
the dealings of the Lord, to the fulfilling of all his
words unto the children of men; yea, we can behold that
his words are verified, even at this time, which he spake
unto Lehi, saying:
|50:20 Blessed art thou and thy children; and they
shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my
commandments they shall prosper in the land. But
remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments
they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.
|50:21 And we see that these promises have been
verified to the people of Nephi; for it has been their
quarrelings and their contentions, yea, their murderings,
and their plunderings, their idolatry, their whoredoms,
and their abominations, which were among themselves,
which brought upon them their wars and their
|50:22 And those who were faithful in keeping the
commandments of the Lord were delivered at all times,
whilst thousands of their wicked brethren have been
consigned to bondage, or to perish by the sword, or to dwindle in unbelief, and mingle with the
|50:23 But behold there never was a happier time among
the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the
days of Moroni, yea, even at this time, in the twenty and
first year of the reign of the judges.
|50:24 And it came to pass that the twenty and second
year of the reign of the judges also ended in peace; yea,
and also the twenty and third year.
|50:25 And it came to pass that in the commencement of
the twenty and fourth year of the reign of the judges,
there would also have been peace among the people of
Nephi had it not been for a contention which took place
among them concerning the land of Lehi, and the land of
Morianton, which joined upon the borders of Lehi; both of
which were on the borders by the seashore.
|50:26 For behold, the people who possessed the land
of Morianton did claim a part of the land of Lehi;
therefore there began to be a warm contention between
them, insomuch that the people of Morianton took up arms
against their brethren, and they were determined by the sword to slay them.
|50:27 But behold, the people who possessed the land
of Lehi fled to the camp of Moroni, and appealed unto him
for assistance; for behold they were not in the wrong.
|50:28 And it came to pass that when the people of
Morianton, who were led by a man whose name was
Morianton, found that the people of Lehi had fled to the
camp of Moroni, they were exceedingly fearful lest the
army of Moroni should come upon them and destroy them.
|50:29 Therefore, Morianton put it into their hearts
that they should flee to the land which was northward,
which was covered with large bodies of water, and take
possession of the land which was northward.
|50:30 And behold, they would have carried this plan
into effect, (which would have been a cause to have been
lamented) but behold, Morianton being a man of much
passion, therefore he was angry with one of his maid
servants, and he fell upon her and beat her much.
|50:31 And it came to pass that she fled, and came
over to the camp of Moroni, and told Moroni all things
concerning the matter, and also concerning their
intentions to flee into the land northward.
|50:32 Now behold, the people who were in the land
Bountiful, or rather Moroni, feared that they would
hearken to the words of Morianton and unite with his
people, and thus he would obtain possession of those
parts of the land, which would lay a foundation for
serious consequences among the people of Nephi, yea,
which consequences would lead to the overthrow of their
|50:33 Therefore Moroni sent an army, with their camp,
to head the people of Morianton, to stop their flight
into the land northward.
|50:34 And it came to pass that they did not head them
until they had come to the borders of the land
Desolation; and there they did head them, by the narrow
pass which led by the sea into the land northward, yea,
by the sea, on the west and on the east.
|50:35 And it came to pass that the army which was
sent by Moroni, which was led by a man whose name was
Teancum, did meet the people of Morianton; and so
stubborn were the people of Morianton, (being inspired by
his wickedness and his flattering words) that a battle
commenced between them, in the which Teancum did slay
Morianton and defeat his army, and took them prisoners,
and returned to the camp of Moroni. And thus ended the
twenty and fourth year of the reign of the judges over
the people of Nephi.
|50:36 And thus were the people of Morianton brought
back. And upon their covenanting to keep the peace they
were restored to the land of Morianton, and a union took
place between them and the people of Lehi; and they were
also restored to their lands.
|50:37 And it came to pass that in the same year that
the people of Nephi had peace restored unto them, that
Nephihah, the second chief judge, died, having filled the
judgment seat with perfect uprightness before God.
|50:38 Nevertheless, he had refused Alma to take
possession of those records and those things which were
esteemed by Alma and his fathers to be most sacred;
therefore Alma had conferred them upon his son, Helaman.
|50:39 Behold, it came to pass that the son of
Nephihah was appointed to fill the judgment-seat, in the
stead of his father; yea, he was appointed chief judge
and governor over the people, with an oath and sacred
ordinance to judge righteously, and to keep the peace and
the freedom of the people, and to grant unto them their
sacred privileges to worship the Lord their God, yea, to
support and maintain the cause of God all his days, and
to bring the wicked to justice according to their crime.
|50:40 Now behold, his name was Pahoran. And Pahoran
did fill the seat of his father, and did commence his
reign in the end of the twenty and fourth year, over the
people of Nephi.