|52:1 And now, it came to pass in the twenty and
sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
Nephi, behold, when the Lamanites awoke on the first
morning of the first month, behold, they found Amalickiah
was dead in his own tent; and they also saw that Teancum
was ready to give them battle on that day.
|52:2 And now, when the Lamanites saw this they were
affrighted; and they abandoned their design in marching
into the land northward, and retreated with all their
army into the city of Mulek, and sought protection in
|52:3 And it came to pass that the brother of
Amalickiah was appointed king over the people; and his
name was Ammoron; thus king Ammoron, the brother of king
Amalickiah, was appointed to reign in his stead.
|52:4 And it came to pass that he did command that
his people should maintain those cities, which they had
taken by the shedding of blood; for they had not taken
any cities save they had lost much blood.
|52:5 And now, Teancum saw that the Lamanites were
determined to maintain those cities which they had taken,
and those parts of the land which they had obtained
possession of; and also seeing the enormity of their
number, Teancum thought it was not expedient that he
should attempt to attack them in their forts.
|52:6 But he kept his men round about, as if making
preparations for war; yea, and truly he was preparing to
defend himself against them, by casting up walls round
about and preparing places of resort.
|52:7 And it came to pass that he kept thus preparing
for war until Moroni had sent a large number of men to
strengthen his army.
|52:8 And Moroni also sent orders unto him that he
should retain all the prisoners who fell into his hands;
for as the Lamanites had taken many prisoners, that he
should retain all the prisoners of the Lamanites as a
ransom for those whom the Lamanites had taken.
|52:9 And he also sent orders unto him that he should
fortify the land Bountiful, and secure the narrow pass
which led into the land northward, lest the Lamanites
should obtain that point and should have power to harass
them on every side.
|52:10 And Moroni also sent unto him, desiring him
that he would be faithful in maintaining that quarter of
the land, and that he would seek every opportunity to
scourge the Lamanites in that quarter, as much as was in
his power, that perhaps he might take again by stratagem
or some other way those cities which had been taken out
of their hands; and that he also would fortify and
strengthen the cities round about, which had not fallen
into the hands of the Lamanites.
|52:11 And he also said unto him, I would come unto
you, but behold, the Lamanites are upon us in the borders
of the land by the west sea; and behold, I go against
them, therefore I cannot come unto you.
|52:12 Now, the king (Ammoron) had departed out of the
land of Zarahemla, and had made known unto the queen
concerning the death of his brother, and had gathered
together a large number of men, and had marched forth
against the Nephites on the borders by the west sea.
|52:13 And thus he was endeavoring to harass the
Nephites, and to draw away a part of their forces to that
part of the land, while he had commanded those whom he
had left to possess the cities which he had taken, that
they should also harass the Nephites on the borders by
the east sea, and should take possession of their lands
as much as it was in their power, according to the power
of their armies.
|52:14 And thus were the Nephites in those dangerous
circumstances in the ending of the twenty and sixth year
of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
|52:15 But behold, it came to pass in the twenty and
seventh year of the reign of the judges, that Teancum, by
the command of Moroni--who had established armies to
protect the south and the west borders of the land, and
had begun his march towards the land Bountiful, that he
might assist Teancum with his men in retaking the cities
which they had lost--
|52:16 And it came to pass that Teancum had received
orders to make an attack upon the city of Mulek, and
retake it if it were possible.
|52:17 And it came to pass that Teancum made
preparations to make an attack upon the city of Mulek,
and march forth with his army against the Lamanites; but
he saw that it was impossible that he could overpower
them while they were in their fortifications; therefore
he abandoned his designs and returned again to the city
Bountiful, to wait for the coming of Moroni, that he
might receive strength to his army.
|52:18 And it came to pass that Moroni did arrive with
his army at the land of Bountiful, in the latter end of
the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges
over the people of Nephi.
|52:19 And in the commencement of the twenty and
eighth year, Moroni and Teancum and many of the chief
captains held a council of war--what they should do to
cause the Lamanites to come out against them to battle;
or that they might by some means flatter them out of
their strongholds, that they might gain advantage over
them and take again the city of Mulek.
|52:20 And it came to pass they sent embassies to the
army of the Lamanites, which protected the city of Mulek,
to their leader, whose name was Jacob, desiring him that
he would come out with his armies to meet them upon the
plains between the two cities. But behold, Jacob, who was
a Zoramite, would not come out with his army to meet them
upon the plains.
|52:21 And it came to pass that Moroni, having no
hopes of meeting them upon fair grounds, therefore, he
resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the Lamanites
out of their strongholds.
|52:22 Therefore he caused that Teancum should take a
small number of men and march down near the seashore; and
Moroni and his army, by night, marched in the wilderness,
on the west of the city Mulek; and thus, on the morrow,
when the guards of the Lamanites had discovered Teancum,
they ran and told it unto Jacob, their leader.
|52:23 And it came to pass that the armies of the
Lamanites did march forth against Teancum, supposing by
their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the
smallness of his numbers. And as Teancum saw the armies
of the Lamanites coming out against him he began to
retreat down by the seashore, northward.
|52:24 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw
that he began to flee, they took courage and pursued them
with vigor. And while Teancum was thus leading away the
Lamanites who were pursuing them in vain, behold, Moroni
commanded that a part of his army who were with him
should march forth into the city, and take possession of
|52:25 And thus they did, and slew all those who had
been left to protect the city, yea, all those who would
not yield up their weapons of war.
|52:26 And thus Moroni had obtained possession of the
city Mulek with a part of his army, while he marched with
the remainder to meet the Lamanites when they should
return from the pursuit of Teancum.
|52:27 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did
pursue Teancum until they came near the city Bountiful,
and then they were met by Lehi and a small army, which
had been left to protect the city Bountiful.
|52:28 And now behold, when the chief captains of the
Lamanites had beheld Lehi with his army coming against
them, they fled in much confusion, lest perhaps they
should not obtain the city Mulek before Lehi should
overtake them; for they were wearied because of their
march, and the men of Lehi were fresh.
|52:29 Now the Lamanites did not know that Moroni had
been in their rear with his army; and all they feared was
Lehi and his men.
|52:30 Now Lehi was not desirous to overtake them till
they should meet Moroni and his army.
|52:31 And it came to pass that before the Lamanites
had retreated far they were surrounded by the Nephites,
by the men of Moroni on one hand, and the men of Lehi on
the other, all of whom were fresh and full of strength;
but the Lamanites were wearied because of their long
|52:32 And Moroni commanded his men that they should
fall upon them until they had given up their weapons of
|52:33 And it came to pass that Jacob, being their
leader, being also a Zoramite, and having an
unconquerable spirit, he led the Lamanites forth to
battle with exceeding fury against Moroni.
|52:34 Moroni being in their course of march,
therefore Jacob was determined to slay them and cut his
way through to the city of Mulek. But behold, Moroni and
his men were more powerful; therefore they did not give
way before the Lamanites.
|52:35 And it came to pass that they fought on both
hands with exceeding fury; and there were many slain on
both sides; yea, and Moroni was wounded and Jacob was
|52:36 And Lehi pressed upon their rear with such fury
with his strong men, that the Lamanites in the rear
delivered up their weapons of war; and the remainder of
them, being much confused, knew not whither to go or to
|52:37 Now Moroni seeing their confusion, he said unto
them: If ye will bring forth your weapons of war and
deliver them up, behold we will forbear shedding your
|52:38 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had
heard these words, their chief captains, all those who
were not slain, came forth and threw down their weapons
of war at the feet of Moroni, and also commanded their
men that they should do the same.
|52:39 But behold, there were many that would not; and
those who would not deliver up their swords were taken and bound, and their weapons of war
were taken from them, and they were compelled to march
with their brethren forth into the land Bountiful.
|52:40 And now the number of prisoners who were taken
exceeded more than the number of those who had been
slain, yea, more than those who had been slain on both