|53:1 And it came to pass that they did set guards
over the prisoners of the Lamanites, and did compel them
to go forth and bury their dead, yea, and also the dead
of the Nephites who were slain; and Moroni placed men
over them to guard them while they should perform their
|53:2 And Moroni went to the city of Mulek with Lehi,
and took command of the city and gave it unto Lehi. Now
behold, this Lehi was a man who had been with Moroni in
the more part of all his battles; and he was a man like
unto Moroni, and they rejoiced in each other's safety;
yea, they were beloved by each other, and also beloved by
all the people of Nephi.
|53:3 And it came to pass that after the Lamanites
had finished burying their dead and also the dead of the
Nephites, they were marched back into the land Bountiful;
and Teancum, by the orders of Moroni, caused that they
should commence laboring in digging a ditch round about
the land, or the city, Bountiful.
|53:4 And he caused that they should build a
breastwork of timbers upon the inner bank of the ditch;
and they cast up dirt out of the ditch against the
breastwork of timbers; and thus they did cause the
Lamanites to labor until they had encircled the city of
Bountiful round about with a strong wall of timbers and
earth, to an exceeding height.
|53:5 And this city became an exceeding stronghold
ever after; and in this city they did guard the prisoners
of the Lamanites; yea, even within a wall which they had
caused them to build with their own hands. Now Moroni was
compelled to cause the Lamanites to labor, because it was
easy to guard them while at their labor; and he desired
all his forces when he should make an attack upon the
|53:6 And it came to pass that Moroni had thus gained
a victory over one of the greatest of the armies of the
Lamanites, and had obtained possession of the city of
Mulek, which was one of the strongest holds of the
Lamanites in the land of Nephi; and thus he had also
built a stronghold to retain his prisoners.
|53:7 And it came to pass that he did no more attempt
a battle with the Lamanites in that year, but he did
employ his men in preparing for war, yea, and in making
fortifications to guard against the Lamanites, yea, and
also delivering their women and their children from
famine and affliction, and providing food for their
|53:8 And now it came to pass that the armies of the
Lamanites, on the west sea, south, while in the absence
of Moroni on account of some intrigue amongst the
Nephites, which caused dissensions amongst them, had
gained some ground over the Nephites, yea, insomuch that
they had obtained possession of a number of their cities
in that part of the land.
|53:9 And thus because of iniquity amongst
themselves, yea, because of dissensions and intrigue
among themselves they were placed in the most dangerous
|53:10 And now behold, I have somewhat to say
concerning the people of Ammon, who, in the beginning,
were Lamanites; but by Ammon and his brethren, or rather
by the power and word of God, they had been converted
unto the Lord; and they had been brought down into the
land of Zarahemla, and had ever since been protected by
|53:11 And because of their oath they had been kept
from taking up arms against their brethren; for they had
taken an oath that they never would shed blood more; and
according to their oath they would have perished; yea,
they would have suffered themselves to have fallen into
the hands of their brethren, had it not been for the pity
and the exceeding love which Ammon and his brethren had
had for them.
|53:12 And for this cause they were brought down into
the land of Zarahemla; and they ever had been protected
by the Nephites.
|53:13 But it came to pass that when they saw the
danger, and the many afflictions and tribulations which
the Nephites bore for them, they were moved with
compassion and were desirous to take up arms in the
defence of their country.
|53:14 But behold, as they were about to take their
weapons of war, they were overpowered by the persuasions
of Helaman and his brethren, for they were about to break
the oath which they had made.
|53:15 And Helaman feared lest by so doing they should
lose their souls; therefore all those who had entered
into this covenant were compelled to behold their
brethren wade through their afflictions, in their
dangerous circumstances at this time.
|53:16 But behold, it came to pass they had many sons,
who had not entered into a covenant that they would not
take their weapons of war to defend themselves against
their enemies; therefore they did assemble themselves
together at this time, as many as were able to take up
arms, and they called themselves Nephites.
|53:17 And they entered into a covenant to fight for
the liberty of the Nephites, yea, to protect the land
unto the laying down of their lives; yea, even they
covenanted that they never would give up their liberty,
but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites
and themselves from bondage.
|53:18 Now behold, there were two thousand of those
young men, who entered into this covenant and took their
weapons of war to defend their country.
|53:19 And now behold, as they never had hitherto been
a disadvantage to the Nephites, they became now at this
period of time also a great support; for they took their
weapons of war, and they would that Helaman should be
|53:20 And they were all young men, and they were
exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength
and activity; but behold, this was not all--they were men
who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were
|53:21 Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for
they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and
to walk uprightly before him.
|53:22 And now it came to pass that Helaman did march
at the head of his two thousand stripling soldiers, to
the support of the people in the borders of the land on
the south by the west sea.
|53:23 And thus ended the twenty and eighth year of
the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.