|59:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year of
the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, after
Moroni had received and had read Helaman's epistle, he
was exceedingly rejoiced because of the welfare, yea, the
exceeding success which Helaman had had, in obtaining
those lands which were lost.
|59:2 Yea, and he did make it known unto all his
people, in all the land round about in that part where he
was, that they might rejoice also.
|59:3 And it came to pass that he immediately sent an
epistle to Pahoran, desiring that he should cause men to
be gathered together to strengthen Helaman, or the armies
of Helaman, insomuch that he might with ease maintain
that part of the land which he had been so miraculously
prospered in regaining.
|59:4 And it came to pass when Moroni had sent this
epistle to the land of Zarahemla, he began again to lay a
plan that he might obtain the remainder of those
possessions and cities which the Lamanites had taken from
|59:5 And it came to pass that while Moroni was thus
making preparations to go against the Lamanites to
battle, behold, the people of Nephihah, who were gathered
together from the city of Moroni and the city of Lehi and
the city of Morianton, were attacked by the Lamanites.
|59:6 Yea, even those who had been compelled to flee
from the land of Manti, and from the land round about,
had come over and joined the Lamanites in this part of
|59:7 And thus being exceedingly numerous, yea, and
receiving strength from day to day, by the command of
Ammoron they came forth against the people of Nephihah,
and they did begin to slay them with an exceedingly great
|59:8 And their armies were so numerous that the
remainder of the people of Nephihah were obliged to flee
before them; and they came even and joined the army of
|59:9 And now as Moroni had supposed that there
should be men sent to the city of Nephihah, to the
assistance of the people to maintain that city, and
knowing that it was easier to keep the city from falling
into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it from
them, he supposed that they would easily maintain that
|59:10 Therefore he retained all his force to maintain
those places which he had recovered.
|59:11 And now, when Moroni saw that the city of
Nephihah was lost he was exceedingly sorrowful, and began
to doubt, because of the wickedness of the people,
whether they should not fall into the hands of their
|59:12 Now this was the case with all his chief
captains. They doubted and marveled also because of the
wickedness of the people, and this because of the success
of the Lamanites over them.
|59:13 And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with
the government, because of their indifference concerning
the freedom of their country.