|62:1 And now it came to pass that when Moroni had
received this epistle his heart did take courage, and was
filled with exceedingly great joy because of the
faithfulness of Pahoran, that he was not also a traitor
to the freedom and cause of his country.
|62:2 But he did also mourn exceedingly because of
the iniquity of those who had driven Pahoran from the
judgment-seat, yea, in fine because of those who had
rebelled against their country and also their God.
|62:3 And it came to pass that Moroni took a small
number of men, according to the desire of Pahoran, and
gave Lehi and Teancum command over the remainder of his
army, and took his march towards the land of Gideon.
|62:4 And he did raise the standard of liberty in
whatsoever place he did enter, and gained whatsoever
force he could in all his march towards the land of
|62:5 And it came to pass that thousands did flock
unto his standard, and did take up their swords in the defence of their freedom, that they
might not come into bondage.
|62:6 And thus, when Moroni had gathered together
whatsoever men he could in all his march, he came to the
land of Gideon; and uniting his forces with those of
Pahoran they became exceedingly strong, even stronger
than the men of Pachus, who was the king of those
dissenters who had driven the freemen out of the land of
Zarahemla and had taken possession of the land.
|62:7 And it came to pass that Moroni and Pahoran
went down with their armies into the land of Zarahemla,
and went forth against the city, and did meet the men of
Pachus, insomuch that they did come to battle.
|62:8 And behold, Pachus was slain and his men were
taken prisoners, and Pahoran was restored to his
|62:9 And the men of Pachus received their trial,
according to the law, and also those king-men who had
been taken and cast into prison; and they were executed
according to the law; yea, those men of Pachus and those
king-men, whosoever would not take up arms in the defence
of their country, but would fight against it, were put to
|62:10 And thus it became expedient that this law
should be strictly observed for the safety of their
country; yea, and whosoever was found denying their
freedom was speedily executed according to the law.
|62:11 And thus ended the thirtieth year of the reign
of the judges over the people of Nephi; Moroni and
Pahoran having restored peace to the land of Zarahemla,
among their own people, having inflicted death upon all
those who were not true to the cause of freedom.
|62:12 And it came to pass in the commencement of the
thirty and first year of the reign of the judges over the
people of Nephi, Moroni immediately caused that
provisions should be sent, and also an army of six
thousand men should be sent unto Helaman, to assist him
in preserving that part of the land.
|62:13 And he also caused that an army of six thousand
men, with a sufficient quantity of food, should be sent
to the armies of Lehi and Teancum. And it came to pass
that this was done to fortify the land against the
|62:14 And it came to pass that Moroni and Pahoran,
leaving a large body of men in the land of Zarahemla,
took their march with a large body of men towards the
land of Nephihah, being determined to overthrow the
Lamanites in that city.
|62:15 And it came to pass that as they were marching
towards the land, they took a large body of men of the
Lamanites, and slew many of them, and took their
provisions and their weapons of war.
|62:16 And it came to pass after they had taken them,
they caused them to enter into a covenant that they would
no more take up their weapons of war against the
|62:17 And when they had entered into this covenant
they sent them to dwell with the people of Ammon, and
they were in number about four thousand who had not been
|62:18 And it came to pass that when they had sent
them away they pursued their march towards the land of
Nephihah. And it came to pass that when they had come to
the city of Nephihah, they did pitch their tents in the
plains of Nephihah, which is near the city of Nephihah.
|62:19 Now Moroni was desirous that the Lamanites
should come out to battle against them, upon the plains;
but the Lamanites, knowing of their exceedingly great
courage, and beholding the greatness of their numbers,
therefore they durst not come out against them; therefore
they did not come to battle in that day.
|62:20 And when the night came, Moroni went forth in
the darkness of the night, and came upon the top of the
wall to spy out in what part of the city the Lamanites
did camp with their army.
|62:21 And it came to pass that they were on the east,
by the entrance; and they were all asleep. And now Moroni
returned to his army, and caused that they should prepare
in haste strong cords and ladders, to be let down from
the top of the wall into the inner part of the wall.
|62:22 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that his
men should march forth and come upon the top of the wall,
and let themselves down into that part of the city, yea,
even on the west, where the Lamanites did not camp with
|62:23 And it came to pass that they were all let down
into the city by night, by the means of their strong
cords and their ladders; thus when the morning came they
were all within the walls of the city.
|62:24 And now, when the Lamanites awoke and saw that
the armies of Moroni were within the walls, they were
affrighted exceedingly, insomuch that they did flee out
by the pass.
|62:25 And now when Moroni saw that they were fleeing
before him, he did cause that his men should march forth
against them, and slew many, and surrounded many others,
and took them prisoners; and the remainder of them fled
into the land of Moroni, which was in the borders by the
|62:26 Thus had Moroni and Pahoran obtained the
possession of the city of Nephihah without the loss of
one soul; and there were many of the Lamanites who were
|62:27 Now it came to pass that many of the Lamanites
that were prisoners were desirous to join the people of
Ammon and become a free people.
|62:28 And it came to pass that as many as were
desirous, unto them it was granted according to their
|62:29 Therefore, all the prisoners of the Lamanites
did join the people of Ammon, and did begin to labor
exceedingly, tilling the ground, raising all manner of
grain, and flocks and herds of every kind; and thus were
the Nephites relieved from a great burden; yea, insomuch
that they were relieved from all the prisoners of the
|62:30 Now it came to pass that Moroni, after he had
obtained possession of the city of Nephihah, having taken
many prisoners, which did reduce the armies of the
Lamanites exceedingly, and having regained many of the
Nephites who had been taken prisoners, which did
strengthen the army of Moroni exceedingly; therefore
Moroni went forth from the land of Nephihah to the land
|62:31 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw
that Moroni was coming against them, they were again
frightened and fled before the army of Moroni.
|62:32 And it came to pass that Moroni and his army
did pursue them from city to city, until they were met by
Lehi and Teancum; and the Lamanites fled from Lehi and
Teancum, even down upon the borders by the seashore,
until they came to the land of Moroni.
|62:33 And the armies of the Lamanites were all
gathered together, insomuch that they were all in one
body in the land of Moroni. Now Ammoron, the king of the
Lamanites, was also with them.
|62:34 And it came to pass that Moroni and Lehi and
Teancum did encamp with their armies round about in the
borders of the land of Moroni, insomuch that the
Lamanites were encircled about in the borders by the
wilderness on the south, and in the borders by the
wilderness on the east.
|62:35 And thus they did encamp for the night. For
behold, the Nephites and the Lamanites also were weary
because of the greatness of the march; therefore they did
not resolve upon any stratagem in the night-time, save it
were Teancum; for he was exceedingly angry with Ammoron,
insomuch that he considered that Ammoron, and Amalickiah
his brother, had been the cause of this great and lasting
war between them and the Lamanites, which had been the
cause of so much war and bloodshed, yea, and so much
|62:36 And it came to pass that Teancum in his anger
did go forth into the camp of the Lamanites, and did let
himself down over the walls of the city. And he went
forth with a cord, from place to place, insomuch that he
did find the king; and he did cast a javelin at him,
which did pierce him near the heart. But behold, the king
did awaken his servants before he died, insomuch that
they did pursue Teancum, and slew him.
|62:37 Now it came to pass that when Lehi and Moroni
knew that Teancum was dead they were exceedingly
sorrowful; for behold, he had been a man who had fought
valiantly for his country, yea, a true friend to liberty;
and he had suffered very many exceedingly sore
afflictions. But behold, he was dead, and had gone the
way of all the earth.
|62:38 Now it came to pass that Moroni marched forth
on the morrow, and came upon the Lamanites, insomuch that
they did slay them with a great slaughter; and they did
drive them out of the land; and they did flee, even that
they did not return at that time against the Nephites.
|62:39 And thus ended the thirty and first year of the
reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; and thus
they had had wars, and bloodsheds, and famine, and
affliction, for the space of many years.
|62:40 And there had been murders, and contentions,
and dissensions, and all manner of iniquity among the
people of Nephi; nevertheless for the righteous' sake,
yea, because of the prayers of the righteous, they were
|62:41 But behold, because of the exceedingly great
length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites
many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly
great length of the war; and many were softened because
of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble
themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.
|62:42 And it came to pass that after Moroni had
fortified those parts of the land which were most exposed
to the Lamanites, until they were sufficiently strong, he
returned to the city of Zarahemla; and also Helaman
returned to the place of his inheritance; and there was
once more peace established among the people of Nephi.
|62:43 And Moroni yielded up the command of his armies
into the hands of his son, whose name was Moronihah; and
he retired to his own house that he might spend the
remainder of his days in peace.
|62:44 And Pahoran did return to his judgment-seat;
and Helaman did take upon him again to preach unto the
people the word of God; for because of so many wars and
contentions it had become expedient that a regulation
should be made again in the church.
|62:45 Therefore, Helaman and his brethren went forth,
and did declare the word of God with much power unto the
convincing of many people of their wickedness, which did
cause them to repent of their sins and to be baptized unto the Lord their God.
|62:46 And it came to pass that they did establish
again the church of God, throughout all the land.
|62:47 Yea, and regulations were made concerning the
law. And their judges, and their chief judges were
|62:48 And the people of Nephi began to prosper again
in the land, and began to multiply and to wax exceedingly
strong again in the land. And they began to grow
|62:49 But notwithstanding their riches, or their
strength, or their prosperity, they were not lifted up in
the pride of their eyes; neither were they slow to
remember the Lord their God; but they did humble
themselves exceedingly before him.
|62:50 Yea, they did remember how great things the
Lord had done for them, that he had delivered them from
death, and from bonds, and from prisons, and from all
manner of afflictions, and he had delivered them out of
the hands of their enemies.
|62:51 And they did pray unto the Lord their God
continually, insomuch that the Lord did bless them,
according to his word, so that they did wax strong and
prosper in the land.
|62:52 And it came to pass that all these things were
done. And Helaman died, in the thirty and fifth year of
the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.