|11:1 And now it came to pass in the seventy and
second year of the reign of the judges that the
contentions did increase, insomuch that there were wars
throughout all the land among all the people of Nephi.
|11:2 And it was this secret band of robbers who did
carry on this work of destruction and wickedness. And
this war did last all that year; and in the seventy and
third year it did also last.
|11:3 And it came to pass that in this year Nephi did
cry unto the Lord, saying:
|11:4 O Lord, do not suffer that this people shall be
destroyed by the sword; but O Lord,
rather let there be a famine in the land, 1to stir
them up in remembrance of the Lord their God, and perhaps
they will repent and turn unto thee.
II Peter 1:13: ...to stir you up by putting you in
|11:5 And so it was done, according to the words of
Nephi. And there was a great famine upon the land, among
all the people of Nephi. And thus in the seventy and
fourth year the famine did continue, and the work of
destruction did cease by the sword but became sore by famine.
|11:6 And this work of destruction did also continue
in the seventy and fifth year. For the earth was smitten
that it was dry, and did not yield forth grain in the
season of grain; and the whole earth was smitten, even
among the Lamanites as well as among the Nephites, so
that they were smitten that they did perish by thousands
in the more wicked parts of the land.
|11:7 And it came to pass that the people saw that
they were about to perish by famine, and they began to
remember the Lord their God; and they began to remember
the words of Nephi.
|11:8 And the people began to plead with their chief
judges and their leaders, that they would say unto Nephi:
Behold, we know that thou art a man of God, and therefore
cry unto the Lord our God that he turn away from us this
famine, lest all the words which thou hast spoken
concerning our destruction be fulfilled.
|11:9 And it came to pass that the judges did say
unto Nephi, according to the words which had been
desired. And it came to pass that when Nephi saw that the
people had repented and did humble themselves in
sackcloth, he cried again unto the Lord, saying:
|11:10 O Lord,
behold this people repenteth; and they have swept away
the band of Gadianton from amongst them insomuch that
they have become extinct, and they have concealed their
secret plans in the earth.
|11:11 Now, O Lord, because of this their humility
wilt thou turn away thine anger, and let thine anger be
appeased in the destruction of those wicked men whom thou
hast already destroyed.
|11:12 O Lord, wilt thou turn away thine anger, yea,
thy fierce anger, and cause that this famine may cease in
|11:13 O Lord, wilt thou hearken unto me, and cause
that it may be done according to my words, and send forth
rain upon the face of the earth, that she may bring forth
her fruit, and her grain in the season of grain.
|11:14 O Lord, thou didst hearken unto my words when I
said, Let there be a famine, that the pestilence of the sword might cease; and I know that thou wilt, even at
this time, hearken unto my words, for thou saidst that:
If this people repent I will spare them.
|11:15 Yea, O Lord, and thou seest that they have
repented, because of the famine and the pestilence and
destruction which has come unto them.
|11:16 And now, O Lord, wilt thou turn away thine
anger, and try again if they will serve thee? And if so,
O Lord, thou canst bless them according to thy words
which thou hast said.
|11:17 And it came to pass that in the seventy and
sixth year the Lord did turn away his anger from the
people, and caused that rain should fall upon the earth,
insomuch that it did bring forth her fruit in the season
of her fruit. And it came to pass that it did bring forth
her grain in the season of her grain.
|11:18 And behold, the people did rejoice and glorify
God, and the whole face of the land was filled with
rejoicing; and they did no more seek to destroy Nephi,
but they did esteem him as a great prophet, and a man of
God, having great power and authority given unto him from
|11:19 And behold, Lehi, his brother, was not a whit
behind him as to things pertaining to righteousness.
|11:20 And thus it did come to pass that the people of
Nephi began to prosper again in the land, and began to
build up their waste places, and began to multiply and
spread, even until they did cover the whole face of the
land, both on the northward and on the southward, from
the sea west to the sea east.
|11:21 And it came to pass that the seventy and sixth
year did end in peace. And the seventy and seventh year
began in peace; and the church did spread
throughout the face of all the land; and the more part of
the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites, did
belong to the church; and they did
have exceedingly great peace in the land; and thus ended
the seventy and seventh year.
|11:22 And also they had peace in the seventy and
eighth year, save it were a few contentions concerning
the points of doctrine which had been laid down by the
|11:23 And in the seventy and ninth year there began
to be much strife. But it came to pass that Nephi and
Lehi, and many of their brethren who knew concerning the
true points of doctrine, having many revelations daily,
therefore they did preach unto the people, insomuch that
they did put an end to their strife in that same year.
|11:24 And it came to pass that in the eightieth year
of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,
there were a certain number of the dissenters from the
people of Nephi, who had some years before gone over unto
the Lamanites, and taken upon themselves the name of
Lamanites, and also a certain number who were real
descendants of the Lamanites, being stirred up to anger
by them, or by those dissenters, therefore they commenced
a war with their brethren.
|11:25 And they did commit murder and plunder; and
then they would retreat back into the mountains, and into
the wilderness and secret places, hiding themselves that
they could not be discovered, receiving daily an addition
to their numbers, inasmuch as there were dissenters that
went forth unto them.
|11:26 And thus in time, yea, even in the space of not
many years, they became an exceedingly great band of
robbers; and they did search out all the secret plans of
Gadianton; and thus they became robbers of Gadianton.
|11:27 Now behold, these robbers did make great havoc,
yea, even great destruction among the people of Nephi,
and also among the people of the Lamanites.
|11:28 And it came to pass that it was expedient that
there should be a stop put to this work of destruction;
therefore they sent an army of strong men into the
wilderness and upon the mountains to search out this band
of robbers, and to destroy them.
|11:29 But behold, it came to pass that in that same
year they were driven back even into their own lands. And
thus ended the eightieth year of the reign of the judges
over the people of Nephi.
|11:30 And it came to pass in the commencement of the
eighty and first year they did go forth again against
this band of robbers, and did destroy many; and they were
also visited with much destruction.
|11:31 And they were again obliged to return out of
the wilderness and out of the mountains unto their own
lands, because of the exceeding greatness of the numbers
of those robbers who infested the mountains and the
|11:32 And it came to pass that thus ended this year.
And the robbers did still increase and wax strong,
insomuch that they did defy the whole armies of the
Nephites, and also of the Lamanites; and they did cause
great fear to come unto the people upon all the face of
|11:33 Yea, for they did visit many parts of the land,
and did do great destruction unto them; yea, did kill
many, and did carry away others captive into the
wilderness, yea, and more especially their women and
|11:34 Now this great evil, which came unto the people
because of their iniquity, did 1stir them up again in remembrance of the Lord
II Peter 1:13: ...to stir you up by putting you in
|11:35 And thus ended the eighty and first year of the
reign of the judges.
|11:36 And in the eighty and second year they began
again to forget the Lord their God. And in the eighty and
third year they began to wax strong in iniquity. And in
the eighty and fourth year they did not mend their ways.
|11:37 And it came to pass in the eighty and fifth
year they did wax stronger and stronger in their pride,
and in their wickedness; and thus they were ripening
again for destruction.
|11:38 And thus ended the eighty and fifth year.