|15:1 And now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare
unto you that except ye shall repent your 1houses
shall be left unto you desolate.
|| Matthew 23:38: Behold, your house is left unto
|15:2 Yea, except ye repent, your women shall have
great cause to mourn in the day that they shall 1give
suck; for ye shall attempt to flee and there shall be no
place for refuge; yea, and wo unto them which are with
child, for they shall be heavy and cannot flee;
therefore, they shall be trodden down and shall be left
|| Matthew 24:19: And woe unto them that are with
child, and to them that give suck in those days!
|15:3 Yea, wo unto this people who are called the
people of Nephi except they shall repent, when they shall
see all these signs and wonders which shall be showed
unto them; for behold, they have been a chosen people of
the Lord; yea, the people of Nephi hath he loved, and
also hath he chastened them; yea, in the days of their
iniquities hath he chastened them because he loveth them.
|15:4 But behold my brethren, the Lamanites hath he
hated because their deeds have been evil continually, and
this because of the iniquity of the tradition of their
fathers. But behold, salvation hath come unto them
through the preaching of the Nephites; and for this
intent hath the Lord prolonged their days.
|15:5 And I would that ye should behold that the more
part of them are in the path of their duty, and they do 1walk circumspectly before God, and they do
observe to keep his commandments and his statutes and his
judgments according to the law of Moses.
|| Ephesians 5:15: See then that ye walk
|15:6 Yea, I say unto you, that the more part of them
are doing this, and they are striving with unwearied
diligence that they may bring the remainder of their
brethren to the knowledge of the truth; therefore there
are many who do add to their numbers daily.
|15:7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye
have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to
the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and
abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to
believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the
holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to
faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and
repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them--
|15:8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye
know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith,
and in the thing wherewith they have been made free.
|15:9 And ye know also that they have buried their
weapons of war, and they fear to take them up lest by any
means they should sin; yea, ye can see that they fear to
sin--for behold they will suffer themselves that they be
trodden down and slain by their enemies, and will not
lift their swords against them, and this because of their faith
|15:10 And now, because of their steadfastness when
they do believe in that thing which they do believe, for
because of their firmness when they are once enlightened,
behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days,
notwithstanding their iniquity--
|15:11 Yea, even if they should dwindle in unbelief
the Lord shall prolong their days, until the time shall
come which hath been spoken of by our fathers, and also
by the prophet Zenos, and many other prophets, concerning
the restoration of our brethren, the Lamanites, again to
the knowledge of the truth--
|15:12 Yea, I say unto you, that in the latter times
the promises of the Lord have been extended to our
brethren, the Lamanites; and notwithstanding the many
afflictions which they shall have, and notwithstanding
they shall be driven to and fro upon the face of the
earth, and be hunted, and shall be smitten and scattered
abroad, having no place for refuge, the Lord shall be
merciful unto them.
|15:13 And this is according to the prophecy, that
they shall again be brought to the true knowledge, which
is the knowledge of their Redeemer, and their great and
true shepherd, and be numbered among his sheep.
|15:14 Therefore I say unto you, it shall be better
for them than for you except ye repent.
|15:15 For behold, had the mighty works been shown
unto them which have been shown unto you, yea, unto them
who have dwindled in unbelief because of the traditions
of their fathers, ye can see of yourselves that they
never would again have dwindled in unbelief.
|15:16 Therefore, saith the Lord: I will not utterly
destroy them, but I will cause that in the day of my
wisdom they shall return again unto me, saith the Lord.
|15:17 And now behold, saith the Lord, concerning the
people of the Nephites: If they will not repent, and
observe to do my will, I will utterly destroy them, saith
the Lord, because of their unbelief notwithstanding the
many mighty works which I have done among them; and as
surely as the Lord liveth shall these things be, saith