|5:1 And it came to pass that in this same year,
behold, Nephi delivered up the judgment-seat to a man
whose name was Cezoram.
|5:2 For as their laws and their governments were
established by the voice of the people, and they who
chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good,
therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the
laws had become corrupted.
|5:3 Yea, and this was not all; they were a
stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be
governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their
|5:4 And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary
because of their iniquity; and he yielded up the
judgment-seat, and took it upon him to preach the word of
God all the remainder of his days, and his brother Lehi
also, all the remainder of his days;
|5:5 For they remembered the words which their
father Helaman spake unto them. And these are the words
which he spake:
|5:6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should
remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would
that ye should declare unto the people these words.
Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first
parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I
have done that when you remember your names ye may
remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember
their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know
how that it is said, and also written, that they were
|5:7 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do
that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also
written, even as it has been said and written of them.
|5:8 And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to
desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these
things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things
to 1lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea,
which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye
may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we
have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.
|| Matthew 6:20: But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
|5:9 O remember, remember, my sons, the words which
king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that
there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved,
only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh
to redeem the world.
|5:10 And remember also the words which Amulek spake
unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto
him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his
people, but that he should not come to redeem them in
their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.
|5:11 And he hath power given unto him from the
Father to redeem them from their sins because of
repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare
the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which
bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the
salvation of their souls.
|5:12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is
upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your
foundation; that when the devil shall send forth
his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea,
when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon
you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to
the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock
upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a
foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
|5:13 And it came to pass that these were the words
which Helaman taught to his sons; yea, he did teach them
many things which are not written, and also many things
which are written.
|5:14 And they did remember his words; and therefore
they went forth, keeping the commandments of God, to
teach the word of God among all the people of Nephi,
beginning at the city Bountiful;
|5:15 And from thenceforth to the city of Gid; and
from the city of Gid to the city of Mulek;
|5:16 And even from one city to another, until they
had gone forth among all the people of Nephi who were in
the land southward; and from thence into the land of
Zarahemla, among the Lamanites.
|5:17 And it came to pass that they did preach with
great power, insomuch that they did confound many of
those dissenters who had gone over from the Nephites,
insomuch that they came forth and did confess their sins
and were baptized unto repentance, and immediately returned to
the Nephites to endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs
which they had done.
|5:18 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did
preach unto the Lamanites with such great power and
authority, for they had power and authority given unto
them that they might speak, and they also had what they
should speak given unto them--
|5:19 Therefore they did speak unto the great
astonishment of the Lamanites, to the convincing them,
insomuch that there were eight thousand of the Lamanites
who were in the land of Zarahemla and round about baptized unto repentance, and were convinced of the
wickedness of the traditions of their fathers.
|5:20 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did
proceed from thence to go to the land of Nephi.
|5:21 And it came to pass that they were taken by an
army of the Lamanites and cast into prison; yea, even in
that same prison in which Ammon and his brethren were
cast by the servants of Limhi.
|5:22 And after they had been cast into prison many
days without food, behold, they went forth into the
prison to take them that they might slay them.
|5:23 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi were
encircled about as if by fire, even insomuch that they
durst not lay their hands upon them for fear lest they
should be burned. Nevertheless, Nephi and Lehi were not
burned; and they were as standing in the midst of fire
and were not burned.
|5:24 And when they saw that they were encircled
about with a pillar of fire, and that it burned them not,
their hearts did take courage.
|5:25 For they saw that the Lamanites durst not lay
their hands upon them; neither durst they come near unto
them, but stood as if they were struck dumb with
|5:26 And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did
stand forth and began to speak unto them, saying: Fear
not, for behold, it is God that has shown unto you this
marvelous thing, in the which is shown unto you that ye
cannot lay your hands on us to slay us.
|5:27 And behold, when they had said these words, the
earth shook exceedingly, and the walls of the prison did
shake as if they were about to tumble to the earth; but
behold, they did not fall. And behold, they that were in
the prison were Lamanites and Nephites who were
|5:28 And it came to pass that they were overshadowed
with a cloud of darkness, and an awful solemn fear came
|5:29 And it came to pass that there came a voice as
if it were above the cloud of darkness, saying: Repent
ye, repent ye, and seek no more to destroy my servants
whom I have sent unto you to declare good tidings.
|5:30 And it came to pass when they heard this voice,
and beheld that it was not a voice of thunder, neither
was it a voice of a great tumultuous noise, but behold,
it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had
been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul--
|5:31 And notwithstanding the mildness of the voice,
behold the earth shook exceedingly, and the walls of the
prison trembled again, as if it were about to tumble to
the earth; and behold the cloud of darkness, which had
overshadowed them, did not disperse--
|5:32 And behold the voice came again, saying: 1Repent
ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand; and
seek no more to destroy my servants. And it came to pass
that the earth shook again, and the walls trembled.
|| Matthew 3:2: ...Repent ye: for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand.
|5:33 And also again the third time the voice came,
and did speak unto them marvelous words which cannot be
uttered by man; and the walls did tremble again, and the
earth shook as if it were about to divide asunder.
|5:34 And it came to pass that the Lamanites could
not flee because of the cloud of darkness which did
overshadow them; yea, and also they were immovable
because of the fear which did come upon them.
|5:35 Now there was one among them who was a Nephite
by birth, who had once belonged to the church of God but had dissented from them.
|5:36 And it came to pass that he turned him about,
and behold, he saw through the cloud of darkness the
faces of Nephi and Lehi; and behold, they did shine
exceedingly, even as the faces of angels. And he beheld
that they did lift their eyes to heaven; and they were in
the attitude as if talking or lifting their voices to
some being whom they beheld.
|5:37 And it came to pass that this man did cry unto
the multitude, that they might turn and look. And behold,
there was power given unto them that they did turn and
look; and they did behold the faces of Nephi and Lehi.
|5:38 And they said unto the man: Behold, what do all
these things mean, and who is it with whom these men do
|5:39 Now the man's name was Aminadab. And Aminadab
said unto them: They do converse with the angels of God.
|5:40 And it came to pass that the Lamanites said
unto him: What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness
may be removed from overshadowing us?
|5:41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent,
and cry unto the voice, even until ye shall have faith in
Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek,
and Zeezrom; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of
darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.
|5:42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to
cry unto the voice of him who had shaken the earth; yea,
they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was
|5:43 And it came to pass that when they cast their
eyes about, and saw that the cloud of darkness was
dispersed from overshadowing them, behold, they saw that
they were encircled about, yea every soul, by a pillar of
|5:44 And Nephi and Lehi were in the midst of them;
yea, they were encircled about; yea, they were as if in
the midst of a flaming fire, yet it did harm them not,
neither did it take hold upon the walls of the prison;
and they were filled with that 1joy which is unspeakable and full of glory.
|| I Peter 1:8: ...ye
rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory...
|5:45 And behold, the Holy Spirit of God did come
down from heaven, and did enter into their hearts, and
they were filled as if with fire, and they could speak
forth marvelous words.
|5:46 And it came to pass that there came a voice
unto them, yea, a pleasant voice, as if it were a
|5:47 Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith
in my Well Beloved, who was from the foundation of the
|5:48 And now, when they heard this they cast up
their eyes as if to behold from whence the voice came;
and behold, they saw the heavens open; and angels came
down out of heaven and ministered unto them.
|5:49 And there were about three hundred souls who
saw and heard these things; and they were bidden to go
forth and marvel not, neither should they doubt.
|5:50 And it came to pass that they did go forth, and
did minister unto the people, declaring throughout all
the regions round about all the things which they had
heard and seen, insomuch that the more part of the
Lamanites were convinced of them, because of the
greatness of the evidences which they had received.
|5:51 And as many as were convinced did lay down
their weapons of war, and also their hatred and the
tradition of their fathers.
|5:52 And it came to pass that they did yield up unto
the Nephites the lands of their possession.