|2:1 And it came to pass in that same year there
began to be a war again between the Nephites and the
Lamanites. And notwithstanding I being young, was large
in stature; therefore the people of Nephi appointed me
that I should be their leader, or the leader of their
|2:2 Therefore it came to pass that in my sixteenth
year I did go forth at the head of an army of the
Nephites, against the Lamanites; therefore three hundred
and twenty and six years had passed away.
|2:3 And it came to pass that in the three hundred
and twenty and seventh year the Lamanites did come upon
us with exceedingly great power, insomuch that they did
frighten my armies; therefore they would not fight, and
they began to retreat towards the north countries.
|2:4 And it came to pass that we did come to the
city of Angola, and we did take possession of the city,
and make preparations to defend ourselves against the
Lamanites. And it came to pass that we did fortify the
city with our might; but notwithstanding all our
fortifications the Lamanites did come upon us and did
drive us out of the city.
|2:5 And they did also drive us forth out of the
land of David.
|2:6 And we marched forth and came to the land of
Joshua, which was in the borders west by the seashore.
|2:7 And it came to pass that we did gather in our
people as fast as it were possible, that we might get
them together in one body.
|2:8 But behold, the land was filled with robbers
and with Lamanites; and notwithstanding the great
destruction which hung over my people, they did not
repent of their evil doings; therefore there was blood
and carnage spread throughout all the face of the land,
both on the part of the Nephites and also on the part of
the Lamanites; and it was one complete revolution
throughout all the face of the land.
|2:9 And now, the Lamanites had a king, and his name
was Aaron; and he came against us with an army of forty
and four thousand. And behold, I withstood him with forty
and two thousand. And it came to pass that I beat him
with my army that he fled before me. And behold, all this
was done, and three hundred and thirty years had passed
|2:10 And it came to pass that the Nephites began to
repent of their iniquity, and began to cry even as had
been prophesied by Samuel the prophet; for behold no man
could keep that which was his own, for the thieves, and
the robbers, and the murderers, and the magic art, and
the witchcraft which was in the land.
|2:11 Thus there began to be a mourning and a
lamentation in all the land because of these things, and
more especially among the people of Nephi.
|2:12 And it came to pass that when I, Mormon, saw
their lamentation and their mourning and their sorrow
before the Lord, my heart did begin to rejoice within me,
knowing the mercies and the long-suffering of the Lord,
therefore supposing that he would be merciful unto them
that they would again become a righteous people.
|2:13 But behold this my joy was vain, for their
sorrowing was not unto repentance, because of the
goodness of God; but it was rather the sorrowing of the
damned, because the Lord would not always suffer them to
take happiness in sin.
|2:14 And they did not come unto Jesus with 1broken
hearts and contrite spirits, but they did curse God, and
wish to die. Nevertheless they would struggle with the sword for their lives.
51:17: ...a broken and a contrite heart...
|2:15 And it came to pass that my sorrow did return
unto me again, and I saw that the day of grace was passed
with them, both temporally and spiritually; for I saw
thousands of them hewn down in open rebellion against
their God, and heaped up as dung upon the face of the
land. And thus three hundred and forty and four years had
|2:16 And it came to pass that in the three hundred
and forty and fifth year the Nephites did begin to flee
before the Lamanites; and they were pursued until they
came even to the land of Jashon, before it was possible
to stop them in their retreat.
|2:17 And now, the city of Jashon was near the land
where Ammaron had deposited the records unto the Lord,
that they might not be destroyed. And behold I had gone
according to the word of Ammaron, and taken the plates of
Nephi, and did make a record according to the words of
|2:18 And upon the plates of Nephi I did make a full
account of all the wickedness and abominations; but upon
these plates I did forbear to make a full account of
their wickedness and abominations, for behold, a
continual scene of wickedness and abominations has been
before mine eyes ever since I have been sufficient to
behold the ways of man.
|2:19 And wo is me because of their wickedness; for
my heart has been filled with sorrow because of their
wickedness, all my days; nevertheless, I know that I
shall be lifted up at the last day.
|2:20 And it came to pass that in this year the
people of Nephi again were hunted and driven. And it came
to pass that we were driven forth until we had come
northward to the land which was called Shem.
|2:21 And it came to pass that we did fortify the
city of Shem, and we did gather in our people as much as
it were possible, that perhaps we might save them from
|2:22 And it came to pass in the three hundred and
forty and sixth year they began to come upon us again.
|2:23 And it came to pass that I did speak unto my
people, and did urge them with great energy, that they
would stand boldly before the Lamanites and fight for
their wives, and their children, and their houses, and
|2:24 And my words did arouse them somewhat to vigor,
insomuch that they did not flee from before the
Lamanites, but did stand with boldness against them.
|2:25 And it came to pass that we did contend with an
army of thirty thousand against an army of fifty
thousand. And it came to pass that we did stand before
them with such firmness that they did flee from before
|2:26 And it came to pass that when they had fled we
did pursue them with our armies, and did meet them again,
and did beat them; nevertheless the strength of the Lord
was not with us; yea, we were left to ourselves, that the
Spirit of the Lord did not abide in us; therefore we had
become weak like unto our brethren.
|2:27 And my heart did sorrow because of this the
great calamity of my people, because of their wickedness
and their abominations. But behold, we did go forth
against the Lamanites and the robbers of Gadianton, until
we had again taken possession of the lands of our
|2:28 And the three hundred and forty and ninth year
had passed away. And in the three hundred and fiftieth
year we made a treaty with the Lamanites and the robbers
of Gadianton, in which we did get the lands of our
|2:29 And the Lamanites did give unto us the land
northward, yea, even to the narrow passage which led into
the land southward. And we did give unto the Lamanites
all the land southward.