|7:1 And now, it came to pass that after king Mosiah
had had continual peace for the space of three years, he
was desirous to know concerning the people who went up to
dwell in the land of Lehi-Nephi, or in the city of
Lehi-Nephi; for his people had heard nothing from them
from the time they left the land of Zarahemla; therefore,
they wearied him with their teasings.
|7:2 And it came to pass that king Mosiah granted
that sixteen of their strong men might go up to the land
of Lehi-Nephi, to inquire concerning their brethren.
|7:3 And it came to pass that on the morrow they
started to go up, having with them one Ammon, he being a
strong and mighty man, and a descendant of Zarahemla; and
he was also their leader.
|7:4 And now, they knew not the course they should
travel in the wilderness to go up to the land of
Lehi-Nephi; therefore they wandered many days in the
wilderness, even forty days did they wander.
|7:5 And when they had wandered forty days they came
to a hill, which is north of the land of Shilom, and
there they pitched their tents.
|7:6 And Ammon took three of his brethren, and their
names were Amaleki, Helem, and Hem, and they went down
into the land of Nephi.
|7:7 And behold, they met the king of the people who
were in the land of Nephi, and in the land of Shilom; and
they were surrounded by the king's guard, and were taken,
and were bound, and were committed to prison.
|7:8 And it came to pass when they had been in
prison two days they were again brought before the king,
and their bands were loosed; and they stood before the
king, and were permitted, or rather commanded, that they
should answer the questions which he should ask them.
|7:9 And he said unto them: Behold, I am Limhi, the
son of Noah, who was the son of Zeniff, who came up out
of the land of Zarahemla to inherit this land, which was
the land of their fathers, who was made a king by the
voice of the people.
|7:10 And now, I desire to know the cause whereby ye
were so bold as to come near the walls of the city, when
I, myself, was with my guards without the gate?
|7:11 And now, for this cause have I suffered that ye
should be preserved, that I might inquire of you, or else
I should have caused that my guards should have put you
to death. Ye are permitted to speak.
|7:12 And now, when Ammon saw that he was permitted
to speak, he went forth and bowed himself before the
king; and rising again he said: O king, I am very
thankful before God this day that I am yet alive, and am
permitted to speak; and I will endeavor to speak with
|7:13 For I am assured that if ye had known me ye
would not have suffered that I should have worn these
bands. For I am Ammon, and am a descendant of Zarahemla,
and have come up out of the land of Zarahemla to inquire
concerning our brethren, whom Zeniff brought up out of
|7:14 And now, it came to pass that after Limhi had
heard the words of Ammon, he was exceedingly glad, and
said: Now, I know of a surety that my brethren who were
in the land of Zarahemla are yet alive. And now, I will
rejoice; and on the morrow I will cause that my people
shall rejoice also.
|7:15 For behold, we are in bondage to the Lamanites,
and are taxed with a tax which is grievous to be borne.
And now, behold, our brethren will deliver us out of our
bondage, or out of the hands of the Lamanites, and we
will be their slaves; for it is better that we be slaves
to the Nephites than to pay tribute to the king of the
|7:16 And now, king Limhi commanded his guards that
they should no more bind Ammon nor his brethren, but
caused that they should go to the hill which was north of
Shilom, and bring their brethren into the city, that
thereby they might eat, and drink, and rest themselves
from the labors of their journey; for they had suffered
many things; they had suffered hunger, thirst, and
|7:17 And now, it came to pass on the morrow that
king Limhi sent a proclamation among all his people, that
thereby they might gather themselves together to the
temple, to hear the words which he should speak unto
|7:18 And it came to pass that when they had gathered
themselves together that he spake unto them in this wise,
saying: O ye, my people, lift up your heads and be
comforted; for behold, the time is at hand, or is not far
distant, when we shall no longer be in subjection to our
enemies, notwithstanding our many strugglings, which have
been in vain; yet I trust there remaineth an effectual
struggle to be made.
|7:19 Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and
put your trust in God, in that God who was the God of
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and also, that God who
brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt,
and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on
dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not
perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do
|7:20 And again, that same God has brought our
fathers out of the land of Jerusalem, and has kept and
preserved his people even until now; and behold, it is
because of our iniquities and abominations that he has
brought us into bondage.
|7:21 And ye all are witnesses this day, that Zeniff,
who was made king over this people, he being over-zealous
to inherit the land of his fathers, therefore being
deceived by the cunning and craftiness of king Laman, who
having entered into a treaty with king Zeniff, and having
yielded up into his hands the possessions of a part of
the land, or even the city of Lehi-Nephi, and the city of
Shilom; and the land round about--
|7:22 And all this he did, for the sole purpose of
bringing this people into subjection or into bondage. And
behold, we at this time do pay tribute to the king of the
Lamanites, to the amount of one half of our corn, and our
barley, and even all our grain of every kind, and one
half of the increase of our flocks and our herds; and
even one half of all we have or possess the king of the
Lamanites doth exact of us, or our lives.
|7:23 And now, is not this grievous to be borne? And
is not this, our affliction, great? Now behold, how great
reason we have to mourn.
|7:24 Yea, I say unto you, great are the reasons
which we have to mourn; for behold how many of our
brethren have been slain, and their blood has been spilt
in vain, and all because of iniquity.
|7:25 For if this people had not fallen into
transgression the Lord would not have suffered that this
great evil should come upon them. But behold, they would
not hearken unto his words; but there arose contentions
among them, even so much that they did shed blood among
|7:26 And a prophet of the Lord have they slain; yea,
a chosen man of God, who told them of their wickedness
and abominations, and prophesied of many things which are
to come, yea, even the coming of Christ.
|7:27 And because he said unto them that Christ was
the God, the Father of all things, and said that he
should take upon him the image of man, and it should be
the image after which man was created in the beginning;
or in other words, he said that man was created after the
image of God, and that God should come down among the
children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and
go forth upon the face of the earth--
|7:28 And now, because he said this, they did put him
to death; and many more things did they do which brought
down the wrath of God upon them. Therefore, who wondereth
that they are in bondage, and that they are smitten with
|7:29 For behold, the Lord hath said: I will not
succor my people in the day of their transgression; but I
will hedge up their ways that they prosper not; and their
doings shall be as a stumbling block before them.
|7:30 And again, he saith: If my people shall 1sow
filthiness they shall reap the chaff thereof in the
whirlwind; and the effect thereof is poison.
8:7: For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the
|7:31 And again he saith: If my people shall sow
filthiness they shall reap the east wind, which bringeth
|7:32 And now, behold, the promise of the Lord is
fulfilled, and ye are smitten and afflicted.
|7:33 But if ye will turn to the Lord with full
purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve
him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will,
according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out