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THE BOOK OF ALMA
Amalickiah convinced the Lamanites to fight the Nephites--Moroni prepared the Nephites to fight the
Lamanites--For many years there was war between the Nephites and the Lamanites--The Nephites reluctantly
killed many Lamanites.
|48:1 And now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the
kingdom he began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi; yea,
he did appoint men to speak
unto the Lamanites from their towers, against the Nephites. ||
(48:1-3) "He [Amalickiah] did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from their towers."|
After Amalickiah was so successful becoming king of all the Lamanites, he decided to continue his
conquest and try to become king of the Nephites, too. He ordered men to speak from the Lamanite towers,
to try to get them angry and ready to fight the Nephites. It's not too hard to convince the Lamanites to
fight the Nephites, and pretty soon he had a willing and ready army.
|48:2 And thus he did inspire their hearts against the Nephites, insomuch that in the latter end of the
nineteenth year of the reign of the judges, he having accomplished his designs thus far, yea, having been made king
over the Lamanites, he sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the
Nephites as well as the Lamanites.
|48:3 Therefore he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and
blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger, insomuch that he had gathered together a numerous host to go
to battle against the Nephites. ||
|48:4 For he was determined, because of the greatness of the number of his people, to overpower
the Nephites and to bring them into bondage. ||
|48:5 And thus he did appoint chief captains of the Zoramites, they being the most acquainted with
the strength of the Nephites, and their places of resort, and the weakest parts of their cities; therefore he
appointed them to be chief captains over his armies. ||
(48:5-6) "He did appoint chief captains of the Zoramites."|
Amalickiah appointed some Zoramite captains, because they tended to know the strengths and weaknesses
of the Nephites the best. After appointing captains, they rallied their troops and headed toward the
land of Zarahemla.
|48:6 And it came to pass that they took their camp, and moved forth toward the
land of Zarahemla in the wilderness.
|48:7 Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit,
Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their
(48:7-9) "He [Moroni] had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts,
or places of resort."|
But while Amalickiah was busy gaining power and control over the armies of the Lamanites, Moroni had been preparing for war, and strengthening his own army.
He was busy building small forts, and building walls of stone to encircle their cities, and all around the borders of the land. Pretty much the Great Wall Of China.
he had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts, or places of
resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose his armies, and also building walls of stone to encircle
them about, round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea,
all round about the land.
|48:9 And in their weakest fortifications he did place the greater number of men; and thus he did
fortify and strengthen the land which was possessed by the Nephites.
|48:10 And thus he was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and
their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain
that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians. ||
|48:11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man;
he was a man of a perfect understanding;
yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his
country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery; ||
(48:11-13) "He [Moroni] was a man of a perfect understanding."|
Moroni was a pretty amazing guy. He was strong, had perfect understanding, he wasn't cruel, and he
worked hard for his people. He was firm in his faith and had sworn an oath to defend his people,
and even to the point of bloodshed if necessary.
|48:12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and
blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the
welfare and safety of his people.
|48:13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to
defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood. ||
|48:14 Now the Nephites were taught to defend themselves against their enemies, even to the shedding of
blood if it were necessary; yea, and they were also taught never to give an offense, yea, and never to raise the
sword except it were against an enemy, except it were to preserve their lives. ||
|48:15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper
them in the land, or in other words,
if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper
them in the land; yea, warn them
to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger; ||
(48:15) "God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, ... God ...
would prosper them in the land."
|48:16 And also, that God would make it known unto them whither they should go to defend themselves
against their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his
heart did glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping
the commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.
|48:17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you,
if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like
unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have
power over the hearts of the children of men. ||
(48:17-18) "If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni,
behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever."|
If all men were like Moroni, well, then the devil would just have to go home and sit
in his hole because he wouldn't sway men's hearts at all. Moroni
was as good as Ammon, or Mosiah, or Mosiah's sons. Shoot, all of those guys were just so great.
|48:18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of
Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of
|48:19 Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni;
for they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken unto
their words. ||
(48:19) "Behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni."|
But that Helaman guy, and his brothers, they were pretty great, too.
|48:20 And thus they went forth, and the people did humble themselves because of their words, insomuch
that they were highly favored of the Lord, and thus they were free from wars and contentions among themselves,
yea, even for the space of four years. ||
|48:21 But, as I have said, in the latter end of the nineteenth year, yea, notwithstanding their
peace amongst themselves, they were compelled reluctantly to contend with their brethren,
the Lamanites. ||
(48:21-22) "They were compelled reluctantly to contend with their brethren, the Lamanites."|
But, as happens, they had to fight the Lamanites. They just didn't have a choice. They fought reluctantly
with them for many years.
|48:22 Yea, and in fine, their wars never did cease for the space of many years with the Lamanites,
notwithstanding their much reluctance.
|48:23 Now, they were sorry to take up arms against the Lamanites, because they did not delight
in the shedding of blood; yea, and this was not all --
they were sorry to be the means of sending so many
of their brethren out of this world into an eternal world, unprepared to meet their God.
(48:23-24) "They were sorry to be the means of sending so many of their brethren out of
this world into an eternal world, unprepared to meet their God."|
They were sorry that they had to fight and kill the Lamanites, but they really didn't have any choice.
They had to send the Lamanites "unprepared to meet their God", otherwise their wives and children
would have been massacred.
|48:24 Nevertheless, they could not suffer to lay down their lives, that their wives and their
children should be massacred by the barbarous cruelty of those who were once their brethren, yea, and had
dissented from their church, and had left them and had gone to destroy them by joining the
|48:25 Yea, they could not bear that their brethren should rejoice over the blood of the Nephites,
so long as there were any who should keep the commandments of God, for the promise of the Lord was, if they
should keep his commandments they should prosper in the land. ||
And it came to pass (48:1, 6, 7)
Yea [48:1, 2(3), 8(2), 11,
12, 13, 14(2), 15, 16(2),
17(2), 18, 20, 21, 22,
23, 24, 25]
Behold (48:17, 18, 19)
(48:10) The Nephites were called "Christians" 70 years before Jesus was born.
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Alma 48