Helaman's letter to Moroni (part 3)
58:1-41, 63 BCE
1 And behold, now it came to pass that our next object was to obtain the city of Manti;
but behold, there was no way that we could lead them out of the city by our small bands. For behold,
they remembered that which we had hitherto done; therefore we could not decoy them away from their
2 And they were so much more numerous than was our army that we durst not go forth and
attack them in their strongholds.
3 Yea, and it became expedient that we should employ our men to the maintaining those parts of
the land which we had regained of our possessions; therefore it became expedient that we should wait, that
we might receive more strength from the land of Zarahemla and also a new supply of provisions.
4 And it came to pass that I thus did send an embassy to the governor
of our land, to acquaint him concerning the affairs of our people. And it came to pass
that we did wait to receive provisions and strength from the land of Zarahemla.
5 But behold, this did profit us but little; for the Lamanites were also receiving great
strength from day to day, and also many provisions; and thus were our circumstances at this period of
6 And the Lamanites were sallying forth against us from time to time, resolving by
stratagem to destroy us; nevertheless we could not come to battle with them, because of their retreats
and their strongholds.
7 And it came to pass that we did wait in these difficult circumstances
for the space of many months, even until we were about to perish for the want of food.
8 But it came to pass that we did receive food, which was guarded to us by an army of two
thousand men to our assistance; and this is all the assistance which we did receive, to defend ourselves
and our country from falling into the hands of our enemies, yea, to contend with an enemy which was
9 And now the cause of these our embarrassments, or the cause why they did not send more strength
unto us, we knew not; therefore we were grieved and also filled with fear, lest by any means the judgments of
God should come upon our land, to our overthrow and utter destruction.
10 Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and
deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our
cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people.
We continued to be attacked by the Lamanites now and then, so we asked God to help us fight against them.
11 Yea, And it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with
assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant
unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.
12 And we did take courage with our small force which we had received, and were fixed with a
determination to conquer our enemies, and to maintain our lands, and our possessions, and our wives, and
our children, and the cause of our liberty.
And God promised to help us.
13 And thus we did go forth with all our might against the Lamanites, who were in the
city of Manti; and we did pitch our tents by the wilderness side, which was near to the city.
14 And it came to pass that on the morrow, that when the
Lamanites saw that we were in the borders by the wilderness which was near the city, that they sent
out their spies round about us that they might discover the number and the strength of our army.
15 And it came to pass that when they saw that we were not strong,
according to our numbers, and fearing that we should cut them off from their support except they should
come out to battle against us and kill us, and also supposing that they could easily destroy us with their
numerous hosts, therefore they began to make preparations to come out against us to battle.
Knowing that God would help us, we traveled to the outskirts of the cit of Manti.
16 And when we saw that they were making preparations to come out against us, behold, I caused
that Gid, with a small number of men, should secrete himself in the wilderness, and also that Teomner and a
small number of men should secrete themselves also in the wilderness.
17 Now Gid and his men were on the right and the others on the left; and when they had thus
secreted themselves, behold, I remained, with the remainder of my army, in that same place where we had
first pitched our tents against the time that the Lamanites should come out to battle.
I sent Gid, Teomner, and some other men to hide in the wilderness.
18 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did come out with their
numerous army against us. And when they had come and were about to fall upon us with the sword, I
caused that my men, those who were with me, should retreat into the wilderness.
When the Lamanites attacked us, we retreated into the wilderness.
19 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did follow after us with
great speed, for they were exceedingly desirous to overtake us that they might
slay us; therefore they did follow us into the wilderness; and we did pass by in the midst of Gid and Teomner,
insomuch that they were not discovered by the Lamanites.
20 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had passed by, or when
the army had passed by, Gid and Teomner did rise up from their secret places, and did cut off the spies of
the Lamanites that they should not return to the city.
21 And it came to pass that when they had cut them off, they ran to
the city and fell upon the guards who were left to guard the city, insomuch that they did destroy them
and did take possession of the city.
22 Now this was done because the Lamanites did suffer their whole army, save a few guards
only, to be led away into the wilderness.
While the entire Lamanite army chased us in the wilderness, Gid and Teomner killed the guards in the city of Manti
and took possession of it.
23 And it came to pass that Gid and Teomner by this means had
obtained possession of their strongholds. And it came to pass that we took our
course, after having traveled much in the wilderness towards the land of Zarahemla.
We left the wilderness to return to the land of Zarahemla.
24 And when the Lamanites saw that they were marching towards the land of Zarahemla,
they were exceedingly afraid, lest there was a plan laid to lead them on to
destruction; therefore they began to retreat into the wilderness again, yea, even back by the same
way which they had come.
25 And behold, it was night and they did pitch their tents, for the chief captains of the
Lamanites had supposed that the Nephites were weary because of their march; and supposing that they had
driven their whole army therefore they took no thought concerning the city of Manti.
When the Lamanites saw where we were going, theywere afraid and reteated into the wilderness.
26 Now it came to pass that when it was night, I caused that my men should not sleep, but that
they should march forward by another way towards the land of Manti.
27 And because of this our march in the night-time, behold, on the morrow we were beyond the
Lamanites, insomuch that we did arrive before them at the city of Manti.
That night, I ordered the army toreturn to the city of Manti, and we arrived there before the Lamaintes.
28 And thus it came to pass, that by this stratagem we did take possession of the city of
Manti without the shedding of blood.
In this way, we took possession of the city without killing anyone.
29 And it came to pass that when the armies of the Lamanites did
arrive near the city, and saw that we were prepared to meet them, they were
astonished exceedingly and struck with great fear, insomuch that they did flee into
30 Yea, And it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did flee
out of all this quarter of the land. But behold, they have carried with them many women and children out
of the land.
31 And those cities which had been taken by the Lamanites, all of them are at this period
of time in our possession; and our fathers and our women and our children are returning to their homes,
all save it be those who have been taken prisoners and carried off by the Lamanites.
32 But behold, our armies are small to maintain so great a number of cities and so great
33 But behold, we trust in our God who has given us victory over those lands, insomuch that
we have obtained those cities and those lands, which were our own.
34 Now we do not know the cause that the government does not grant us more strength; neither
do those men who came up unto us know why we have not received greater strength.
35 Behold, we do not know but what ye are unsuccessful, and ye have drawn away the forces
into that quarter of the land; if so, we do not desire to murmur.
36 And if it is not so, behold, we fear that there is some faction in the government, that
they do not send more men to our assistance; for we know that they are more numerous than that which they
37 But, behold, it mattereth not -- we trust God will deliver us, notwithstanding the
weakness of our armies, yea, and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies.
When the Lamanites finally arrived, they were afraid and ran into the wilderness.
38 Behold, this is the twenty and ninth year, in the latter end,
and we are in the possession of our lands; and the Lamanites have fled to the land of Nephi.
39 And those sons of the people of Ammon, of whom I have so highly spoken, are with me in the
city of Manti; and the Lord had supported them, yea, and kept them from falling by the sword, insomuch that
even one soul has not been slain.
In this way, we have taken back our lands from the Lamanites, who have fled to the land of Nephi.
40 But behold, they have received many wounds; nevertheless they
stand fast in that liberty
wherewith God has made them free; and they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day; yea,
they do observe to keep his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments continually; and their faith
is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come.
41 And now, my beloved brother, Moroni, may the Lord our God, who has redeemed us and made
us free, keep you continually in his presence; yea, and may he favor this people, even that ye may have
success in obtaining the possession of all that which the Lamanites have taken from us, which was for
our support. And now, behold, I close mine epistle. I am Helaman, the son of Alma.
That's all for now.
I'm Helaman, the son of Alma.
- Stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free. (v.40)
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. Galatians 5:1
And it came to pass: 58:1, 4(2), 7, 8, 11,
14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 23(2),
26, 28, 29, 30
Exceedingly: 58:19, 24, 29
Behold: 58:1(3), 5, 16, 17, 25,
27, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36,
37, 38, 40, 51
Yea: 58:3, 8, 10, 11(2), 30,
37, 39, 40, 41