And it came to pass (22:1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 14, 15)
Ammon and Lemhi decide to call a meeting of all the people. There was only one order of business: how to deliver themselves out of bondage.
(22:1) "Ammon and king Limhi began to consult with the people how they should deliver themselves out of bondage."
After a lengthy discussion, they decided that the only option was to run away. (They tried fighting in the last chapter,
(22:2) "They could find no way to deliver themselves out of bondage, except it were to take their women and children, and their flocks,
and their herds, and their tents, and depart into the wilderness."
(22:3-8) But they still needed a plan. Luckily, a man named Gideon had a great idea: get the Lamanites
drunk and escape through the back door.
(22:3-4) "Gideon went forth and stood before the king, and said unto him: ... listen to my words at this time, and I will ... deliver
this people out of bondage."
(22:6) "Behold ... the Lamanites
by night are drunken; therefore let us send a proclamation among all this people that they gather together their flocks and herds,
that they may drive them into the wilderness by night."
(22:7) "And I will ... pay the last tribute of wine to the Lamanites, and they will be drunken."
(22:8) "Thus we will depart with our women and our children, our flocks, and our herds into the wilderness."
(22:9-14) So that's what they did. King Limhi followed Gideon's plan, and everything went off without a hitch.
And after many days of wandering in the wilderness, they arrived at the land of Zarahemla and joined Mosiah's people.
(22:9) "The king hearkened unto the words of Gideon."
(22:10) "King Limhi ... sent the tribute of wine to the Lamanites;
and he also sent more wine, as a present unto them; and they did drink freely of the wine which king Limhi did send unto them."
(22:11) "And ... the people of king Limhi did depart by night into the wilderness
... and bent their course towards the land of Zarahemla, being led by Ammon and
(22:12) "And they had taken all their gold, and silver, and their precious things
into the wilderness."
(22:13) "After being many days in the wilderness they arrived in the land of Zarahemla, and joined Mosiah's people, and became his subjects."
(22:14) "Mosiah received them with joy; and he also received their records, and also the records which had been found by the people of Limhi."
(22:15-16) When the Lamanites woke up from their hangover, they sent out an army after the Nephites.
After two days of pursuit, the army gets lost in the wilderness.
(22:15) "When the Lamanites had found that the people of Limhi had departed out of the land by night, that they sent an army
into the wilderness to pursue them;"
(22:16) "And after they had pursued them two days, they could no longer follow their tracks; therefore they were lost in the wilderness."
If I was etching this story onto brass plates, I probably would have paraphrased Mosiah 22 like this:
The Nephites got the Lamanites drunk and left out the back door.