The New World is divided up
Mormon is appointed leader of the Nephites--There is blood and carnage throughout the land as the Nephites fight the Lamanites--Thousands
of Nephites die for rebelling against God--The Nephites retreat to the land of Shem--Mormon finds the plates that were hidden by
Ammaron--The New World is divided, with the north going to the Nephites and the south to the Lamanites.
Cartoon Version - Chapter 49: Mormon and His Teachings
|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 armies. ||
(2:1-2) The people of Nephi appointed me.|
In 326 CE, another war broke out between the Nephites and the Lamanites. Although Mormon was only 16 years old at the time, the Nephites
appointed him to lead their armies.
|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. ||
(2:3-9) Blood and carnage|
For the next seven years the Nephites and the Lamanites fought each other. The Nephites were afraid of the Lamanites and refused to fight,
retreating toward the north countries (Canada?). Then Mormon marched his armies west toward the seashore (California?). Although
the west coast was filled with robbers and Lamanites, Mormon found 42,000 Nephites who were willing to fight against 44,000 Lamanites, and
Mormon and the Nephites defeated them. There was blood and carnage everywhere over the face of the land.
|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 away. ||
|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. ||
(2:10-14) The sorrowing of the damned|
After the battle, the Nephites repented and cried just like Samuel the Lamanite said they would. But they didn't come to Jesus
with broken hearts and contrite spirits; rather they had the sorrow of the damned, cursing God and hoping to die.
|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 broken hearts and contrite spirits, but they did curse God, and wish
to die. Nevertheless they would struggle with the sword for their lives.
|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 passed away.
(2:15) As dung upon the face of the land|
Thousands of dead Nephites were scattered about, like dung on the face of the land, because they didn't repent well enough and rebelled
|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. ||
(2:16-17) Near the land where Ammaron had deposited the records|
In 345 CE, the Nephites were chased by the Lamanites to the land were Ammaron hid the plates. So since Mormon was in the neighborhood,
he decided to go the hill of Shim and dig them up.
|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 Ammaron.
|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.
(2:18-19) A continual scene of wickedness and abominations|
Mormon made a full account of all the wickedness and abomination that he'd seen during his life on the plates of Nephi, but he left out some
of the wicked bits on his own plates.
|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. ||
(2:20-25) My words did arouse them somewhat|
For another year or so, the Lamanites hunted down the Nephites, who were holed up in the land of Shem. Mormon, when he wasn't digging up
plates and engraving descriptions of wickedness and abomination, urged the Nephites to fight. And his words did arouse them somewhat.
Mormon's army of 30,000 drove away the 50,000 Lamanites.
|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 destruction.
|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 their homes.
|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 us.
|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.
(2:26-29) We had become weak like unto our brethren. |
The Nephites pursued and continued to drive back the Lamanites; but the strength of the Lord wasn't with them, so they became as weak as the
Lamanites. Mormon sorrowed some more about the wickedness and abominations of the Nephites, while fighting against the Lamanites and
those pesky Gadianton robbers. By the end of 350 CE, the land dispute was settled. The Nephites got the land northward (North America?) even to the
narrow passage between the northern and southern lands (Central America?), while the Lamanites got the land southward (South America?).
|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 inheritance.
|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 inheritance divided.
|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.
And it came to pass
[2:1, 2, 3, 4(2), 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20(2), 21, 22, 23, 25(2), 26]
Behold [2:8, 9(2), 10, 13, 17, 18(2), 27]