Mormon resigns from the Nephite army
The Lord visits Nephi and tells him to tell the Nephites to repent--Nephi tells them to repent--The Lamanite king warns Mormon that the
Nephites will soon attack--The Lamanites attack twice, but the Nephites defeat them--The Nephites swear to God--Jesus visits Mormon and
promises to kill all the Nephites--Mormon resigns from the Nephite army--He tells the Gentiles and Jews to repent.
Cartoon Version - Chapter 49: Mormon and His Teachings
|3:1 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did not come to battle again until ten years more had passed away.
And behold, I had employed my people, the Nephites, in preparing their lands and their arms against the time of battle.
(3:1-2) The Lord did say unto me: Cry unto this people.|
It was peaceful for ten years, while Mormon prepared the Nephites for war. Then the Lord (Jesus?) visited Mormon, saying the usual things:
repent, come to him, get baptized, and build up his church. If the Nephites will do that then they won't be killed.
|3:2 And it came to pass that
the Lord did say unto me: Cry unto this people -- Repent ye, and come unto me, and be
ye baptized, and build up again my church, and ye shall be spared.
|3:3 And I did cry unto this people, but it
was in vain; and they did not realize that it was the Lord that had spared them, and granted unto them a chance for
repentance. And behold they did harden their hearts against the Lord their God. ||
(3:3) And I did cry unto this people.|
So Mormon cried to the people, but they didn't believe Jesus really talked to him. So they hardened their hearts.
|3:4 And it came to pass that after this tenth year had passed away, making, in the whole, three hundred and
sixty years from the coming of Christ, the king of the Lamanites sent an epistle unto me, which gave unto me to know that
they were preparing to come again to battle against us. ||
(3:4-6) By the narrow pass which led into the land southward|
In the year 360 CE, the Lamanite king sent Mormon a letter, telling him that the Lamanites would soon be attacking. Mormon gathered his
people at the land of Desolation, which is near the narrow pass (the Isthmus of Panama?) that led to the land southward.
|3:5 And it came to pass that I did cause my people that they should gather themselves together at the land
Desolation, to a city which was in the borders, by the narrow pass which led into the land southward.
|3:6 And there we did place our armies, that we might stop the armies of the Lamanites, that they might not get
possession of any of our lands; therefore we did fortify against them with all our force.
|3:7 And it came to pass that in the three hundred and sixty and first year the Lamanites did come down to the
city of Desolation to battle against us; and it came to pass that in that year we did beat them, insomuch that they did
return to their own lands again. ||
(3:7-8) Their dead were cast into the sea.|
The next year, the Lamanites attacked, but the Nephites forced them to retreat. They attacked again the next year, and the Nephites beat them
again, killing many of them, throwing their dead bodies into the sea.
|3:8 And in the three hundred and sixty and second year they did come down again to battle. And we did beat them
again, and did slay a great number of them, and their dead were cast into the sea.
|3:9 And now, because of this great thing which my people, the Nephites, had done, they began to boast in their
own strength, and began to swear before the heavens that they would avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren who had
been slain by their enemies. ||
(3:9-13) They did swear by the heavens.|
The Nephites swore to God they'd defeat the Lamanites. And that did it for Mormon. Swearing is not allowed in Mormondom. So he refused to
help them slaughter the Lamanites anymore.
|3:10 And they did swear by the heavens, and also by the throne of God, that they would go up to battle against
their enemies, and would cut them off from the face of the land.
|3:11 And it came to pass that I, Mormon, did utterly refuse from this time forth to be a commander and a leader
of this people, because of their wickedness and abomination.
|3:12 Behold, I had led them, notwithstanding their wickedness I had led them many times to battle, and had
loved them, according to the love of God which was in me, with all my heart; and my soul had been poured out in prayer unto
my God all the day long for them; nevertheless, it was without faith, because of the hardness of their hearts. ||
|3:13 And thrice have I delivered them out of the hands of their enemies, and they have repented not of their
|3:14 And when they had sworn by all that had been forbidden them by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that they
would go up unto their enemies to battle, and avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren, behold the voice of the Lord
came unto me saying: ||
(3:14-15) Behold, they shall be cut off from the face of the earth. |
After the Nephites swore to God, Jesus came to Mormon and said, "Vengeance is mine, and I'll see to it that every last one of them is killed."
|3:15 Vengeance is mine, and I will repay; and because this people repented not after I
had delivered them, behold, they shall be cut off from the face of the earth.
|3:16 And it came to pass that I utterly refused to go up against mine enemies; and I did even as the Lord had
commanded me; and I did stand as an idle witness to manifest unto the world the things which I saw and heard, according to
the manifestations of the Spirit which had testified of things to come. ||
(3:16) I did stand as an idle witness.|
After that, Mormon was done fighting Lamanites. Let them kill all the Nephites for all he cared.
|3:17 Therefore I write unto you, Gentiles, and also unto you, house of Israel, when the work shall commence,
that ye shall be about to prepare to return to the land of your inheritance; ||
(3:17-22) I write unto all the ends of the earth.|
So now Mormon starts preaching to the Gentiles and Jews. Get ready to be judged by the twelve Nephite disciples (in the case of the Gentiles)
or the twelve Jerusalem apostles (in the case of the Jews). Repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.
|3:18 Yea, behold, I write unto all the ends of the earth; yea, unto you, twelve tribes of Israel, who shall be
judged according to your works by the twelve whom Jesus chose to be his disciples in the land of Jerusalem.
|3:19 And I write also unto the remnant of this people, who shall also be judged by the twelve whom Jesus chose
in this land; and they shall be judged by the other twelve whom Jesus chose in the land of Jerusalem. ||
|3:20 And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all. And for this cause I
write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to
the whole human family of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil; ||
|3:21 And also that ye may believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, which ye shall have among you; and also that the
Jews, the covenant people of the Lord, shall have other witness besides him whom they saw and heard, that Jesus, whom they
slew, was the very Christ and the very God. ||
|3:22 And I would that I could persuade all ye ends of the earth to repent and prepare to
stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. ||
And it came to pass [3:1, 2, 4, 5, 7(2), 11, 16]
Behold (3:1, 2, 12, 14, 15, 18)
(3:15) Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. -- Romans 12:19
(3:20, 22) For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether be good or bad. -- 2 Cor.5:10