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BOOK OF MORMON

CHAPTER 6

The Lamanites kill a million Nephites on hill Cumorah
Mormon sends a letter to the Lamanite king inviting him to a battle on hill Cumorah--All of the Nephites march to hill Cumorah--Moroni buries the golden plates on hill Cumorah--The Lamanites attack, killing a million Nephites--Only 24 Nephites survive, including Mormon and his son Moroni.

LDS.org Cartoon Version - Chapter 49: Mormon and His Teachings


6:1 And now I finish my record concerning the destruction of my people, the Nephites. aAnd it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites. (6:1-3) The land of Cumorah, by a hill which was called Cumorah
Mormon sent a letter to the king of the Lamanites inviting him to a battle at hill Cumorah (near present-day Manchester, New York).
6:2 And I, Mormon, wrote an epistle unto the king of the Lamanites, and desired of him that he would grant unto us that we might gather together our people unto the land of Cumorah, by a hill which was called Cumorah, and there we could give them battle.
6:3 aAnd it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired.
6:4 aAnd it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah, and we did pitch our tents around about the hill Cumorah; and it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains; and here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites. (6:4-5) We did pitch our tents around about the hill Cumorah.
So in 384 CE, Mormon and all of the surviving Nephites marched to hill Cumorah (in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains), where they pitched their tents and waited for the Lamanites to show up.
6:5 And when three hundred and eighty and four years had passed away, we had gathered in all the remainder of our people unto the land of Cumorah.
6:6 aAnd it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, bbehold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni. (6:6) Mormon began to be old, and since he (somehow) knew that this would be the last Nephite battle, he decided to write down a record on the plates of Nephi and bury them on hill Cumorah (except for a few that he gave to his son Moroni).

(6:6a) Behold, I, Mormon, began to be old.

(6:6b) I ... hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me.

6:7 aAnd it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their children, did now bbehold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them; and with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked, did they await to receive them. (6:7-8) Every soul was filled with terror.
The Nephites' hearts were filled with terror as they watched the huge Lamanite army march toward them.
6:8 aAnd it came to pass that they came to battle against us, and every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
6:9 aAnd it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword, and with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax, and with all manner of weapons of war. (6:9-15) They did fall upon my people with the sword.
The Lamanites killed all 230,000 of the Nephite soldiers (23 groups of 10,000), along with all the women and children. Only Mormon, his son Moroni, and 23 others survived, except for a few soldiers who deserted to the Lamanites.

Since nearly a quarter million Nephite soldiers were killed, at least a million Nephites must have died on hill Cumorah, not counting Lamanite deaths. All of these deaths apparently happened in a single day "with the the sword" -- metal swords, which didn't exist in the pre-Columbian New World.

6:10 aAnd it came to pass that my men were hewn down, yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst; and they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life.
6:11 And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did bbehold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.
6:12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni.
6:13 And bbehold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.
6:14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each.
6:15 aAnd it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.
6:16 And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:
6:17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!
6:18 bBehold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But bbehold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.
6:19 O ye fair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen!
6:20 But bbehold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return.
6:21 And the day soon cometh that your pmortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then pye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ to be judged according to your works and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you.
6:22 O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But bbehold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.

And it came to pass (6:1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15)

Behold [6:6, 7, 11, 13, 18(2), 20, 22]

(6:21a) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. -- 1 Corinthians 15:53

(6:21b) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. -- 2 Corinthians 5:10


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