And now behold, he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites, Yea, insomuch that they had become exceeding wicked;
Yea, the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness, And did trample under their feet the commandments of God, And did turn unto their own ways, And did build up unto themselves idols of their gold and of their silver.
And it came to pass that all these iniquities did come unto them in the space of not many years, Insomuch that the more part of it had come unto them in the sixty and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
And they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty and eighth year also, to the great sorrow and lamentation of the righteous.
And thus we see that the Nephites did begin to dwindle in unbelief and grow in wickedness and abominations, While the Lamanites began to grow exceedingly in the knowledge of their God; Yea, they did begin to keep His statutes and command- ments and to walk in truth and uprightness before Him.
And thus we see that the Spirit of the Lord began to withdraw from the Nephites because of the wickedness and the hardness of their hearts. 163
And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out His Spirit upon the Lamanites because of their easiness and willingness to believe in His word.
And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gaddianton; And they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them, Insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites.
And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, Until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites and had seduced the more part of the righteous, Until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.
And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, Insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek and humble followers of God.
And thus we see that they were in an awful state and ripening for an everlasting destruction.
Israel Shall Call Upon Jesus
Jesus reveals himself to a notable Jewish scientist.
Dr. James Tour shares his life-changing testimony of Jesus here:
"Yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel;"
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.