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1 Nephi 1:18
Therefore, I would that ye should know that after the Lord had shown so many marvelous things unto my father Lehi, yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem,Behold, he went forth among the people and began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.
1 Nephi 1:74
And we began to be exceeding sorrowful; And my brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness,
1 Nephi 1:83
And also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets which have been delivered unto them by the Spirit and power of God since the world began, even down unto this present time."
1 Nephi 1:97
And after that the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: "How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands?
1 Nephi 1:134
And it came to pass that when the servant of Laban beheld my brethren, he began to tremble and was about to flee from before me and return to the City of Jerusalem.
1 Nephi 1:169
And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit and began to prophesy concerning his seed, That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds and tongues and people which were of his seed;
1 Nephi 2:47
And after that I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that He would have mercy on me according to the multitude of His tender mercies.
1 Nephi 2:53
Wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also, for I knew that it was desirous above all other fruit.
1 Nephi 3:233
And as there began to be wars and rumors of wars among all the nations which belonged to the mother of abominations, the angel spake unto me, saying:
1 Nephi 5:25
And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur exceedingly because of their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness, And also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God; Yea, and they were all exceeding sorrowful, even that they did murmur against the Lord.
1 Nephi 5:26
Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, having been afflicted with my brethren because of the loss of my bow and their bows having lost their springs, it began to be exceeding difficult, Yea, insomuch that we could obtain no food.
1 Nephi 5:57
And so great were the blessings of the Lord upon us that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness, our women did give plenty of suck for their children and were strong, yea, even like unto the men; And they began to bear their journeyings without murmuring.
1 Nephi 5:85
And when my brethren saw that I was about to build a ship, they began to murmur against me, saying:
1 Nephi 5:91
And now when they saw that I began to be sorrowful, they were glad in their hearts insomuch that they did rejoice over me, saying:
1 Nephi 5:182
And after that we had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days, Behold, my brethren and the sons of Ishmael, and also their wives, began to make themselves merry insomuch that they began to dance and to sing and to speak with much rudeness,
1 Nephi 5:185
And I, Nephi, began to fear exceedingly lest the Lord should be angry with us and smite us because of our iniquity, that we should be swallowed up in the depths of the sea;
1 Nephi 5:186
Wherefore, I, Nephi, began to speak to them with much soberness;
1 Nephi 5:193
And they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea,
1 Nephi 5:195
And on the fourth day which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceeding sore,
1 Nephi 5:197
And after that we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days, my brethren began to see that the judgments of God were upon them and that they must perish save that they should repent of their iniquities;
1 Nephi 5:214
And it came to pass that we did begin to till the earth and we began to plant seeds, Yea, we did put all our seeds into the earth which we had brought from the Land of Jerusalem.
2 Nephi 4:16
And we began to raise flocks and herds and animals of every kind.
2 Nephi 4:18
And it came to pass that we began to prosper exceedingly and to multiply in the land;
Now Nephi began to be old and he saw that he must soon die; Wherefore, he anointed a man to be a king and a ruler over his people; Now according to the reigns of the kings,
And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi under the reign of the second king began to grow hard in their hearts, And indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old, desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon his son;
Yea, and they also began to search much gold and silver and began to be lifted up somewhat in pride;
And a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, which now began to be numerous, cannot be written upon these plates;
For behold, thus saith the Lord: "I will liken thee, O house of Israel, like unto a tame olive tree which a man took and nourished in his vineyard, And it grew and waxed old and began to decay.
"And it came to pass that the Master of the vineyard went forth and He saw that His olive tree began to decay; And He saith: 'I will prune it and dig about it and nourish it, that perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches and it perish not.'
"And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young and tender branches; But behold, the main top thereof began to perish.
"And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard looked and beheld the tree in the which the wild olive branches had been grafted; And it had sprung forth and began to bear fruit;
And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard, And the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly,
And the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away, And they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.
And it came to pass that he began to preach among the people and to declare unto them that there should be no Christ;
And it came to pass that I, Jacob, began to be old; And the record of this people being kept on the other plates of Nephi, wherefore, I conclude this record, Declaring that I have written according to the best of my knowledge by saying
Now it came to pass that when I had heard these words, I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren the Nephites; Wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them.
And after that I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord, And I prayed unto Him with many long strugglings for my brethren the Lamanites.
And it came to pass that I began to be old; And an hundred and seventy and nine years had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem;
And it came to pass that I began to be old; And having no seed and knowing King Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord, Wherefore, I shall deliver up these plates unto him, Exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel,
Wherefore, we withstood the Lamanites and swept them away out of our lands and began to fortify our cities, or whatsoever place of our inheritance;
And it came to pass that he began to speak to his people from the tower; And they could not all hear his words because of the greatness of the multitude,
And King Benjamin again opened his mouth and began to speak unto them, saying: "My friends and my brethren, my kindred and my people, I would again call your attention that ye may hear and understand the remainder of my words which I shall speak unto you.
And Mosiah began to reign in his father's stead;
And he began to reign in the thirtieth year of his age, making, in the whole, about four hundred and seventy- six years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem.
And we began to build buildings and to repair the walls of the city, Yea, even the walls of the City of Lehi-Nephi, and the City of Shilom;
And we began to till the ground, Yea, even with all manner of seeds- with seeds of corn and of wheat and of barley, and with neas and with sheum, and with seeds of all manner of fruits; And we did begin to multiply and prosper in the land.
Therefore, it came to pass that after we had dwelt in the land for the space of twelve years, that King Laman began to grow uneasy, Lest by any means my people should wax strong in the land and that they could not overpower them and bring them into bondage.
Therefore, it came to pass that King Laman began to stir up his people, that they should contend with my people; Therefore, there began to be wars and contentions in the land;
For in the thirteenth year of my reign in the Land of Nephi, away on the south of the Land of Shilom, when my people were watering and feeding their flocks and tilling their lands, A numerous host of Lamanites came upon them and began to slay them and to take of their flocks and the corn of their fields;
And it came to pass that we again began to establish the kingdom, And we again began to possess the land in peace;
And it came to pass that King Laman died and his son began to reign in his stead,
And he began to stir his people up in rebellion against my people, Therefore, they began to prepare for war and to come up to battle against my people;
And it came to pass that we returned again to our own land, And my people again began to tend their flocks and to till their ground.
And now it came to pass that Zeniff conferred the kingdom upon Noah, one of his sons, Therefore, Noah began to reign in his stead; And he did not walk in the ways of his father;
And it came to pass that the Lamanites began to come in upon his people, upon small numbers, and to slay them in their fields and while they were tending their flocks;
Thus the Lamanites began to destroy them and to exercise their hatred upon them.
And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; And he went forth among them and began to prophesy, saying:
And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began again to prophesy among them, saying:
And they began to question him that they might cross him, that thereby they might have wherewith to accuse him;
"For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah and that God should redeem His people? Yea, and even all the prophets which have prophesied ever since the world began,
"Yea, and are not the prophets, everyone that has opened his mouth to prophesy that has not fallen into transgression- I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began-
Yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have willfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God and would not keep them; These are they that have no part in the first resurrection.
Therefore, he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi, but suffer that he might depart in peace.
But the priests lifted up their voices against him and began to accuse him, saying: "He hath reviled the king!"
And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying: "Behold! Even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire, And this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.
And now it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of King Noah, repented of his sins and iniquities and went about privately among the people and began to teach the words of Abinadi,
And now behold, the forces of the king were small, having been reduced. And there began to be a division among the remainder of the people,
And the lesser part began to breathe out threatenings against the king, And there began to be a great contention among them.
And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue them and did overtake them and began to slay them.
And it came to pass that Limhi began to establish the kingdom and to establish peace among his people.
And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had come up, that the people of Limhi began to fall upon them from their waiting places and began to slay them.
And it came to pass that the people of Limhi began to drive the Lamanites before them, yet they were not half so numerous as the Lamanites;
And it came to pass that Limhi and his people returned to the City of Nephi and began to dwell in the land again in peace.
And it came to pass that after many days the Lamanites began again to be stirred up in anger against the Nephites; And they began to come into the borders of the land round about.
Now they durst not slay them because of the oath which their king had made unto Limhi; But they would smite them on their cheeks and exercise authority over them, And began to put heavy burdens upon their backs and drive them as they would a dumb ass; Yea, all this was done that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled.
And it came to pass that the people began to murmur with the king, because of their afflictions, And they began to be desirous to go against them to battle,
Nevertheless, the Lord did hear their cries and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites, that they began to ease their burdens; Yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.
And it came to pass that they began to prosper by degrees in the land, And began to raise grain more abundantly and flocks and herds, that they did not suffer with hunger.
And now it came to pass that Ammon and King Limhi began to consult with the people, how they should deliver themselves out of bondage;
And it came to pass that they pitched their tents and began to till the ground and began to build buildings, etc., Yea, they were industrious and did labor exceedingly.
And it came to pass that they began to prosper exceedingly in the land; And they called the land Helam.
Therefore, they hushed their fears and began to cry unto the Lord, that He would soften the hearts of the Lamanites, That they would spare them and their wives and children.
And thus the language of Nephi began to be taught among all the people of the Lamanites;
And thus the Lamanites began to increase in riches and began to trade one with another and wax great, And began to be a cunning and a wise people as to the wisdom of the world,
And now it came to pass that Amulon began to exercise authority over Alma and his brethren and began to persecute him and cause that his children should persecute their children;
And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began to cry mightily to God.
And they began again to have peace and to prosper exceed- ingly in the affairs of the church, walking circumspectly before God, receiving many and baptizing many.
And now it came to pass that the persecutions which were inflicted on the church by the unbelievers became so great that the church began to murmur and complain to their leaders concerning the matter; And they did complain to Alma,
And there began to be much peace again in the land; And the people began to be very numerous and began to scatter abroad upon the face of the earth,
And he caused that the priests should assemble themselves together; And they began to fast and to pray to the Lord their God that He would open the mouth of Alma, that he might speak,
And it came to pass after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days and two nights, the limbs of Alma received their strength; And he stood up and began to speak unto them, bidding them to be of good comfort.
And now it came to pass that Alma began from this time forward to teach the people, And those which were with Alma at the time the angel appeared unto them,
And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him money;
And he began to be lifted up in the pride of his heart and to wear very costly apparel, Yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching.
And he began to contend with him sharply, that he might lead away the people of the church; But the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God.
Now because Gideon withstood him with the words of God, he was wroth with Gideon and drew his sword and began to smite him;
But it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the church of God began to persecute those that did belong to the church of God and had taken upon them the name of Christ,
Nevertheless, there were many among them who began to be proud and began to contend warmly with their adversaries, even unto blows, Yea, they would smite one another with their fists.
And thus they did establish the affairs of the church; And thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.
And now because of the steadiness of the church, they began to be exceeding rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need-
And it came to pass in the commencement of the fifth year of their reign there began to be a contention among the people, For a certain man, being called Amlici- He being a very cunning man, yea, a wise man as to the wisdom of the world, He being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword who was executed according to the law-
Now this Amlici had, by his cunning, drawn away much people after him, even so much that they began to be very powerful; And they began to endeavor to establish Amlici to be a king over the people.
And it came to pass that the Amlicites came up upon the Hill Amnihu which was east of the River Sidon which ran by the Land of Zarahemla; And there they began to make war with the Nephites.
Now Alma, he being the chief judge and the governor of the people of Nephi, Therefore, he went up with his people-yea, with his captains and chief captains-yea, at the head of his armies against the Amlicites to battle; And they began to slay the Amlicites upon the hill east of Sidon.
Nevertheless, the Lord did strengthen the hand of the Nephites that they slew the Amlicites with a great slaughter, that they began to flee before them.
And it came to pass that when they had all crossed the River Sidon, that the Lamanites and the Amlicites began to flee before them, notwithstanding they were so numerous that they could not be numbered;
Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfilling the words of God when they began to mark themselves in their foreheads;
And then they returned again and began to establish peace in the land, being troubled no more for a time with their enemies.
And they began to establish the church more fully; Yea, and many were baptized in the waters of Sidon and were joined to the church of God,
And it came to pass in the eighth year of the reign of the judges that the people of the church began to wax proud, Because of their exceeding riches, and their fine silks and their fine-twined linen,
And in all these things were they lifted up in the pride of their eyes, for they began to wear very costly apparel.
For they saw and beheld with great sorrow that the people of the church began to be lifted up in the pride of their eyes and to set their hearts upon riches and upon the vain things of the world,
That they began to be scornful, one toward another, And they began to persecute those that did not believe, according to their own will and pleasure.
And thus in this eighth year of the reign of the judges there began to be great contentions among the people of the church;
And thus ended the eighth year of the reign of the judges; And the wickedness of the church was a great stumbling block to those who did not belong to the church; And thus the church began to fail in its progress.
And it came to pass in the commencement of the ninth year, Alma seeing the wickedness of the church, And seeing also that the example of the church began to lead those who were unbelievers on from one piece of iniquity to another, thus bringing on the destruction of the people,
And now it came to pass that Alma, having seen the afflictions of the humble followers of God and the persecutions which were heaped upon them by the remainder of his people, and seeing all their inequality, He began to be very sorrowful; Nevertheless, the Spirit of the Lord did not fail him.
Now it came to pass that Alma began to declare the word of God unto the people, first in the Land of Zarahemla and from thence throughout all the land;
"I, Alma, having been consecrated by my father Alma to be a high priest over the church of God, he having power and authority from God to do these things, Behold, I say unto you that he began to establish a church in the land which was in the borders of Nephi-
And we were brought into this land and here we began to establish the church of God throughout this land also.
I mean those which were lifted up in the pride of their hearts- The same were rejected and their names were blotted out, that their names were not numbered among those of the righteous. And thus they began to establish the order of the church in the City of Zarahemla.
And Alma went and began to declare the word of God unto the church which was established in the Valley of Gideon, According to the revelation of the truth of the word which had been spoken by his fathers,
And may the Lord bless you and keep your garments spotless, That ye may at last be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the holy prophets which have been ever since the world began, Having your garments spotless, even as their garments are spotless, In the kingdom of heaven, to go no more out.
And he began to teach the people in the Land of Melek according to the holy order of God by which he had been called; And he began to teach the people throughout all the Land of Melek.
And it came to pass that when Alma had come to the City of Ammonihah, he began to preach the word of God unto them.
And it came to pass that Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people.
And it came to pass that they went forth and began to preach and to prophesy unto the people, according to the spirit and power which the Lord had given them.
And again, I, Alma, having been commanded of God that I should take Amulek and go forth and preach again unto this people, or the people which were in the City of Ammonihah, And it came to pass as I began to preach unto them, they began to contend with me, saying: "Who art thou?
And it came to pass that Amulek went and stood forth and began to preach unto them also.
And now when Amulek had spoken these words, the people began to be astonished, Seeing there was more than one witness which testified of the things whereof they were accused, and also of the things which were to come, according to the spirit of prophecy which was in them.
And it came to pass that they began to question Amulek that thereby they might make him cross his words, or contradict the words which he should speak.
But it came to pass as they began to question him, he perceived their thoughts and he saith unto them: "O ye wicked and perverse generation! Ye lawyers and hypocrites! For ye are laying the foundations of the devil;
And this Zeezrom began to question Amulek, saying: "Will ye answer me a few questions which I shall ask you?"
Now, when Amulek had finished these words, the people began again to be astonished, and also Zeezrom began to tremble.
Now Alma seeing that the words of Amulek had silenced Zeezrom, for he beheld that Amulek had caught him in his lying and deceiving to destroy him, And seeing that he began to tremble under a consciousness of his guilt, He opened his mouth and began to speak unto him and to establish the words of Amulek and to explain things beyond, or to unfold the scriptures beyond that which Amulek had done.
Now when Alma had spoken these words, Zeezrom began to tremble more exceedingly, for he was convinced more and more of the power of God;
And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God.
And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: "It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God,
Now it came to pass that when Alma had made an end of speaking these words, the people began to be more astonished;
And they began from that time forth to call on His name. "Therefore, God conversed with men and made known unto them the plan of redemption which had been prepared from the foundation of the world;
And it came to pass that after he had made an end of speaking unto the people, Many of them did believe on his words and began to repent and to search the scriptures;
And his soul began to be harrowed up under a consciousness of his own guilt, Yea, he began to be encircled about by the pains of hell.
And it came to pass that he began to cry unto the people, saying: "Behold, I am guilty and these men are spotless before God!"
And it came to pass that he began to plead for them from that time forth, but they reviled him, saying: "Art thou also possessed with the devil?"
O Lord! give us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance." And they brake the cords with which they were bound; And when the people saw this, they began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them.
And this great sin, and his many other sins, did harrow up his mind until it did become exceeding sore, having no deliverance; Therefore, he began to be scorched with a burning heat.
Now when he heard that Alma and Amulek were in the Land of Sidom, his heart began to take courage, And he sent a message immediately unto them, desiring them to come unto him.
And it came to pass that when Alma had said these words, that Zeezrom leaped upon his feet and began to walk;
And Alma baptized Zeezrom unto the Lord; And he began from that time forth to preach unto the people.
Therefore, after Alma having established the church at Sidom, seeing a great check, Yea, seeing that the people were checked as to the pride of their hearts and began to humble themselves before God,
And began to assemble themselves together at their sanctuaries to worship God before the altar, Watching and praying continually that they might be delivered from Satan and from death and from destruction-
For behold, the armies of the Lamanites had come in on the wilderness side into the borders of the land, even into the City of Ammonihah, and began to slay the people and to destroy the city.
Now the servants of the king began to murmur, saying: "Now the king will slay us as he has our brethren because their flocks were scattered by the wickedness of these men."
And they began to weep exceedingly, saying: "Behold, our flocks are scattered already."
But Ammon stood forth and began to cast stones at them with his sling, yea, with mighty power he did sling stones amongst them;
And thus he slew a certain number of them insomuch that they began to be astonished at his power;
For he did withstand their blows by smiting their arms with the edge of his sword, insomuch that they began to be astonished and began to flee before him,
Nevertheless, Lamoni began to fear exceedingly with fear, lest he had done wrong in slaying his servants,
And Ammon began to speak unto him with boldness and said unto him: "Believest thou that there is a God?"
Now when Ammon had said these words, he began to the creation of the world, and also to the creation of Adam, And told him all the things concerning the fall of man;
And he began to cry unto the Lord, saying: "O Lord, have mercy! According to Thy abundant mercy, which Thou hast had upon the people of Nephi, have upon me and my people!"
And Ammon fell upon his knees and began to pour out his soul in prayer and thanksgiving to God for what He had done for his brethren;
Now when the servants of the king had seen that they had fallen, they also began to cry unto God, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them also,
Therefore, she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people; And they began to assemble themselves together unto the house of the king.
And now the people began to murmur among themselves, Some saying that it was a great evil that had come upon them, or upon the king and his house because he had suffered that the Nephite should remain in the land.
And they began to marvel again among themselves what could be the cause of this great power, or what all these things could mean.
And they said that it was this Great Spirit which had destroyed so many of their brethren, the Lamanites; And thus the contention began to be exceeding sharp among them.
And he immediately, seeing the contention among his people, went forth and began to rebuke them and to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of Ammon; And as many as heard his words believed and were converted unto the Lord;
Now when the king saw that Ammon could slay him, he began to plead with Ammon that he would spare his life;
Now when Ammon had said these words, the king began to rejoice because of his life;
And it came to pass that Aaron came to the City of Jerusalem and firstly began to preach to the Amalekites;
And he began to preach to them in their synagogues, for they had built synagogues after the order of the Nehors, for many of the Amalekites and the Amulonites were after the order of the Nehors.
Therefore, as Aaron entered into one of their synagogues to preach unto the people, and as he was speaking unto them, Behold, there arose an Amalekite and began to contend with him, saying:
Now Aaron began to open the scripture unto them concerning the coming of Christ, and also concerning the resurrection of the dead, And that there could be no redemption for mankind save it were through the death and sufferings of Christ and the atonement of His blood.
And it came to pass that as he began to expound these things unto them, they were angry with him and began to mock him, And they would not hear the words which he spake;
And it came to pass that the Lord began to bless them insomuch that they brought many to the knowledge of the truth, Yea, they did convince many of their sins and of the tradition of their fathers which were not correct.
And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice and he saith: "Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God."
And it came to pass that when Aaron saw that the king would believe his words, he began from the creation of Adam, reading the scriptures unto the king- How God created man after His own image, And that God gave him commandments, And that because of transgression, man had fallen.
Now when the queen saw the fear of the servants, she also began to fear exceedingly, lest there should some evil come upon her,
Now this was done in the presence of the queen and many of his servants, And when they saw it, they greatly marveled and began to fear;
And the king stood forth and began to minister unto them, And he did minister unto them insomuch that his whole household were converted unto the Lord.
Now there was a multitude gathered together because of the commandment of the queen; And there began to be great murmurings among them because of Aaron and his brethren,
Establishing churches and consecrating priests and teachers throughout the land among the Lamanites, to preach and to teach the word of God among them. And thus they began to have great success,
And they began to be a very industrious people, Yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites, Therefore, they did open a correspondence with them and the curse of God did no more follow them.
And their hatred became exceeding sore against them, Even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king, insomuch that they would not that he should be their king; Therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God.
And it came to pass that when the people saw that they were coming against them, they went out to meet them and prostrated themselves before them to the earth and began to call on the name of the Lord;
And thus they were in this attitude when the Lamanites began to fall upon them and began to slay them with the sword; And thus without meeting any resistance, they did slay a thousand and five of them; And we know that they are blessed, for they have gone to dwell with their God.
For many of them, after having suffered too much loss and so many afflictions, they began to be stirred up in remembrance of the words which Aaron and his brethren had preached to them in their land;
Therefore, they began to disbelieve the traditions of their fathers and to believe in the Lord and that He gave great power unto the Nephites, And thus there were many of them converted in the wilderness.
Now this martyrdom caused that many of their brethren should be stirred up to anger and there began to be contention in the wilderness; And the Lamanites began to hunt the seed of Amulon and his brethren and began to slay them; And they fled into the East Wilderness,
And they did also bury their weapons of war according as their brethren had; And they began to be a righteous people, And they did walk in the ways of the Lord and did observe to keep His commandments and His statutes, Yea, and they did keep the law of Moses, for it was expedient that they should keep the law of Moses as yet, for it was not all fulfilled.
"Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we since the world began;
And when they saw that they could not seek revenge from the Nephites, they began to stir up the people in anger against their brethren, the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi; Therefore, they began again to destroy them.
But it came to pass that after they had buried their dead, and also after the days of fasting and mourning and prayer-and it was in the sixteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi-there began to be continual peace throughout all the land, Yea, and the people did observe to keep the commandments of the Lord;
But it came to pass in the latter end of the seventeenth year, there came a man into the Land of Zarahemla, And he was antichrist, for he began to preach unto the people against the prophecies which had been spoken by the prophets concerning the coming of Christ.
And this antichrist whose name was Korihor-and the law could have no hold upon him-and he began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ;
And it came to pass that he came over into the Land of Gideon and began to preach unto them also; And here he did not have much success, for he was taken and bound and carried before the high priest, and also the chief judge over the land.
Now it came to pass that after the end of Korihor, Alma having received tidings that the Zoramites were perverting the ways of the Lord and that Zoram, which was their leader, was leading the hearts of the people to bow down to dumb idols, etc., His heart again began to sicken because of the iniquity of the people;
And it came to pass that they did go forth and began to preach the word of God unto the people, entering into their synagogues and into their houses, Yea, and even they did preach the word in their streets.
And it came to pass that after much labor among them, they began to have success among the poorer class of the people; For behold, they were cast out of the synagogues because of the coarseness of their apparel,
And now it came to pass that after Alma had spoken these words unto them, he sat down upon the ground, And Amulek arose and began to teach them, saying: "My brethren, I think that it is impossible that ye should be ignorant of the things which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ, who is taught by us to be the Son of God;
Now this did stir up the Zoramites to anger against the people of Ammon, And they began to mix with the Lamanites and to stir them up also to anger against them;
And thus the Zoramites and the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of Ammon, and also against the Nephites.
And seeing that the hearts of the people began to wax hard and that they began to be offended because of the strictness of the word, His heart was exceeding sorrowful;
For, behold, the Lord saw that His people began to work in darkness, yea, work secret murders and abominations; Therefore, the Lord said if they did not repent, they should be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
And it came to pass that as the Lamanites had passed the Hill Riplah and came into the valley and began to cross the River Sidon, The army, which was concealed on the south of the hill, who was led by a man whose name was Lehi, And he led his army forth and encircled the Lamanites about on the east in their rear.
And it came to pass that the Lamanites, when they saw the Nephites coming upon them in their rear, turned them about and began to contend with the army of Lehi; And the work of death commenced on both sides,
And it came to pass that the Lamanites became frightened because of the great destruction among them, even until they began to flee toward the River Sidon;
And it came to pass that Moroni and his army met the army of the Lamanites in the valley on the other side of the River Sidon. And it came to pass that Moroni and his army began to fall upon them and to slay them.
And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power; And in the selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom, the Lamanites began to flee before them, And they fled even to the waters of Sidon.
And it came to pass that they began to slay them, Yea, and the Lamanites did contend with their swords and their mights;
yea, and did fall exceeding fast before the swords of the Nephites; And they began to be swept down, even as the soldier of Moroni had prophesied.
And they began to have peace again in the land. And thus they did maintain peace in the land, until nearly the end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges;
And now it came to pass that as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom, he began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi, Yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from their towers against the Nephites.
And it came to pass that the captains of the Lamanites brought up their armies before the place of entrance, And began to contend with the Nephites, to get into their place of security;
Now when they found that they could not obtain power over the Nephites by the pass, They began to dig down their banks of earth that they might obtain a pass to their armies, that they might have an equal chance to fight;
And it came to pass that the Nephites began the foundation of a city, And they called the name of the city Moroni; And it was by the East Sea, And it was on the south by the line of the possessions of the Lamanites.
And they also began a foundation for a city between the City of Moroni and the City of Aaron, joining the borders of Aaron and Moroni; And they called the name of the city, or the land, Nephihah.
And they also began in that same year to build many cities on the north, One in a particular manner which they called Lehi, which was in the north by the borders of the seashore. And thus ended the twentieth year.
For behold, the people which possessed the Land of Morionton did claim a part of the Land of Lehi; Therefore, there began to be a warm contention between them, insomuch that the people of Morionton took up arms against their brethren, And they were determined by the sword to slay them.
Nevertheless, they did not long maintain an entire peace in the land, For there began to be a contention among the people concerning the chief judge Pahoron. For behold, there were a part of the people which desired that a few particular points of the law should be altered;
And as Teancum saw the armies of the Lamanites coming out against him, he began to retreat down by the seashore, northward.
And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that he began to flee, they took courage and pursued them with vigor;
And it came to pass that the Nephites began again to be victorious and to reclaim their rights and their privileges.
"And the Lamanites, thus seeing our forces increase daily and provisions arrive for our support, They began to be fearful and began to sally forth, if it were possible to put an end to our receiving provisions and strength.
"Now when we saw that the Lamanites began to grow uneasy on this wise, we were desirous to bring a stratagem into an effect upon them;
For Antipus had fallen by the sword, and many of his leaders because of their weariness which was occasioned by the speed of their march; Therefore, the men of Antipus, being confused because of the fall of their leaders, began to give way before the Lamanites.
"And it came to pass that the Lamanites took courage and began to pursue them; And thus were the Lamanites pursuing them with great vigor when Helaman came upon their rear with his two thousand and began to slay them exceedingly, Insomuch that the whole army of the Lamanites halted and turned upon Helaman.
"And Ammaron refused mine epistle, for he would not exchange prisoners; Therefore, we began to make preparations to go against the City of Antiparah;
"And it came to pass that not many days had passed away before the Lamanites began to lose all hopes of succor; Therefore, they yielded up the city into our hands. "And thus we had accomplished our designs in obtaining the City Cumeni.
And also supposing that they could easily destroy us with their numerous hosts, Therefore, they began to make preparations to come out against us to battle.
And when the Lamanites saw that they were marching toward the Land of Zarahemla, They were exceeding fraid, lest there was a plan laid to lead them on to destruction; Therefore, they began to retreat into the wilderness again, yea, even back by the same way which they had come.
And it came to pass when Moroni had sent this epistle to the Land of Zarahemla, He began again to lay a plan that he might obtain the remainder of those possessions and cities which the Lamanites had taken from them.
And now when Moroni saw that the City of Nephihah was lost, He was exceeding sorrowful and began to doubt, because of the wickedness of the people, whether they should not fall into the hands of their brethren;
And the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land, And began to multiply and to wax exceeding strong again in the land;
And they began to grow exceeding rich. But notwithstanding their riches or their strength or their prosperity, they were not lifted up in the pride of their eyes; Neither were they slow to remember the Lord their God, But they did humble themselves exceedingly before Him;
And now behold, it came to pass in the commencement of the fortieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, There began to be a serious difficulty among the people of the Nephites;
For behold, Pahoron had died and gone the way of all the earth; Therefore, there began to be a serious contention concerning who should have the judgment seat among the brethren which were the sons of Pahoron.
And thus he did; And he did head them before they came to the Land Bountiful and gave unto them battle, Insomuch that they began to retreat back toward the Land of Zarahemla.
And it came to pass in the forty and second year of the reign of the judges, After Moronihah had established again the peace between the Nephites and the Lamanites, Behold, there was no one to fill the judgment seat; Therefore, there began to be a contention again among the people concerning who should fill the judgment seat.
And it came to pass that they did multiply and spread, And did go forth from the Land Southward to the Land Northward, And did spread insomuch that they began to cover the face of the whole earth- from the sea south to the sea north, from the sea west to the sea east.
And it came to pass that he had two sons- He gave unto the eldest the name of Nephi, and unto the youngest the name of Lehi; And they began to grow up unto the Lord.
And it came to pass that the wars and contentions began to cease, in a small degree, among the people of the Nephites, In the latter end of the forty and eighth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
And in the fifty and first year of the reign of the judges, there was peace also, Save it were the pride which began to enter into the church- Not into the church of God, but into the hearts of the people who professed to belong to the church of God- And they were lifted up in pride, even to the persecution of many of their brethren.
And it came to pass in the fifty and third year of the reign of the judges, Helaman died and his eldest son Nephi began to reign in his stead.
Yea, they began to remember the prophecies of Alma and also the words of Mosiah. And they saw that they had been a stiff-necked people, And that they had set at naught the commandments of God;
And because of their iniquity, The church had begun to dwindle; And they began to disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy and in the spirit of revelation; And the judgments of God did stare them in the face.
And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did stand forth and began to speak unto them, saying: "Fear not! For behold, it is God that hath shown unto you this marvelous thing, In the which is shown unto you that ye cannot lay your hands on us to slay us."
And in the commencement of the sixty and seventh year, the people began to grow exceeding wicked again;
For behold, the Lord had blessed them so long with the riches of the world, That they had not been stirred up to anger, to wars, nor to bloodsheds; Therefore, they began to set their hearts upon their riches;
Yea, they began to seek to get gain that they might be lifted up one above another; Therefore, they began to commit secret murders and to rob and to plunder, that they might get gain.
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.
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.
Therefore, he began again to speak unto them, seeing that he had gained favor in the eyes of some, insomuch that the remainder of them did fear;
Nevertheless, they caused that Nephi should be taken and bound and brought before the multitude; And they began to question him in divers ways, that they might cross him, that they might accuse him, to death,
And behold, now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi, he did stop and did not go unto his own house, But did return unto the multitudes which were scattered about upon the face of the land, And began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him concerning their destruction, if they did not repent.
And it came to pass that they would not hearken unto his words; And there began to be contentions, insomuch that they were divided against themselves and began to slay one another with the sword.
And it came to pass that the people saw that they were about to perish by famine, And they began to remember the Lord their God; And they began to remember the words of Nephi.
And the people began to plead with their chief judges and their leaders, that they would say unto Nephi: "Behold, we know that thou art a man of God; And therefore, cry unto the Lord our God that He turn away from us this famine, lest all the words which thou hast spoken concerning our destruction be fulfilled."
And thus it did come to pass that the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land, And began to build up their waste places, And began to multiply and spread, Even until they did cover the whole face of the land- both on the northward and on the southward, from the Sea West to the Sea East.
And the seventy and seventh year began in peace; And the church did spread throughout the face of all the land; And the more part of the people-both the Nephites and the Lamanites-did belong to the church; And they did have exceeding great peace in the land; And thus ended the seventy and seventh year.
And in the seventy and ninth year, there began to be much strife.
And in the eighty and second year, they began again to forget the Lord their God.
And in the eighty and third year, they began to wax strong in iniquity.
And it came to pass that in this year there was one, Samuel, a Lamanite, came into the Land of Zarahemla and began to preach unto the people.
And as they went forth to lay their hands on him, Behold, he did cast himself down from the wall and did flee out of their hands, yea, even unto his own country, And began to preach and to prophesy among his own people;
And there was but little alteration in the affairs of the people, Save it were the people began to be more hardened in iniquity and do more and more of that which was contrary to the commandments of God in the eighty and ninth year of the reign of the judges.
But behold, it came to pass in the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges, there were great signs given unto the people, and wonders; And the words of the prophets began to be fulfilled;
And angels did appear unto men-wise men-and did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy; And thus in this year the scriptures began to be fulfilled.
Nevertheless, the people began to harden their hearts- all, save it were the most believing part of them, both of the Nephites, and also of the Lamanites- And began to depend upon their own strength and upon their own wisdom, saying:
And they began to reason and to contend among themselves, saying that, "It is not reasonable that such a Being as a Christ shall come;
3 Nephi 1:4
And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, Behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; For there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
3 Nephi 1:5
But there were some which began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled which were spoken by Samuel the Lamanite;
3 Nephi 1:6
And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: "Behold, the time is past and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; Therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain."
3 Nephi 1:7
And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; And the people which believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass;
3 Nephi 1:17
For he beheld at the going down of the sun there was no darkness, And the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
3 Nephi 1:18
And there were many which had not believed the words of the prophets fell to the earth and became as if they were dead, For they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who had believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated, for the sign which had been given was already at hand; And they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear.
3 Nephi 1:20
For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; And they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.
3 Nephi 1:25
And it came to pass from this time forth there began to be lyings sent forth among the people by Satan to harden their hearts, to the intent that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen;
3 Nephi 1:28
And thus the people began again to have peace in the land; And there were no contentions, save it were a few that began to preach, endeavoring to prove by the scriptures that it was no more expedient to observe the law of Moses-
3 Nephi 1:35
And it came to pass that in the ninety and fourth year they began to increase in a great degree because there were many dissenters of the Nephites which did flee unto them, which did cause much sorrow unto those Nephites which did remain in the land.
3 Nephi 1:36
And there was also a cause of much sorrow among the Lamanites; For behold, they had many children which did grow up and began to wax strong in years, That they became for themselves and were led away by some which were Zoramites, by their lyings and their flattering words, to join those Gaddianton robbers;
3 Nephi 1:37
And thus were the Lamanites afflicted also and began to decrease as to their faith and righteousness because of the wickedness of the rising generation.
3 Nephi 1:38
And it came to pass that thus passed away the ninety and fifth year also, And the people began to forget those signs and wonders which they had heard, And began to be less and less astonished at a sign or a wonder from heaven,
3 Nephi 1:39
Insomuch that they began to be hard in their hearts and blind in their minds, And began to disbelieve all which they had heard and seen, Imagining up some vain thing in their hearts, that it was wrought by men and by the power of the devil to lead away and deceive the hearts of the people;
3 Nephi 1:41
And it came to pass that the people began to wax strong in wickedness and abominations, And they did not believe that there should be any more signs or wonders given;
3 Nephi 1:45
Now the Nephites began to reckon their time from this period which the sign was given, or from the coming of Christ;
3 Nephi 1:48
And it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars and contentions throughout all the land; For the Gaddianton robbers had become so numerous and did slay so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did spread so much death and carnage throughout the land, That it became expedient that all the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites, should take up arms against them;
3 Nephi 2:39
And it came to pass that in the latter end of the eighteenth year, those armies of robbers had prepared for battle and began to come down and to sally forth from the hills and out of the mountains and the wilderness and their strongholds and their secret places,
3 Nephi 2:40
And began to take possession of the lands, both which was in the Land South and which was in the Land North, And began to take possession of all the lands which had been deserted by the Nephites and the cities which had been left desolate.
3 Nephi 2:53
And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this, they began to shout with a loud voice because of their joy, For they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies;
3 Nephi 2:73
And this did they do in the nighttime and got on their march beyond the robbers, So that on the morrow when the robbers began their march, they were met by the armies of the Nephites, both in their front and in their rear;
3 Nephi 3:5
And they began again to prosper and to wax great. And the twenty and sixth and seventh years passed away and there was great order in the land; And they had formed their laws according to equity and justice.
3 Nephi 3:10
But it came to pass in the twenty and ninth year, there began to be some disputings among the people;
3 Nephi 3:12
And the people began to be distinguished by ranks accord- ing to their riches and their chance for learning-
3 Nephi 3:15
And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; Yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land, save it were among a few of the Lamanites which were converted unto the true faith;
3 Nephi 3:22
And there began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth, standing among the people in all the land, preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities of the people,
3 Nephi 3:57
Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds- Went forth among them in that same year and began to testify boldly repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Nephi 4:3
And now it came to pass-if there was no mistake made by this man in the reckoning of our time- the thirty and third year had passed away; And the people began to look with great earnestness for the sign which had been given by the prophet Samuel the Lamanite,
3 Nephi 4:5
And there began to be great doubtings and disputations among the people, notwithstanding so many signs had been given.
3 Nephi 4:60
And now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words, Behold, they began to weep and howl again because of the loss of their kindreds and friends.
3 Nephi 9:13
And he came up out of the water and began to baptize, And he did baptize all they whom Jesus had chosen.
3 Nephi 9:19
And behold, they began to pray, And they did pray unto Jesus, calling Him their Lord and their God.
3 Nephi 11:33
If they be good, to the resurrection of everlasting life, And if they be evil, to the resurrection of damnation, Being on a parallel, the one on the one hand, and the other on the other hand- According to the mercy and the justice and the holiness which is in Christ, which was before the world began.
3 Nephi 12:10
And it came to pass that the disciples whom Jesus had chosen began from that time forth to baptize and to teach as many as did come unto them, And as many as were baptized in the name of Jesus were filled with the Holy Ghost;
4 Nephi 1:23
And he kept it eighty and four years; And there was still peace in the land, save it were a small part of the people which had revolted from the church and took upon them the name of Lamanites; Therefore, there began to be Lamanites again in the land.
4 Nephi 1:27
And now in this two hundred and first year, there began to be among them those which were lifted up in pride, Such as the wearing of costly apparel and all manner of fine pearls and of the fine things of the world;
4 Nephi 1:28
And from that time forth, they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them, And they began to be divided into classes, And they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, And began to deny the true church of Christ.
4 Nephi 1:50
And it came to pass that the wicked part of the people began again to build up the secret oaths and combinations of Gaddianton;
4 Nephi 1:51
And also the people which were called the people of Nephi began to be proud in their hearts because of their exceeding riches and became vain like unto their brethren the Lamanites;
4 Nephi 1:52
And from this time the disciples began to sorrow for the sins of the world.
And about the time that Ammoron hid up the records unto the Lord, he came unto me, I, being about ten years of age- And I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people- And Ammoron saith unto me: "I perceive that thou art a sober child and art quick to observe;
And it came to pass that in this year, there began to be a war between the Nephites-which consisted of the Nephites and the Jacobites and the Josephites and the Zoramites- And this war was between the Nephites, and the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites;
And it came to pass that the war began to be among them in the borders of Zarahemla by the waters of Sidon.
And these Gaddianton robbers which were among the Lamanites did infest the land, Insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth, And they became slippery because the Lord had cursed the land, that they could not hold them nor retain them again.
And it came to pass that in that same year, there began to be a war again between the Nephites and the Lamanites;
And it came to pass that in the three hundred and twenty and seventh year, the Lamanites did come upon us with exceeding great power, insomuch that they did frighten my armies; Therefore, they would not fight, And they began to retreat toward the North Countries.
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;
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.
And it came to pass in the three hundred and forty and sixth year they began to come upon us again.
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 which had been slain by their enemies;
And it was because that the armies of the Nephites went up unto the Lamanites that they began to be smitten; For were it not for that, the Lamanites could have had no power over them.
And from this time forth did the Nephites gain no power over the Lamanites, but began to be swept off by them, even as a dew before the sun.
And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the Land of Cumorah, Behold, 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 that 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-
And it came to pass that they went forth upon the face of the land and began to till the earth.
And the friends of Jared and his brother were in number about twenty and two souls, And they also begat sons and daughters before they came to the Promised Land; And therefore, they began to be many.
And it came to pass that they began to spread upon the face of the land and to multiply and to till the earth, And they did wax strong in the land;
And the brother of Jared began to be old and saw that he must soon go down to the grave, Wherefore, he saith unto Jared: "Let us gather together our people, that we may number them, That we may know of them what they will desire of us before we go down to our graves."
And he began to reign, And the people began to prosper, And they became exceeding rich.
And now because of the thing which Shule had done, his father bestowed upon him the kingdom; Therefore, he began to reign in the stead of his father.
And because the people did repent of their iniquities and idolatries, the Lord did spare them, And they began to prosper again in the land.
And it came to pass that Akish began to be jealous of his son; Therefore, he shut him up in prison and kept him upon a little or no food until he had suffered death.
And there began to be a war between the sons of Akish and Akish, which lasted for the space of many years, Yea, unto the destruction of nearly all the people of the kingdom,
And it came to pass that Omer began to be old; Nevertheless, in his old age he begat Emer, And he anointed Emer to be king to reign in his stead;
And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land, And the house of Emer did prosper exceedingly under the reign of Emer;
And the people had spread again over all the face of the land, And there began again to be an exceeding great wickedness upon the face of the land; And Heth began to embrace the secret plans again of old to destroy his father.
And it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth upon the land, And the inhabitants began to be destroyed exceeding fast, because of the dearth, For there was no rain upon the face of the earth; And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of the land and did poison many people.
And it came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents toward the Land Southward, which was called by the Nephites Zarahemla.
Now when the people saw that they must perish, they began to repent of their iniquities and cry unto the Lord.
And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord, The Lord did send rain upon the face of the earth and the people began to revive again, And there began to be fruit in the North Countries and in all the countries round about;
And it came to pass that Shez, which was a descendant of Heth-for Heth had perished by the famine and all his household, save it were Shez- Wherefore, Shez began to build up again a broken people.
And it came to pass that his father did build up many cities upon the face of the land, And the people began again to spread over all the face of the land;
And it came to pass that he did afflict the people with his whoredoms and abominations; And when he had reigned for the space of forty and two years, the people raised up in rebellion against him, And there began to be war again in the land, insomuch that Riplakish was killed and his descendants were driven out of the land.
And in the days of Com there began to be robbers in the land, And they adopted the old plans and administered oaths after the manner of the ancients and sought again to destroy the kingdom.
And the brother of Shiblon rebelled against him, And there began to be an exceeding great war in all the land.
And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord because of their wicked combinations. Wherefore, there began to be wars and contentions in all the land, and also many famines and pestilences, Insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; And all this came to pass in the days of Shiblon;
And the people began to repent of their iniquity, And inasmuch as they did, the Lord did have mercy on them.
And Ether was a prophet of the Lord. Wherefore, Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr and began to prophesy unto the people, For he could not be constrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him;
And it came to pass that in that same year which he was cast out from among the people, there began to be a great war among the people; For there were many which rose up who were mighty men and sought to destroy Coriantumr by their secret plans of wickedness of which hath been spoken.
Now there began to be a war upon all the face of the land, Every man with his band fighting for that which he desired;
And now there began to be a great curse upon the land because of the iniquity of the people, In the which if a man should lay his tool or his sword upon the shelf or upon the place whither he would keep it- And behold, upon the morrow he could not find it, so great was the curse upon the land;
And it came to pass that the people began to flock together in armies throughout all the face of the land;
And so terrible was the destruction among the armies of Shiz, that the people began to be frightened and began to flee before the armies of Coriantumr;
And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had recovered of his wounds, he began to remember the words which Ether had spoken unto him;
He saw that there had been slain by the sword already nearly two millions of his people, And he began to sorrow in his heart; Yea, there had been slain two millions of mighty men, and also their wives and their children;
He began to repent of the evil which he had done; He began to remember the words which had been spoken by the mouth of all the prophets, And he saw them, that they were fulfilled thus far, every whit; And his soul mourned and refused to be comforted.
Wherefore, by the ministering of angels and by every word which proceeded forth out of the mouth of God, men began to exercise faith in Christ; And thus by faith they did lay hold upon every good thing; And thus it was until the coming of Christ;