And now it came to pass that the people of the Nephites did all return to
their own lands in the twenty and sixth year, every man with his
family, his flocks and his herds, his horses and his cattle, and all
things whatsoever did belong unto them.
2 And it came to pass that they
had not eaten up all their provisions, therefore they did take with
them all that they had not devoured of all their grain of every kind,
and their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and
they did return to their own lands and their possessions, both on the
north and on the south, both on the land northward and on the land
3 And they granted unto those robbers who had entered into a
covenant to keep the peace of the band -who were desirous to
remain Lamanites- lands according to their numbers, that they
might have, with their labors, wherewith to subsist upon.
4 And thus
they did establish peace in all the land and they began again to
prosper and to wax great.
5 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.
6 And now there was nothing
in all the land to hinder the people from prospering continually
except they should fall into transgression.
7 And now it was Gidgiddoni
and the judge Lachoneus and those who had been appointed leaders who
had established this great peace in the land.
8 And it came to pass that there were many cities built anew, and there
were many old cities repaired, and there were many highways cast up
and many roads made which led from city to city, and from land to
land, and from place to place.
9 And thus passed away the twenty and
eighth year and the people had continual peace.
10 But it came to pass
in the twenty and ninth year, there began to be some disputings among
the people and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because
of their exceeding great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions
for there were many merchants in the land and also many lawyers and
11 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks
according to their riches and their chances for learning, yea, some
were ignorant because of their poverty and others did receive great
learning because of their riches.
12 Some were lifted up in pride and
others were exceeding humble, some did return railing for railing
while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of
afflictions and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and
penitent before God.
13 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 who were converted
unto the true faith and they would not depart from it.
14 For they were
firm and steadfast and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep
the commandments of the Lord.
15 Now the cause of this iniquity of the
people was this: Satan had great power unto the stirring up of the
people to do all manner of iniquity and to the puffing them up with
pride, tempting them to seek for power and authority and riches and
the vain things of the world.
16 And thus Satan did lead away the hearts
of the people to do all manner of iniquity, therefore they had not
enjoyed peace but a few years.
17 And thus in the commencement of the
thirtieth year, the people having been delivered up for the space of
a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil
whithersoever he desired to carry them and to do whatsoever iniquity
he desired they should, and thus in the commencement of this, the
thirtieth year, they were in a state of awful wickedness.
18 Now they
did not sin ignorantly for they knew the will of God concerning them
for it had been taught unto them, therefore they did wilfully rebel
19 And now it was in the days of Lachoneus, the son of Lachoneus, for
Lachoneus did fill the seat of his father and did govern the people
20 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 and
testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would
make for his people, or in other words, the resurrection of Christ;
and they did testify boldly of his death and sufferings.
21 Now there
were many of the people who were exceeding angry because of those who
testified of these things, and those who were angry were chiefly the
chief judges and they who had been high priests and lawyers; yea, all
those who were lawyers were angry with those who testified of these
22 Now there was no lawyer nor judge nor high priest that could
have power to condemn anyone to death save their condemnation was
signed by the governor of the land.
23 Now there were many of those who
testified of the things pertaining to Christ who testified boldly,
who were taken and put to death secretly by the judges that the
knowledge of their death came not unto the governor of the land until
after their death.
24 Now behold this was contrary to the laws of the
land -that any man should be put to death- except they
had power from the governor of the land.
25 Therefore a complaint came
up unto the land of Zarahemla to the governor of the land against
these judges who had condemned the prophets of the Lord unto death
not according to the law.
26 Now it came to pass that they were taken
and brought up before the judge to be judged of the crime which they
had done according to the law which had been given by the people.
it came to pass that those judges had many friends and kindreds, and
the remainder, yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests,
did gather themselves together and unite with the kindreds of those
judges who were to be tried according to the law.
28 And they did enter
into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which
was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered
by the devil to combine against all righteousness.
29 Therefore they did
combine against the people of the Lord and enter into a covenant to
destroy them and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the
grasp of justice which was about to be administered according to the
30 And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their
31 And they did covenant one with another to destroy the
governor and to establish a king over the land that the land should
no more be at liberty, but should be subject unto kings.
32 Now behold, I will shew unto you that they did not establish a king over
the land, but in this same year, yea, the thirtieth year, they did
destroy upon the judgment seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of
33 And the people were divided one against another and they
did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his
family, and his kindred and friends, and thus they did destroy the
government of the land.
34 And every tribe did appoint a chief or a
leader over them, and thus they became tribes and leaders of tribes.
35 Now behold, there was no man among them save he had much family and
many kindreds and friends, therefore their tribes became exceeding
36 Now all this was done, and there were no wars as yet among
them, and all this iniquity had come upon the people because they did
yield themselves unto the power of Satan.
37 And the regulations of the
government were destroyed because of the secret combination of the
friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets.
38 And they did
cause a great contention in the land insomuch that the more righteous
part of the people, although they had nearly all become wicked, yea,
there were but few righteous men among them.
39 And thus six years had
not passed away since the more part of the people had turned from
their righteousness, like the dog to his vomit or like the sow to her
wallowing in the mire.
40 Now this secret combination, which had brought
so great iniquity upon the people, did gather themselves together and
did place at their head a man whom they did call Jacob, and they did
call him their king.
41 Therefore he became a king over this wicked band
and he was one of the chiefest who had given his voice against the
prophets who testified of Jesus.
42 And it came to pass that they were
not so strong in number as the tribes of the people who were united
together save it were their leaders did establish their laws, every
one according to his tribe.
43 Nevertheless they were enemies,
notwithstanding they were not a righteous people, yet they were
united in the hatred of those who had entered into a covenant to
destroy the government.
44 Therefore Jacob, seeing that their enemies
were more numerous than they, he being the king of the band,
therefore he commanded his people that they should take their flight
into the northernmost part of the land and there build up unto
themselves a kingdom until they were joined by dissenters -for
he flattered them that there would be many dissenters- and they
become sufficiently strong to contend with the tribes of the people,
and they did so.
45 And so speedy was their march that it could not be
impeded until they had gone forth out of the reach of the people.
thus ended the thirtieth year and thus were the affairs of the people
47 And it came to pass in the thirty and first year that they were divided
into tribes, every man according to his family, kindred, and friends.
48 Nevertheless they had come to an agreement that they would not go to
war one with another, but they were not united as to their laws and
their manner of government for they were established according to the
minds of those who were their chiefs and their leaders.
49 But they did
establish very strict laws that one tribe should not trespass against
another insomuch that in some degree they had peace in the land.
50 Nevertheless, their hearts were turned from the Lord their God and
they did stone the prophets and did cast them out from among them.
51 And it came to pass that Nephi, having been visited by angels and also by
the voice of the Lord, therefore having seen angels and being
eyewitness, and having had power given unto him that he might know
concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being eyewitness to their
quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness and
abominations, 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.
52 And he did minister
many things unto them and all of them cannot be written, and a part
of them would not suffice, therefore they are not written in this
53 And Nephi did minister with power and with great authority.
54 And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had
greater power than they for it were not possible that they could
disbelieve his words.
55 For so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus
Christ that angels did minister unto him daily, and in the name of
Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits, and even his
brother did he raise from the dead -after he had been stoned
and suffered death by the people- and the people saw it and did
witness of it and were angry with him because of his power; and he
did also do many more miracles in the sight of the people in the name
56 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away and
there were but few who were converted unto the Lord, but as many as
were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been
visited by the power and spirit of God which was in Jesus Christ in
whom they believed.
57 And as many as had devils cast out from them and
were healed of their sicknesses and their infirmities did truly
manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the
spirit of God and had been healed, and they did shew forth signs also
and did do some miracles among the people.
58 Thus passed away the thirty and second year also.
59 And Nephi did cry unto
the people in the commencement of the thirty and third year and he
did preach unto them repentance and remission of sins.
60 Now I would
have you to remember also that there were none who were brought unto
repentance who were not baptized with water.
61 Therefore there were
ordained of Nephi men unto this ministry, that all such as should
come unto them should be baptized with water and this as a witness
and a testimony before God and unto the people that they had repented
and received a remission of their sins.
62 And there were many in the
commencement of this year that were baptized unto repentance; and
thus the more part of the year did pass away.