Greetings all my relations,
In our meeting today, lets have a sacred talk;
About who the Original Mormons were and are.
They are in part Mormon’s family history…
The Book is named after Moroni’s father!!!
What is the intention of the Book of Mormon?
Is The Book of Mormon to raise awareness of the Native Americans and to help them?
Without the Book of Mormon;
What is the Mormon Church?
The American Indians were the original Mormons on this continent.
(At least this particular family line of records )
They possessed vast libraries of scriptures, and records, preserved for their descendants.
They have the same true religion as revealed by God to Joseph Smith in this latter day,
Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins (the forefathers of the American Indians) shall write (The Book of Mormon); and the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write (The Bible); and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins (the American Indians), and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days,. and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord. 2 Nephi. 3:12.
The ancient Prophet Mormon, the father of Moroni, had been entrusted with all of the sacred records of his forefathers engraved on metallic plates. New plates were made by Mormon, on which he wrote, from the more ancient books, an abridged history of the nation, incorporating therewith many revelations, prophecies, the gospel, etc. These new plates were given to his son Moroni to finish the history.
Mormon then deposited all the ancient plates in the hill Cumorah, at about 384 years AD. When Moroni about 36 years later, made the deposit of the abridged book entrusted to him, he was without a doubt, inspired to select a department of the hill separate from the great sacred depository of the numerous volumes hid up by his father.
The particular place in the hill, where Moroni secreted, the book, was revealed by the angel, to the Prophet Joseph Smith, to whom it was delivered in Sept, of 1827.
But the grand repository of all the numerous records of the Ancient Nations of the western continent was located in another department of the hill Cumorah, and its contents under the charge of holy Angels, until the day should come, for them to be transferred. This written history, of this people (the American Indians), is but a small part of the legacy and promises that they are to inherit.
Brigham Young related the following in 1877 that after Joseph Smith had translated the plates Into the Book of Mormon he and Oliver Cowdery returned them to the hill Cumorah.
When Joseph Smith got the plates the Angel instructed him to carry them back to the hill Cumorah which he did. Oliver Cowdery said that when Joseph and himself went there, the hill opened, and they walked into a cave in which there was a large and spacious room, he said he did not think, at the time, whether they had the light of the sun or artificial light but that it was just as light as day.
They laid the plates on a table; it was a large table that stood in the room. Under this table there was a pile of plates as much as two feet high, and there were altogether in this room more plates than probably many wagon loads; they were piled up in the corners and along the walls.”
This SACRED WRITTEN HISTORY of the American Indians is the most complete, and comprehensive of any peoples on the earth, and is yet to come forth from God, and be translated!
NOW WE ALSO HAVE THE NEMENHAH RECORDS-THE AMMONITES-THE ANTI-NEPHI-LEHIES (this website is dedicated to bring these ancient records to the light for the benifit of all mankind, all of Heavenly Father’s and Heavenly Mother’s children)
We are all relations!
Joseph Smith said a man can get closer to God, and obtain more knowledge necessary for salvation, from reading the Book of Mormon, than reading any other book.
Every word in the Book of Mormon was written by Indians, the blood fathers of the present day American Indians.
Is Chief Joseph, who was born 4 years before Joseph Smith’s death “The One Mighty among them”?
Is Chief Joseph, The Indian Prophet spoken of in The Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 3: 24
In 2 Nephi 3:24 it reads: “And there shall rise up one mighty among them”. The Book of Mormon today has in the footnote for this verse “Joseph Smith” as being the one who will rise up, however, earlier versions of the Book of Mormon have it recorded as “an Indian Prophet”.
Note: This is not referring the D&C 85:7 The one mighty and strong
Here is a link of a scanned copy of an earlier edition of the Book of Mormon showing the original footnote.
Notice how footnote ‘l’ says “an Indian prophet” when referring to the scripture 2 Nephi 3:24 where it says “And there shall rise up one mighty among them”.
Without going into too many details it is impossible for Joseph Smith to be the “one mighty among them” as Joseph Smith is a pure Ephraimite. Lehi clearly states that this mighty person will come from the “seed” of his youngest son Joseph. Not only is it impossible for Joseph Smith to be the “one mighty among them”, but Even Spencer W. Kimball apparently knew it was not Joseph Smith when he gave a talk (as the Prophet) and spoke about this very scripture. Below is the conference talk reference with a quote from the talk:
President Spencer W. Kimball:
“The Lamanites must rise in majesty and power.” (Conference Reports, Oct. 1947) “The Lamanites must rise in majesty and power. We must look forward to the day when they will be “white and delightsome” (2 Ne. 5:21; 2 Ne. 30:6), sharing the freedoms and blessings which we enjoy; when they shall have economic security, culture, refinement, and education; when they shall be operating farms and businesses and industries and shall be occupied in the professions and in teaching; when they shall be organized into wards and stakes of Zion, furnishing much of their own leadership; when they shall build and occupy and fill the temples, and serve in them as the natives are now serving in the Hawaiian Temple where I found last year the entire service conducted by them and done perfectly. And in the day when their prophet shall come, one shall rise. . . mighty among them . . . being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders (2 Ne. 3:24).”
I believe this is Chief Cloudpiler’s Nemenhah Band that is being restored Today!!!
“We must look forward to the day when they will be;
white and delightsome.(white and delightsome means – full of truth and light, not the color of their skin.)
I’m talking about knowing, the person in 2 Nephi 3:24 is
“an Indian Prophet.”
The Original 1830 Copy of The Book of Mormon The footnote to this verse, reference is Indian Prophet (today in our copy of the Book of Mormon it has been changed to mean Joseph Smith the prophet).
Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it in Americanist orthography, popularly known as Chief Joseph, or Young Joseph (March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904), succeeded his father Tuekakas (Chief Joseph the Elder) as the leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe indigenous to the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, in the interior Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Chief Joseph is buried in Nespelem, Washington, where many of his tribe’s members still live.
He led his band during the most tumultuous period in their contemporary history when they were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Wallowa Valley by the United States federal government and forced to move northeast, onto the significantly reduced reservation in Lapwai, Idaho Territory.
A series of events which culminated in episodes of violence led those Nez Perce who resisted removal including Joseph’s band and an allied band of the Palouse tribe to take flight to attempt to reach political asylum, ultimately with the Lakota chief Sitting Bull in Canada.
They were pursued by the U.S. Army in a campaign led by General Oliver O. Howard. This 1,170-mile (1,900 km) fighting retreat by the Nez Perce in 1877 became known as the Nez Perce War.
The skill with which the Nez Perce fought and the manner in which they conducted themselves in the face of incredible adversity led to widespread admiration among their military adversaries and the American public.
Coverage of the war in United States newspapers led to widespread recognition of Joseph and the Nez Perce. For his principled resistance to the removal, he became renowned as a humanitarian and peacemaker.
However, modern scholars like Robert McCoy and Thomas Guthrie argue that this coverage, as well as Joseph’s speeches and writings, distorted the true nature of Joseph’s thoughts and gave rise to a “mythical” Chief Joseph as a “red Napoleon” that served the interests of the Anglo-American narrative of manifest destiny.
2 Leadership of the Nez Perce
3 Nez Perce War
5 Oral History
6 Films and books about Chief Joseph
9 Further reading
10 External links
Chief Joseph was born Hinmuuttu-yalatlat (alternatively Hinmaton-Yalaktit or Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, Nez Perce:
“Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain”
or ‘,Hinmatóoyalahtq’it – “Thunder traveling to higher areas”)
in the Wallowa Valley of north eastern Oregon.
He was known as Young Joseph during his youth because his father, Tuekakas, was baptized with the same Christian name, later becoming known as “Old Joseph” or “Joseph the Elder.”
While initially hospitable to the region’s newcomers, Joseph the Elder grew wary when settlers wanted more Indian lands. Tensions grew as the settlers appropriated traditional Indian lands for farming and grazing livestock.
Isaac Stevens, governor of the Washington Territory, organized a council to designate separate areas for natives and settlers in 1855. Joseph the Elder and the other Nez Perce chiefs signed a treaty with the United States establishing a Nez Perce reservation encompassing 7.7 million acres (31,000 km²) in present-day Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
The 1855 reservation maintained much of the traditional Nez Perce lands, including Joseph’s Wallowa Valley.
An influx of new settlers caused by a gold rush led the government to call a second council in 1863. Government commissioners asked the Nez Perce to accept a new, much smaller reservation of 760,000 acres (3,100 km2) situated around the village of Lapwai in Idaho, and excluding the Wallowa Valley.
In exchange, they were promised financial rewards and schools and a hospital for the reservation. Chief Lawyer and one of his allied chiefs signed the treaty on behalf of the Nez Perce Nation, but Joseph the Elder and several other chiefs were opposed to selling their lands, and did not sign.
Their refusal to sign caused a rift between the “non-treaty” and “treaty” bands of Nez Perce. The “treaty” Nez Perce moved within the new reservation’s boundaries, while the “non-treaty” Nez Perce remained on their lands. Joseph the Elder demarcated Wallowa land with a series of poles, proclaiming, “Inside this boundary all our people were born.
It circles the graves of our fathers, and we will never give up these graves to any man.”
Leadership of the Nez Perce Joseph the Younger succeeded his father as leader of the Wallowa band in 1871.
Before his death, the latter counseled his son:
“My son, my body is returning to my mother earth, and my spirit is going very soon to see the Great Spirit Chief.
When I am gone, think of your country.
You are the chief of these people.
They look to you to guide them.
Always remember that your father never sold his country.
You must stop your ears whenever you are asked to sign a treaty selling your home.
A few years more and white men will be all around you.
They have their eyes on this land. My son, never forget my dying words.
This country holds your father’s body.
Never sell the bones of your father and your mother.”
Joseph commented “I clasped my father’s hand and promised to do as he asked.
A man who would not defend his father’s grave is worse than a wild beast.”
An 1889 photograph of Joseph speaking to ethnologist Alice Cunningham Fletcher and her interpreter James Stuart.The non-treaty Nez Perce suffered many injustices at the hands of settlers and prospectors, but out of fear of reprisal from the militarily superior Americans, Joseph never allowed any violence against them, instead making many concessions to them in hopes of securing peace.
In 1873, Joseph negotiated with the federal government to ensure his people could stay on their land in the Wallowa Valley.
But in 1877, the government reversed its policy, and Army General Oliver Howard threatened to attack if the Wallowa band did not relocate to the Idaho Reservation with the other Nez Perce.
Joseph reluctantly agreed.
Before the outbreak of hostilities, General Howard held a council at Fort Lapwai to try to convince Joseph and his people to relocate.
Joseph finished his address to the general, which focused on human equality, by expressing his “[disbelief that] the Great Spirit Chief gave one kind of men the right to tell another kind of men what they must do.” Howard reacted angrily, interpreting the statement as a challenge to his authority.
When Toohoolhoolzote protested, he was jailed for five days.
The day following the council, Joseph, White Bird, and Looking Glass all accompanied Howard to look at different areas.
Howard offered them a plot of land that was inhabited by Whites and Native Americans, promising to clear them out. Joseph and his chieftains refused, adhering to their tribal tradition of not taking what did not belong to them.
Unable to find any suitable uninhabited land on the reservation, Howard informed Joseph that his people had thirty days to collect their livestock and move to the reservation. Joseph pleaded for more time, but Howard told him that he would consider their presence in the Wallowa Valley beyond the thirty-day mark an act of war.
Returning home, Joseph called a council among his people. At the council, he spoke on behalf of peace, preferring to abandon his father’s grave over war.
Toohoolhoolzote, insulted by his incarceration, advocated war.
The Wallowa band began making preparations for the long journey, meeting first with other bands at Rocky Canyon. At this council too, many leaders urged war, while Joseph argued in favor of peace.
While the council was underway, a young man whose father had been killed rode up and announced that he and several other young men had already killed four white settlers. Still hoping to avoid further bloodshed, Joseph and other non-treaty Nez Perce leaders began moving people away from Idaho.
Nez Perce War
Map of the flight of the Nez Perce and key battle sitesThe Nez Perce War was the name given to the U.S. Army’s pursuit of about 750 Nez Perce and a small allied band of the Palouse tribe who had fled toward freedom. Initially they had hoped to take refuge with the Crow nation in the Montana Territory, but when the Crow refused to grant them aid, the Nez Perce went north in an attempt to reach asylum with Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and his followers who had fled to Canada in 1876.
For over three months, the Nez Perce out maneuvered and battled their pursuers traveling 1,170 miles (1,880 km) across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.
General Howard, leading the opposing cavalry, was impressed with the skill with which the Nez Perce fought, using advance and rear guards, skirmish lines, and field fortifications. Finally, after a devastating five-day battle during freezing weather conditions with no food or blankets, with the major war leaders dead, Joseph formally surrendered to General Nelson Appleton Miles on October 5, 1877 in the Bear Paw Mountains of the Montana Territory, less than 40 miles (60 km) south of Canada in a place close to the present-day Chinook in Blaine County.
The battle is remembered in popular history by the words attributed to;
Joseph at the formal surrender:
Tell General Howard I know his heart.
What he told me before, I have it in my heart.
I am tired of fighting.
Our chiefs are killed;
Looking Glass is dead,
Too-hul-hul-sote is dead.
The old men are all dead.
It is the young men who say yes or no.
He who led on the young men is dead.
It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death.
My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food.
No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death.
I want to have time to look for my children;
and see how many of them I can find.
Maybe I shall find them among the dead.
Hear me, my chiefs!
I am tired; my heart is sick and sad.
From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
The popular legend deflated, however, when the original pencil draft of the report was revealed to show the handwriting of the later poet and lawyer Lieutenant Charles Erskine Scott Wood, who claimed to have taken down the great chief’s words on the spot. In the margin it read, “Here insert Joseph’s reply to the demand for surrende”
Although Joseph was not technically a war chief and probably did not command the retreat, many of the chiefs who did had died. His speech brought attention – and therefore credit – his way. He earned the praise of General William Tecumseh Sherman and became known in the press as “The Red Napoleon”.
Chief Joseph and family, c. 1880.Joseph’s fame did him little good. By the time Joseph surrendered, 150 of his followers had been killed or wounded. Their plight, however, did not end. Although he had negotiated a safe return home for his people, General Sherman forced Joseph and four hundred followers to be taken on unheated rail cars to Fort Leavenworth in eastern Kansas to be held in a prisoner of war campsite for eight months. Toward the end of the following summer the surviving Nez Perce were taken by rail to a reservation in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) for seven years. Many of them died of epidemic diseases while there.
In 1879, Chief Joseph went to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Rutherford B. Hayes and plead the case of his people. Although Joseph was respected as a spokesman, opposition in Idaho prevented the U.S. government from granting his petition to return to the Pacific Northwest. Finally, in 1885, Chief Joseph and his followers were allowed to return to the Pacific Northwest to settle on the reservation around Kooskia, Idaho. Instead, Joseph and others were taken to the Colville Indian Reservation far from both their homeland in the Wallowa Valley and the rest of their people in Idaho.
Joseph continued to lead his Wallowa band on the Colville Reservation, at times coming into conflict with the leaders of 11 other tribes living on the reservation. Chief Moses of the Sinkiuse-Columbia in particular resented having to cede a portion of his people’s lands to Joseph’s people, who had “made war on the Great Father.”
In his last years Joseph spoke eloquently against the injustice of United States policy toward his people and held out the hope that America’s promise of freedom and equality might one day be fulfilled for Native Americans as well. In 1897, he visited Washington again to plead his case. He rode in a parade honoring former President Ulysses Grant in New York City with Buffalo Bill Cody but he was a topic of conversation for his headdress more than his mission.
In 1903, Chief Joseph visited Seattle, a booming young town, where he stayed in the Lincoln Hotel as guest to Edmond Meany, a history professor at the University of Washington.
It was there that he also befriended Edward Curtis, the photographer, who took one of his most memorable and well-known photographs.
He also visited President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington that year. Everywhere he went, it was to make a plea for what remained of his people to be returned to their home in the Wallowa Valley.
But it would never happen.
An indomitable voice of conscience for the West, he died in September 1904, still in exile from his homeland, according to his doctor “of a broken heart.” Meany and Curtis would help his family bury their chief near the village of Nespelem.
Helen Hunt Jackson recorded one early Oregon settler’s tale of his encounter with Joseph in her 1902 Glimpses of California and the Missions:
Why I got lost once, an’ I came right on [Chief Joseph's] camp before I knowed it . . . ‘t was night, ‘n’ I was kind o’ creepin’ along cautious, an’ the first thing I knew there was an Injun had me on each side, an’ they jest marched me up to Jo’s tent, to know what they should do with me …
Well; ‘n’ they gave me all I could eat, ‘n’ a guide to show me my way, next day, ‘n’ I could n’t make Jo nor any of ‘em take one cent. I had a kind o’ comforter o’ red yarn, I wore rund my neck; an’ at last I got Jo to take that, jest as a kind o’ momento.”
The Chief Joseph band of Nez Perce Indians who still live on the Colville Reservation bear his name in tribute to their prestigious leader. Joseph is buried in Nespelem, Washington, where many of his tribe’s members still live.
It is recorded that Chief Joseph’s father, also named Joseph, was a man of great vision who saw beyond any others in the Nez Perce Native American tribes.
Chief Joseph’s father requested that Chief Joseph not sell the 7.7 million acres of their lands in North America, and that Chief Joseph protect and guard his burial place;
And Chief Joseph promised to do these things.
During the treaty of Chief Joseph prior to the surrender of the Nez Perce people, the Nimiipuu, the Coyote People, Chief Joseph and his people were promised their lands, but after the treaty was signed, illegal proceedings took place and Chief Joseph was betrayed by the United States Army General Howard and party affiliates.
After the treaty was signed by Chief Joseph, General Howard gave Chief Joseph 30 days in the brutal harsh winter to get to the reservation awaiting his people, most of whom died from disease and desperation, heartache.
The prized Appaloosa pony was the Nez Perce pride and joy, a horse breed they bred and treated as family.
In the forced evacuation from the Nez Perce territory and home lands, the ponies were forced to move east as well, and in crossing one of the raging freezing rivers, 3,500 ponies died and lay crushed on the banks of both sides of the river for as far as the eyes could see and beyond…
Laurel Marie Shanahan Sobol would always love her adopted family Nez Perce Nimiipuu, and became an advocate for all of the Great Spirit’s creation,
God Almighty, and to the very time of her existence on earth she works to restore peace globally and to defend those bullied such as her people in America and around the world. Laurel wrote many books on the Nez Perce people and their beautiful legends,of which one was given to the Nez Perce Nature Conservancy in Yellowstone Wyoming as a gift upon the request of the book on the part of the Conservancy in 2012.
Oral History, A handwritten document mentioned in the Oral History of the Grande Ronde recounts an 1872 experience by Oregon pioneer Henry Young and two friends in search of acreage at Prairie Creek, east of Wallowa Lake.
Young’s party was surrounded by 40-50 Nez Perce led by Chief Joseph.
The Chief told Young that white men were not welcome near Prairie Creek, and Young’s party was forced to leave without violence.
Films and books about Chief Joseph
A wall-mounted quote by Joseph in The American Adventure in the World Showcase pavilion of Walt Disney World’s Epcot.Chief Joseph has been portrayed in poems, books, television episodes, and feature films.
The saga of Chief Joseph is depicted in the 1982 poem “Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce” by Robert Penn Warren. In the children’s fiction book, Thunder Rolling in the Mountains, by Newbery medalist Scott O’Dell and Elizabeth Hall, the story of Chief Joseph is told by Joseph’s daughter, Sound of Running Feet.
In the 1958 episode “The Gatling Gun” of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp, played by series star Hugh O’Brian, and his guide, “Mr. Cousin” (Rico Alaniz), follow orders from General Sherman to recover a Gatling gun captured by the Nez Perce. Richard Garland plays the part of the compassionate Chief Joseph, who laments the state of war between the Indians and in this case a militia of white land grabbers. Marshal Earp in his conversation with Chief Joseph indicates that justice to the Indians could be a half century in the future. Earp proclaims his Christian belief that all will obtain fair treatment in the hereafter if not conveniently in this life. The episode is set in Idaho, far from Dodge City, Kansas, where Earp was based.
Chief Joseph is portrayed sympathetically in Will Henry’s 1959 novel of the Nez Perce War, From Where The Sun Now Stands. The book won the 1960 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel of the West.
Notable among films is I Will Fight No More Forever, a 1975 historical drama starring Ned Romero.
From 1969 to 1970, the late actor George Mitchell played Chief Joseph on Broadway in the play Indians, the source of Robert Altman’s film Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson.
LegacyNumerous structures, including schools, dams and roads, have been named for Joseph, as well as several geographic features. Some of the most notable of these are Chief Joseph Scenic Byway in Wyoming, and Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington. Chief Joseph Dam is the second largest hydropower producer in the U.S. and is the only dam in the Northwest named after an American Indian.
The city of Joseph, Oregon is also named for the chief, as well as Joseph Canyon and Joseph Creek, on the Oregon-Washington border, and Chief Joseph Pass in Montana. Chief Joseph is depicted on previously issued $200 Series I Savings bonds.
In July 2012, Chief Joseph’s 1870s war shirt was sold to a private collection for the sum of $877,500.
The Book of Mormon is the true and only religion of the American Indians fathers, and through their faith and prayers it is handed down to the present day American Indians, that they might know of the truths of God.
Let’s have another sacred talk about these ancient records;
And about the Nemenhah.
Moroni (MorHonayah) teaches us how to care for Mother Earth and her resources. Within his record are many other concepts that are very important to us historically and as a people and a little Nation within a Nation.
In order for the future Zion to be built again on this North American Continant, we must join with, and pitch-in, and help the cause of Zion to move forward in the 21 century…
And live in peace for The 1000 Year Millenial Reign of The Lord…
The King of Zion…
The Nemenhah are the model for us to follow, they are and were the model for us. Having all things in common… They have been, and are in the process of being fully restored in these modern days… Through Chief Cloudpiler and under his direction and through spiritual adoption, we can become one people, a nation of healers…medicine men and medicine women…
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Moroni has alot to do, and has done alot, in the restoration of all things.
The four great pillars of The Nemenhah Nation and The Native American church of the Nemenhah are;
1) Knowledge =Gospel
From the records we discover…
MorHonayah is Moroni…
The Record of Mor-Honayah
The Son of Mormon
Mor-Honayah paid tribute to Heinmet for his great efforts in seeking to preserve the Nemenhah nation from the threat of the encroaching wars of the Land Southward.
Mor-Honayah described his life.
He became the high priest of Mentinah and later of Elak Kowat.
He wrote about the priesthood, about the present day, about the Way, about taking care of the Earth, etc.
1) Now, when I had established my own settlement, those who joined with me in it undertook to bring timber down out of the mountains on the East side of;
*The Valley of Mentinah. (Salt Lake area of Utah, the Wasach Front and up into Manti and Sanpete and the City of Moroni today.)
And we sawed the timber and made posts and beams, boards and planks the likes of which the Nemenhah of Mentinah were wont to use in the building of houses and other structures, as also for furniture and certain useful tools.
2) And we discovered that the trees of the valley were not fast growing and it became important to carefully replant the trees as we cut them, lest the mountains become a waste place.
For, we had seen the same take place across the desert where Father Hagoth made his first settlement.
3) For, in the days of Heinmet’s stewardship, the people there had taken all the trees in their preparations for war.
And they used them up in all their preparations so that the hills and the mountains were denuded completely.
And this proved to be a great folly for them, for without the trees tohold the moisture and the rains, and also to stabilize the earth, the waters ran quickly over it.
And when the snows melted in the spring, the waters ran quickly into the gullies and the valleys and stayed not at all in the soil.
And because of this folly, the earth did not yield up the fruits of the harvest, but became dry and burnt and the corn died but halfway to harvest.
And all this because the people, in their haste to protect and defend themselves, had not taken the time to consider the needs of the land.
4) And there are people in that place today, but never so many as was supported in times past because of the destruction of the forests.
And in the place of many settlements and villages, as was once the state of that part of the country, there remains only one small village today.
Where once there were thousands of Nemenhah in that place, yea, tens of thousands, nowthere are only but a few hundred and they require assistance every year from the other cities.
And all this did take place in the space of but one generation and many cities and villages which had been the home of many families of the Nemenhah for generations were become desolate and empty.
5) And we did not wish this to happen in our own valley.
Wherefore, we took great care to replant three trees for every one that we cut down.
And in this manner we did continue to build up the forests of Mentinah.
And all the people who cut trees did begin to emulate our practice.
6) And the waters that came down out of the mountains each spring did continue well into the summer.
And we had much water for our crops and our livestock.
And behold, the shallow lake that filled the southern end of the valley continued to produce fish for meal and birds of all kinds for the table.
7) And above the lake the Nemenhah worked the ground and planted grain of all kinds. And also they did move livestock up into the hills on the west side for there was much grass there. And they ran stock in the hills from which the people made all manner of clothing from the wool and the hair, and also of which they had meat and meal.
8) And also, when one crossed through the mountains which protected the Valley of Mentinah on the west, there were yet other valleys.
And in one just westand north of Mentinah, there was a great lake around which the Nemenhah did build many villages. Yea, the lake gathered many waters from the mountains far in the east and many villages were built up upon its shores.
9) And this lake was deep and full of fish of larger size than those which inhabited the lake at Mentinah. And these fish provided much food for the people. And they also planted fruit and grain of every kind along the shores of the lake, and there was much game.
10) But west of the lake there are mountains that are filled with many kinds of ores.
Yea, there one may find iron and copper, beryl and gold in some quantity. And these the people smelted into all manner of useful tools.
And also they found and quarried stone of great beauty that proved very useful in industry and in the making of tools and of ornament.
11) And again further north there was a lake of salt water like unto the sea.
And this place was largely barren except in the places where fresh water did run into it.
And the people did not build many settlements there, except in those places where the salt was dried and harvested.
And in these places were a few settlements built up to accommodate those who made their living drying salt for trade with other cities and settlements of the Nemenhah.
12) Now, certain of the Nemenhah saw that the Great War between the Nephites and the Lamanites had brought much destruction upon those parts of the Land Northward into which it had moved.
But, when the Nephites had all been destroyed and the Lamanites could not support themselves after their wants, they left many horses and beasts of burden upon the land. And many of the Nemenhah took up these horses and beasts and brought them into their own lands and husbanded them.
13) And these beasts became popular for transport, both the cattle and the horses, but most especially the horses.
For, upon the plains, it could be difficult to follow the great herds on foot.
But with horses as swift as the herds, and requiring no special provender, they were able to greatly improve their manner of living.
14) And the people of Nespelhem became great in the breeding and management of these horses and they did produce them in great numbers.
And behold, so proficient did they become in their management, that they did bring into breeding the production of such variations in color, in size and in form that they did greatly improve them.
15) Now, among their horses there was a kind that pleased me very much.
Yea, and it also pleased several of the men with whom I had established my settlement.
And this kind of horse had a body all of one dark color such as black or brown but the hindmost parts were white as with a blanket.
And some almost white as with a blanket full of holes.
Such was the spotting of this variety of horse and we were desirous to obtain them.
16) For, they are beautiful and also easy to see.
And this seemed to us a good thing here in the mountains, for they would be less easy to lose in the forests with these patterns.
But this is not all.
The people of Nespelhem had bred these horses to be hard in the hoof such that they needed much less attention to keep them sound.
And they were also shorter in the body than the horses found in Mentinah and this seemed to us a better build for use in the mountains.
17) Wherefore, I took a group of young men and boys, those who could be spared from the work of our mills, and went with them even up unto the people of Nespelhem.
And we took lumber as is used in the building of furniture and useful tools with us to trade for horses.
18) And the people of Nespelhem would not take our lumber, for they had much timber of their own and had no need of ours.
But they did insist that we take horses with us even down into Mentinah, for they were pleased that the kind of horses they had developed for their hilly and mountainous terrain might also have usefulness in the mountains and hills of Mentinah.
And also they were wont that the line be diversified and become not too close.
And it seemed to them that some good stock from among the horses of Mentinah might be introduced into the line with out ruining it, and in this way, the line might be strengthened.
19) And we were desirous to join with them in the breeding of these colorful horses, for there were none like them anywhere else in all the land.
Wherefore, because we liked them so much and were desirous to engage with them in their further development and preservation, the Nemenhah of Nespelhem did insist that we take of all that we desired down into Mentinah with us.
to be continued…cj
Anything that conflicts with what is written in the Book of Mormon is not of God.
The Indians of this last day are predicted both in the Book of Mormon, and the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants to accept, and build up again Zion. (having all things in common among them) and they shall not deny that which he had received, “but they shall build upon it, and shall bring to light the true points of my doctrine, yea, and the only doctrine which is in me.” D&C 10:62 and The Mentinah Archives
The Indians are foretold to be the main ones who will build the New Jerusalem.
D & C 88: 87—93 “For not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light; and the moon shall be bathed in blood; and the stars shall become exceedingly angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a fig-tree….
Then cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.
And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people.
And angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of God,, saying: Prepare ye, prepare ye, 0 inhabitants of the earth; for the judgement of our God is come…. And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together.
Pearl of Great Price MOSES 7:61
and great tribulation shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve;
Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they (Lamanites) shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old;…
Pearl of Great Price MOSES 7:62, 64-65
….an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem. And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest. And it came to pass that Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in righteousness for the space of a thousand years;.
3rd Nephi, Chapter 20 verse 22 “And behold this people (the American Indians) will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you.”
Verse 25 quote “And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.”
Ether, Chapter 13, verse 8 quote “Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph (the American Indians, The Nemenhah) shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they (the American Indians, The Nemenhah) shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto Jerusalem of old; they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away.”
Verse 10 quote “And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who dwell Therein,. . . and they who are numbered among the remnant of the seed of Joseph (the latter day Lamanites), who were of the house of Israel”: The Nemenhah Band, A Little Nation within Nations…
3rd Nephi, Chapter 21, verse 22 states if the gentiles will repent and hearken unto Christ’s words and harden not their hearts, they shall come in unto the covenant, and be numbered among the remnant of Jacob (the American Indians) of these last days, unto whom the Lord has given this land for their inheritance. ,
Verse 23 quote “And they (the gentiles) shall assist My people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem”
In the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants, section 84, a revelation given on September 22, and 23, 1832: to Joseph Smith states that the New Jerusalem would be built on this continent before that generation of 1832 shall completely pass away. Which means real soon now, the American Indians will build the predicted New Jerusalem.”
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And ask, for a confirmation of The Holy Spirit…