Who Are The Anti-Nephi-Lehies?

Greetings all my relations,

Who are The Anti-Nephi-Lehies?

The Ammonites…The People of God…

Anti-Nephi-Lehies…(between 90 and 77 B.C.)

The Anti-Nephi-Lehies rejoice in Christ and are visited by angels—They choose to suffer death rather than to defend themselves—More Lamanites are converted. About 90–77 B.C.

See also Ammon, Son of Mosiah; Helaman, Sons of; Mosiah, Sons of

In the Book of Mormon, a name given to the Lamanites who were converted by the sons of Mosiah.

After their conversion, these people, who were also called the people of Ammon, were faithful throughout their lives (Alma 23:4–7, 16–17; 27:20–27).

Known as: The People of God or The people of The Lord

They took the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehies: Alma 23:16–17;Alma 24:1;

They refused to shed blood and buried their weapons: Alma 24:6–19;

Their sons prepared for war and chose Helaman as their leader:

Alma 53:16–19;Alma 56–58

These sons were also known as the 2,000 stripling warriors…

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Tabernacle-Purification

Itsipi Lodge…

Itsipim…

Shi Itsipi… Itsipi Lodges made just for men.

Pah Itsipi… Itsipi Lodges made just for women.

Sweatlodge

Tabernacle… Itsipi

This is the place where the Ammonite Ceremony of Itsipi {or sweat lodge} is performed. Itsipi Lodges made just for men are called: Shi Itsipi. And the Itsipi Lodges made just for women are called: Pah Itsipi

*Purification of the Ammonites

Purification/Purification of the Ammonihah…Itsipi…Sweat Lodge…

Also known as the Ammonite Ceremony and the Sweat Lodge.

It was approved by Shiblon and other prophets.

The Lord spoke of it in Ougou 72-77 and 2 Shi-Muel 7:21.

Not only was this ceremony approved by the Lord, but He also said;

“…when a child reaches that age wherein they begin to understand My gospel, they shall be held accountable for that understanding.

Wherefore, you shall take them and cleanse them every whit with water.

And this may be done after the manner of Alma when he baptized the people in the waters of Mormon, or after the manner of the purification of the Ammonites.

For I will accept such baptism or such purification, and sanctify it unto you.

And behold, if they do this, accepting this ordinance with understanding, then I shall baptize them with Fire and with the Holy Ghost.    (2 Shi-Muel 7:21).”

Yea, the people of Ammon desired to emulate the Savior in all things and, when the prophets taught them of the tabernacle that Moses built in the wilderness, they did inquire of the Lord and the Spirit did answer them and gave unto them the manner in which they might more completely purify themselves before the Lord.  (1 Shi-Muel 7:7).”

References: Hagmeni 4, Ougou 72-77, 142, 150, Temple Writings 1:4, 15, 2:31, 1 Shi-Tugohah 1:36, 43, 7:1-22, 12:6, 1 ShiMuel 7:5-9, 2 Shi-Muel 7:21, High Place 3:122

Break for Instruction, 4:13-14, 4 Appendix, Manti 4:31, 13:15, 1 Pa Natan 5:92,
Mor-Honayah 10:7, 14:6, 18:6, Shi Honayah 2:5, 12, 14:37, Momet 3:51, 54,

Minisourit 8:21*Purification or Purified or Purged

See: “Purification of the Ammonites”
References: Ougou 72, 142, Temple Writings 1:4, 1 Shi-Tugohah 1:36, 7:18, 12:6, 1 Shi-Muel 7:6, 2 Shi-Muel 7:21

The Ways and Customs and Baptism and Governance of Ammonihah (Ammonites)

The Ammonites lived the covenants of God including the law of consecration.

Those who went up with Hagoth to the Land Northward adopted much of the ways of the Ammonites instead of continuing the ways of the Nephites.

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Shi-Tugohah wrote a book

(The First Book of Shi-Tugohah) recounting the ways and customs of the Ammonites.

The Mentinah Archives Volume One:

The Ways and Customs of the Ammonites

Shi-Tugohah; A Lamanite, fought against Captain Moroni until he was given an opportunity to join the Ammonites by covenant.

Shi-Togohah was also a Captain in the Lamanite army…

He recorded the ways and customs of the Ammonites in marriage, in blessing of children, in coming of age, in baptism, in purification, in healing, in Council of Mothers, in ordination, in Sabbath worship, in celebrations, and in living the Law of Consecration.

Chapter One

1) Behold, I am Shi-Tugohah, the same who went up to war with all my kin against the Nephites when that great captain Moroni led them to victory against us.

I call Moroni great notonly because he led the Nephites to victory over us, their enemies, but because he also did show mercy and great wisdom in his treatment of his enemy whom he had beaten.

2) For he did show mercy and provided a means whereby peace could be established once again in the land. And in this he did show much wisdom because we, the Lamanites, all believed that the Nephites were very full of wickedness, and most especially their leaders.

3) But behold, he did extend unto us even that we might covenant to peace and live among the Nephites. Now, this was contrary to all that we had been taught.

And this brought the war to an end, and many of us did join with the Nephites.

4) And I went with my people into the land of the Nephites and took up an inheritance among the people who called themselves Ammonites.

And we did begin to till the earth.

And behold, my people did become highly esteemed among them because that many of them were also healers.

5) Behold, the Ammonites are the people in the lands governed by the Nephites who took us in as if we were their own kin.

Verily, all the Lamanites who covenanted not to take up the sword again, when Moroni had offered us our lives, did either return to their homes in peace, or they did travel into the Nephite country and the Ammonites welcomed us.

6) Wherefore, the Ammonites are my people and kin.

Their ways are my ways and their customs have I taken unto myself.

And it has been said that the Ammonites are the most righteous people among the Nephites.

I believe this to be true.

For, among all the armies of the Nephites that ever came against the Lamanites in battle, only the Sons of Helaman fought to victory sustaining many wounds, but behold, none died from them.

Behold, these young men fasted and prayed,

yea, and even sang hymns of thanksgiving while in the heat of battle.

Behold, is this not faith?

7) Wherefore, I find the ceremonies and customs of the Ammonites to be most compelling and do make a record concerning them. 
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Ammon

Genealogy:

Nephite → Ammonites named after him

Paternal Grand Father: {King Benjamin whose father was Mosiah who discovered the people of Zarahemla (Book of Mormon: Omni 1:14).}

Paternal Uncles: {Helorum, and Helaman (Book of Mormon: Mosiah 1:2)}

Father: Mosiah/{King Mosiah (Book of Mormon: Mosiah 27:34)}

Brothers: {Aaron, Omner, and Himni (Book of Mormon: Mosiah 27:34)}

Known For:

Ammon was a missionary to the Lamanites.

Those converted to the Lord became known as the Ammonites or the people of Ammon after this man.

In the Book of Mormon there is more information about Ammon.

When he was a young man, he, with his brothers and Alma Jr., went about trying to destroy the Church of God. Alma Sr. as well as the rest of the Church prayed for them and in response the Lords sent an angel to them, calling them to repentance.

They did repent. He, along with each of his brothers advocated their right to follow their father as king, but instead preached the gospel to the Lamanites.

Ammon first went to the people of King Lamoni who was a descendant of Ishmael.

Lamoni’s father was King of all the Lamanites.

When Ammon was discovered, he was bound and taken before Lamoni.

Ammon became Lamoni’s servant and valiantly protected the king’s flocks.

By the strength of the Lord Ammon cut off arms and cut down the men who sought to scatter the flocks.

Ammon’s dedication to Lamoni opened his heart to hear the gospel, thus opening the door for missionary work among the people.

Many Lamanites converted including Lamoni’s father, the king of all the Lamanites.

Those who converted changed their name from Lamanites to Anti -Nephi-Lehies. Eventually they were known as the Ammonites.

Many spiritual experiences occurred among these people as they became converted to Christ.

They were best known for burying their weapons of war, making a covenant that they would no more shed blood.

When the Lamanites sought their destruction, Ammon lead them to the lands of the Nephites and they were given the land of Jershon for an inheritance.

Eventually, the sons of those who covenanted fought for the Nephites under Helaman.

In spite of receiving many wounds, none were killed in the war.

Ammon and Corianton (who married Isabel) were among those Alma Jr. took with him to preach to the Zoramites.}

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The Ammonites were Lamanites who were converted to the Lord through the preaching of Ammon and his brothers who were the sons of King Mosiah.

They lived among the Nephites.

The Ammonites are best known as being the most dedicated people of the Lord at the time. Their sons fought under Helaman in the great war between the Nephites and Lamanites when Captain Moroni led the Nephite armies.

These sons received many wounds, but none lost their lives in that great war.

Many of the Lamanites who made the oath with Captain Moroni not to fight against the Nephites, joined the Ammonites;

Including Captain Shi-Tugohah  (the maternal grandfather of Samuel the Lamanite).

Many Ammonites relocated to the Land Northward.

Most notably were the two great twin healers Cumeni and Hementah, and the maternal grandparents of Samuel the Lamanite (Shi-Tugohah and Pa- Hementem) although they were both single at the time they went up.

When Pa-Hementem desired to go to the Land Northward, the ammonites did not want her to go. She was the most respected of the Ammonites.

They sought first to get her father, Hementah, to get her to stay.

When that did not work, they bound her. It took Shiblon, the prophet of Zarahemlah, to intervene in her behalf before they were willing to let her go.

Shi-Tugohah was so impressed with the Ammonites that he wrote a book

(The First Book of Shi-Tugohah) dedicated solely to their ways and customs.

The Ammonites did not worship the same as the Nephites.

They were not near a temple so the Nephite prophets encouraged them to incorporate much of the temple worship into their own ceremonies.

The {sweat lodge} is one of these ceremonies of the Ammonites.

Those who went to the Land Northward mostly adopted Ammonite worship and ways over that of the Nephites.

See: Ammon, Shi-Tugohah, Pa- Hementem, Hementah, Ammonite Councils,

The Sons of Ammon…The Sons of Helaman

The Ways and Customs and Baptism and Governance of Ammonihah (Ammonites),  Purification of the Ammonites

References: Hagoth 7, 28, Hagmeni 4, The Record of Sahnempet subtitle, Sahnempet 5, 6, Ougou 72, 74, 76, 150, Temple

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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Alma
the Son of Alma.

Chapter 22
Aaron teaches Lamoni’s father about the Creation, the Fall of Adam, and the plan of redemption through Christ—The king and all his household are converted—The division of the land between the Nephites and the Lamanites is explained. About 90–77 B.C.

1 Now, as Ammon was thus teaching the people of Lamoni continually, we will return to the account of Aaron and his brethren; for after he departed from the land of Middoni he was led by the Spirit to the land of Nephi, even to the house of the king which was over all the land save it were the land of Ishmael; and he was the father of Lamoni.

2 And it came to pass that he went in unto him into the king’s palace, with his brethren, and bowed himself before the king, and said unto him: Behold, O king, we are the brethren of Ammon, whom thou hast delivered out of prison.

3 And now, O king, if thou wilt spare our lives, we will be thy servants. And the king said unto them: Arise, for I will grant unto you your lives, and I will not suffer that ye shall be my servants; but I will insist that ye shall administer unto me; for I have been somewhat troubled in mind because of the generosity and the greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon; and I desire to know the cause why he has not come up out of Middoni with thee.

4 And Aaron said unto the king: Behold, the Spirit of the Lord has called him another way; he has gone to the land of Ishmael, to teach the people of Lamoni.

5 Now the king said unto them: What is this that ye have said concerning the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, this is the thing which doth trouble me.

6 And also, what is this that Ammon said—aIf ye will repent ye shall be saved, and if ye will not repent, ye shall be cast off at the last day?

7 And Aaron answered him and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God? And the king said: I know that the Amalekites say that there is a God, and I have granted unto them that they should build sanctuaries, that they may assemble themselves together to worship him. And if now thou sayest there is a God, behold I will believe.

8 And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice, and he said: Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God.

9 And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem?

10 And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?

11 And he said: Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.

12 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.

13 And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of Adam, laying the fall of man before him, and their carnal state and also the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, through Christ, for all whosoever would believe on his name.

14 And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.

15 And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.

16 But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.

17 And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily, saying:

18 O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead.

19 And it came to pass that his servants ran and told the queen all that had happened unto the king. And she came in unto the king; and when she saw him lay as if he were dead, and also Aaron and his brethren standing as though they had been the cause of his fall, she was angry with them, and commanded that her servants, or the servants of the king, should take them and slay them.

20 Now the servants had seen the cause of the king’s fall, therefore they durst not lay their hands on Aaron and his brethren; and they led with the queen saying: Why commandest thou that we should slay these men, when behold one of them is mightier than us all? Therefore we shall fall before them.

21 Now when the queen saw the fear of the servants she also began to fear exceedingly, lest there should some evil come upon her. And she commanded her servants that they should go and call the people, that they might slay Aaron and his brethren.

22 Now when Aaron saw the determination of the queen, he, also knowing the hardness of the hearts of the people, feared lest that a multitude should assemble themselves together, and there should be a great contention and a disturbance among them; therefore he put forth his hand and raised the king from the earth, and said unto him: Stand. And he stood upon his feet, receiving his strength.

23 Now this was done in the presence of the queen and many of the 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.

24 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.

25 But the king stood forth among them and administered unto them. And they were pacified towards Aaron and those who were with him.

26 And it came to pass that when the king saw that the people were pacified, he caused that Aaron and his brethren should stand forth in the midst of the multitude, and that they should preach the word unto them.

27 And it came to pass that the king sent a proclamation throughout all the land, amongst all his people who were in all his land, who were in all the regions round about, which was bordering even to the sea, on the east and on the west, and which was divided from the land of Zarahemla by a narrow strip of wilderness,

which ran from the sea east even to the sea west, and round about on the borders of the seashore, and the borders of the wilderness which was on the north by the land of Zarahemla, through the borders of Manti, by the head of the river Sidon, running from the east towards the west—and thus were the Lamanites and the Nephites divided.

28 Now, the more idle part of the Lamanites lived in the wilderness, and dwelt in tents; and they were spread through the wilderness on the west, in the land of Nephi; yea, and also on the west of the land of Zarahemla, in the borders by the seashore, and on the west in the land of Nephi, in the place of their fathers’ first inheritance, and thus bordering along by the seashore.

29 And also there were many Lamanites on the east by the seashore, whither the Nephites had driven them. And thus the Nephites were nearly surrounded by the Lamanites; nevertheless the Nephites had taken possession of all the northern parts of the land bordering on the wilderness, at the head of the river Sidon, from the east to the west, round about on the wilderness side; on the north, even until they came to the land which they called a Bountiful.

30 And it bordered upon the land which they called a Desolation, it being so far northward that it came into the land which had been peopled and been destroyed, of whose bones we have spoken, which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla, it being the place of their first landing.

31 And they came from there up into the south wilderness. Thus the bland on the northward was called Desolation, and the land on the southward was called Bountiful, it being the wilderness which is filled with all manner of wild animals of every kind, a part of which had come from the land northward for food.

32 And now, it was only the distance of a day and a half’s journey for a Nephite, on the line Bountiful and the land Desolation, from the east to the west sea; and thus the land of Nephi and the land of Zarahemla were nearly surrounded by water, there being a small neck of land between the land northward and the land southward.

33 And it came to pass that the Nephites had inhabited the land Bountiful, even from the east unto the west sea, and thus the Nephites in their wisdom, with their guards and their armies, had hemmed in the Lamanites on the south, that thereby they should have no more possession on the north, that they might not overrun the land northward.

34 Therefore the Lamanites could have no more possessions only in the land of Nephi, and the wilderness round about. Now this was wisdom in the Nephites—as the Lamanites were an enemy to them, they would not suffer their afflictions on every hand, and also that they might have a country whither they might flee, according to their desires.

35 And now I, after having said this, return again to the account of Ammon and Aaron, Omner and Himni, and their brethren.

The Book of Alma
the Son of Alma.Chapter 23
Religious freedom is proclaimed—The Lamanites in seven lands and cities are converted—They call themselves Anti-Nephi-Lehies and are freed from the curse—The Amalekites and the Amulonites reject the truth. About 90–77 B.C.

1 Behold, now it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites sent a aproclamation among all his people, that they should not lay their hands on Ammon, or Aaron, or Omner, or Himni, nor either of their brethren who should go forth preaching the word of God, in whatsoever place they should be, in any part of their land.

2 Yea, he sent a decree among them, that they should not lay their hands on them to bind them, or to cast them into prison; neither should they spit upon them, nor smite them, nor cast them out of their synagogues, nor scourge them; neither should they cast stones at them, but that they should have free access to their houses, and also their temples, and their sanctuaries.

3 And thus they might go forth and preach the word according to their desires, for the king had been converted unto the Lord, and all his household; therefore he sent his proclamation throughout the land unto his people, that the word of God might have no obstruction, but that it might go forth throughout all the land, that his people might be convinced concerning the wicked traditions of their fathers, and that they might be convinced that they were all brethren, and that they ought not to murder, nor to plunder, nor to steal, nor to commit adultery, nor to commit any manner of wickedness.

4 And now it came to pass that when the king had sent forth this proclamation, that Aaron and his brethren went forth from city to city, and from one house of worship to another, 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.

5 And thousands were brought to the knowledge of the Lord, yea, thousands were brought to believe in the traditions of the Nephites; and they were taught the records and prophecies which were handed down even to the present time.

6 And as sure as the Lord liveth, so sure as many as believed, or as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth, through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren, according to the spirit of revelation and of prophecy, and the power of God working miracles in them—

yea, I say unto you, as the Lord liveth, as many of the Lamanites as believed in their preaching, and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.

7 For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren.

8 Now, these are they who were converted unto the Lord:

9 The people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Ishmael;

10 And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Middoni;

11 And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the city of Nephi;

12 And also of the people of the Lamanites who were in the land of Shilom, and who were in the land of Shemlon, and in the city of Lemuel, and in the city of Shimnilom.

13 And these are the names of the cities of the Lamanites which were converted unto the Lord;

and these are they that laid down the weapons of their rebellion, yea, all their weapons of war; and they were all Lamanites.

14 And the Amalekites were not converted, save only one; neither were any of the Amulonites; but they did harden their hearts, and also the hearts of the Lamanites in that part of the land wheresoever they dwelt, yea, and all their villages and all their cities.

15 Therefore, we have named all the cities of the Lamanites in which they did repent and come to the knowledge of the truth, and were converted.

16 And now it came to pass that the king and those who were converted were desirous that they might have a name,

that thereby they might be distinguished from their brethren;

therefore the king consulted with Aaron and many of their priests, concerning the name that they should take upon them, that they might be distinguished.

17 And it came to pass that they called their names Anti-Nephi-Lehies;

and they were called by this name and were no more called Lamanites.

18 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.

The Book of Alma
the Son of Alma.Chapter 24
The Lamanites come against the people of God—

The Anti-Nephi-Lehies rejoice in Christ and are visited by angels—

They choose to suffer death rather than to defend themselves—

More Lamanites are converted. About 90–77 B.C.

1 And it came to pass that the Amalekites and the Amulonites and the Lamanites who were in the land of Amulon, and also in the land of Helam, and who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about, who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, were stirred up by the Amalekites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren.

2 And their hatred became exceedingly 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.

3 Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi.

4 And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God.

5 Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.

6 Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto the Lord that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.

7 Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter: I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren, the Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers.

8 And behold, I thank my great God that he has given us a portion of his Spirit to soften our hearts, that we have opened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites.

9 And behold, I also thank my God, that by opening this correspondence we have been convinced of our sins, and of the many murders which we have committed.

10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.

11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain—

12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.

13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.

14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish; yea, and he has made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations.

15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.

16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall ago to our God and shall be saved.

17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.

19 And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.

20 And it came to pass that their brethren, the Lamanites, made preparations for war, and came up to the land of Nephi for the purpose of destroying the king, and to place another in his stead, and also of destroying the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi out of the land.

21 Now 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.

22 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.

23 Now when the Lamanites saw that their brethren would not flee from the sword, neither would they turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but that they would lie down and perish, and praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword—

24 Now when the Lamanites saw this they did forbear from slaying them; and there were many whose hearts had swollen in them for those of their brethren who had fallen under the sword, for they repented of the things which they had done.

25 And it came to pass that they threw down their weapons of war, and they would not take them again, for they were stung for the murders which they had committed;

and they came down even as their brethren, relying upon the mercies of those whose arms were lifted to slay them.

26 And it came to pass that the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain; and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved.

27 And there was not a wicked man slain among them; but there were more than a thousand brought to the knowledge of the truth;

thus we see that the Lord worketh in many ways to the salvation of his people.

28 Now the greatest number of those of the Lamanites who slew so many of their brethren were Amalekites and Amulonites, the greatest number of whom were after the order of the Nehors.

29 Now, among those who joined the people of the Lord, there were none who were Amalekites or Amulonites, or who were of the order of Nehor, but they were actual descendants of Laman and Lemuel.

30 And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God, and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things.

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