1. Now it came to pass that when those Lamanites who had gone to war against the Nefites had found, after their many struggles to destroy them, that it was in vain to seek their destruction, they returned again to the land of Nefi. And it came to pass that the Amlicites, because of their loss, were exceedingly angry. And when they saw that they could not seek revenge from the Nefites, they began to stir up the people in anger against their brothers, the people of Anti-Nefi-Lechi; therefore, they began again to destroy them. Now this people again refused to take up arms, and they allowed themselves to be slain according to the desires of their enemies.
  2. Now when Ammon and his brothers saw this work of destruction among those whom they so dearly loved, and among those who had so dearly loved them — for they were treated as though they were angels134 sent from Elohim to save them from everlasting destruction — therefore, when Ammon and his brothers saw this great work of destruction, they were moved with compassion. And they said unto the king, Let us gather together this people of yhwh, and let us go down to the land of Zerach’mla, to our brothers the Nefites, and flee out of the hands of our enemies, that we be not destroyed. But the king said unto them, Behold, the Nefites will destroy us because of the many murders and sins we have committed against them. And Ammon said, I will go and inquire of yhwh, and if he says unto us, Go down unto our brothers, will you go? And the king said unto him, Yes, if yhwh says unto us, Go, we will go down unto our brothers, and we will be their slaves until we repair unto them the many murders and sins which we have committed against them. But Ammon said unto him, It is against the law of our brothers, which was established by my father, that there should be any slaves among them; therefore, let us go down and rely upon the mercies of our brothers. But the king said unto him, Inquire of yhwh, and if he says unto us, Go, we will go; otherwise, we will perish in the land.
  3. And it came to pass that Ammon went and inquired of yhwh, and yhwh said unto him, Get this people out of this land, that they perish not, for HaSatan has great hold on the hearts of the Amlicites, who do stir up the Lamanites to anger against their brothers to slay them. Therefore, get yourselves out of this land; and blessed are this people in this generation, for I will preserve them.
  4. And now it came to pass that Ammon went and told the king all the words which yhwh had said unto him. And they gathered together all their people — yes, all the people of yhwh — and did gather together all their flocks and herds, and departed out of the land, and came into the wilderness which divided the land of Nefi from the land of Zerach’mla, and came over near the borders of the land.
  5. And it came to pass that Ammon said unto them, Behold, I and my brothers will go forth into the land of Zerach’mla, and you shall remain here until we return; and we will test the hearts of our brothers, whether they will that you shall come into their land.
  6. And it came to pass that as Ammon was going forth into the land, that he and his brothers met Alma, over in the place of which has been spoken; and behold, this was a joyful meeting. Now the joy of Ammon was so great, even that he was full; yes, he was swallowed up in the joy of his Elohim, even to the exhausting of his strength, and he fell again to the earth. Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which no one receives, except it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness. Now the joy of Alma in meeting his brothers was truly great, and also the joy of Aharon, of Omner, and Himni; but behold, their joy did not exceed their strength.
  7. And now it came to pass that Alma conducted his brothers back to the land of Zerach’mla, even to his own house. And they went and told the chief judge all the things that had happened unto them in the land of Nefi among their brothers the Lamanites.
  8. And it came to pass that the chief judge sent a proclamation throughout all the land, desiring the voice of the people concerning admitting their brothers, who were the people of Anti-Nefi-Lechi. And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying, Behold, we will give up the land of Yirshon, which is on the east by the sea, which joins the land Bountiful, which is on the south of the land Bountiful. And this land Yirshon is the land which we will give unto our brothers for an inheritance.135 And behold, we will set our armies between the land Yirshon and the land Nefi, that we may protect our brothers in the land of Yirshon. And this we do for our brothers on account of their fear to take up arms against their brothers, for fear that they should commit sin. And this, their great fear, came because of their sore repentance which they had on account of the many murders and their awful wickedness. And now behold, this will we do unto our brothers, that they may inherit the land Yirshon; and we will guard them from their enemies by our armies, on condition that they will give us a portion of their substance to assist us, that we may maintain our armies.
  9. Now it came to pass that when Ammon had heard this, he returned to the people of Anti-Nefi-Lechi, and also Alma with him, into the wilderness where they had pitched their tents, and made known unto them all these things. And Alma also related unto them his conversion with Ammon, and Aharon, and his brothers. And it came to pass that it did cause great joy among them. And they went down into the land of Yirshon, and took possession of the land of Yirshon, and they were called by the Nefites, the people of Ammon; therefore, they were distinguished by that name ever after. And they were numbered among the people of Nefi, and also numbered among the people who were of the assembly of Elohim. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards Elohim and also towards men, for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Mashiach, even unto the end.136 And they did look upon shedding the blood of their brothers with the greatest abhorrence, and they never could be persuaded to take up arms against their brothers; and they never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Mashiach and the resurrection. Therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Mashiach over it. Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner which could be inflicted by their brothers, before they would take the sword or the cimeter to strike them. And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of yhwh.
  10. And now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the land of Yirshon, and an assembly also established in the land, and the armies of the Nefites were set round about the land of Yirshon — yes, in all the borders round about the land of Zerach’mla — behold, the armies of the Lamanites had followed their brothers into the wilderness. And thus there was a tremendous battle — yes, even such a one as never had been known among all the people in the land from the time Lechi left Yerushalayim; yes, and tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad. Yes, and also there was a tremendous slaughter among the people of Nefi; nevertheless, the Lamanites were driven and scattered, and the people of Nefi returned again to their lands. And now this was a time that there was a great mourning and lamentation heard throughout all the land, among all the people of Nefi. Yes, the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning for their sons, and the daughter for the brother; yes, and the brother for the father. And thus the cry of mourning was heard among every one of them, mourning for their kindred who had been slain. And now surely this was a sorrowful day; yes, a time of solemnity and a time of much fasting and prayer.137 And thus ended the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nefi.
  11. And this is the account of Ammon and his brothers, their journeyings into the land of Nefi, their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy, and the reception and safety of their brothers in the land of Yirshon. And now, may yhwh, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls for ever. And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nefites, and also the wars between the Nefites and the Lamanites. And the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges is ended. And from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives; yes, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed. And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are decaying in heaps upon the face of the earth. Yes, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of yhwh, that they are consigned to a state of endless woe, while many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope — yes, and even know, according to the promises of yhwh, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of Elohim, in a state of never-ending happiness. And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin, and transgression, and the power of HaSatan, which comes by the cunning plans which he has devised to ensnare the hearts of men. And thus we see the great call of the diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of yhwh.138 And thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing — sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Mashiach unto life.
  12. Oh that I were an angel, and could have the wish of my heart,
    that I might go forth and speak with the shofar of Elohim,
    with a voice to shake the earth,
    and cry repentance unto every people.
    Yes, I would declare unto every soul,
    as with the voice of thunder,
    repentance and the plan of redemption —
    that they should repent and come unto our Elohim,
    that there might be no more sorrow

    upon all the face of the earth.

    But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish,
    for I ought to be content with the things

    which yhwh has allotted unto me.

    I ought not to tear up in my desires the firm decree

    of a just Elohim,

    for I know that he grants unto men according to their desire,
    whether it be unto death or unto life.
    Yes, I know that he grants unto men —
    yes, decrees unto them decrees which are unalterable —

    according to their wills,

    whether they be unto salvation or unto destruction.139

    Yes, and I know that good and evil have come before all men,

    or he that knows not good from evil is blameless,
    but he that knows good and evil, to him it is given

    according to his desires,
    whether he desires good or evil, life or death,

    joy or remorse of conscience.

  13. Now, seeing that I know these things,

    why should I desire more than to perform the work

    to which I have been called?
    Why should I desire that I were an angel,
    that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth?

    For behold, yhwh does grant unto all nations,

    of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word,

    yes, in wisdom, all that he sees fit that they should have;
    therefore, we see that yhwh does counsel in his wisdom,
    according to that which is just and true.

    I know that which yhwh has commanded me, and I glory in it.
    I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that

    which yhwh has commanded me;

    yes, and this is my glory,
    that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of Elohim
    to bring some soul to repentance;
    and this is my joy.
    And behold, when I see many of my brothers truly penitent,
    and coming to yhwh their Elohim,
    then is my soul filled with joy;

    then do I remember what yhwh has done for me,
    yes, even that he has heard my prayer.
    Yes, then do I remember his merciful arm

    which he extended towards me.

    Yes, and I also remember the captivity of my fathers,
    for I surely do know that yhwh did deliver them

    out of bondage,

    and by this did establish his assembly.
    Yes, Adonai yhwhthe Elohim of Avraham,
    and the Elohim of Yitz’chak, and the Elohim of Ya’akov
    did deliver them out of bondage.

    Yes, I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers;
    and that same Elohim who delivered them

    out of the hands of the Egyptians

    did deliver them out of bondage.

    Yes, and that same Elohim did establish his assembly

    among them.

    Yes, and that same Elohim has called me by a holy calling
    to preach the word unto this people,
    and has given me much success, in the which my joy is full.
    But I do not joy in my own success alone,
    but my joy is more full because of the success of my brothers
    who have been up to the land of Nefi.

    Behold, they have labored exceedingly
    and have brought forth much fruit;141
    and how great shall be their reward.

    Now when I think of the success of these my brothers,
    my soul is carried away,
    even to the separation of it from the body,
    as it were, so great is my joy.

  14. And now, may Elohim grant unto these my brothers
    that they may sit down in the kingdom of Elohim,
    yes, and also all those who are the fruit of their labor,
    that they may go no more out,
    but that they may praise him for ever.
    And may Elohim grant that it may be done
    according to my words, even as I have spoken.