The Land Northward

In Helaman 3, it says there were an exceedingly great many who departed out of the land of Zarahemla, and went forth unto the land northward to inherit the land. And they did travel to an exceedingly great distance, insomuch that they came to large bodies of water and many rivers. Helaman 3:3-4 It then goes on to describe all about what they did there. But how would they know? Well, that’s not the first time people went to the land northward. And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they also […]

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King-Men

Yea, had it not been for the war which broke out among ourselves; yea, were it not for these king-men, who caused so much bloodshed among ourselves; … yea, if we had gone forth against them in the strength of the Lord, we should have dispersed our enemies. Alma 60:16 Why is he talking about the king-men? Pahoran can’t send help due to the king-men, but how would Moroni know that? Well, he doesn’t. But why mention them then? He’s reminding Pahoran of the last time the king-men attacked. He’s saying “the Lord gave us these afflictions because we were […]

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Alma 58:13-30 Visual Representation

Verses 13-15 Helaman and his army gather outside of Manti. They are spotted by the Lamanites. Verses 16-17 Two portions of Helaman’s army, lead by Gid and Teomner hide in two different places. Verses 18-19 The Lamanites chace Helaman without noticing Gid and Teomner. Verses 20-23 Gid and Teomner capture Manti easily anfter the Lamanite have left. The Lamanites continue chasing Helaman towards Zarahemla. Verses 24-26 The Lamanites are afraid because Zarahemla is too big of a city for them to take without being destroyed. They turn around and pitch their tents as night falls. Helaman passes them in the […]

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Alma 52:21-40 Visual Representation

Verses 21-23 Jacob the Zoramite and his army do not know that anything is happening yet. Moroni hides on the west of Mulek and Teancum on the east, with their armies. Lehi waits in Bountiful with his army, guarding it. Verses 24.25 Teancum lets the Lamanite guards see them. Jacob chases them towards the seashore. After they leave, Moroni takes control of the city. Verse 26 Moroni starts chasing Jacob. Jacob continues chasing Teancum without noticing Moroni. Verses 27-30 Jacob runs into Lehi and company. Teancum continues towards the seashore. Verses 31-40 Jacob turns back, scared for the safety of […]

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Pull Down And Level

And it came to pass that Moroni commanded that his army should go against those king-men, to pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth, or they should take up arms and support the cause of liberty. Alma 51:17 What does “to pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth” mean? Pull down their pride means to take off their pride; to stop them from being proud. They are proud because their parents are important people. They are proud because that means that they would be kings. Now those who […]

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Mind-Reading

Alma 49 follows what the Lamanites were doing. But how would the Nephites, who wrote this all down, know what the Lamanites were doing? Did the Nephites invent remote mind-reading? That seems pretty unlikely, but I have a few, more probable, ideas. Maybe the Lamanites kept their own record which eventually fell into Nephite hands. But the Brief Explanation says the only plates used were The Small Plates of Nephi … The Plates of Mormon … The Plates of Ether … [and] The Plates of Brass. Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon Maybe the Nephites were just guessing what […]

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Ammonihah

And behold, the city had been rebuilt, and Moroni had stationed an army by the borders of the city, and they had cast up dirt round about to shield them from the arrows and the stones of the Lamanites; for behold, they fought with stones and with arrows. Alma 49:2 Why did the city have to be rebuilt? Well, remember back in chapter 16, when the Lamanites destroyed it? For behold, the armies of the Lamanites had come in upon the wilderness side, into the borders of the land, even into the city of Ammonihah, and began to slay the […]

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Offense

Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies. Alma 43:46 What does the Lord mean here? “Inasmuch as” means “As long as” “ye are not guilty” means “you were not the cause” “of the first offense” means “of the Lamanites coming the first time” “neither the second” means “or the next time, or any of the times” “ye shall not suffer yourselves” means “you will not” “to be slain by the hands of your enemies.” means “be killed by your enemies.” […]

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