Zeniff

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At the beginning of Mosiah/end of Omni, King Benjamin’s people were driven out of their land by the Lamanites. Then some guys decide to go back. Why on earth would they do that? The Lamanites just tried to kill them!

“I, Zeniff, having been taught in all the language of the Nephites, and having had a knowledge of the land of Nephi, or of the land of our fathers’ first inheritance, and having been sent as a spy among the Lamanites that I might spy out their forces, that our army might come upon them and destroy them”

Ok, so he wants his land back because it was his fathers. That reminds me in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, when Griphook the goblin wants Gryffindor’s sword since it belonged to a goblin first. But the Lamanites weren’t destroyed, because,

“when I saw that which was good among them I was desirous that they should not be destroyed. Therefore, I contended with my brethren in the wilderness, for I would that our ruler should make a treaty with them; but he being an austere and a blood-thirsty man commanded that I should be slain; but I was rescued by the shedding of much blood; for father fought against father, and brother against brother, until the greater number of our army was destroyed in the wilderness; and we returned, those of us that were spared, to the land of Zarahemla, to relate that tale to their wives and their children.”

So the Lamanites were kinda good. But the others wanted to kill the Laminates. So they tried to kill Zeniff. They had a little civil battle. But how did they get captured, then?

“And yet, I being over-zealous to inherit the land of our fathers, collected as many as were desirous to go up to possess the land, and started again on our journey into the wilderness to go up to the land; but we were smitten with famine and sore afflictions; for we were slow to remember the Lord our God. Nevertheless, after many days’ wandering in the wilderness we pitched our tents in the place where our brethren were slain, which was near to the land of our fathers.”

So, he went back. Not the best idea, in my opinion.

“And it came to pass that I went again with four of my men into the city, in unto the king, that I might know of the disposition of the king, and that I might know if I might go in with my people and possess the land in peace. And I went in unto the king, and he covenanted with me that I might possess the land of Lehi-Nephi, and the land of Shilom.”

And, of course, now that they are living side-by-side with the Lamanites, it’s easy for them to capture Zeniff’s people.

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