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Chapter 16: King Limhi and His People Escape
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“Chapter 16: King Limhi and His People Escape,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 45–46

“Chapter 16,” Book of Mormon Stories, 45–46

Chapter 16

King Limhi and His People Escape

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The Lamanites captured many of the Nephites who had not escaped with King Noah. The Lamanites took them away and gave them land but made them pay heavy taxes.

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The Nephites made Limhi their new king. Limhi was King Noah’s son, but he was not wicked like his father. He was a good man.

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King Limhi tried to make peace with the Lamanites, but they continued guarding the Nephites and being cruel to them.

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One day King Limhi saw some strangers outside the city. He had them put in prison. The strangers were Nephites from Zarahemla.

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Their leader was named Ammon. King Limhi was happy to see him. He knew that Ammon could help his people escape from the Lamanites.

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King Limhi called his people together. He reminded them that their wickedness was the reason they were being held by the Lamanites.

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He told his people to repent, trust God, and obey the commandments. Then God would help them escape.

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The Nephites learned that the Lamanites who guarded the city usually got drunk at night.

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That night King Limhi sent extra wine to the guards as a present.

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King Limhi and his people were able to walk past the drunken guards and escape.

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Ammon guided King Limhi and his people through the wilderness to Zarahemla, where they were welcomed.