Chapter 31: Captain Moroni Defeats Zerahemnah

    “Chapter 31: Captain Moroni Defeats Zerahemnah,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 85–88

    “Chapter 31,” Book of Mormon Stories, 85–88

    Chapter 31

    Captain Moroni Defeats Zerahemnah

    Lamanites talking

    Zerahemnah, the leader of the Lamanites, wanted his people to continue hating the Nephites and to make them their slaves.

    Nephite soldiers

    The Nephites wanted to keep their land and their families free. They also wanted to be free to worship God.

    Captain Moroni

    Captain Moroni was the leader of the Nephite armies. When the Lamanites came to fight, Moroni and his armies met them in the land of Jershon.

    Captain Moroni with army

    Captain Moroni had prepared his army with weapons, shields, armor, and thick clothing.

    Lamanite army

    The Lamanites had a larger army but were scared when they saw the Nephites’ armor—the Lamanites were wearing very little clothing.

    Lamanites hiding in wilderness

    The Lamanite army did not dare fight Captain Moroni’s army. The Lamanites ran into the wilderness and decided to attack a different Nephite city.

    Alma praying

    Moroni sent spies to watch the Lamanites. He also asked Alma to pray to the Lord for help. The Lord told Alma where the Lamanites would attack.

    Moroni marching his army

    When Moroni received Alma’s message, he left some soldiers to guard Jershon and marched the rest of them to meet the Lamanites.

    Moroni’s soldiers hiding

    Captain Moroni’s soldiers hid on both sides of the river Sidon, waiting to trap the Lamanite army.

    battle in river

    A battle began, and the Lamanites tried to escape by crossing the river, but more Nephites were waiting for them on the other side.

    Nephites shooting arrows

    Fighting harder than they ever had before, Zerahemnah and his army killed many Nephites. The Nephites cried to the Lord for help.

    Nephites facing Lamanites

    The Lord strengthened the Nephite army. The army surrounded the Lamanites, and Moroni ordered the fighting to stop.

    Moroni talking to Zerahemnah

    Moroni told Zerahemnah that the Nephites did not want to kill the Lamanites or make them their slaves.

    Moroni talking

    Moroni said the Lamanites could not destroy the Nephites’ faith in Jesus Christ. He said God would continue to help the Nephites fight as long as they were faithful.

    Moroni ordering Zerahemnah

    Moroni ordered Zerahemnah to give up his weapons. The Lamanites would not be killed if they promised never to fight the Nephites again.

    Zerahemnah giving Moroni weapons

    Zerahemnah gave Moroni his weapons but would not promise not to fight. Moroni handed the weapons back so the Lamanites could defend themselves.

    Nephite soldier breaking Zerahemnah’s sword

    Zerahemnah rushed at Moroni to kill him, but a Nephite soldier hit and broke Zerahemnah’s sword.

    soldier scalping Zerahemnah

    Then the soldier cut off Zerahemnah’s scalp, put it on the tip of his sword, and raised it into the air.

    Lamanite scalp

    The Lamanites would fall as the scalp had fallen, he told them, unless they gave up their weapons and promised never to fight again.

    Lamanites giving up weapons

    Many Lamanites placed their weapons at Moroni’s feet and promised not to fight. They were allowed to go free.

    Lamanites fighting

    Furious, Zerahemnah stirred up the rest of his soldiers to fight. Moroni’s soldiers killed many of them.

    Zerahemnah begging Moroni

    When Zerahemnah saw that he and all his men would be killed, he begged Moroni to spare them. He promised never to fight the Nephites again.

    Lamanites walking away from Nephites

    Moroni stopped the fighting and took the Lamanites’ weapons. After they promised not to fight, the Lamanites left.