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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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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