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Chapter 33: King-Men versus Freemen
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“Chapter 33: King-Men versus Freemen,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 91–92

“Chapter 33,” Book of Mormon Stories, 91–92

Chapter 33

King-Men versus Freemen

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Some Nephites wanted the chief judge, Pahoran, to change some of the laws.

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When Pahoran refused, the people became angry and wanted to remove Pahoran as chief judge. They wanted to have a king, not judges.

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Called king-men, they hoped that one of them would become king and have power over the people.

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The Nephites who wanted to keep Pahoran as chief judge were called freemen. They wanted to be free to live and worship as they chose.

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The people voted between the freemen and the king-men. Most of them voted for the freemen.

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At the same time, Amalickiah was gathering a large army of Lamanites to attack the Nephites.

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When the king-men heard that the Lamanites were coming, they were pleased and refused to help defend their country.

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Captain Moroni was angry with the king-men for not fighting. He had worked hard to keep the Nephites free.

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He asked the governor for the power to make the king-men either fight the Lamanites or be put to death.

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When the governor, Pahoran, gave Moroni this power, Moroni led his army against the king-men.

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Many king-men were killed; some were put into prison. The rest agreed to help defend their country against the Lamanites.