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Chapter 35: Captain Moroni and Pahoran
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“Chapter 35: Captain Moroni and Pahoran,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 95–97

“Chapter 35,” Book of Mormon Stories, 95–97

Chapter 35

Captain Moroni and Pahoran

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Captain Moroni was happy to hear that Helaman and his army had taken back much of the Nephite land from the Lamanites.

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But Helaman and his army needed help. They did not have enough soldiers to defend so many cities.

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Captain Moroni wrote a letter to Pahoran, the chief judge and governor. He asked Pahoran to send more soldiers to help Helaman’s army.

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The Lamanites attacked a Nephite city that Helaman had taken back. They killed many Nephites and chased the rest from the city.

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Angry with the government leaders because they had not sent help, Moroni wrote another letter to Pahoran.

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Captain Moroni wrote that many people had been killed because Pahoran had not sent more soldiers.

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If Pahoran did not quickly send men and food, Moroni would take his army to Zarahemla and take what his army needed.

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Soon Moroni received a letter from Pahoran. He was very sad that Moroni and his armies were suffering.

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Pahoran told Moroni that a group of wicked Nephites called king-men did not want him to be chief judge. They had forced him and his supporters out of Zarahemla.

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Pahoran added that he was gathering an army to try to take back Zarahemla.

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The king-men had chosen a king to be their leader and had joined the Lamanites.

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Pahoran was not angry at what Moroni had written. He wanted the Nephites to be free too.

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He asked Moroni to bring a few men to help him and said that if Moroni gathered more men along the way, the combined army could take back Zarahemla.

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Captain Moroni was happy that Pahoran was still loyal to his country and still wanted freedom for his people.

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With a few of his men, Moroni went to meet Pahoran. He carried the title of liberty, and thousands of men joined them along the way.

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The combined armies of Moroni and Pahoran marched against Zarahemla. They killed the king of the wicked Nephites and captured his men.

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Moroni then sent food and 12,000 soldiers to help the Nephite armies. These armies drove the Lamanites out, and there was peace again in the land.