Gadianton Period

Nephi’s Resignation as Judge

Helaman 5:1–3

Nephi resigns from his office as judge, and entrusts the position to a man named Cezoram.

And it came to pass that in this same year, behold, Nephi delivered up the judgment–seat to a man whose name was Cezoram. for as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted. Yea, and this was not all; they were a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.

Helaman 5:4

Nephi joins his brother Lehi, and the two set out to preach to the word of God to the Nephites.

And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary because of their iniquity; and he yielded up the judgment–seat, and took it upon him to preach the word of God all the remainder of his days, and his brother Lehi also, all the remainder of his days;

Helaman 5:5–12

Nephi and Lehi are inspired and fueled by the words of their late father Helaman, who taught that true happiness and prosperity comes from following and believing Jesus.

For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake unto them. And these are the words which he spake:

Helaman 5:13

Helaman had instructed Nephi and Lehi well.

And it came to pass that these were the words which Helaman taught to his sons; yea, he did teach them many things which are not written, and also many things which are written.

Helaman 5:14–16

Nephi and Lehi, keeping the faith, go on a preaching circuit, beginning in Bountiful, and going through Gid, Mulek, and even into the territories within Zarahemla occupied by Lamanites.

And they did remember his words; and therefore they went forth, keeping the commandments of God, to teach the word of God among all the people of Nephi, beginning at the city Bountiful; And from thenceforth to the city of Gid; and from the city of Gid to the city of Mulek;

And even from one city to another, until they had gone forth among all the people of Nephi who were in the land southward; and from thence into the land of Zarahemla, among the Lamanites.

Helaman 5:17

Nephi and Lehi’s charismatic and powerful preaching convinces many of their errors, and leads many to repentance.

And it came to pass that they did preach with great power, insomuch that they did confound many of those dissenters who had gone over from the Nephites, insomuch that they came forth and did confess their sins and were baptized unto repentance, and immediately returned to the Nephites to endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs which they had done.

Helaman 5:18–19

8,000 Lamanites are baptized, and converted unto the Lord as a result of Nephi and Lehi’s efforts.

And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did preach unto the Lamanites with such great power and authority, for they had power and authority, given unto them that they might speak, and they also had what they should speak given unto them—

Therefore they did speak unto the great astonishment of the Lamanites, to the convincing them, insomuch that there were eight thousand of the Lamanites who were in the land of Zarahemla and round about baptized unto repentance, and were convinced of the wickedness of the traditions of their fathers.