Zarahemla’s Age of War

Amalickiahite Retreat and Nephite Fortification

Alma 46:28–29

Amalickiah, seeing the support that Moroni was getting, and worried that his own followers were doubting his cause, takes those who would follow him to the land of Nephi, where he plans on joining the Lamanites.

And now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words he went forth, and also sent forth in all the parts of the land where there were dissensions, and gathered together all the people who were desirous to maintain their liberty, to stand against Amalickiah and those who had dissented, who were called Amalickiahites.

And it came to pass that when Amalickiah saw that the people of Moroni were more numerous than the Amalickiahites— and he also saw that his people were doubtful concerning the justice of the cause in which they had undertaken— therefore, fearing that he should not gain the point, he took those of his people who would and departed into the land of Nephi.

Alma 46:30–32

Moroni, not wanting the Lamanites to obtain any more power, leads his troops in an attempt to ambush the Amalickiahites.

Now Moroni thought it was not expedient that the Lamanites should have any more strength; therefore he thought to cut off the people of Amalickiah, or to take them and bring them back, and put Amalickiah to death; yea, for he knew that he would stir up the Lamanites to anger against them, and cause them to come to battle against them; and this he knew that Amalickiah would do that he might obtain his purposes.

Therefore Moroni thought it was expedient that he should take his armies, who had gathered themselves together, and armed themselves, and entered into a covenant to keep the peace— and it came to pass that he took his army and marched out with his tents into the wilderness, to cut off the course of Amalickiah in the wilderness. And it came to pass that he did according to his desires, and marched forth into the wilderness, and headed the armies of Amalickiah.

Alma 46:33–34

Moroni’s forces meet Amalickiah’s—Amalickiah manages to escape with a few followers, but the remainder are taken back to Zarahemla.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah fled with a small number of his men, and the remainder were delivered up into the hands of Moroni and were taken back into the land of Zarahemla. Now, Moroni being a man who was appointed by the chief judges and the voice of the people, therefore he had power according to his will with the armies of the Nephites, to establish and to exercise authority over them.

Alma 46:35

Amalickiahites who refuse to support Moroni and his cause of freedom are sentenced to death.

And it came to pass that whomsoever of the Amalickiahites that would not enter into a covenant to support the cause of freedom, that they might maintain a free government, he caused to be put to death; and there were but few who denied the covenant of freedom.

Alma 46:36–37

Continuing his campaign for freedom, Moroni has the Title of Liberty hoisted upon every tower in Nephite territory, and the Nephites then enjoy some peace.

And it came to pass also, that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed by the Nephites; and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites. And they began to have peace again in the land; and thus they did maintain peace in the land until nearly the end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges.

Alma 46:38-39

Four years of peace are enjoyed as Helaman and the clergy maintain order in the church, continually teaching of Jesus Christ.

And Helaman and the high priests did also maintain order in the church; yea, even for the space of four years did they have much peace and rejoicing in the church. And it came to pass that there were many who died, firmly believing that their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ; thus they went out of the world rejoicing.

Alma 46:40-41

During this time of peace, although some people die of sickness, healthcare is generally successful because of the abundance of herbal remedies.

And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land— but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared toremove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate— But there were many who died with old age; and those who died in the faith of Christ are happy in him, as we must needs suppose.