Alma 43 – 49

Now in the eighteenth year of the reign of the judges the Lamanites came with their thousands; and they came into the land of Antionum, which is the land of the Zoramites; and a man by the name of Zarahemla was their leader.

And it came to pass as the armies of the Lamanites had gathered together in the land of Antionum, behold, the armies of the Nephites were prepared to meet them in the land of Jershon.

And Moroni took all the command, and the government of their wars. And it came to pass that he met the Lamanites in the borders of Jershon, and his people were armed with swords, and with cimeters, and all manner of weapons of war.

Behold, now it came to pass that they durst not come against the Nephites in the borders of Jershon; therefore they departed out of the land of Antionum into the wilderness, and took their journey round about in the wilderness, away by the head of the river Sidon, (Traveling south) that they might come into the land of Manti and take possession of the land; for they did not suppose that the armies of Moroni would know wither they had gone.

But it came to pass, as soon as they had departed into the wilderness Moroni sent spies into the wilderness to watch their camp; and Moroni, also knowing of the prophecies of Alma, sent certain men unto him, and the word of the Lord came unto Alma, that the armies of the Lamanites were marching round about in the wilderness, that they might come over into the land of Manti, that they might commence an attack upon the weaker part of the people. And those messengers went and delivered the message unto Moroni.

Now Moroni, leaving a part of his army in the land of Jershon, least by any means a part of the Lamanites should come into that land and take possession of the city, took the remaining part of his army and marched over into the land of Manti.

And he caused that all the people in that quarter (Four quarters – north, east, west and south. Are we speaking of the southwest quarter?) of the land should gather themselves together to battle against the Lamanites. Moroni caused that his army should be secreted in the valley which was near the bank of the river Sidon, which was on the west of the river Sidon in the wilderness.

Therefore, he divided his army and brought a part over into the valley and concealed them on the east, and on the south of the hill Riplah; and the remainder he concealed in the west valley, on the west of the river Sidon, and so down into the borders of the land of Manti. Alma 43:3-32

And it came to pass that the Lamanites came up on the north of the hill, where a part of the army of Moroni was concealed. And as the Lamanites had passed the hill Riplah, and came into the valley, and began to cross the river Sidon, (Going from the east toward the west.) the army which was concealed on the south of the hill, which was lead by a man whose name was Lehi, and he led his army forth and encircled the Lamanites about on the east in their rear.

And it came to pass that the Lamanites, when they saw the Nephites coming upon them in their rear, turned them about and began to contend with the army of Lehi.

And it came to pass that the Lamanites become frightened, even until they began to flee toward the river Sidon. And they were pursued by Lehi and his men; and they were driven by Lehi into the waters of Sidon, and they crossed (Going west) the waters of Sidon. And Lehi retained his armies upon the bank of the river Sidon that they should not cross. And it came to pass that Moroni and his army met the Lamanites in the valley, on the other side (Toward the west.) of the river Sidon, and began to fall upon them and to slay them.

And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power, and the Lamanites began to flee before them; and they fled even to the waters of Sidon.

Therefore the armies of Moroni encircled them about, yea, even on both sides of the river, for behold, on the east were the men of Lehi.

Therefore when Zerahemnah saw the men of Lehi on the east of the river Sidon, and the armies of Moroni on the west of the river Sidon, that they were encircled about by the Nephites, they were struck with terror. Now Moroni, when he saw their terror, commanded his men that they should stop shedding their blood. Alma 43:34-54

Now Zerahemnah, when he saw that they were all about to be destroyed, cried mightily unto Moroni, promising that he would covenant and also his people with them, if they would spare the remainder of their lives, that they never would come to war again against them.

And it came to pass that they did cast their dead into the waters of Sidon, and they have gone forth and are buried in the depths of the sea. Alma 44:19, 22 (The west sea or the head of Sidon.)

And when Alma had done this he departed out of the land of Zarahemla, as if to go into the land of Melek. (Why would Alma go to the land of Melek? Who or what was in the land of Melek? The people of Ammon or the converted Lamanites! Those that lived closest to the Lord…where Alma could find the greatest peace and rest from his labors.)

And it came to pass that he was never heard of more; as to his death or burial we know not of. Alma 45:18

And it came to pass that as many as would not hearken to the words of Helaman and his brethren were gathered together against their brethren. Now the leader was a large and strong man; and his name was Amalickiah. And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king. Now when Moroni, heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah. Therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians and the freedom of the land might be favored. And when he had poured out his soul to God, he named all the land which was south of the land of Desolation, (The land Bountiful) yea, and in fine all the land, both on the north and on the south – A chosen land, and the land of liberty. Alma 46:1-17 (The land where the restoration of the gospel would take place.)

And it came to pass that when Amalickiah saw that the people of Moroni were more numerous than the Amalickiahites, and fearing that he should not gain the point, he took those of his people who would and departed into the land of Nephi. (They were coming out of Zarahemla.)

Therefore Moroni took his army (Moroni’s army was in Zarahemla.) and marched out into the wilderness, to cut off the course of the Amalickiah in the wilderness. And he did according to his desires, and marched forth into the wilderness, and headed the armies of Amalickiah.

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. Alma 46:29-33

Now Amalickiah and those who fled with him went up in the land of Nephi among the Lamanites, and did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the people of Nephi, insomuch that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land that they should gather themselves together again to go to battle against the Nephites, and he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obedient unto his commands.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies (for he had gained his desires) to the land of Nephi to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city, and on the morrow he entered the city Nephi with his armies and took possession of the city.

And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen, and took her unto him to wife; and thus by his fraud, and by the assistance of his cunning servants, he obtained the kingdom; yea, he was acknowledged king throughout all the land, among all the people of the Lamanites. Alma 47:1-35

And now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom he begin to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi, yea he sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites.

And it came to pass that they took their camp, and moved forth toward the land of Zarahemla in the wilderness. Now, Moroni had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea all round about the land. Alma 48:1-8

And now it came to pass in the eleventh month of the ninetieth year, the armies of the Lamanites were seen approaching towards the land of Ammonihah. And behold, the city had been rebuilt, and the Lamanites were astonished exceedingly at their manner of preparation for war.

Now, if king Amalickiah had come down out of the land of Nephi, at the head of his army, perhaps he would have caused the Lamanites to have attacked the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah; for behold, he did care not for the blood of his people. And behold, his chief captains durst not attack the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah. Therefore they marched towards the land Noah, supposing that to be the next best place for them to come against the Nephites. Alma 49:1-12

And it came to pass, that when the Lamanites saw that their chief captains were all slain they fled into the wilderness. And it came to pass that they returned to the land of Nephi, to inform their king, Amalickiah, who was Nephite by birth, concerning their great loss. Alma 49:25

And it came to pass that Moroni caused that his armies should go forth into the east wilderness; yea, and they went forth and drove all the Lamanites who were in the east wilderness into their own lands, which were south (The Nephites had to go into the east wilderness in order to drive the Lamanites south to the land of Nephi? Is this why some had bent their course out of the land of Nephi?) of the land of Zarahemla.

And the land of Nephi did run in a straight course from the east sea to the west. (The west or the west sea?) And it came to pass that when Moroni had driven all the Lamanites out of the east wilderness, which was north of the land of their own possessions, (The east wilderness was north of Zarahemla? That would mean you had to go north, through the east wilderness and then south to the land of Nephi. [i.e. up out of Zarahemla and down into Nephi, and round about]) he caused that the inhabitants who were in the land of Zarahemla and in the land round about should go forth into the east wilderness, even to the border by the seashore, (The west sea?) and possess the land.

And he also placed armies on the south, in the borders of their possessions, and caused them to erect fortifications that they might secure their armies and their people from the hands of their enemies. (So Moroni created two lines of defense against the Lamanites. One from the east, and one covering the west and south. Is this evidence of the two-front war?) And thus he cut off all the strongholds of the Lamanites in the east wilderness, yea, and also on the west fortifying the line between the Nephites and the Lamanites, between the land of Zarahemla and the land of Nephi, from the west sea, running by the head of the river Sidon (Where the River Sidon empties into the west sea.) – the Nephites possessing all the land northward, yea; even all the land which was northward of the land Bountiful, according to their pleasure.

Thus Moroni with his armies, which did increase daily because of the assurance of protection which his works did bring forth unto them, did seek to cut off the strength and the power of the Lamanites from off the land of their possessions, that they should have no power upon the lands of their possessions. (At least for now – 72 B.C.)

And it came to pass that the Nephites began the foundation of a city, and they called the name of the city Moroni; and it was by the east sea, and it was on the south by the line of the possessions of the Lamanites.  of the cities mentioned that sank into the sea in 3 Nephi 8-9. (Why tell us about this city being built in the southeast corner of the land of the Nephites bordering on the land of the Lamanite, as part of the explanation of the fortifications made by Moroni? This must have been as a military fortification against a Lamanite attack from that quarter of the land. This was one of the two fronts the Nephites fought from 67 B.C. to 50 B.C. Heleman in one quarter of the land, the southwest, and Moroni in the southeast. Also interesting to note, Moroni was one) And they also began a foundation for a city between the city of Moroni and the city of Aaron, joining the borders of Aaron and Moroni; and they called the name of the city, or the land, Nephihah. (So Moroni had the cities of Aaron, Nephihah, and Moroni all in the southeast on the borders of the Lamanites. A Nephite line of fortification in that quarter of the land.)

And they also began in the same year to build many cities on the north, one in a particular manner which they called Lehi, which was in the north by the border of the seashore. And thus ended the twentieth year. Alma 50:7-16