Mormon’s Appointment as Military Commander
Nephite Decline and Downfall
Mormon, now sixteen years old, is appointed to be military commander of the Nephites in a conflict against the Lamanites.
Mormon, now seventeen, leads the Nephite army against the Lamanites; the Lamanites gain the advantage, and the Nephites retreat to a city called Angola, then are driven to the land of David, then the land of Joshua.
Mormon tries to gather his people together, but is hindered by the robbers and Lamanites infesting the land; despite the looming conflict, and Nephites refuse to repent.
A Lamanite army of 44,000 , led by a king named Aaron, come against Mormon’s army of 42,000; Mormon manages to beat Aaron’s army.
The Nephites begin to repent and mourn for their sorrows and afflictions.
Mormon takes hope in seeing their repentance, but is disheartened to realize it is not godly sorrow, only the sorrowing of the damned.