Nephite Decline and Downfall
Ammaron goes to a ten year old boy named Mormon, and tells him that when he is twenty four years old, he needs to go to the hill Shim, get the Nephite records, and add to them the chronicles of the contemporary Nephites.
The next year, Mormon’s father (also named Mormon) takes Mormon south, to the land of Zarahemla, which has become a densely populated urban hub.
A war breaks out near Zarahemla between the Nephite allies and Lamanites allies.
The Nephites, assemble an army of 30,000 soldiers, are able to repel the Lamanites and restore peace.
Widespread wickedness causes the Holy Ghost to withdraw, and the disciples to be taken away.
Mormon, now 15, matures spiritually, and comes to know of the goodness of Jesus; he wishes to preach to the people, but is forbidden.
The Gadianton influence continues to spread, people’s objects and belongings begin to dissapear; witchcraft, sorcery and satanism abounds in the land.
Ammaron and the Nephite Records
Mormon’s Appointment as Military Commander