Nephite Revenge and Mormon’s Resignation
Nephite Decline and Downfall
Mormon, anguished because of the people’s sins, resigns as Nephite commander, and lovingly prays for his people—but his prayer is without faith, because he knows how hard his people’s hearts are.
As the Nephites go to attack the Lamanites in vengeance of their losses, the Lord notifies Mormon that they will not prosper.
Mormon does not participate as the Nephites go against the Lamanites.
The Nephite strike on the Lamanites is a failure, the Nephites are driven back to the land of Desolation, where a fresh army of Lamanites meets them—the Nephites lose possession of Desolation, and those Nephites who survive the invasion retreat to a nearby city called Teancum.
Had the Nephites not engaged in an offensive grudge war, they would not have been defeated as they were—the Lord often uses the wicked to punish the wicked.
Two Lamanite Attacks at Desolation
Additional Lamanite Attacks and Holocaust