“And My Soul Was Rent with Anguish Because of the Slain of My People”

W. Cleon Skousen

It would be impossible for any of us to even imagine the sorrow of Mormon as he looked down from the heights of the Hill Cumorah and beheld the vast scene of destruction and death that lay all around. Since there were 230,000 in the ranks of the shock troops alone, this would mean that over a million people had died that day. In the deepest despair he cried out:

“O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you! Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss. O ye fair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen!”

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