Laman⁴

Nephite soldier

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Laman⁴

Laman was a servant of the king of the Lamanites, the same king who was murdered by servants of the dissenter Amalickiah around 72 BC. After the king was killed, Laman fled to the Nephite side and joined the military under command of Captain Moroni. Over a decade later—the warfare between the Nephites and the Lamanites having continued nonstop—Moroni desired to find a way to obtain release of Nephite prisoners being held in the city of Gid by Ammoron, successor to Amalickiah. Moroni devised a plan to disable the Lamanite guards through drunkenness, but he needed a man of Lamanite descent to carry out his plan. After searching among his soldiers, Moroni discovered Laman. Laman and a small contingent of men were dispatched to the Lamanite encampment at Gid.

When the guards challenged him, Laman said, “Fear not; behold, I am a Lamanite. Behold, we have escaped from the Nephites, and they sleep; and behold we have taken of their wine and brought with us”. That was welcome news for the guards, as “it was strong, having been prepared in its strength”. The strategy worked, and the guards fell into a drunken stupor. Laman and his men ran to inform Moroni, who then marched on the city that night. When Moroni and his men arrived at Gid, they carefully cast weapons into the hands of the prisoners. The next morning the Lamanites awoke and discovered that the city was surrounded by the Nephite army and the prisoners within the walls were armed. Moroni, who “did not delight in murder or bloodshed, but he delighted in the saving of his people from destruction” , had not slain the guards in their drunkenness, but simply awaited the hour of reckoning. The Lamanites readily surrendered.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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