Recolonization of the Land of Nephi

Departure from Zarahemla

Omni 27, Mosiah 9:1
A group of people head back to the land of Nephi, to check up on the people they left behind.
Omni 28, Mosiah 9:2
Their poor leadership turns the expedition into a failure, all but fifty men die, and the survivors return to Zarahemla.
Omni 29–30, Mosiah 9:3
A second expedition led by Zeniff, including Amaleki’s brother, sets out for the land of Nephi with the same motives as the previous group.

Encounter with the Lamanites

Mosiah 9:4–5
The group arrives at Shilom, on the outskirts of the land of Nephi, where they meet the Lamanite king, Laman.
Mosiah 9:6–7, 10
The king, holding a secret plan, agrees to allow Zeniff and his people to occupy the land.

Zeniff’s Reign in Lehi–Nephi and Shilom

Mosiah 9:8–9
Zeniff’s people inhabit the land.
Mosiah 9:11–13
Tensions arise between the people of Zeniff and the Lamanites.
Mosiah 9:14–19
A battle breaks out between the two groups, but Zeniff’s people, due to their faith, are victorious with a 3043 to 279 casualty ratio.
Mosiah 10:1–5
A period of reconstruction follows, in which Zeniff’s people strengthen their military and industrial powers; twenty two years pass in peace and prosperity.
Mosiah 10:6
King Laman dies, and his son assumes the throne.
Mosiah 10:6
The new king has sinister plans for the people of Zeniff.
Mosiah 10:7
Zeniff dispatches spies to learn of the Lamanites’ plans.
Mosiah 10:9
Zeniff makes preparations for war.
Mosiah 10:19, 11–18
Zeniff tells his people the truth about the Lamanites regarding their history and political culture.
Mosiah 10:8
The Lamanites begin an attack.
Mosiah 10:19, 10, 20–21
Zeniff fights back, and is victorious.

Noah’s Reign

Mosiah 10:22, 11:1
Zeniff’s son Noah inherits the throne.
Mosiah 11:2–11, 14–15
Noah abuses his monarchial authority by imposing a heavy tax on the people and spending it mostly on his own pleasures and luxuries.
Mosiah 11:12–13
Amid his government spending spree, Noah builds towers and other such military strongholds.
Mosiah 11:16–17
The Lamanites initiate an attack on the people.
Mosiah 11:18
Noah deploys his army, and is successful in defeating the Lamanites.
Mosiah 11:19
Their victory is a great source of pride and boasting.

Abinadi’s Prophetic Message

Mosiah 11:20–25
A prophet named Abinadi enters the scene, and warns of impending doom of the people who do not repent.
Mosiah 11:26
The people do not accept Abinadi’s message, and instead want to kill him.
Mosiah 11:27–29
When Noah gets word of Abinadi, he calls for Abinadi’s arrest and execution.

Abinadi’s Second Appearance

Mosiah 12:1–8
Two years later, Abinadi delivers a similar message, this time in disguise.
Mosiah 12:9–16
Abinadi is arrested, and brought to the king’s court.
Mosiah 12:17
Abinadi is imprisoned.

Abinadi’s Trial

Mosiah 12:18–19
Abinadi is ordered to be brought in for questioning in front of Noah and his priests.
Mosiah 12:20–24
One priest asks him the meaning of an often quoted passage from the brass plates (Isaiah 52:7–10).
Mosiah 12:25–27
Abinadi reproves the priests for their hypocrisy and ignorance of the doctrine they claim to be teachers of.
Mosiah 12:27–37
Abinadi questions them regarding the Law of Moses.
Mosiah 13:1
Noah, having heard enough, orders the immediate execution of Abinadi.
Mosiah 13:2–11
Abinadi, full of God’s power and protection, warns them not to touch him until he has finished what he has to say.
Mosiah 17:1
Upon the conclusion of Abinadi’s speech, Noah, furious, re–orders Abinadi’s execution.
Mosiah 17:2
One of Noah’s priests, a man named Alma, believes Abinadi, and suggests to Noah that he be let free.
Mosiah 17:3
At this, Noah becomes even more furious, expels Alma from the court, and sentences him to death as well.
Mosiah 17:4
Alma escapes, and the authorities are unable to locate him.
Mosiah 17:5
Abinadi is put back into prison.

Abinadi’s Execution and Aftermath

Mosiah 17:6–8
Three days later, Noah charges him with blasphemy, and threatens to sentence him to death unless he takes back what he said.
Mosiah 17:9–10
Abinadi refuses to compromise, and again warns of the impending wrath of God.
Mosiah 17:11–12
Noah, worried about what Abinadi is saying, considers releasing him, but the priests convince him otherwise.
Mosiah 17:13–20
Abinadi is burned at the stake, and utters a final warning of vengeance.
Mosiah 18:32
Noah authorizes a covert operation to gather intelligence on Alma and those that might have followed him.
Mosiah 18:33
Noah assumes Alma is planning an insurrection by the waters of Mormon, and orders his army to attack him.
Mosiah 19:1
The army fails to find Alma’s group, who had apparently already deserted the waters of Mormon.
Mosiah 19:2–3
In response to Noah’s actions, he loses the support of many of his subjects.
Mosiah 19:4
One disaffected man, Gideon, plots to kill Noah.
Mosiah 19:5
Gideon engages Noah in battle.
Mosiah 19:5–6
Noah, knowing he is no match for Gideon, runs up to a tower near the temple, with Gideon on his heels.

Lamanite Siege

Mosiah 19:6
From the top of the tower, Noah sees the Lamanites coming towards the city to invade.
Mosiah 19:7–8
Noah begs Gideon not to kill him, so he can command a defensive effort in response to the imminent Lamanite invasion, Gideon complies.
Mosiah 19:9
Noah leads an emergency evacuation of the city for all citizens.
Mosiah 19:10
The evacuation is not fast enough, the Lamanites catch up, and begin slaughtering the people.
Mosiah 19:11
Noah orders all men to abandon their wives and children and run for their lives.
Mosiah 19:12
Some men follow the orders and escape, others refuse to leave their families and surrender to the Lamanites.
Mosiah 19:13
Those who are left behind use their daughters to persuade the Lamanite warriors to back off.
Mosiah 19:14
The plan works, and the attack stops.
Mosiah 19:15
Instead of annihilation, the Lamanites impose a 50% tax on the people.
Mosiah 19:18
Gideon sends a search team out to find those who left with Noah.
Mosiah 19:18, 22
They find the people who had left, except for Noah and his priests.
Mosiah 19:22–24
The two groups tell each other their stories.
Mosiah 19:24
They return to the land of Nephi.
Mosiah 19:16–17
Limhi, one of the sons of Noah, was among the people.
Mosiah 19:24–26
Limhi steps up as king under the terms that were established by the Lamanites.
Mosiah 19:28
In an effort to contain Limhi’s people, the Lamanites impose martial law, preventing any escapes or insurrections.
Mosiah 19:27, 29
Two years pass in peace under these conditions.

Lamanite Battle

Mosiah 20:7–8
One day, the Lamanites unexpectedly draw near to the city, ready for battle against Limhi, who is warned, and who makes preparations.
Mosiah 20:9–11
A bloody battle ensues.
Mosiah 20:12–13
Limhi’s people capture the Lamanite King.
Mosiah 20:14–15
Limhi interrogates the king, and asks what the reason for his attack is. The king says it is revenge for kidnapping their daughters.
Mosiah 20:16
Limhi is confused, as he knows nothing about any Lamanite kidnapping. He starts an investigation.
Mosiah 20:17–22
Gideon advises the king that the investigation be called off, and hypothesizes that Noah’s priests, who are still at large, are the ones responsible for the kidnapping.
Mosiah 20:23
Limhi tells the king of the Lamanites all about his father, Noah, the events associated with his escape.
Mosiah 20:24
The king believes Limhi, and he promises to persuade his army to stop the fighting.
Mosiah 20:25–26
The king, along with Limhi, are successful in pacifying the army, and ending the battle.

Troubles and Trials for Limhi’s People

Mosiah 21:1–5
Life continues for the people of Limhi as Lamanite vassals.
Mosiah 21:6–12
Limhi’s people attempt three separate violent revolutions against the Lamanites, but fail each time.
Mosiah 21:13–14
A period of repentance and humility follows.
Mosiah 21:15–20, 22
A moderate level of success and prosperity is felt as Limhi’s people organize themselves and focus on their security.

Limhi’s Search Team and the Twenty Four Plates

Mosiah 21:25, 8:7
Limhi dispatches a team to go locate the land of Zarahemla.
Mosiah 21:25-26, 8:8
The team leaves, gets lost, and stumbles upon a ruined city, which they assume was Zarahemla.
Mosiah 21:27, 8:9–11
They unearth a record–24 engraven plates–which they are unable to read.
Mosiah 21:26, 8:8
They return to the city of Nephi with the 24 plates.

Encounter With Ammon’s Rescue Party

Mosiah 21:18-19
Limhi becomes very suspicious about anything outside the walls of the city.
Mosiah 21:20–21
He enlists guards to monitor nearby outside activities, so he can catch Noah’s Priests should they come near.
Mosiah 21:23
The guards see Ammon and his crew, and mistake them for Noah’s Priests.
Mosiah 7:7, 21:23–24
Ammon’s group is taken into custody by the Limhi’s guards.
Mosiah 7:8 – 11
Two days later, Ammon’s team is interrogated by the king Limhi—Ammon learns that Limhi is the grandson of Zeniff, who had come from Zarahemla.
Mosiah 7:12–13
Ammon explains he was sent by the authorities in Zarahemla to search for those who had left earlier.
Mosiah 7:14, 16
Upon hearing this, Limhi becomes very happy, and has Ammon and his friends unbound, and invites the rest of his party to come to the city, eat, drink, and rest.
Mosiah 7:15
Limhi explains how they are subject to a heavy Lamanite taxation, and are hopeful that their newly arrived Nephite brothers will save them from it.

Limhi’s Public Conference

Mosiah 7:17
The next day, Limhi calls for all his subjects to gather.
Mosiah 7:18–33
Limhi speaks to his people and helps them understand the causes and effects of their actions, and counsels them to turn to the Lord and trust in him.
Mosiah 8:1–3
Ammon addresses the people, and tells them the history of Zarahemla from the time that they left.
Mosiah 8:4
Limhi dismisses the people.

Limhi’s Private Meeting With Ammon

Mosiah 8:5
Limhi calls for the record of his people, so Ammon can read what had happened to them since their departure from Zarahemla.
Mosiah 8:6-12
Limhi tells Ammon of the 24 gold plates his people found when they went looking for Zarahemla—he is curious as to the contents of the plates, and asks about translation.
Mosiah 8:13-14
Ammon tells Limhi about Mosiah, the seer, who has the ability to translate.
Mosiah 8:15–18
Ammon and Limhi discuss the topics of prophecy, seership, and miracles.
Mosiah 8:19–21, 21:28
Upon hearing this, Limhi praises God for his good graces.
Mosiah 21:29–31
Ammon grieves at the misfortunes that the people have suffered through.
Mosiah 21:32–35
Limhi’s people become more educated regarding things of religion, but do not organize a church.

The Great Escape

Mosiah 21:36, 22:1
Limhi and Ammon discuss plans to break free from Lamanite oppression.
Mosiah 22:1
They hold a city–wide meeting.
Mosiah 22:2
They determine that their only hope of getting away from the Lamanites is to escape out of the city.
Mosiah 22:3–5
Gideon steps forward, establishes his credibility, and is authorized to speak.
Mosiah 22:5–8
Gideon proposes an escape plan consisting of getting the Lamanite guards drunk with wine, then leave the city while the Lamanites are intoxicated.
Mosiah 22:9–10
Limhi puts the plan into action, and sends a tribute of wine to the Lamanites, who accept it, and drink heavily.
Mosiah 22:11–12
Limhi’s people, having gathered up all their things, sneak out while the guards are drunk.
Mosiah 22:15–16
As soon as the Lamanites are sober enough to realize that everyone has escaped, they dispatch troops to go find them, but the troops just get lost.
Mosiah 22:13–14
After a considerable journey, Limhi’s people, led by Ammon, arrive in Zarahemla and join Mosiah’s people.