Recolonization of the Land of Nephi

Encounter With Ammon’s Rescue Party

Mosiah 21:18-19

Limhi becomes very suspicious about anything outside the walls of the city.

Now the people of Limhi kept together in a body as much as it was possible, and secured their grain and their flocks; And the king himself did not trust his person without the walls of the city, unless he took his guards with him, fearing that he might by some means fall into the hands of the Lamanites.

Mosiah 21:20–21

He enlists guards to monitor nearby outside activities, so he can catch Noah’s Priests should they come near.

And he caused that his people should watch the land round about, that by some means they might take those priests that fled into the wilderness, who had stolen the daughters of the Lamanites, and that had caused such a great destruction to come upon them. For they were desirous to take them that they might punish them; for they had come into the land of Nephi by night, and carried off their grain and many of their precious things; therefore they laid wait for them.

Mosiah 21:23

The guards see Ammon and his crew, and mistake them for Noah’s Priests.

And the king having been without the gates of the city with his guard, discovered Ammon and his brethren;

Mosiah 7:7, 21:23–24

Ammon’s group is taken into custody by the Limhi’s guards.

And behold, they met the king of the people who were in the land of Nephi, and in the land of Shilom; and they were surrounded by the king’s guard, and were taken, and were bound, and were committed to prison.


...and supposing them to be priests of Noah therefore he caused that they should be taken, and bound, and cast into prison. And had they been the priests of Noah he would have caused that they should be put to death. But when he found that they were not, but that they were his brethren, and had come from the land of Zarahemla, he was filled with exceedingly great joy.

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.

And it came to pass when they had been in prison two days they were again brought before the king, and their bands were loosed; and they stood before the king, and were permitted, or rather commanded, that they should answer the questions which he should ask them. And he said unto them:

“Behold, I am Limhi, the son of Noah, who was the son of Zeniff, who came up out of the land of Zarahemla to inherit this land, which was the land of their fathers, who was made a king by the voice of the people. And now, I desire to know the cause whereby ye were so bold as to come near the walls of the city, when I, myself, was with my guards without the gate? And now, for this cause have I suffered that ye should be preserved, that I might inquire of you, or else I should have caused that my guards should have put you to death. Ye are permitted to speak.”

Mosiah 7:12–13

Ammon explains he was sent by the authorities in Zarahemla to search for those who had left earlier.

And now, when Ammon saw that he was permitted to speak, he went forth and bowed himself before the king; and rising again he said:

“O king, I am very thankful before God this day that I am yet alive, and am permitted to speak; and I will endeavor to speak with boldness; For I am assured that if ye had known me ye would not have suffered that I should have worn these bands. For I am Ammon, and am a descendant of Zarahemla, and have come up out of the land of Zarahemla to inquire concerning our brethren, whom Zeniff brought up out of that land.”

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.

And now, it came to pass that after Limhi had heard the words of Ammon, he was exceedingly glad, and said:

“Now, I know of a surety that my brethren who were in the land of Zarahemla are yet alive. And now, I will rejoice; and on the morrow I will cause that my people shall rejoice also.


And now, king Limhi commanded his guards that they should no more bind Ammon nor his brethren, but caused that they should go to the hill which was north of Shilom, and bring their brethren into the city, that thereby they might eat, and drink, and rest themselves from the labors of their journey; for they had suffered many things; they had suffered hunger, thirst, and fatigue.

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.

“For behold, we are in bondage to the Lamanites, and are taxed with a tax which is grievous to be borne. And now, behold, our brethren will deliver us out of our bondage, or out of the hands of the Lamanites, and we will be their slaves; for it is better that we be slaves to the Nephites than to pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites. ”