Recolonization of the Land of Nephi

Lamanite Siege

Mosiah 19:6

From the top of the tower, Noah sees the Lamanites coming towards the city to invade.

...and the king cast his eyes round about towards the land of Shemlon, and behold, the army of the Lamanites were within the borders of the land.

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.

And now the king cried out in the anguish of his soul, saying:

“Gideon, spare me, for the Lamanites are upon us,
and they will destroy us; yea, they will destroy my people.”

And now the king was not so much concerned about his people as he was about his own life; nevertheless, Gideon did spare his life.

Mosiah 19:9

Noah leads an emergency evacuation of the city for all citizens.

And the king commanded the people that they should flee before the Lamanites, and he himself did go before them, and they did flee into the wilderness, with their women and their children.

Mosiah 19:10

The evacuation is not fast enough, the Lamanites catch up, and begin slaughtering the people.

And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue them, and did overtake them, and began to slay them.

Mosiah 19:11

Noah orders all men to abandon their wives and children and run for their lives.

Now it came to pass that the king commanded them that all the men should leave their wives and their children, and flee before the Lamanites.

Mosiah 19:12

Some men follow the orders and escape, others refuse to leave their families and surrender to the Lamanites.

Now there were many that would not leave them, but had rather stay and perish with them. And the rest left their wives and their children and fled.

Mosiah 19:13

Those who are left behind use their daughters to persuade the Lamanite warriors to back off.

And it came to pass that those who tarried with their wives and their children caused that their fair daughters should stand forth and plead with the Lamanites that they would not slay them.

Mosiah 19:14

The plan works, and the attack stops.

And it came to pass that the Lamanites had compassion on them, for they were charmed with the beauty of their women.

Mosiah 19:15

Instead of annihilation, the Lamanites impose a 50% tax on the people.

Therefore the Lamanites did spare their lives, and took them captives and carried them back to the land of Nephi, and granted unto them that they might possess the land, under the conditions that they would deliver up king Noah into the hands of the Lamanites, and deliver up their property, even one half of all they possessed, one half of their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and thus they should pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites from year to year.

Mosiah 19:18

Gideon sends a search team out to find those who left with Noah.

And it came to pass that Gideon sent men into the wilderness secretly, to search for the king and those that were with him.

Mosiah 19:18, 22

They find the people who had left, except for Noah and his priests.

And it came to pass that they met the people in the wilderness, all save the king and his priests.


And it came to pass that they were about to return to the land of Nephi, and they met the men of Gideon.

Mosiah 19:22–24

The two groups tell each other their stories.

And the men of Gideon told them of all that had happened to their wives and their children; and that the Lamanites had granted unto them that they might possess the land by paying a tribute to the Lamanites of one half of all they possessed. And the people told the men of Gideon that they had slain the king, and his priests had fled from them farther into the wilderness.... and they told Gideon what they had done to the king.

Mosiah 19:24

They return to the land of Nephi.

And it came to pass that after they had ended the ceremony, that they returned to the land of Nephi, rejoicing, because their wives and their children were not slain; and they told Gideon what they had done to the king.

Mosiah 19:16–17

Limhi, one of the sons of Noah, was among the people.

And now there was one of the sons of the king among those that were taken captive, whose name was Limhi. And now Limhi was desirous that his father should not be destroyed; nevertheless, Limhi was not ignorant of the iniquities of his father, he himself being a just man.

Mosiah 19:24–26

Limhi steps up as king under the terms that were established by the Lamanites.

And it came to pass that after they had ended the ceremony, that they returned to the land of Nephi, rejoicing, because their wives and their children were not slain; and they told Gideon what they had done to the king. And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites made an oath unto them, that his people should not slay them. And also Limhi, being the son of the king, having the kingdom conferred upon him by the people, made oath unto the king of the Lamanites that his people should pay tribute unto him, even one half of all they possessed.

Mosiah 19:28

In an effort to contain Limhi’s people, the Lamanites impose martial law, preventing any escapes or insurrections.

And the king of the Lamanites set guards round about the land, that he might keep the people of Limhi in the land, that they might not depart into the wilderness; and he did support his guards out of the tribute which he did receive from the Nephites.

Mosiah 19:27, 29

Two years pass in peace under these conditions.

And it came to pass that Limhi began to establish the kingdom and to establish peace among his people.


And now king Limhi did have continual peace in his kingdom for the space of two years, that the Lamanites did not molest them nor seek to destroy them.