Moroni and Teancum on the Eastern Front

Lamanite Counterstrike

Alma 55:28–29

As the Nephites begin acquiring an advantage, the Lamanites try to fight back using tactics the Nephites used on them, like surrounding the city at night and trying to get the guards drunk.

And it came to pass that the Nephites began again to be victorious, and to reclaim their rights and their privileges. Many times did the Lamanites attempt to encircle them about by night, but in these attempts they did lose many prisoners.

Alma 55:30–32

The Nephites quickly catch on to the Lamanites’ plans, and they do not drink any wine received from the Lamanites without having some Lamanite prisoners first test it for poison.

And many times did they attempt to administer of their wine to the Nephites, that they might destroy them with poison or with drunkenness. But behold, the Nephites were not slow to remember the Lord their God in this their time of affliction.

They could not be taken in their snares; yea, they would not partake of their wine, save they had first given to some of the Lamanite prisoners. And they were thus cautious that no poison should be administered among them; for if their wine would poison a Lamanite it would also poison a Nephite; and thus they did try all their liquors.

Alma 55:33–35

Moroni begins making plans to attack the city of Morianton, which had been heavily fortified by the Lamanites.

And now it came to pass that it was expedient for Moroni to make preparations to attack the city Morianton; for behold, the Lamanites had, by their labors, fortified the city Morianton until it had become an exceeding stronghold. And they were continually bringing new forces into that city, and also new supplies of provisions. And thus ended the twenty and ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.