Moroni and Teancum on the Eastern Front

Teancum’s Last Sacrifice

Alma 62:30–31

Moroni moves from Nephihah to Lehi; the Lamanites occupying Lehi fearfully abandon the city.

Now it came to pass that Moroni, after he had obtained possession of the city of Nephihah, having taken many prisoners, which did reduce the armies of the Lamanites exceedingly, and having regained many of the Nephites who had been taken prisoners, which did strengthen the army of Moroni exceedingly; therefore Moroni went forth from the land of Nephihah to the land of Lehi. And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that Moroni was coming against them, they were again frightened and fled before the army of Moroni.

Alma 62:32–33

The Lamanites are chased by Moroni from city to city until they reach the coastal land of Moroni; all of the surviving Lamanites are gathered there, including Ammoron.

And it came to pass that Moroni and his army did pursue them from city to city, until they were met by Lehi and Teancum; and the Lamanites fled from Lehi and Teancum, even down upon the borders by the seashore, until they came to the land of Moroni. And the armies of the Lamanites were all gathered together, insomuch that they were all in one body in the land of Moroni. Now, Ammoron, the king of the Lamanites, was also with them.

Alma 62:34–35

The Nephites have the Lamanites surrounded; both armies rest for the night, being very tired—except for Teancum, who is very angry with Ammaron and Amalickiah for being the instigators of this terrible war.

And it came to pass that Moroni and Lehi and Teancum did encamp with their armies round about in the borders of the land of Moroni, insomuch that the Lamanites were encircled about in the borders by the wilderness on the south, and in the borders by the wilderness on the east.

And thus they did encamp for the night. For behold, the Nephites and the Lamanites also were weary because of the greatness of the march; therefore they did not resolve upon any stratagem in the night–time, save it were Teancum; for he was exceedingly angry with Ammoron, insomuch that he considered that Ammoron, and Amalickiah his brother, had been the cause of this great and lasting war between them and the Lamanites, which had been the cause of so much war and bloodshed, yea, and so much famine.

Alma 62:36

Teancum leaves his camp, and scales the walls of the city where the Lamanites were sleeping.

And it came to pass that Teancum in his anger did go forth into the camp of the Lamanites, and did let himself down over the walls of the city.

Alma 62:36

Teancum sneaks from place to place until find where Ammoron is sleeping.

And he went forth with a cord, from place to place, insomuch that he did find the king…

Alma 62:36

Teancum throws a javelin in Ammoron’s chest.

…and he did cast a javelin at him, which did pierce him near the heart.

Alma 62:36

Ammoron makes a last sound before he dies—his servants wake up, catch Teancum, and kill him.

But behold, the king did awaken his servants before he died, insomuch that they did pursue Teancum, and slew him.

Alma 62:37

When Moroni finds out about Teancum’s death, he is heartbroken.

Now it came to pass that when Lehi and Moroni knew that Teancum was dead they were exceedingly sorrowful; for behold, he had been a man who had fought valiantly for his country, yea, a true friend to liberty; and he had suffered very many exceedingly sore afflictions. But behold, he was dead, and had gone the way of all the earth.

Alma 62:38

Moroni’s troops advance upon he Lamanites, mercilessly killing them; the surviving Lamanites escape permanently out of the land of Zarahemla.

Now it came to pass that Moroni marched forth on the morrow, and came upon the Lamanites, insomuch that they did slay them with a great slaughter; and they did drive them out of the land; and they did flee, even that they did not return at that time against the Nephites.

Alma 62:39–41

The massive war between the Nephites and Lamanites finally seems to be over.

And thus ended the thirty and first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; and thus they had had wars, and bloodsheds, and famine, and affliction, for the space of many years. And there had been murders, and contentions, and dissensions, and all manner of iniquity among the people of Nephi; nevertheless for the righteous’ sake, yea, because of the prayers of the righteous, they were spared.

But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length of the war; and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.