Maroni reads Helaman's letter
59:1-2, 62 BCE
1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
Nephi, after Moroni had received and had read Helaman's epistle, he was exceedingly rejoiced
because of the welfare, yea, the exceeding success which Helaman had had, in obtaining those lands which
2 Yea, and he did make it known unto all his people, in all the land round about in that
part where he was, that they might rejoice also.
When Moroni received and read Helaman's letter, he rejoiced exceedingly.
Maroni's first letter to Pahoran
59:3-4, 62 BCE
3 And it came to pass that he immediately sent an epistle to Pahoran,
desiring that he should cause men to be gathered together to strengthen Helaman, or the armies of Helaman,
insomuch that he might with ease maintain that part of the land which he had been so miraculously prospered
4 And it came to pass when Moroni had sent this epistle to the land of
Zarahemla, he began again to lay a plan that he might obtain the remainder of those possessions and cities
which the Lamanites had taken from them.
He sent a letter to the chief judge, Pahoran, asking for help in strengthening Helaman's army to help him recapture
the cities the Lamanites had taken.
The Lamanites attack the people of Nephihah
59:5-13, 62 BCE
5 And it came to pass that while Moroni was thus making preparations
to go against the Lamanites to battle, behold, the people of Nephihah, who were gathered together from the
city of Moroni and the city of Lehi and the city of Morianton, were
attacked by the Lamanites.
6 Yea, even those who had been compelled to flee from the land of Manti, and from the land round
about, had come over and joined the Lamanites in this part of the land.
Meanwhile, the Lamanites attacked the people of Naphihah in the cities of Moroni, Lehi, and Morianton.
7 And thus being exceedingly numerous, yea, and receiving strength
from day to day, by the command of Ammoron they came forth against the people of Nephihah, and they did
begin to slay them with an exceedingly great slaughter.
8 And their armies were so numerous that the remainder of the people of Nephihah were
obliged to flee before them; and they came even and joined the army of Moroni.
9 And now as Moroni had supposed that there should be men sent to the city Nephihah, to the
assistance of the people to maintain that city, and knowing that it was easier to keep the city from
falling into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it from them, he supposed that they would easily
maintain that city.
10 Therefore he retained all his force to maintain those places which he had recovered.
11 And now, when Moroni saw that the city of Nephihah was lost he
was exceedingly sorrowful, and began to doubt, because of the wickedness of the
people, whether they should not fall into the hands of their brethren.
12 Now this was the case with all his chief captains. They doubted and marveled also because
of the wickedness of the people, and this because of the success of the Lamanites over them.
The Lamanites, led by Ammoron, began to kill them with an exceedingly great slaughter.
13 And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government,
because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country.
Moroni was angry because the government hadn't tried to help.