Mormon breaks his oath not to fight against the Lamanites--The Lamanites defeat the Nephites in the city of Jordan and in other
cities--An awful scene of blood and carnage--The Lamanites (Native Americans) became a dark, filthy, and
loathsome people because of their unbelief--God will give the Gentiles (non-Mormons of European descent) the Lamanite land--A remnant of the seed of Jacob (Mormons)
will rip apart the Gentiles if they reject the Book of Mormon (375-384 CE)
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A dark, filthy, and loathsome people
1 And it came to pass that
I did go forth among the Nephites, and
did repent of the oath which I had made that I would no more assist them;
and they gave me command again of their armies, for they looked upon me
as though I could deliver them from their afflictions.
2 But behold, I was without hope, for I knew the judgments of the Lord which should come upon them; for they
repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle for their lives without calling upon that Being who created them.
I changed my mind about the oath that I made a while back about not fighting anymore with the Nephites.
3 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did come against us as we had fled to the city of Jordan; but behold,
they were driven back that they did not take the city at that time.
We fled to the city of Jordan, where the Lamanites attacked us twice.
4 And it came to pass that they came against us again, and we did maintain the city. And there were also
other cities which were maintained by Nephites, which strongholds did cut them off that they could not get into the country
which lay before us, to destroy the inhabitants of our land.
5 And it came to pass that whatsoever lands we had passed by, and the inhabitants thereof were not gathered in,
were destroyed by the Lamanites, and their towns, and villages, and cities were burned with fire; and thus three hundred
and seventy and nine years passed away.
Each time we drove them off.
But other Nephite cities weren't so lucky; the inhabitants were killed, and the cities were burned.
6 And it came to pass that in the three hundred and eightieth year the Lamanites did come again against us
to battle, and we did stand against them boldly; but it was all in vain, for so great were their numbers that they did
tread the people of the Nephites under their feet.
7 And it came to pass that we did again take to flight, and those whose flight was swifter than the Lamanites'
did escape, and those whose flight did not exceed the Lamanites' were swept down and destroyed.
Then, a couple years later (380 CE), the Lamanites attacked the city of Jordan a third time, and this time the Nephites were defeated.
8 And now behold, I, Mormon, do not desire to harrow up the souls of men in casting before them such
an awful scene of blood and carnage as was laid before mine eyes; but I, knowing that these things must surely be made known,
and that all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops --
I don't want to tell about the awful scene of blood and carnage,
9 And also that a knowledge of these things must come unto the remnant of these people, and also unto the
Gentiles, who the Lord hath said should scatter this people, and this people should be counted as naught among them --
therefore I write a small abridgment, daring not to give a full account of the things which I have seen, because of the
commandment which I have received, and also that ye might not have too great sorrow because of the wickedness of this
10 And now behold, this I speak unto their seed, and also to the Gentiles who have care for the house of
Israel, that realize and know from whence their blessings come.
11 For I know that such will sorrow for the calamity of the house of Israel; yea, they will sorrow for the
destruction of this people; they will sorrow that this people had not repented that
they might have been clasped in the
arms of Jesus.
12 Now these things are written unto the remnant of the house of Jacob; and they are written after this
manner, because it is known of God that wickedness will not bring them forth unto them; and they are to be hid up unto
the Lord that they may come forth in his own due time.
13 And this is the commandment which I have received; and behold, they shall come forth according to the
commandment of the Lord, when he shall see fit, in his wisdom.
but I must do so, because of the commandment that I received.
14 And behold, they shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go -- that
they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his
most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their
inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant;
I'm engraving all this on plates so that someday the unbelieving Jews will be able to read about it.
15 And also that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them
from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and
shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond
the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this
because of their unbelief and idolatry.
16 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord hath already ceased to strive with their fathers; and they are without
Christ and God in the world; and they are driven about as chaff before the wind.
17 They were once a delightsome people, and they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by
God the Father.
18 But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is
tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her; and even as she is, so
The Lamanites were once a delightsome people, but God made them a dark-skinned, filthy and loathsome people, led about by
Satan because of their unbelief and idolatry. 
19 And behold, the Lord hath reserved their blessings, which
they might have received in the land, for the
Gentiles who shall possess the land.
So God will give the Lamanites' land to the Gentiles ,
20 But behold, it shall come to pass that they shall be driven and scattered by the Gentiles; and after they
have been driven and scattered by the Gentiles, behold, then will the Lord remember the covenant which he made unto Abraham
and unto all the house of Israel.
21 And also the Lord will remember the prayers of the righteous, which have been put
up unto him for them.
22 And then, O ye Gentiles, how can ye stand before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn from
your evil ways?
23 Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command
the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?
who will drive and scatter them.
24 Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves before him, lest he shall come out in justice against you --
lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is none to
Thenk if the Gentiles fail repent, a remnant of the seed of Jacob will tear them to pieces. 
- I ... did repent of the oath. (v.1)
Remember that oath that Mormon made aA couple chapters ago (See 3:11), when he swore
he'd never fight again with the Nephites.
Yeah well, he's changing his mind about that now (he's repenting of the oath), though he knows that the Nephites
will be defeated, anyway, as God's punishment for not repenting or praying enough or something.
- A dark, filthy, and loathsome people (v.15)
The LDS church revised the official summary for Mormon 5 on
2010 to read:
Mormon again leads the Nephite armies in battles of blood and carnage--The Book of Mormon will come forth
to convince all Israel that Jesus is the Christ--Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites will be scattered,
and the Spirit will cease to strive with them--They will receive the gospel from the Gentiles in the latter
days. About A.D. 375-84.
The official summary before the December 17, 2010 change is shown below (emphasis mine):
Mormon again leads the Nephite armies in battles of blood and carnage--The Book of Mormon
shall come forth to convince all Israel that Jesus is the Christ--The Lamanites shall be a dark, filthy, and
loathsome people--They shall receive the gospel from the Gentiles in latter days.
- The Gentiles who shall possess the land (v.19)
The Gentiles (non-Mormon Americans of European descent) will possess the Lamanites' (Native Americans') land.
- A remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces.
The "remnant of the seed of Jacaob" is the Mormons, who will tear the Gentiles ((non-Mormon Americans of European descent)
to pieces if they don't repent and become Mormons.
And it came to pass: 5:1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Behold: 5:2, 3, 8, 10, 13,
14, 16, 18, 19, 20(2)
Yea: 5:11, 15, 17
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- The Book of Mormon: The Whiter the Skin, the Closer to God (Mormon 5:15-18)
- The LDS church finally admits it was
wrong about race. (So it now rejects its own scriptures.) (5:15-18)
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Mormon 5