Moroni decides to force the Lamanites to release the Nephite prisoners--He finds a decendant of Laman (whose name was Laman)
to bring wine to the Lamanite guards--The guards get drunk, release the prisoners, surrender to Moroni and become his
slaves (63 BCE)
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1Now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this epistle he was more angry,
because he knew that Ammoron had a perfect knowledge of his fraud; yea, he knew that Ammoron knew that it was not a just
cause that had caused him to wage a war against the people of Nephi.
When Moroni received Ammoron's letter, he said,
2 And he said: Behold, I will not exchange prisoners with Ammoron save he will withdraw his purpose,
as I have stated in my epistle; for I will not grant unto him that he shall have any more power than what he hath
I won't exchange prisoners with Ammoron.
3 Behold, I know the place where the Lamanites do guard my
people whom they have taken prisoners;
and as Ammoron would not grant unto me mine epistle, behold, I will give unto him according to my words; yea, I
will seek death among them until they shall sue for peace.
I know where the Lamanites keep their prisoners, so I'll kill the Lamanites and release our prisoners.
4And now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words, he caused that a search should be
made among his men, that perhaps he might find a man who was a descendant of Laman among them.
Moroni searched the men for a descendant of Laman.
5And it came to pass that they found one, whose name was Laman; and he was
one of the servants of the king who was murdered by Amalickiah.
And he found one whose name was Laman.
6 Now Moroni caused that Laman and a small number of his men should go forth unto the guards
who were over the Nephites.
7 Now the Nephites were guarded in the city of Gid; therefore Moroni appointed Laman and caused
that a small number of men should go with him.
Moroni send Laman and some others to the city of Gid, whre the Lamanites kept their prisoners.
8 And when it was evening Laman went to the guards who were over the Nephites, and behold, they
saw him coming and they hailed him; but he saith unto them: Fear not; behold, I am a Lamanite. Behold, we have
escaped from the Nephites, and they sleep; and behold we have taken of their wine and brought with us.
9 Now when the Lamanites heard these words they received him with joy; and they said unto him:
Give us of your wine, that we may drink; we are glad that ye have thus taken wine with you for we are weary.
After they arrived, they waited until dark.
Then they approached the guards, and Laman said to them,
Don't be afraid. I'm a Lamanite.
We escaped from the Nephites while they were sleeping.
And we brought some of their wine.
10 But Laman said unto them: Let us keep of our wine till we go against the Nephites to battle.
But this saying only made them more desirous to drink of the wine;
11 For, said they: We are weary, therefore let us take of the wine, and by and by we shall
receive wine for our rations, which will strengthen us to go against the Nephites.
12 And Laman said unto them: You may do according to your desires.
The Lamanites said,
Give us the wine.
13And it came to pass that they did take of the wine freely; and it was
pleasant to their taste, therefore they took of it more freely; and it was strong, having been prepared in
14And it came to pass they did drink and were merry, and by and by they
were all drunken.
So Laman gave them the wine and the Lamanites got drunk.
15 And now when Laman and his men saw that they were all drunken, and were
in a deep sleep, they returned to Moroni and told him all the things that had happened.
Laman and his men returned to tell Moroni what had happened.
16 And now this was according to the design of Moroni. And Moroni had prepared his men with
weapons of war; and he went to the city Gid, while the Lamanites were in a deep sleep and drunken, and cast
in weapons of war unto the prisoners, insomuch that they were all armed;
17Yea, even to their women, and all those of their children, as many as were able to use a
weapon of war, when Moroni had armed all those prisoners; and all those things were done in a profound silence.
Moroni went to the city of Gid, and armed all the Nephit prisoners, including the women and children.
18 But had they awakened the Lamanites, behold they were drunken and the Nephites could have
19 But behold, this was not the desire of Moroni; he did not delight in murder
or bloodshed, but he delighted in the saving of his people from destruction; and for this cause he might not bring
upon him injustice, he would not fall upon the Lamanites and destroy them in their drunkenness.
20 But he had obtained his desires; for he had armed those prisoners of the Nephites who were
within the wall of the city, and had given them power to gain possession of those parts which were within the
21 And then he caused the men who were with him to withdraw a pace from them, and surround the a
rmies of the Lamanites.
22 Now behold this was done in the night-time, so that when the Lamanites awoke in the morning
they beheld that they were surrounded by the Nephites without, and that their prisoners were armed within.
When the Lamanite guards woke up, they saw that they were surrounded by Nephites.
23 And thus they saw that the Nephites had power over them; and in these circumstances they found
that it was not expedient that they should fight with the Nephites; therefore their chief captains demanded
their weapons of war, and they brought them forth and cast them at the feet of the Nephites, pleading for
24 Now behold, this was the desire of Moroni. He took them prisoners of war, and took
possession of the city, and caused that all the prisoners should be liberated, who were Nephites; and they
did join the army of Moroni, and were a great strength to his army.
25And it came to pass that he did cause the Lamanites, whom he had taken
prisoners, that they should commence a labor in strengthening the fortifications round about the city Gid.
26And it came to pass that when he had fortified the city Gid, according
to his desires, he caused that his prisoners should be taken to the city Bountiful; and he also guarded that
city with an exceedingly strong force.
27And it came to pass that they did, notwithstanding all the intrigues
of the Lamanites, keep and protect all the prisoners whom they had taken, and also maintain all the ground
and the advantage which they had retaken.
28And it came to pass that the Nephites began again to be victorious,
and to reclaim their rights and their privileges.
29 Many time did the Lamanites attempt to encircle them about by night, but in these attempts
they did lose many prisoners.
30 And many times did they attempt to administer of their wine to the Nephites, that they
might destroy them with poison or with drunkenness.
31 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.
32 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.
33And 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.
34 And they were continually bringing new forces into that city, and also new supplies of
35 And thus ended the twenty and ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
So they surrendered, handed over their weapons, and became the slaves of the Nephites.