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A Young Folks' History of the Church

truth, they did not fall away so easily as their Nephite brethren. At one time two thousand
young men whose parents were converted Lamanites did valiant service for their country
and their religion. There isn't room to tell you about the story here; but you may read
about it in the Book of Mormon, beginning with the 53rd chapter of Alma.
When Nephi separated from his brethren, he went north and settled in a place they called
the Land of Nephi; but after a time the Lamanites again annoyed them so much that the
Lord told Mosiah, who was their leader then to take the more faithful part of the people
and again go northward. This they did, and found a city called Zarahemla which had been
built by a people who had also come from Jerusalem at the time that city was destroyed.
The Nephites joined with the people of Zarahemla, and for a long time this city was the
capital of the Nephite people.
In time the Lamanites occupied all of South America except a small part in the north, on
which the Nephites lived. The Nephites' land also extended far up into North America.
A little over six hundred years after Lehi landed on this continent, Jesus appeared unto
some of the righteous. Before this, however, there had been a great storm all over the
land, and many of the wicked had been destroyed. Jesus had been crucified at Jerusalem,
had risen from the dead, and now he came to the Nephites with his resurrected body. He
taught them the same gospel that he had taught in Palestine and chose twelve disciples to
preach and build up his church. For nearly two hundred years the people all belonged to
the Church of Christ, and peace was over all the land. Then they became wicked again.
The Lamanites kept driving the Nephites further north, until they reached what is now the
United States. Around a hill in the western part of the State of New York, then called
Cumorah, what was left of the Nephites gathered for the last struggle. The Lamanites met
them, and there was a great battle in which all but a very few of the Nephites were killed.
Thus ended the Nephite nation, not quite four hundred years after Christ, and the
Lamanites or Indians have lived here ever since.
During all this time the Lord had some good men keep a record of what happened among
the people. In those days they did not write on paper, so these histories were recorded on
plates of metal. These plates were handed from one man to another, until about the time
of the last great battle, a prophet by the name of Mormon had all the records. He wrote a
short account from them called an abridgment. What he took from each man's record he
called after the writer's name, as the Book of Alma, Book of Helaman, etc., which we
might call names of chapters in Mormon's book. Mormon gave all his writings to his son
Moroni, who wrote a little more on the plates. Moroni also made a short account of
another people who had lived in America before the Nephites. They were called the
Jaredites. Their history is told in the Book of Ether.
After Moroni had seen his people destroyed he hid all the records in the hill Cumorah.
Topics.—1. What history and geography prove regarding the Book of Mormon. 2. The
Lamanites. 3. The Nephites. 4. Mormon. 5. Moroni.
Questions and Review.—1. Who was Lehi? 2. Name his sons. (Jacob and Joseph were
born after he left Jerusalem.) 3. Tell about Laman and Lemuel. 4. What kind of boy was
Nephi? 5. Why did they leave Jerusalem? 6. Why did Lehi want the records of his
forefathers? 7. Who were the Lamanites? 8. Describe them. 9. Tell about the Nephites.
10. In what land did these people live? 11. Why were the Nephites destroyed? 12. What
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