The Book of Mormon
The Book Of Helaman
An account of the Nephites. Their wars and contentions, and their dissensions. And also
the prophecies of many holy prophets, before the coming of Christ, according to the
records of Helaman, who was the son of Helaman, and also according to the records of
his sons, even down to the coming of Christ. And also many of the Lamanites are
converted. An account of their conversion. An account of the righteousness of the
Lamanites, and the wickedness and abominations of the Nephites, according to the record
of Helaman and his sons, even down to the coming of Christ, which is called the book of
1 And now behold, it came to pass in the commencement of the fortieth year of the reign
of the judges over the people of Nephi, there began to be a serious difficulty among the
people of the Nephites.
2 For behold, Pahoran had died, and gone the way of all the earth; therefore there began
to be a serious contention concerning who should have the judgment-seat among the
brethren, who were the sons of Pahoran.
3 Now these are their names who did contend for the judgment-seat, who did also cause
the people to contend: Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni.
4 Now these are not all the sons of Pahoran, (for he had many) but these are they who
did contend for the judgment-seat; therefore, they did cause three divisions among the
5 Nevertheless, it came to pass that Pahoran was appointed by the voice of the people to
be chief judge and a governor over the people of Nephi.
6 And it came to pass that Pacumeni, when he saw that he could not obtain the
judgment-seat, he did unite with the voice of the people.
7 But behold, Paanchi, and that part of the people that were desirous that he should be
their governor, was exceedingly wroth; therefore, he was about to flatter away those
people to rise up in rebellion against their brethren.