Captain Moroni and Pahoran


Nephites recapture many lands

Captain Moroni was happy to hear that Helaman and his army had taken back many of the Nephite lands from the Lamanites. Alma 59:1

Helaman and his army needed help

But Helaman and his army needed help. They did not have enough men to defend so many cities. Alma 58:32

Moroni asked Pahoran for help

Captain Moroni wrote a letter to Pahoran, the chief judge and governor. He asked Pahoran to send more soldiers to help Helaman’s army. Alma 59:3

Lamanites attack again

The Lamanite army attacked a Nephite city that Helaman had taken back. They killed many Nephites and chased the rest from the city. Alma 59:5–8

Nephite government didn't send help

Angry with the Nephite government because they had not sent help, Moroni wrote another letter to Pahoran. Alma 59:13; Alma 60:1

Moroni angry with Pahoran

Captain Moroni wrote that many had been killed because Pahoran had not sent more soldiers to help them. Alma 60:3–5

Moroni said his army would force Pahoran to support them

If Pahoran did not quickly send men and food, Moroni wrote, he would bring his army to Zarahemla and force Pahoran to help them. Alma 60:34–35

Pahoran sad for suffering of the army

Soon Moroni received a letter from Pahoran, who wrote that he was very sad because of the suffering of Moroni and his armies. Alma 61:1–2

Told him some Nephites forced him out of Zarahemla

Pahoran told Moroni that some Nephites did not want him to be the chief judge. They had forced him and the freemen out of Zarahemla. Alma 61:3–5

Pahoran gathering army to retake Zarahemla

Pahoran added that he was gathering an army to take back the city of Zarahemla. Alma 61:6–7

Wicked Nephites were joining Lamanites

The wicked Nephites in Zarahemla had appointed a king and were joining with the Lamanites. Alma 61:8

Pahoran also wanted freedom

Pahoran was not angry because of what Moroni had written. The chief judge also wanted freedom for the Nephites. Alma 61:9

He asked Moroni to bring some men to help recapture Zarahemla

He asked Moroni to bring a few men to help him, adding that if Moroni gathered more men along the way, they could take back Zarahemla. Alma 61:15–18

Moroni happy that Pahoran still faithful

Captain Moroni was happy that Pahoran was still faithful to his country and that he still wanted freedom for his people. Alma 62:1

Thousands joined Moroni

With a few of his men, Moroni went to meet Pahoran. They carried the title of liberty, and thousands of men along the way joined them. Alma 62:3–5

Moroni and Pahoran killed wicked Nephites

The armies of Moroni and Pahoran marched against Zarahemla, killed the king of the wicked Nephites, and captured his men. Alma 62:7–8

They sent food and soldiers to the Nephite armies

Moroni sent food and twelve thousand men to help the Nephite armies, who then drove the Lamanites out. There was peace again in the land. Alma 62:12–13, 38–39, 41–42

[illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Thompson