Captain Moroni and Pahoran

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    Helaman retaken Nephite 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

    Helamans 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 to send 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

    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

    Moroni writes angry letter to Pahoran

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

    Nephites killed because Pahoran didn’t send help

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

    If Pahoran doesn’t help, Moroni will bring his army to Zarahemla

    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 sends a letter to Moroni

    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

    Tells him he had been forced from 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 an army

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

    Wicked Nephites wanted to join the Lamanites

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

    Pahoran wanted freedom for Nephites

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

    Asked for help from Moroni

    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 pleases that Pahoran is 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 join 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 kill with 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

    Help sent to army

    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

    Illustrated by Jerry Thompson