A group of people in the Book of Mormon, many of whom were descendants of Laman, the eldest son of Lehi. They felt they had been wronged by Nephi and his descendants (Mosiah 10:11–17). As a result, they rebelled against the Nephites and often rejected the teachings of the gospel. However, shortly before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lamanites accepted the gospel and were more righteous than the Nephites (Hel. 6:34–36). Two hundred years after Christ visited the Americas, both the Lamanites and the Nephites became wicked and began to wage war against each other. Around 400 A.D., the Lamanites completely destroyed the Nephite nation.
- The Lamanites overcame the seed of Nephi:1 Ne. 12:19–20;
- The Lamanites hated the Nephites:2 Ne. 5:14;
- The Lamanites shall be a scourge to the Nephites:2 Ne. 5:25;
- The Book of Mormon will restore to the Lamanites a knowledge of their forefathers and of the gospel of Jesus Christ:2 Ne. 30:3–6; ( title page of the Book of Mormon; )
- The Lamanites are a remnant of the Jews:D&C 19:27;
- The Lamanites shall blossom as the rose before the Lord’s coming:D&C 49:24;