Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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in righteousness above three hundred years; but towards  the close of the fourth century of the Christian era, they had  so far apostatized from God, that he suffered great judg ments to fall upon them. The Lamanites, at that time,  dwelt in South America, and the Nephites in North  America.
A great and terrible war commenced between them, which  lasted for many years, and resulted in the complete over throw and destruction of the Nephites. This war com menced at the Isthmus of Darien, and was very destructive  to both nations for many years. At length, the Nephites  were driven before their enemies, a great distance to the  north, and north-east; and having gathered their whole  nation together, both men, women, and children, they en camped on, and round about the hill Cumorah, where the  records were found, which is in the State of ,  about two hundred miles west of the city of . Here  they were met by the numerous hosts of the Lamanites,  and were slain, and hewn down, and slaughtered, both male  and female—the aged, middle aged, and children. Hun dreds of thousands were slain on both sides; and the nation  of the Nephites were destroyed, excepting a few who had de serted over to the Lamanites, and a few who escaped into  the south country, and a few who fell wounded, and were  left by the Lamanites on the field of battle for dead, among  whom were Mormon and his son Moroni, who were right eous men.
Mormon had made an abridgement, from the records of  his forefathers, upon plates, which abridgement he entitled  the “Book of Mormon;” and, (being commanded of God,)  he hid up in the hill Cumorah, all the sacred records of his  forefathers which were in his possession, except the abridge ment called the “Book of Mormon,” which he gave to his  son Moroni to finish. Moroni survived his nation a few  years, and continued the writings, in which he informs us,  that the Lamanites hunted those few Nephites who escaped  the great and tremendous battle of Cumorah, until they  were all destroyed, excepting those who were mingled  with the Lamanites, and that he was left alone, and kept  himself hid, for they sought to destroy every Nephite who  would not deny the Christ. He furthermore states, that  the Lamanites were at war one with another, and that the [p. 21]
in righteousness above three hundred years; but towards the close of the fourth century of the Christian era, they had so far apostatized from God, that he suffered great judgments to fall upon them. The Lamanites, at that time, dwelt in South America, and the Nephites in North America.
A great and terrible war commenced between them, which lasted for many years, and resulted in the complete overthrow and destruction of the Nephites. This war commenced at the Isthmus of Darien, and was very destructive to both nations for many years. At length, the Nephites were driven before their enemies, a great distance to the north, and north-east; and having gathered their whole nation together, both men, women, and children, they encamped on, and round about the hill Cumorah, where the records were found, which is in the State of , about two hundred miles west of the city of . Here they were met by the numerous hosts of the Lamanites, and were slain, and hewn down, and slaughtered, both male and female—the aged, middle aged, and children. Hundreds of thousands were slain on both sides; and the nation of the Nephites were destroyed, excepting a few who had deserted over to the Lamanites, and a few who escaped into the south country, and a few who fell wounded, and were left by the Lamanites on the field of battle for dead, among whom were Mormon and his son Moroni, who were righteous men.
Mormon had made an abridgement, from the records of his forefathers, upon plates, which abridgement he entitled the “Book of Mormon;” and, (being commanded of God,) he hid up in the hill Cumorah, all the sacred records of his forefathers which were in his possession, except the abridgement called the “Book of Mormon,” which he gave to his son Moroni to finish. Moroni survived his nation a few years, and continued the writings, in which he informs us, that the Lamanites hunted those few Nephites who escaped the great and tremendous battle of Cumorah, until they were all destroyed, excepting those who were mingled with the Lamanites, and that he was left alone, and kept himself hid, for they sought to destroy every Nephite who would not deny the Christ. He furthermore states, that the Lamanites were at war one with another, and that the [p. 21]
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