Nephites

Summary

A term used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants and followers of Nephi, as well as those who later identified themselves as Nephites for religious reasons. According to JS and the Book of Mormon, Lehi and Sariah, Nephi’s parents, and their family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family divided into two main groups, one led by Nephi and the other by his oldest brother, Laman. These two main groups were called Nephites and Lamanites, respectively. The Nephites kept most of the records that eventually constituted the Book of Mormon. In the final battle in the Book of Mormon, around AD 400, the Nephites were destroyed.

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