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The converted Lamanites, now known as the people of Ammon, settled in their new lands. They established a church, and the Nephites surrounded them with armies of protection. This was a good thing because just as feared, the non-converted Lamanites attacked (verse 1).
“And thus there was a tremendous battle”, and many of the non-converted Lamanites died (verse 2).
Many of the Nephites also died, but the non-converted Lamanites were scattered and sent back, and the Nephites were able to return to their homes (verse 3).
The Nephites mourned with “the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning for their sons, and the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father; and thus the cry of mourning was heard among all of them, mourning for their kindred who had been slain” (verses 4-5). This was a “sorrowful day… and a time of much fasting and prayer” (verse 6).
This, Alma, Jr, says, has been the story of the mission of him and the sons of Mosiah (verse 8), and the account of the wars among the Nephites, and the wars between the Nephites and Lamanites (verse 9).
War brought bloodshed and destruction (verse 10), and it was all because of contention. Bodies are buried, and the mourners fear for those who had not chosen the Lord and hope for those who had (verses 11-12). But all of this ugliness and destruction and war was “because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men” (verse 13). Thus we are called to be diligent, both in testifying of the atonement to others, and to fighting Satan in our own lives (verse 14).