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After all these experiences, “there was not a living soul among all the people of the Nephites who did doubt in the least the words of all the holy prophets who had spoken” (verse 1). They knew that everything the prophets had spoken must be fulfilled, including that Christ had already come (verse 2). Because they believed the prophets, and recognized the signs, and had faith in Heavenly Father’s great plan unfolding, “they did forsake all their sins, and their abominations, and their whoredoms, and did serve God with all diligence day and night” (verse 3).
When the war was finished, and the robbers imprisoned, the Nephites “did cause the word of God to be preached unto all the people; and as many as would repent of their sins and enter into a covenant that they would murder no more were set at liberty” (verse 4). All those robbers who had stolen and murdered and done such horrible things were set free, long as they would “go and sin no more”!
But those who would not enter such a covenant were punished according to the law (verse 5).
In this way, they did put an end to all those wicked behaviors and evil deeds (verse 6).
Many years pass in peace, and this is the story, the history of the people and their relationships with God and each other, this is the story that Mormon writes (verse 12). He was called as a prophet, called to testify, called to be a disciple (verse 13). He accepts the responsibility for and acknowledges the prayers urging him to keep the sacred records (verse 14) of what has happened to this people since Lehi left Jerusalem (verse 15) until his own day (verses 16-17).
He takes a break from the history of the people for a personal monologue, telling us who he is and of his testimony. He is a descendant of Lehi, and has a testimony that the Savior led his ancestors out of Jerusalem and taught the people what they needed to know “unto the salvation of our souls” (verse 20). He knows these are blessings from ancestors who have also kept their covenants, even Jacob and Joseph, the sons (the grandson and great-grandsons) of Abraham (verses 21-25).
All this, he knows, is so that:
… they shall know their Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and then shall they be gathered in… from whence they have been dispersed; yea, as the Lord liveth, so shall it be. Amen. (verse 26).