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Helaman 1:1
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THE  BOOK  OF
HELAMAN
 

    An account of the Nephites, their wars and contentions
    and their dissensions.
And also the prophecies of many holy prophets before
    the coming of Christ, according to the record
    of Helaman, which was the son of Helaman,
    and also according to the records of his sons,
    even down to the coming of Christ.
And also many of the Lamanites are converted;
    an account of their conversion.
An account of the righteousness of the Lamanites
    and the wickedness and abominations of the Nephites,
    according to the record of Helaman and his sons,
    even down to the coming of Christ, which is called
    the book of Helaman, etc.


 
 
1    And now behold, it came to pass in the commencement
    of the fortieth year of the reign of the judges
    over the people of Nephi,
There began to be a serious difficulty
    among the people of the Nephites;
2    For behold, Pahoron had died and gone
    the way of all the earth;
Therefore, there began to be a serious contention
    concerning who should have the judgment seat
    among the brethren which were the sons of Pahoron.
3    Now these are their names which did contend for the
    judgment seat, which did also cause the people
    to contend-Pahoron, Paanchi and Pacumeni.
4    Now these are not all the sons of Pahoron-
    for he had many-
But these are they which did contend
    for the judgment seat;
Therefore, they did cause three divisions
    among the people.
5    Nevertheless, it came to pass that Pahoron was appointed
    by the voice of the people to be a chief judge
    and a governor over the people of Nephi.
6    And it came to pass that Pacumeni, when he saw
    that he could not obtain the judgment seat,
He did unite with the voice of the people.
7    But behold, Paanchi, and that part of the people
    that were desirous that he should be their governor,
    was exceeding wroth;
Therefore, he was about to flatter away those people
    to rise up in rebellion against their brethren.
8    And it came to pass as he was about to do this,
Behold, he was taken and was tried according to the voice
    of the people and condemned unto death;
For he had raised up in rebellion and sought to destroy
    the liberty of the people.

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