Minerva K. Teichert Biography
"He went forth among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare
unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.
And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him."
(1 Nephi 1:18-19)
Lehi "departed into the wilderness ... and tok nothing with him,
save it were his family, and provisions, and tents."
(1 Nephi 2:4)
"And he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of
my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam."
(1 Nephi 2:5)
"We went in unto Laban, and desired him that he would give unto us
the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, for which
we would give unto him our gold, and our silver, and our precious things."
(1 Nephi 3:24)
"Behold, the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth
his righteous purposes."
(1 Nephi 4:13)
"After I and my brethren and all the house of Ishmael had come down
unto the tent of my father, they did give thanks unto the Lord their God."
(1 Nephi 7:22)
"They did press forward ..., clinging to the rod of iron,
even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree"
(1 Nephi 8:24)
"... and we did work timbers of curious workmanship. And the
Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should
work the timbers of the ship."
(1 Nephi 18:1)
"Laman and Lemuel did take me and bind me with cords," and "did
breathe out much threatenings against anyone that should speak for me."
(1 Nephi 18:11, 17)
"We did arrive at the promised land; and we went forth upon the land ...
And it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise, as we
journeyed in the wilderness, that there were beasts in the forests of
every kind, both the cow and the ox, and the ass and the horse, and the
goat and the wild goat, and all manner of wild animals, which were for
the use of men." (1 Nephi 18:23, 25)
"And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and after the manner of it
did make many swords, lest by any means the people who were now called
Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us."
(2 Nephi 5:14)
"And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God.
And if my people are pleased with the things of God
they will be pleased with mine engravings which are upon
(2 Nephi 5:31)
"And it came to pass in the days of Mosiah, there was a large
stone brought unto him with engravings on it; and he did
interpret the engravings by the gift and power of God.
And they gave the account of one Coriantumr, and the slain
of his people." (Omni 20-21)
"The people gathered themselves together throughout all the land,
that they might go up to the temple to hear the words which king
Benjamin should speak unto them." (Mosiah 2:1)
When King Limhi sent men into the wilderness to locate the main
group of Nephites in Zarahemla, they instead "discovered a land
which was covered with bones of men, and of beasts, and was also
covered with ruins of buildings of every kind." They also found
and brought back "twenty-four plates which are filled with
engravings" -- a record of the fallen Jaredites. (see Mosiah 8:7-9)
Alma was among King Noah's priests when the prophet Abinadi
rebuked them for their sins, "and he believed the words which
Abinadi had spoken." (Mosiah 17:2)
"And he said: Helam, I baptize thee, having authority from the
Almighty God, as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant
to serve him until you are dead as to the mortal body; and may the
Spirit of the Lord be poured out unto you; and may he grant unto you
eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared
from the foundation of the world."
"And now there was a man among them whose name was Gideon, and
he being a strong man and an enemy to the king, therefore he
drew his sword, and swore in his wrath that he would slay
the king" (Mosiah 19:4)
"Now there was a place in Shemlon where the daughters of the Lamanites
did gather themselves together to sing, and to dance, and to make themselves
merry." (Mosiah 20:1) When the priests of Noah carried some of them off,
it triggered a war.
"...Limhi said unto them: Ye shall not slay him, but bring him
hither that I may see him. And they brought him. And Limhi said
unto him: What cause have ye to come up to war against my people?
Behold, my people have not broken the oath that I made unto you;
therefore, why should ye break the oath which ye made unto my
people?" (Mosiah 20:14)
"The Lamanites ... did drink freely of the wine ... And it came
to pass that the people of king Limhi did depart by night into
the wilderness." (Mosiah 22:10-11)
"Alma and his people, who were under heavy bondage to the Lamanites,
cried to God. He made their burdens light and helped them until
in the night, they too, were given a chance to flee. All these emigrants
went into the land northward and founded colonies in Jershon and Manti."
"And he spake as it were with a voice of thunder ...; And so great
was their astonishment, that they fell to the earth." (Mosiah 27:11-12)
"The earth shook mightily, and the walls of the prison
were rent in twain, so that the fell to the earth. ... And
every soul within the walls thereof, save it were Alma and Amulek,
was slain." (Alma 14:27-28)
When the men came back to scatter the king's flocks, "Ammon
stood forth and began to cast stones at them with his sling." (Alma 17:36)
"Lamoni said unto him: I will not slay Ammon ... Now when his father
had heard these words ... he drew his sword that he might smite
him." (Alma 20:15-16)
"We will bury [our swords] deep in the earth," said the Lamanite
converts, "and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go
to our God and shall be saved." (Alma 24:16)
The Lamanites retreated from Lehi's army--but when they crossed
the River Sidon, they found Moroni's army waiting for them.
"Never had the Lamanites been known to fight with such exceeding
great strength and courage."
"In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and
our peace, our wives, and our children"--with those ideas
Moroni rallied the righteous Nephites.
When the queen of the Lamanites questioned Amalickiah and other
witnesses about the death of her husband, all testified that "the
king was slain by his own servants." (Alma 47:34) And so, deceived
by Amalickiah's vicious plotting, she married the murderer of her
The Lamanites were not used to fighting fortified cities, and when they came to the gate they "were slain with an immense slaughter." (Alma 49:21)
Moroni had fortified the city of Noah thinking that since it had been
the weakest city, the Lamanites would attack there first.
If Morianton had not beaten his servant, she might not have reported
on his attempted treachery. But he was "a man of much passion," and
so she "told Moroni all things ... concerning their intentions to flee
into the land northward." (Alma 50:30, 31)
The Nephite spy, a Lamanite by blood, by trickery won the freedom
of the Nephite prisoners--and the captors were captured in the
morning! (Alma 55:3-25)
The faithful Lamanite youths said to their leader, Helaman, "Behold
our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then
let us go forth" into battle. (Alma 56:46)
Amalickiah, who began as leader of a dissenting faction
and ended as king of the Lamanites through a long history
of treachery, died when "Teancum stole privily into the tent
of the king, and put a javelin to his heart."
The reign of the judges was a time of growth and expansion for the
Nephite people, during which Hagoth, the shipbuilder, launched a
colonization venture to the land northward. (Alma 63:5-10)
"Kishkumen, who had murdered Pahoran, did lay wait to destroy
Helaman also; and he was upheld by his band, who had entered into
a covenant that no one should know his wickedness."
When robber chieftain Giddianhi gave an ultimatum to the Nephites,
their righteous and resourceful chief judge, Lachoneus, led the
people with all their flocks and herds "and all their substance,
save it were their land, unto one place" (3 Nephi 3:13), where
they could defend themselves.
"... he commanded that their little children should be brought.
So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground
round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude
gave way till they had all been brought unto him." (3 Nephi 17:11-12)
"And he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them,
and prayed unto the Father for them." "And he spake unto the
multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones."
(3 Nephi 17:21, 23)
"And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, he took
of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples
and commanded that they should eat. And when they had eaten and were
filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude."
(3 Nephi 18:3-4)
"the Lord commanded them that they should go forth into the wilderness,
yea, into that quarter where there never had man been."
"I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth unto my
brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of