Moroni calls a council of war to plan a strategy to fortify the Nephite lands and build many new cities in preparation for war. Internal wars and destruction afflict the Nephites, who have become wicked.
Teancum defeats Morianton and his dissenters, Nephihah dies and his son Pahoran becomes the chief judge.
When the King-men try to legally overthrow Pahoran and establish a King, the people support Pahoran and Moroni requires the King men to defend the country or to be put to death. Many of the fortified cities are captured by Amalickiah and his Lamanite armies until Teancum slays Amalickiah in his tent.