In the Book of Mormon
, the Zoramites
were one of three major Nephite
sects, existing during the administration of Alma the Younger
as the High Priest over the Church of God (). Zoram
, the leader of this group, is first mentioned in as being the head of a people who "had separated themselves from the Nephites", and were responsible for the death of Korihor
The Book of Mormon
describes a time when the Nephite
nation was still recovering from a bloody civil war initiated by the rebellion of Amlici, a follower of the Nehor sect, who after losing a popular election to be made king made an alliance with the Lamanites. Therefore, when Zoram settled his people in Antionum near a large body of Lamanites
, there grew considerable concern that the Zoramites would make a similar pact and bring about another war ().
Instead of sending armies to destroy the group, Alma attempts to preach to the people in order to bring them back into the Church of God. Alma's success among a portion of the people unfortunately sparks the very rebellion that he was seeking to prevent. Alma and his converts become refugees in the land of Jershon where the king of the Ammonites gives them asylym. Because of the Ammonite's refusal to hand over Alma and his followers, the Zoramites join with the Lamanites, and the Amalekites
, and go to war (, ). The Nephite armies rout
the Zoramites, Amalekites and Lamanites into retreat, and finally to surrender.
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