“Twelve Others”

Brant Gardner

Nephi would rapidly understand the importance of the number 12 in this verse. Although the vision of them is short, and they are removed from the vision, Nephi would understand through this that there is some type of continuity in the message of the Savior and the twelve tribes of Israel. The association of the twelve with the tribes would have let Nephi know that they were important, even if their importance was not clearly defined in the vision.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon