Laman and Lemuel’s hard hearts are again illustrated. Earlier, Nephi had associated their spiritual disbelief with their being “like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem, who sought to take away the life of my father” (1 Nephi 2:13). With Lehi gone, they refused to “hearken unto the voice of Nephi” (2 Nephi 1:28). Although they had had many great spiritual experiences, they were still “like unto the Jews.” Great spiritual experiences do not necessarily bring salvation. However, what Nephi and his father had taught them, as well as those things that were written on Nephi’s other plates (v. 14), certainly left them without excuse for their salvation.