By making "swords" (2 Nephi 5:14), Nephi apparently expected action from the "Lamanites." If this word "Lamanites" strictly refers to Nephi's brothers and their immediate posterity, then Nephi's trip of "many days" had not separated the groups by any great distance. [See the commentary on 2 Nephi 5:34]

Alan C. Miner -

Alan C. Miner

Step by Step Through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary