“Let Us Go to the Nethermost Part of the Vineyard”

Brant Gardner

With the dispersal of the branches, the next phase of the allegory shows the master and servant shifting locations to examine the results of their efforts. The focus moves from the location of the main root/trunk to the distant locations where the natural branches were taken. These are the “nethermost” parts of the vineyard, implying a great distance between these newly planted natural branches and the efforts to save the main tree itself. Once again, time passes. While not stated, the botanical necessity of allowing for growth underlies the need for time to pass.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2