“I Planted in a Good Spot of Ground”

Brant Gardner

The most telling identifying clue for this branch is the split between the good and the bad fruit. Of course, the Book of Mormon allows us to make that connection between the Lamanites and Nephites as the two divisions of this branch, a division which (in the best of times) produced a “tame” and a “wild” fruit. Reading this example as the Lehites also allows us to confirm the “good soil” part of the allegory. As 1 Nephi 2:20 promises: “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.”

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