“He Spake of Hell, and of Eternity, and of Eternal Punishment”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
These are doctrines which would normally be scoffed at by the learned and ignored by the sophisticated. Sherem now spoke of these things because they weighed upon his mind: hell and eternal punishment (see D&C 19:4-12) were, to him, no longer religious rhetoric, but reality.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2