“Even All the Night-Time Were They Gathering Their Flocks Together”

The people of Alma prepared to flee from their bondage in the land of Helam by spending "even all the night-time . . . gathering their flocks together" (Mosiah 24:18). Either the land of Helam was small enough that in one night all the flocks could be gathered in, or the "flocks" referred to here were only those pertinent to a safe flight by the people of Alma. It is hard to imagine the people of Alma traversing a great amount of territory because of (1) the darkness, (2) the wilderness terrain, and (3) the apparent full day's flight which lay ahead of them at daybreak. [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes]

Alan C. Miner -

Alan C. Miner

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