What does costly apparel, repeatedly warned against in the Book of Mormon, represent?

Thomas R. Valletta

“Virtually all Book of Mormon incidents of unrighteous wealth or pride manifest themselves in the wearing of costly apparel. Nephi’s brother, Jacob, first denounced this practice. … When the Nephites began drifting away from Christianity two hundred years after the Lord’s appearance in the Americas, the first sign of that drift was costly apparel (4 Ne. 1:24)” (Gardner, Second Witness, 4:23).

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