“Without Any Respect of Persons”

Brant Gardner

Mormon told this story to show the Lord’s triumph over the order of the Nehors. In the concluding section, he continues this theme more subtly, noting that Alma and Amulek preach “without any respect of persons.” This egalitarianism contradicts the Nehorite doctrine of social superiority and inferiority. Mormon thus emphasizes the gospel’s victory over Nehorite philosophy and reminds the reader of an essential value of the victorious Nephite religion.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4