“That They Might Not Be Unbelieving”

Brant Gardner

In another explicit contrast, Mormon invokes the ghost of devastated Ammonihah by citing what the believers were fortifying themselves against. When he mentioned being “hardened against the word, being unbelieving,” and particularly going “on to destruction,” he wants the reader to remember the story of Ammonihah. In contrast, true believers “enter into the rest of the Lord,” as Alma had promised. We should see this paragraph as linked to Mormon’s story. He is spelling out for his readers the moral to be drawn from the story he has just related.

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