“I Will Be Thy Servant”

Brant Gardner

Ammon counters with a different proposal: He asks to be a servant. This creates a very different situation for Lamoni. Ammon will still be an outsider, held only by voluntary allegiance, unratified by any stronger social tie. Lamoni accepts because he will take advantage of this outsider status. I believe that Lamoni conceived of the plan to send Ammon to the waters of Sebus at this time to use Ammon’s outsider status in that politically charged context.

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