“Believest Thou That There Is a Great Spirit?”

Brant Gardner

Ammon rephrases his specific question by using Lamoni’s term, even though there is some question about whether Ammon, in turn, fully understood what Lamoni meant by it. Ammon is creating a common base of understanding. This technique is like that Paul used in Acts 17 when he used the altar to the unknown god as the springboard to his discussion of the Christian godhead.

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