“The Contention Began to Be Exceedingly Sharp”

Brant Gardner

In fear, confusion, and conflicting loyalties, the chamber erupts in a heated debate. Obviously Ammon had brought something out of the ordinary into the situation, but was that numinous status beneficent or maleficent? On the one hand, if he was the Great Spirit or the Great Spirit’s messenger, he was a power for good. On the other, a semi-divine “monster” could have both benevolent and malevolent aspects.

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