“Lamoni Desired That Ammon Should Go with Him to His Father”

Brant Gardner

Culture: When Lamoni is converted, he immediately thinks of reporting to his father. This is not simply filial respect but a political obligation. Lamoni’s father is the Lamanite over-king for all the land of Nephi. However, the Lamanites in the land of Nephi are most likely at least partial descendants of Nephites who changed their political alliances and drove out Mosiah1. Although that political tipping point occurred more than a hundred years earlier, Zarahemla Nephites would remain particular enemies of the people who had remained in Nephi. With no greater preparation than Ammon’s sudden arrival in the land of Nephi with Lamoni, it would not be surprising that Ammon’s life would be in danger (v. 2). Other events were required to prepare for the preaching in the land of Nephi.

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