“For It Is Thou That Hast Sought to Destroy Him”

Brant Gardner

Redaction: Most likely Ammon is the source of this dialogue—clearly recorded after the fact. Although memory has a way of rearranging such events, this particular account sounds authentic. The father responds by picking up a phrase from Ammon’s plea, Lamoni’s innocence (v. 18). The over-king acknowledges his son’s innocence, blaming Ammon for corrupting him. This turn of the phrase, combined with the eloquent rephrasing of the overlord’s socially ingrained hatred toward Nephites, suggests that this exchange made such an impression on Ammon that he remembered it with reasonable accuracy.

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