“A Testimony to God, and Also to Men”

Brant Gardner

Although burying the weapons certainly put them beyond easy reach, thus reinforcing the people’s resolve not to take them up again, Lamoni’s brother spells out only religious reasons for the act—keeping them “bright” and unstained by blood “as a testimony that we have never used them” (vv. 12–13).

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