“At the Head of the Lamanites”

Brant Gardner

Redaction: This point in the narrative requires Mormon to discuss events that were taking place at the same time in different locations. As we have already seen, he typically presents first one, then the other, identifying the relative time each occurred. In this case, Mormon began with the unrest in Zarahemla caused by tensions between the freemen and the king-men. He now describes the Lamanite preparations to attack, specifying that it happened “at the same time” as the internal Nephite conflict.

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