“The People of Ammon, Who Were Lamanites by Birth”

Brant Gardner

Among those who go to the land northward are some of the people of Ammon. Mormon does not record their reasons for leaving nor anything about them except the fact of their arrival. It confirms that faithful Nephites as well as the putative dissidents went north. If apostasy had occurred among this exemplary group, Mormon would surely have mentioned it; so I hypothesize that, regardless of Mormon’s intent, he appears to be faithful to history even as he interweaves it with his intent.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5