“Contention in the Land”

Brant Gardner

These times show increasing internal tension among the Nephites. Mormon always uses “contention” to mean internal political instability, and that is what is fomenting now. It will increase until it rends the very fabric of Nephite society before the Messiah’s arrival.

Chronology: The forty-eighth year of the reign of the judges would be 47 B.C.

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