“He Had Got Great Hold Upon the Hearts of the Nephites”

Brant Gardner

Narrative: The generational linking moves from the Old World to the New World (through the Jaredites) and then to the Nephites of this time period. Satan has hold of their hearts and that is why they are receptive to the covenants of the Gadiantons, and the concepts of murder for gain. For Mormon, the Gadiantion covenant is inextricably linked to political disruption by murder and the desire for gain. As we noted earlier, in a Mesoamerican economy this linkage makes perfect sense.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon