“Robbers Did Still Increase and Wax Strong”

Brant Gardner

The necessity of facing adversity brings a temporary respite to Nephite contentions. During the famine, they were focused on survival. When they faced a mutual, external foe, that threat overrode internal contentions. But unfortunately, the abating of these contentions did not remove their causes.

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