“For the Space of Three Days That There Was No Light Seen”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

When the storm had abated somewhat in its fury, and the earth quieted its pains; when the rain ceased its deluge, darkness, so dense that it could be felt, covered the land. There was not a ray of light to illumine its blackness. The Sacred Record says: "There was not any light seen, neither fire, nor glimmer, neither the Sun, nor the Moon, nor the stars, for so great were the mists of darkness which were upon the face of the land." (v. 22) It added despair and dismay, to the already distressed people.

For three days and three nights all was dark. To the inhabitants of this favored land, who had not fallen victims of the overwhelming catastrophe, three days seemed endless. They mourned the loss of loved ones, and friends who vanished in the night. Despair and anguish took possession of their souls. They wept and howled.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 7