“And They Sorrowed in Their Hearts”

Brant Gardner

The desire of the three was equally righteous, but they dared not speak it and also “sorrowed.” Although Mormon does not explain the reason for these negative feelings, I hypothesize that they may have felt that, in contrast to their fellow apostles, their request might be seen as less worthy. They must have felt self-doubt, increased by that too-human tendency to compare ourselves to others and assume that we are falling short.

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