“There Came Forth Poisonous Serpents Upon the Face of the Land”

Brant Gardner

These three characteristics fit the Mesoamerican setting for Ether: poisonous serpents, serious drought, and a connection between the swarming serpents and the drought. In short, what otherwise appears to be a fanciful tale contains surprising touches of authenticity.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 6