Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, May 4

Book of Mormon | “ALL”, “ONE”, “NONE” Examples in the Anti-Nephi-Lehi Story

Book of Mormon: “ALL”, “ONE”, “NONE”, Examples in the Anti-Nephi-Lehi Story
by grego

I decided to add a little more that somewhat relates to the recent “Stripling Warrior” post.

There is apt mention of “one”, “all”, and “none”/ “not one” in the Book of Mormon, and especially in this story. It might be fun to pay attention as you read, or even search how many times these terms come up and where.

Since it’s hard to tell where one starts and ones stops, I’ll mention a few (no, this is not a complete list) in the sons of Mosiah Lamanite conversion story:

*Ammon cuts off all their arms, except for the one leader, who he kills.
*All the servants fall except Abish, just one, who goes and gets the people.
*Out of all the people gathered, one of the robbers tries to kill Ammon.
*The king desires to know “all these things”.
*The king gives up “all his sins”.
*One of them is mightier than all: “Why commandest thou that we should slay these men, when behold one of them is mightier than us all?”
*The king orders no obstruction to the word; they are all brethren.
*None of the people who convert are ex-Nephites, except one.
*All of the Lamanites in seven cities are converted.
*Not one soul among all the converted is willing to fight.
*They bury all their weapons.
*All of the 1,005 people who are killed are righteous; not one unrighteous among them.
*None of those that killed the 1,005 are ex-Nephites; all were descendants of Laman and Lemuel.
*The Lamanites kill all the people of Ammonihah; not one soul is spared.
*God verified his word to them in every particular.
*The missionaries suffered every privation, all manner of afflictions.
*Ammon tells the king all the words of the Lord.
*They gather all the converts and leave.
*They report all the things that happened in the land of the Lamanites.
*The converted Lamanites are “perfectly upright and honest in all things”.

What else do YOU find?


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2 Comments »

  1. Very interesting. What significance to do you see in this? What do you think might be the reason for recording these particulars? Do you notice any patterns for the particular usages?

    Comment by Michaela Stephens — 2011, March 4 @ 8:24 pm

  2. Michaela,

    First, I just found your comments in the spam pile and pulled them out to post; just wanted to let you know that’s why they hadn’t appeared.

    Reading with attention has brought more pondering of the text and a greater depth of Spirit. I think the greatest benefit has been realizing that those things are possible, and they do happen. I feel hope that there might be “one”, or that it might/ can be “all” (depending on the situation); reminders all throughout the book that God s a god of miracles; at least it’s clear that it’s possible, people and God willing.

    Comment by grego — 2011, March 9 @ 12:55 am


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