Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, July 11

Book of Mormon: Reality Check on Korihor’s Argument against the Priests

Book of Mormon: Reality Check on Korihor’s Argument against the Priests

Now, Korihor claims that the priests gained from their positions and the prophecies (I leave references out in this post), yet, in fact, it is Korihor that gains from preaching his doctrine:

Alma 30:17 And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.
Alma 30:18 And thus he did preach unto them, leading away the hearts of many, causing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness, yea, leading away many women, and also men, to commit whoredoms–telling them that when a man was dead, that was the end thereof.

Now, let’s look at a little history here.

Ammon and brothers are *heirs to the Nephite throne*. They could have easily taken the kingdom and glutted themselves off of the people’s labors, like king Noah. Yet, they all refused it, against their father’s and the people’s wishes! They go live with the Lamanites for 14 years and preach, instead of working/ doing business/ etc. Ammon has the opportunity to marry king Lamoni’s daughter and maybe a large future inheritance; he refuses (Alma 17:24, 25). Ammon gets the opportunity to gain half of the entire Lamanite kingdom, yet he refuses it (Alma 20:23). Lamoni would have given him anything, and perhaps even did share his kingdom with Ammon, yet it seems Ammon asked for almost nothing “monetary”. He and his brethren could have gotten lots of gain from their role as religious leaders and priests over the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, especially as they were leaving the kingdom, yet they didn’t.

Alma, earlier, was chief judge and governor over all the land. He could have used that position to get quite a lot of gain. (The Gadianton robbers show that later.) So could have the other priests/ teachers who were judges, such as Ammon. Did any? Did Korihor preach against the judges? Were any accused of misdoing as judges? Nope–just in their ecclesiastical offices. See, they were upright and just as judges, but twisted as snakes when it came to being priests (ok, a little sarcasm there). Then, Alma gave up being chief judge so he could concentrate on his Church calling, which also included lots of fasting (see Alma 5, Alma 8). Wait… he gives up being “president of the country” so he can concentrate on eating more sacrificial meat as a priest?

What is the likelihood?

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