Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, December 22

“Book of Mormon: What to Do with the Robbers?” by grego

Book of Mormon: What to Do with the Robbers?

(c) 2009

The Book of Mormon says:
3 Nephi 7:3 And they granted unto those robbers who had entered into a covenant to keep the peace of the land, who were desirous to remain Lamanites, lands, according to their numbers, that they might have, with their labors, wherewith to subsist upon; and thus they did establish peace in all the land.

The robbers had given up in their war and were captives; some repented of all their sins, but others, like these, didn’t want to. Still, they were granted (was that “given” or “loaned”?) land so that they could live by their labors; essentially, they were granted a place to live and work to do, but no further government handouts.

No slaves; no prison. Result? Peace.

There is nothing later in the record that denotes any type of returning to their robbing or unrighteousness at all; in fact, the next Gadianton robbers are a very different set of people (judges, lawyers, ex-high priests).

Joseph Smith, while running for President of the United States of America, :
“opposed incarceration for all crimes but murder. Instead, miscreants ought to work on the roads or ‘any place where the culprit can be taught more wisdom and more virtue.’ Smith reminded those hardhearts who doubted that criminals might be reformed that ‘Love conquers all.'” Also, “Petition your state legislatures to pardon every convict in their several penitentiaries,” Smith urged, “blessing them as they go, and saying to them in the name of the Lord, go thy way and sin no more!”

If much of the growth of the robbers occurred during the reign of the Gadianton robbers in the judgment seat (Helaman 7-11) and perhaps the government had contributed to their problem, and only the less-convinced and less-opposed and less-wicked robbers surrendered while the harcore ones died fighting or received capital punishment for their unrepentant ways, and thus left out capital punishment even for the robbers?

I imagine it was a little more complicated than that; could some form of this idea work?

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