Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, July 14

Book of Mormon: Up and Down Imagery with the Zoramites

Book of Mormon: Up and Down Imagery with the Zoramites

It seems the Zoramite story also, like the Korihor story, has “up” and “down” imagery; they pretend to like and worship “up” while they really liked and worshiped “down”:

Alma 31:13 For they had a place built up in the center of their synagogue, *a place for standing*, which was *high above the head*; and the *top* thereof would only admit one person.

Alma 31:14 Therefore, whosoever desired to worship must go forth and *stand upon the top* thereof, and *stretch forth his hands towards heaven*, and *cry with a loud voice*, saying:

Alma 31:16 Holy God, we believe that *thou hast separated us from our brethren*; and *we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren*, which was *handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers*; but we believe that thou hast *elected* us to be thy *holy children*; and also thou hast made it known unto us that *there shall be no Christ*.

Alma 31:17 But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever; and thou hast *elected* us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are *elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell*; for the which holiness, O God, we thank thee; and we also thank thee that thou hast *elected* us, that we may *not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren*, which doth *bind them down to a belief of Christ*, which doth *lead their hearts to wander far from thee*, our God.

Alma 31:18 And again we thank thee, O God, that we are *a chosen* and *a holy* people. Amen.

Alma 31:25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were *lifted up* unto great boasting, in their pride.

And there’s a little connection between all that, and Alma’s prayer in Alma 31:

Alma 31:24 Now when Alma saw this his heart was grieved; for he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people; yea, he saw that their hearts were set upon gold, and upon silver, and upon all manner of fine goods.

Alma 31:25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were *lifted up* unto great boasting, in their pride.

Alma 31:26 And he *lifted up* his voice to heaven, and cried, saying: O, how long, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that *thy servants shall dwell here below* in the flesh, to behold such gross wickedness among the children of men?

Alma 31:27 Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are *puffed up*, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.

Alma 31:28 Behold, O my God, their costly apparel, and their ringlets, and their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold, and all their precious things which they are ornamented with; and behold, *their hearts are set upon them*, and yet they cry unto thee and say–We thank thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto thee, while others shall perish.

They are lifted up in their praise of themselves, but their true gods are their riches–not a God high in the heavens, but gods on their bodies down below.


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Book of Mormon: Alma 30, Alma 31: God and the Ability to Speak

Book of Mormon: Alma 30, Alma 31: God and the Ability to Speak

I think I’ve found a link or two between Alma 30 and Alma 31. It has to do with God and the ability to speak.

Alma 30:45 And yet do ye go about, leading away the hearts of this people, testifying unto them there is no God? And yet will ye deny against all these witnesses? And he said: Yea, I will deny, except ye shall show me a sign.
Alma 30:47 But behold, it is better that thy soul should be lost than that thou shouldst be the means of bringing many souls down to destruction, by thy lying and by thy flattering words; therefore if thou shalt deny again, behold *God shall smite thee, that thou shalt become dumb*, that thou shalt never open thy mouth any more, that thou shalt not deceive this people any more.
Alma 30:49 Now Alma said unto him: This will I give unto thee for a sign, that thou shalt be struck dumb, according to my words; and I say, that *in the name of God, ye shall be struck dumb*, that ye shall no more have utterance.
Alma 30:50 Now when Alma had said these words, Korihor was *struck dumb*, that he could not have utterance, according to the words of Alma.
Alma 30:59 And it came to pass that as he [Korihor] went forth among the people, yea, among a people who had separated themselves from the Nephites and called themselves Zoramites, being led by a man whose name was Zoram–and as he went forth amongst them, behold, he was run upon and trodden down, even until he was dead.
Alma 30:60 And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.

Then this:

Alma 31:1 NOW it came to pass that after the end of Korihor, Alma having received tidings that the Zoramites were perverting the ways of the Lord, and that Zoram, who was their leader, was leading the hearts of the people to bow down to *dumb* idols, his heart again began to sicken because of the iniquity of the people.


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2008, June 20

Book of Mormon: One More Thing About Sam: No “Samites”

Forgot about this! The last post prompted the memory of years ago:
How come there are no Samites?

Jacob 1:13 Now the people which were not Lamanites were Nephites; nevertheless, they were called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites.

4 Nephi 1:36 And it came to pass that in this year there arose a people who were called the Nephites, and they were true believers in Christ; and among them there were those who were called by the Lamanites–Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites;

4 Nephi 1:37 Therefore the true believers in Christ, and the true worshipers of Christ, (among whom were the three disciples of Jesus who should tarry) were called Nephites, and Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites.

Mormon 1:8 And it came to pass in this year there began to be a war between the Nephites, who consisted of the Nephites and the Jacobites and the Josephites and the Zoramites; and this war was between the Nephites, and the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites.

So did Sam not have any posterity?

Well, it seems one possible answer is here:
2 Nephi 4:11 And after he had made an end of speaking unto them, he spake unto Sam, saying: Blessed art thou, and thy seed; for thou shalt inherit the land like unto thy brother Nephi. And thy seed shall be numbered with his seed; and thou shalt be even like unto thy brother, and thy seed like unto his seed; and thou shalt be blessed in all thy days.

It seems there are no Samites because Sam’s seed are grouped in with Nephi’s seed.

Notice, however, that while Lehi gives all blessings and speeches according to “birth” order (Laman, Lemuel, Zoram, Jacob, Joseph, children of Laman and Lemuel needed in addition to Laman and Lemuel’s blessings, speaking to Ishmael’s household), the last blessing is this one to Sam. Perhaps Sam had no sons, but only daughters? Or he didn’t have any children at the time? Or does this have anything to do with with the other possibilities I wrote about previously?


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Interesting Book of Mormon Word: “Anti-Nephi-Lehies”

Ok, lots of people have written about what “Anti” could mean, etc., but–and I could be mistaken–I don’t recall anyone writing about the other strange part of the words.

For example, why Nephi-Lehi? So could Anti-” mean something like “through”, “descended”, “of”, etc.?

Then, the big one for me: it’s “Lehies” instead of “Lehites”. As in “Nephites”, “Lamanites”, “Jacobites”, “Josphites”, “Zoramites”, “Amalekites”, “manner of -ites”, etc. But they call themselves not “Anti-Nephi-Lehites” (as an “-ite”), but “Anti-Nephi-Lehies”. Why? What does that mean? I don’t know. Was it written down wrong by a scribe? I don’t know. I don’t think so.

Here’s the reference:
Alma 23:17 And it came to pass that they called their names Anti-Nephi-Lehies; and they were called by this name and were no more called Lamanites.


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