Talk:3 Ne 1:27-5:7
Hi Hsprunt, Regarding your question on the Lamanites and their skin color I don't see any evidence that we shouldn't interpret the statement that their skin became white literally--though I find that idea appealing. Can you (or others) point to any scriptures that suggest maybe we shouldn't? --Matthew Faulconer 21:26, 30 Oct 2005 (UTC) PS I revised the question slightly but I think it gets at the same thing you were getting at.
BenRasmussen thoughts on verse 15: - I have also pondered a lot about how the Lamanite's skin became white, as it says in this verse. I wonder if it was an immediate change or a gradual change. I've also considered the thought that maybe these particular people's skin didn't acutally change, but rather they gave birth to children that had white instead of dark skin. I've also wondered why it happened at this time and not at other times. Has something similar ever happened in modern times? One can only speculate as far as I know.
Hi John, I iked your question because it seemed to hint at an interesting insight. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the connection. Can you give us a hint as to what you are thinking?--Matthew Faulconer 07:27, 25 Jul 2005 (CEST)
Imagine yourself being in the group of Nephites and Lamanites awaiting the armies of Giddianhi to come and attack. When the armies appear, their appearance being that of robbers - lamb-skin about their loins, dyed in blood, their heads were shorn and they had head plates, how would you react? The Nephites did the most important thing that they could have. They began to cry unto the Lord for deliverance from their enemies. This however, gives the impression to Giddianhi's armies that the Nephites are terrified and will be an easy victory. But as verse 10 describes, the armies of Giddianhi "were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection... yea in the strength of the Lord they did receive them." How amazing is this. The Nephites relied solely on the Lord for their deliverance and conquered the robbers while on the other hand, the robbers relied on their strength and intimidation in order to try and defeat the Nephites. It simply goes to show us the importance of always crying to the Lord in our hour of need. At no time in our lives should we feel that the enemy - no matter how powerful or intimidating - has power over us. Simply call upon the Lord with faith and do your part and the Lord will deliver you. This is a promise in the Book of Mormon. --User:Chickenpig 23 Oct 2005
It is interesting to see here how the Nephites have humbled themselves so much when they were very wicked just a few years in the past. The national crisis must have helped the people remember the Lord again. --User:Jmsears 11 Dec 2005