This is one of the most fascinating books in the Book of Mormon, in my opinion. There is at least one cause and effect to be found within the 18 verses, but is most interesting is that Mormon chose to insert his words at this place within the given record; he explains:
Mormon is about to pass all of the records in his possession over to his son Moroni and before he does so, he wants to make sure that everything is making sense and in proper order. Mormon writes us this chapter that tells us when Amaleki turned the original plates of Nephi over to king Benjamin, the plates were mixed in with other plates. Mormon wants things to be clear to all that read them, he then shares a bit of war information from the time of king Benjamin. My favorite part here is where Mormon writes “and he did fight with the strength of his own arm, with the sword of Laban.” The sword of Laban? Yep, it’s still hanging around and being used in battles almost 500 years after the time that it was taken from Jerusalem. What a sword! Back on point here: there were many wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites, but with the righteousness of their leader king Benjamin and with the help of other prophets and holy people of the area, they were able to bring the people back around from being stiffnecked and to have peace in the land.
I am leaving this wonderfully short blog post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. (I’m now heading off to do another assignment for FDREL121)