(January 20, 2015)
It is always amazing to me the things that are undercurrents in the Book of Mormon – the things which color everything but are never explicitly mentioned because they would just be assumed by their author. The best example is the constant tension between the people of Zarahemla and the Nephites, but second on that list has to be the conflict between Laman on one side of the Deuteronomic Reforms and Lehi/Nephi on the other.
Reading this chapter, it is clear that Nephi’s goal is to persuade Laman and Lemuel that they have picked the wrong side. I think that, if we were to meet Laman and Lemuel in Church on Sunday, we might be hard pressed to recognize them as apostate rebels. They believed in things that were part of the culture around them, but by so doing they lost track of the central premises of the faith. It is all over this chapter, and countless other points in 1 Nephi.