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KnoWhy #158 - What Was the Nature of Nephite Fortifications? (Alma 50:6)

TitleKnoWhy #158 - What Was the Nature of Nephite Fortifications? (Alma 50:6)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAncient America; Captain Moroni; Fortifications; Lamanite; Mesoamerica; Military; Nephite; Warfare

As the frequency and complexity of war increased, there became a greater need for the Nephites to fortify themselves against Lamanite attacks. Under these circumstances, Moroni did not settle for simple or basic fortifications. While there are some mentions of fortifications previous to this time, the nature of Moroni’s forts seems to be different than those of earlier times. Comparison with the defensive features in contemporary Mesoamerica suggests that Moroni employed all the available methods of his time to protect and fortify his people. Following Moroni’s example, readers today can and should use all the available means to protect themselves against “the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary.”

Citation Key2086

Scripture Reference

Alma 50:6