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TitleThe Nephite War Camp
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMizukawa, Leah
Submission to the 2020 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest.
The Book of Mormon recounts years of war, and between huge battles are quiet moments that often go unnoticed, such as living in a war camp. In Alma 48:21–25, the Nephites were "compelled reluctantly" to go to war out of duty to their families and their God, despite their aversion to bloodshed. The dark evening is meant to evoke the weariness and melancholy mood of a reluctant army. However, the darkness also serves to highlight the campfires–beacons of hope and warmth. The fires are symbols of the steady faith and righteous purpose of the Nephites, who only go to war to defend their religion and people. The young Nephite in the painting sits facing the darkness with the fire before him and the massive camp protecting his back. In spite of the weight of the surrounding darkness, he has found a quiet moment of peace and rest.

Scripture Reference

Alma 48:21-25