Sunday, June 24, 2012
They Did Swear by the Heavens
After a major victory, the Nephites swear "by the heavens," "before the heavens," and "by the throne of God" that they will attack their enemies and win. They are swearing by the parts of the temple: the heavens (that part to reveal mysteries) are the temple veil, and the throne of God is the ark on the foundation stone. The Nephites are committing themselves to violence on the most sacred symbols of the visionary men. This oath was specifically forbidden to the Shalems... and Mormon promptly resigns.