Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

“My People Are Willing”: The Mention of Aminadab in the Narrative Context of Helaman 5-6

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
3/18/2016
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
28 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
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aminadab, apologetics, Book of Mormon, lds, mormon, Mormonism

Aminadab, a Nephite by birth who later dissented to the Lamanites, played a crucial role in the mass conversion of three hundred Lamanites (and eventually many others). At the end of the pericope in which these events are recorded, Mormon states: “And thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his Spirit upon the Lamanites, because of their easiness and willingness to believe in his words” (Helaman 6:36), whereas he “began to withdraw” his Spirit from the Nephites “because of the wickedness and the hardness of their hearts” (Helaman 6:35). The name Aminadab is a Semitic/Hebrew name meaning “my kinsman is willing” or “my people are willing.” As a dissenter, Aminadab was a man of two peoples. Mormon and (probably) his source were aware of the meaning of Aminadab’s name and the irony of that meaning in the context of the latter’s role in the Lamanite conversions and the spiritual history of the Nephites and Lamanites.

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