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The Book of Mormon – Alma 20, ends as Ammon and Lamoni have just spiritually strong-armed the king into the release of their friends. 

The next chapter begins with their journey to a city named Jerusalem, which is obviously named after the land Lehi hailed from: 

“Now when Ammon and his brethren separated themselves in the borders of the land of the Lamanites, behold Aaron took his journey towards the land which was called by the Lamanites, Jerusalem, calling it after the land of their fathers’ nativity.” 

~Alma 20:1~ 

We’re then treated to yet another instance of Joseph Smith double checking his thoughts by repeating, in verse two, the information he had mentioned just one verse earlier: 

“Now the Lamanites and the Amalekites and the people of Amulon had built a great city, which was called Jerusalem.” 


The reader is expected to believe the Book of Mormon is a literal translation of a record abridged by Mormon, from perishable documents, etched on to metal plates. The reader is likewise expected to accept the idea that Mormon’s abridgment required a great deal of effort, and perhaps condensing because of the writing process and the space limitations he was working with. Finally, the reader is expected to unquestioningly believe this repetition has enough religious significance as to be included in the most sacred writings of God and Mormonism.