Book of Mormon

Week 24: The Nephite ministry of Jesus Christ, part 1

3 Nephi 8–18

21 April 2016


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The great destructions and thick darkness in the Book of Mormon lands described in 3 Nephi 8 have all the indications of intense volcanic activity. Several LDS scientists have written about this, including:


On 21 May 2011, the Grímsvötn volcano on Iceland erupted, filling the air with ash so dense it completely blocked out all light in the nearby town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. This video, taken at noon the next day, shows how thick the cloud was. This event closely matches the Book of Mormon’s description of “the vapor of smoke and of darkness” (3 Nephi 8:20–22; 10:13) which enveloped the Nephite lands.