My parents and I have begun reading the Book of Mormon every day (well, trying to), and we email the family insights which we pick up in our readings. I've decided to post some of my own, personal insights here, in an effort to get back to the Svithe cycle thinger. Some days reading provides a lot more inspiration than other days, so I hope you'll forgive me if some of my posts seem lame or not very well thought out. For more information on the Book of Mormon or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), please visit Mormon.org orscriptures.lds.org (both are hyper-linked, so feel free to click away)
Talking about when the people of Mosiah net up with the people of Zarahemla in Omni, it says that "their language had become corrupted; and they had brought no records with them; and they denied the being of their Creator..." This, to me, is proof against what is said in 1 Nephi, that if they had not gone back to get the plates, Lehi and his family would have dwindled in unbelief, and they would have perished, but because they did keep the commandments of God, their family was spared. I think that this is something that is very important and there are two things we can learn here. 1 is that the scriptures protect us. The other is that it is important for us to keep our own records, so that our future posterity does not "dwindle in unbelief."