Seth Adam Smith, a private videographer who creates LDS-themed material and makes it available on YouTube, has written about the political and social connotations of being Nephite or Lamanite in a recent blog post. He makes some compelling connections to modern day with Christians and Muslims using the words of modern prophets, as depicted in the following video:
Since it’s not necessary for an entire culture to feel the possibility of being one despite huge cultural differences, as demonstrated by the sons of Mosiah in Alma’s day (their people were certainly not hopeful of unity, but were willing to embrace each other when they were shown true examples of Lamanites who would accept them), it stands to reason that only a select few with a powerful hope in unity are required to begin to affect real changes in the cultural assumptions that stand in the way of that unity.
Assuming that the analogy Smith draws is apt, how close do you feel at least some Mormons are to building this type of bridge between modern Nephites and Lamanites? Do you think it’s time to be a bridge builder or is this unity generations in the future? Will that call for unity come from above, or from the hearts of a committed few?