Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



FARMS Symposium, Book of Mormon warfare, William J. Hamblin, Stephen D. Ricks


The F.A.R.M.S. Symposium on War1are in the Book of Mormon was held on March 24 and 25 at Brigham Young University. The conference was convened by William J. Hamblin and Stephen D. Ricks, and included among its participants and speakers Matthew Hilton, Hugh W. Nibley, Daniel C. Peterson, John L. Sorenson, Terrence L. Szink, John A. Tvedtnes, Bruce A. Warren, John W. Welch. The topics ranged from 'Why is there so much warfare in the Book of Mormon?" to a detailed discussion of the armor used by the Book of Mormon peoples. For example, no armor is mentioned to protect the legs, which is consistent with the Mesoamerican practice.