There are some very interesting departures from the norm in this chapter.
- Moroni and the leader of the Lamanites negotiate the exchange of prisoners.
- Moroni brings religion into the conversation, which is odd, until you remember that Ammon isn't a Lamanite by birth, but a Nephite dissenter. As a matter of fact, in verse 24 Ammon declares that despite his ancestry, “behold now, I am a bold Lamanite.”
- Moroni has always trusted the Lamanites when they make an oath to him to stop fighting. He would stop fighting them and let them go in peace. Not this time. In this chapter Moroni basically tells Ammon to stop fighting, or be annihilated. Why? It’s explained in verse 8 where Moroni states: “as ye have once rejected these things, and have fought against the people of the Lord, even so I may expect you will do it again.”
- For the first time, we see the Nephites preparing to go on the offensive.
These are all adjustments in policy that were necessary due to it being a very dangerous time for the Nephite army.