Rending Their Garments as a Covenant

22 August

BoM Alma 46:21; “And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people came running together with their armor girded about their loins, rending their garments in token, or as a covenant, that they would not forsake the Lord their God; or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God, or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ, the Lord should rend them even as they had rent their garments.

Leviticus 21:10; “And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes.”

Why would someone (Moroni) who is supposed to be the best representative for God do something that God expressly told the Levites not to do?

All biblical examples of people tearing their clothes was a sign of distress, and not something they would do when making a covenant!

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