Spoiler Alert!!! If this is your 1st time reading the BOM and you don't want to know the ending yet, don't read 1st Nephi chapter 12 or this post. Nephi is about to be shown 3rd Nephi, 4th Nephi, Mormon and Moroni in his continuing vision, and, like Titanic, it doesn't end well. Leonardo does, indeed, die.
verb (used without object)
1. to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
2. to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.
verb (used with object)
3. to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink: Failing health dwindles ambition.
It's gotta be pretty depressing to see all of your posterity dead on a battlefield, but to Nephi, a spiritual giant with eternal perspective, it must have been devastating to see them dwindle and perish in unbelief. After all, that was why he killed Laban, wasn't it? The angel told him to kill Laban because it's better that he perish than a whole nation dwindles and perishes in unbelief (1st Nephi 4: 13). Maybe the angel wasn't talking about just the Nephites. Maybe he was talking about the whole House of Israel. That's us, man.
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1 Nephi 12: 16-18
16. And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw; yea, even the river of which he spake; and the depths thereof are the depths of hell.
17. And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.
|Forgiven -by Greg Olsen|
Peace be with you...