I wasn't planning on writing about this chapter this time, but something which kind of makes me wonder stood out to me this time.
What's the deal with the armor of the Lamanites being so slim? I mean, seriously. If I were going to war, I would definitely do everything
I could to protect myself and ensure victory. Loin cloths and spears don't do much against breastplates and swords. So, maybe it was pride... Maybe they thought they were all that and a bag of chips, and they could go plow down the wimpy Nephites with no problems at all, even if all they had were their teeth. Or, maybe the whole 'armor' concept hadn't caught on yet, and if so, Moroni was a visionary, and had help from God.
I'm not entirely sure why this stood out to me so much, but if Moroni was inspired to do something that had not been done before, it sure wasn't told as such in the story. I guess it's just a curious way the story was told.
I also found that going to Alma, the prophet, for information on how to more effectively position themselves to engage in war was curious. From the standpoint of helping defend their way of life, religion, wives, and families, it seems perfectly logical, but from the standpoint that they'd be killing other children of God puts a different twist on things. Though not terribly so - these men were intent on killing every Nephite they came in contact with, for almost no reason at all. That's not very nice. Verse 29 and 30 address this issue quite nicely.
The rest of the chapter is about the war which ensued. I love verse 45...
"Nevertheless, the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for monarchy nor power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.