The Time of Sin

TitleThe Time of Sin
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSpencer, Joseph
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsProphet; Samuel the Lamanite; Sin

This essay provides a close theological reading of Helaman 13, the first part of the sermon of Samuel the Lamanite. Beginning from the insight that the chapter focuses intensely on time, it develops a theological case for how sin has its own temporality. Sin opens up a disastrous future, deliberately misremembers the past, and complicates the constitution of the present as the past of the future.