In the Book of Mormon, Samuel the
Lamanite prophetically rebuked the people for their pride, greed, priestcrafts and other sins. In this context, he warned the people that they would be cursed and their treasures would become “slippery” Hundreds of years later the Prophet Mormon recorded a fulfillment of Samuel’s prophecy, Although it has been argued that the language and imagery of slippery treasure in the Book of Mormon, must be a nod to 19th century treasure digging, there are in fact compelling ancient parallels for this language and imagery. Many ancient people shared all or parts of the worldview of Samuel and Mormon, The Romans for example, believed people could place curses or magical enchantments upon the land or crops of a neighbor. One Egyptian text warns, Bibical texts also demonstrate this concept of riches becoming a curse against the wicked and the Nephites were probably
aware of these references. Therefore the ancient world view of the Nephites
accepted the presence of spirits, beings and forces of nature that influenced the
world around them by saying that their wickedness would bring god’s curse upon them, upon their land and upon their treasures. Samuel hoped that his warning
would pierce the hearts of his audience. He wanted his words to ring true so that
the people would take the to heart and repent of their wickedness
and pride coming back to their Lord, Jesus Christ. And now you know why.