There’s snow outside my window right now, and it’s still falling. I know we need it, but I can’t help thinking, rather bitterly, of the fact that my wife is currently in Kauai. (Of course, I take considerable comfort in the fact that it’s been raining by the bucket in Kauai pretty much since she arrived. Ha ha ha.) How can things like this happen to a good boy, like me, from southern California?
Some mysteries are simply unfathomable.
But has anybody out there noticed that snow and cold aren’t ever mentioned in the Book of Mormon, except — one each — in formulaic statements about the cold of the grave (2 Nephi 1:14) and “the whiteness of the driven snow” (1 Nephi 11:8)? And that both of these come early in the narrative, from people who lived as adults in the Old World, on the mountain ridge where Jerusalem sits, a mountain ridge that can get quite cold and that even sometimes sees snow?
Joseph Smith was born in Vermont, and was living near Palmyra (that is, not far from Buffalo and Rochester) when he received the plates of the Book of Mormon. I have it on good authority that the people of that area are familiar with snow and cold.