Book of Mormon
“I Speak unto You As If Ye Were
Mormon exhorts the latter-day descendants of Lehi to repent, believe in
Christ, and be baptized.
Moroni prophesies that the Book of Mormon will come forth in a day of great
Moroni exhorts people in the last days to believe in Christ.
A study of this lesson will help us understand the warnings and counsel given by
Mormon and Moroni to people living in the latter days.
Scripture references for study:
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Lesson 44 Handout (PDF)
Consider the dramatic history from the Book of Mormon, the events we have
discussed in recent weeks.
The dramatic events between the birth and death of Christ.
The death of Christ and the cataclysmic events that followed.
The ministry of Christ.
The 200 years of peace, prosperity, and righteousness.
The decline of an ancient American civilization.
First the Lamanites break off.
Then the Nephite civilization turns to wickedness.
The final wars and destruction of the Nephite nation.
"And now, behold, I would speak somewhat unto
the remnant of this people who are spared, if it so be that God may give
unto them my words, that they may know of the things of their fathers;
yea, I speak unto you, ye remnant of the house of Israel; and these are
the words which I speak" (v1).
WHO IS MORMON ADDRESSING IN THIS CHAPTER?
"Know ye that ye are of the house of Israel"
WHAT WAS MORMON'S PURPOSE IN REMINDING THE REMNANT OF THE PEOPLE, THE LAMANITES,
THAT THEY WERE OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL?
- Why is it important for us to know that we are of the house of Israel?
- A correct sense of identity is essential to proper behavior.
- How does it affect our behavior if we know that we are inheritors of the
blessings promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?
"Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or
ye cannot be saved" (v3).
This is the message that Mormon has conveyed throughout his written history of the
Book of Mormon.
"Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of
war, and delight no more in the shedding of blood, and take them not again,
save it be that God shall command you" (v4).
WHY WOULD MORMON DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO THE LAMANITES OF THE LATTER DAYS?
It is part of repentance.
Mormon may be reflecting on the history of the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's and the
difference it made in their spiritual lives and in their eternal destiny.
Our modern world is a world with weapons of mass destruction. Having
seen the annihilation of his own civilization, he knew what the spirit
of hate and war can do to man. Consider how hardened the Nephites
Mormon continues: "Know ye that ye must
come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and
iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and
that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen
again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him
is the sting of death swallowed up." (v5)
In speaking to the latter day Lamanites, Mormon gives additional emphasis
to having a knowledge of their heritage and coming to repentance.
He adds that they must believe in Christ and the power of his sacrifice.
This is the essential message to the Lamanites, as well as to all
WHAT IS MORMON TEACHING ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK OF MORMON?
It teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It testifies of the Bible.
It teaches the Lamanites that they are a remnant of the seed of Jacob and
that they may partake of the covenant.
Consider verse 9: "For behold, this is written
for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that ye will
believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your
fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of
God among them."
Mormon is telling us that those who truly believe in Bible will also believe
in this record (the Book of Mormon).
President Brigham Young: "No man can say that
this book (laying his hands on the Bible) is true...and at the same time
say that the Book of Mormon is untrue.... There is not that person
on the face of the earth who has had the privilege of learning the Gospel
of Jesus Christ from these two books, that can say that one is true, and
the other is false. No Latter-day Saint, no man or woman, can say
the Book of Mormon is true, and at the same time say that the Bible is
untrue. If one be true, both are." (JD
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "In this connection,
it is worthy of note that anyone who believes the Bible will also believe
the Book of Mormon. The great problem in the sectarian world is that
people have the Bible but neither understand nor believe it, except in
a casual and superficial way; and they know about Christ but neither accept
nor believe in him in the full sense required to attain salvation with
him and his Father." (The Promised Messiah, p297)
"Behold I, Moroni, do finish the record of my
father, Mormon. Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I
have been commanded by my father" (v1).
Moroni takes the record of his father to add a few things as he had been
WHAT WERE MORONI'S CIRCUMSTANCES AT THIS TIME?
Moroni writes that the Nephites that had escaped to the south country were
hunted by the Lamanites until they were all killed (v2).
He says that his father, Mormon, had been killed and he was left wondering
if he would be hunted down and killed (v3).
Moroni was completely alone.
"My father hath been slain in battle, and all my
kinsfolk, and I have not friends nor whither to go; and how long the Lord will
suffer that I may live I know not" (v5).
Even after the fall of the Nephite nation, the Lamanites remained at war
with one another. "...the whole face of
this land is one continual round of murder and bloodshed" (v8).
There were no believers in the land except for the three Nephites and
they did not remain among the people (v10).
"But behold, my father and I have seen them, and
they have ministered unto us" (v11).
IF YOU, LIKE MORONI, WERE THE LONE SURVIVOR OF YOUR CIVILIZATION AND WERE BEING
HUNTED BY ENEMIES WHO WANTED TO KILL YOU, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO MAINTAIN
YOUR FAITH AND HOPE?
HOW CAN WE BETTER MAINTAIN FAITH AND HOPE AS WE FACE DIFFICULTIES TODAY?
Moroni writes prophecy about the time that the Book of Mormon shall come
In a day when it shall be said that miracles are done away with (v26).
The blood of the saints shall cry unto the Lord because of secret combinations
and the works of darkness (v27).
A day when the power of God shall be denied (v28).
Churches defiled and lifted up in their pride (v28).
A day when there shall be fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in
foreign lands (v29).
Wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes (v30).
A day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth (physical
and spiritual) (v31).
A day of murders, robbing, lying, deceivings, whoredoms, and all manner
of abominations (v31).
A day when there is a lack of responsibility for one's actions: "...there
shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not,
for the Lord will uphold such at the last day. But wo unto such for
they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity"
A day when churches will say that you can be forgiven your sins by giving
money to the church (v32).
"Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present,
and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and
I know your doing" (v35).
Moroni has seen our day. He is speaking
to and counseling us. He is blessed with the unusual perspective of
knowing the details of two civilizations and has seen a vision of the future. The words of Moroni are worth study and examination.
WHAT DID MORONI SAY CAUSES SPIRITUAL POLLUTION?
HOW CAN WE CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM SPIRITUAL POLLUTION?
Beware of pride.
Take upon us the name of Christ.
Moroni begins this chapter with an invitation to the unbelieving to change
their ways and come unto Christ.
WHY WOULD THE WICKED BE MISERABLE IF THEY WERE ALLOWED TO DWELL WITH GOD?
President Joseph Fielding Smith: "There can be
no salvation without repentance. A man cannot enter into the kingdom
of God in his sins. It would be a very inconsistent thing for a man
to come into the presence of the Father and to dwell in God's presence
in his sins....
"I think there are a great
many people upon the earth, many of them perhaps in the Church--at least
some in the Church--who have an idea they can go through this life doing
as they please, violating the commandments of the Lord and yet eventually
they are going to come into his presence. They think they are going
to repent, perhaps in the spirit world.
"They ought to read these
words of Moroni: 'Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under a consciousness
of your guilt? Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with
that holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt
that ye have ever abused his laws?'" (Doctrines of Salvation,
Moroni testifies that "God is the same yesterday,
today, and forever" (v9).
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
"And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves
a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have
ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles"
"And if there were miracles wrought then, why
has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be
God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles"
Our salvation is dependent on an unchanging God. Otherwise, the rules
could change at any time.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "A Holy Being who
was God yesterday remains as God today and will continue in the same exalted
state tomorrow. The course of the Gods is one eternal round; it does not
vary. They are now as they were then, and they shall yet be as they have
ever been. If it were not so they would not be exalted, for exaltation
consists in being the same unchangeable being from everlasting to everlasting."
(The Mortal Messiah, 1:27-28)
"And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles
among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and
depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust"
WHY DO MIRACLES CEASE?
WHAT MUST WE DO TO HAVE MIRACLES IN OUR LIVES?
"Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in
Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name
of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto
the ends of the earth" (v21).
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "It is by faith
that miracles are wrought—not faith as an abstract, unembodied, vaporous
nothingness, floating like a fog in the universe, but faith in the living
Lord, faith centered in Christ our Head. The eternal law is: 'Whoso believeth
in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the
name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even
unto the ends of the earth.' (Morm. 9:21.) Accordingly, any person who
has ever performed a miracle, in any age, has done it by faith in Christ.
For the past, at the present, and in the future, all miracles are wrought
by faith in that Lord who is Christ." (The Promised Messiah,
A great promise to those who believe.
"And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting
nothing, unto him will I confirm all my words, even unto the ends of the
Moroni's counsel to latter day readers.
Important principles within these verses:
Doubt not, but be believing (v27).
Come unto the Lord with all your heart (v27).
Strip yourselves of all uncleanness (v28).
Pray for the strength to yield to no temptation (v28).
HOW DOES HEAVENLY FATHER HELP US RESIST TEMPTATION?
Do not be baptized unworthily (v29).
Do not partake of the sacrament unworthily (v29).
Endure to the end (v29).
Learn from the record "to be more wise than we
have been" (v31).
Moroni provides information regarding the language of the plates.
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
Record your thoughts on the teachings of Mormon and Moroni as
discussed in this lesson. What counsel did they provide for us in these
latter-days that causes a desire in you to do better? How will you do?
Resources Used In This Lesson
Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith.
Journal of Discourses (JD).
The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.
The Promised Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.
Gospel Doctrine Class
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