Book of Mormon
Lesson 44
“I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present”


Lesson Highlights

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:  Mormon 7–9
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 44 Handout (PDF)


Introductory Background

Consider the dramatic history from the Book of Mormon, the events we have discussed in recent weeks.


Mormon 7

"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).

"Know ye that ye are of the house of Israel" (v2).

"Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved" (v3).

"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).

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)

READ MORMON 7:8-10.


Mormon 8

"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).

WHAT WERE MORONI'S CIRCUMSTANCES AT THIS TIME?

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?

Moroni writes prophecy about the time that the Book of Mormon shall come forth.

"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).


Mormon 9

Moroni begins this chapter with an invitation to the unbelieving to change their ways and come unto Christ.

Moroni testifies that "God is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (v9).

"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" (v20).

Moroni's counsel to latter day readers.

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.


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