Sunday, October 22, 2017

President Russell M. Nelson's Book of Mormon List - The Book of Mormon reveals information previously unknown I

The Book of Mormon reveals information previously unknown:

-- Baptisms were performed before Jesus Christ was born.

“And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.
“And if they will not repent and believe in his name, and be baptized in his name, and endure to the end, they must be damned; for the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has spoken it” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 9:23-24).

“And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 31:11).

“Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 31:17).

“And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
“Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
“Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you” (emphasis mine) (Mosiah 18:8-10).

“And now it came to pass that Alma took Helam, he being one of the first, and went and stood forth in the water, and cried, saying: O Lord, pour out thy Spirit upon thy servant, that he may do this work with holiness of heart.
“And when he had said these words, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he said: Helam, I baptize thee, having authority from the Almighty God, as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him until you are dead as to the mortal body; and may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you; and may he grant unto you eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared from the foundation of the world.
“And after Alma had said these words, both Alma and Helam were buried in the water; and they arose and came forth out of the water rejoicing, being filled with the Spirit.
“And again, Alma took another, and went forth a second time into the water, and baptized him according to the first, only he did not bury himself again in the water.
“And after this manner he did baptize every one that went forth to the place of Mormon; and they were in number about two hundred and four souls; yea, and they were baptized in the waters of Mormon, and were filled with the grace of God” (emphasis mine) (Mosiah 18:12-16).

“Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness” (emphasis mine) (Alma 7:14).

-- Temples were built and used by people in ancient America.

“And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 5:16).

“Wherefore I, Jacob, gave unto them these words as I taught them in the temple, having first obtained mine errand from the Lord” (emphasis mine) (Jacob 1:17).

“Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the responsibility which I am under to God, to magnify mine office with soberness, and that I might rid my garments of your sins, I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God…
“Wherefore, I must tell you the truth according to the plainness of the word of God. For behold, as I inquired of the Lord, thus came the word unto me, saying: Jacob, get thou up into the temple on the morrow, and declare the word which I shall give thee unto this people” (emphasis mine) (Jacob 2:2, 11).

“And now, it came to pass that Mosiah went and did as his father had commanded him, and proclaimed unto all the people who were in the land of Zarahemla that thereby they might gather themselves together, to go up to the temple to hear the words which his father should speak unto them” (emphasis mine) (Mosiah 1:18).

“I am Amulek; I am the son of Giddonah, who was the son of Ishmael, who was a descendant of Aminadi; and it was that same Aminadi who interpreted the writing which was upon the wall of the temple, which was written by the finger of God” (emphasis mine) (Alma 10:2).

“And Alma and Amulek went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples, and in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues, which were built after the manner of the Jews” (emphasis mine) (Alma 16:13).

“Yea, he sent a decree among them, that they should not lay their hands on them to bind them, or to cast them into prison; neither should they spit upon them, nor smite them, nor cast them out of their synagogues, nor scourge them; neither should they cast stones at them, but that they should have free access to their houses, and also their temples, and their sanctuaries” (emphasis mine) (Alma 23:2).

“But behold, a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, yea, the account of the Lamanites and of the Nephites, and their wars, and contentions, and dissensions, and their preaching, and their prophecies, and their shipping and their building of ships, and their building of temples, and of synagogues and their sanctuaries, and their righteousness, and their wickedness, and their murders, and their robbings, and their plundering, and all manner of abominations and whoredoms, cannot be contained in this work” (emphasis mine) (Helaman 3:14).

“And now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place” (3 Nephi 11:1).

-- Joseph, 11th son of Israel, foresaw the prophetic role of Joseph Smith.

“Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.
“For Joseph truly testified, saying: A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins.
“Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins. And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers.
“And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him. And I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work.
“And he shall be great like unto Moses, whom I have said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my people, O house of Israel.
“And Moses will I raise up, to deliver thy people out of the land of Egypt.
“Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall write; and the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write; and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord.
“And out of weakness he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all my people, unto the restoring thee, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.
“And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;
And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father. And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 3:5-9, 12-15).

-- Nephi (600-592 B.C.) foresaw the discovery and colonizing of America.

“And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.
“And it came to pass that I beheld the Spirit of God, that it wrought upon other Gentiles; and they went forth out of captivity, upon the many waters.
“And it came to pass that I beheld many multitudes of the Gentiles upon the land of promise; and I beheld the wrath of God, that it was upon the seed of my brethren; and they were scattered before the Gentiles and were smitten.
“And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain.
“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them.
“And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together upon the waters, and upon the land also, to battle against them.
“And I beheld that the power of God was with them, and also that the wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together against them to battle.
“And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 13:12-19).

-- Plain and precious parts of the Bible have been lost.

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land; and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them.
“And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book?
“And I said unto him: I know not.
“And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew. And I, Nephi, beheld it; and he said unto me: The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon the plates of brass, save there are not so many; nevertheless, they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles.
“And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
“Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.
“And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 13:20-27).


Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Look at the Introduction to the Book of Mormon II

Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation.

“Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men” (1 Nephi 6:1).

“And now, as I have spoken concerning these plates, behold they are not the plates upon which I make a full account of the history of my people; for the plates upon which I make a full account of my people I have given the name of Nephi; wherefore, they are called the plates of Nephi, after mine own name; and these plates also are called the plates of Nephi.
“Nevertheless, I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates, for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my people.
“Upon the other plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the kings, and the wars and contentions of my people; wherefore these plates are for the more part of the ministry; and the other plates are for the more part of the reign of the kings and the wars and contentions of my people” (1 Nephi 9:2-4).

Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed.

The Book of Mormon record was hidden no less than three times.

“And about the time that Ammaron hid up the records unto the Lord, he came unto me, (I being about ten years of age, and I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people) and Ammaron said unto me: I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe;
“Therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old I would that ye should remember the things that ye have observed concerning this people; and when ye are of that age go to the land Antum, unto a hill which shall be called Shim; and there have I deposited unto the Lord all the sacred engravings concerning this people” (Mormon 1:2-3).

“And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni” (Mormon 6:6).

“And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people. But behold, they are gone, and I fulfil the commandment of my father. And whether they will slay me, I know not.
“Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth; and whither I go it mattereth not” (Mormon 8:3-4).

“And I [Moroni] am the same who hideth up this record unto the Lord; the plates thereof are of no worth, because of the commandment of the Lord. For he truly saith that no one shall have them to get gain; but the record thereof is of great worth; and whoso shall bring it to light, him will the Lord bless” (Mormon 8:14).

To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof.

Speaking to King Limhi about the 24 gold plates his people found, Ammon told him…

“I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God. And the things are called interpreters,[1] and no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish. And whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer” (Mosiah 8:13).
“And now, as I said unto you, that after king Mosiah had done these things, he took the plates of brass, and all the things which he had kept, and conferred them upon Alma, who was the son of Alma; yea, all the records, and also the interpreters, and conferred them upon him, and commanded him that he should keep and preserve them, and also keep a record of the people, handing them down from one generation to another, even as they had been handed down from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem” (Mosiah 28:20).

“And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness, and their secret works, or the secret works of those people who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings, and all their wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters” (Alma 37:21).

“Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord” (Ether 4:5).

“Also, that there were two stones in silver bows-and these stones, fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim-deposited with the plates; and the possession and use of these stones were what constituted “seers” in ancient or former times; and that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book” (Joseph Smith-History 1:35).


[1]Urim and Thummim – Instruments prepared by God to assist man in obtaining revelation and in translating languages. In the Hebrew language the words mean “lights and perfections.” The Urim and Thummim consist of two stones set in silver bows and sometimes used with a breastplate (Guide to the Scriptures).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Russell M. Nelson's Book of Mormon List II

The Book of Mormon refutes notions that…

— Revelation ended with the Bible.

“And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 27:11).

“For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 28:30).

“Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance” (emphasis mine) (Alma 26:22).

“And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing, nor speaking with tongues, and the interpretation of tongues;
“Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them” (emphasis mine) (Mormon 9:7-8).

— Infants need to be baptized.

“Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me.
“And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children” (emphasis mine). (Moroni 8:8-9).

“And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.
“But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism” (emphasis mine) (Moroni 8:11-12).

“Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell” (emphasis mine) (Moroni 8:14).

— Happiness can be found in wickedness.

“And notwithstanding he hath done all this, and greater also, there is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 20:22) (see also Isaiah 48:22).

“Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. And thus I spake unto my brethren. Amen” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 15:36).

Wo unto the mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink;
Who justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 15:22-23) see also Isaiah 15:22-23).

“And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd, come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things; and behold, their names shall be blotted out, that the names of the wicked shall not be numbered among the names of the righteous, that the word of God may be fulfilled, which saith: The names of the wicked shall not be mingled with the names of my people” (emphasis mine) (Alma 5:57).

“Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness” (emphasis mine) (Alma 41:10).

— Individual goodness is adequate for exaltation. Ordinances & covenants are needed.

“And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 9:23).

“And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!
“And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?
“Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments.
“Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove.
“And again, it showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 31:5-9).

“And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son”
“And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 31:11-13).

“And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
“Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
“Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you” (emphasis mine) (Mosiah 18:8-10).

(Editorial note – This is the definition of what it means to be a Christian.)

“Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end” (emphasis mine) (Alma 13:8).

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts” (emphasis mine) (3 Nephi 24:7).

“Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say: What have we spoken against thee?
“Ye have said: It is vain to serve God, and what doth it profit that we have kept his ordinances and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of Hosts” (emphasis mine) (3 Nephi 24:13-14).

— The Fall of Adam tainted mankind with “original sin.”

“Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people, because of the transgression of a parent. Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its parents” (emphasis mine) (Alma 30:15).

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A look at the Introduction to the Book of Mormon I

The Book of Mormon begins with the preface.

THE
                                                      BOOK OF MORMON

AN ACCOUNT WRITTEN BY
THE HAND OF MORMON
UPON PLATES
TAKEN FROM THE PLATES OF NEPHI

Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites-Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile-Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation-Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed-To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof-Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile-The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.

An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven-Which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever-And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations-And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment–seat of Christ.

Who wrote the preface?

Moroni wrote the preface to the Book of Mormon.

“After adding the book of Ether to the gold plates, Moroni writes a preface to the Book of Mormon… The preface also refers to the record being sealed and ‘hid up unto the Lord to come forth in due time.’ This strongly suggests that after completion of the preface, the gold plates with the interpreters are secured in their final place of hiding (Emphasis in original) …

“Joseph Smith informs us that the preface was ‘from the very last leaf’ of the plates. This final placement brings immediately to mind the possibility that the title page was inscribed after the Book of Moroni and that the order of the leaves in the plates could relate to their writing sequence.”[1]

In writing the preface, Moroni intended to give us specific information about what would be the Book of Mormon. Let’s examine what we learn about the record.

Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites.

The record we are is an abridgement of records kept over a millennium. The two main civilizations we study are the Nephites and Lamanites. Later, we will read a short account of the Jaredites.

Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentiles.

The Book of Mormon was written specifically for the Lamanites.

The records divide the descendants of Lehi into different tribes. The tribes were called Nephites after Nephi, the son of Lehi; Jacobites, after Jacob, son of Lehi and brother of Nephi; Josephites after Joseph, son of Lehi and brother of Nephi; Zoramites after Zoram, a servant to a Jewish leader, who was given the opportunity to join with Nephi (see 1 Nephi 4:20-37); Lamanites after Laman, the eldest son of Lehi and brother of Nephi; Lemuelites after Laman, the second son of Lehi; and Ishmaelites after Ishmael, head of a family who was convinced by Lehi’s sons to take his family and join with Lehi’s party (see 1 Nephi 7:1-5).

Jacob would begin the tradition of dividing the people into two groups – the Lamanites and the Nephites.

“Now the people which were not Lamanites were Nephites; nevertheless, they were called Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites.
“But I, Jacob, shall not hereafter distinguish them by these names, but I shall call them Lamanites that seek to destroy the people of Nephi, and those who are friendly to Nephi I shall call Nephites, or the people of Nephi, according to the reigns of the kings” (Jacob 1:13-14).

Lehi’s descendants were a part of the house of Israel.

“Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an olive-tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth” (1 Nephi 10:12).

“And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive-tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer” (1 Nephi 10:14).

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land; and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them.
“The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon the plates of brass, save there are not so many; nevertheless, they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles” (1 Nephi 13:20, 23).

“And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the house of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish” (1 Nephi 14:5).

The Book of Mormon was also written for the Gentiles and the Jews. The plates were kept with the intention of it being given to a later generation. As we read the Book of Mormon, we see common problems, issues, and concerns faced by both societies. We are to use it as a guide for dealing with a society that is turning away from God and His gospel.

“And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good” (2 Nephi 33:10).

“Now these things are written unto the remnant of the house of Jacob; and they are written after this manner, because it is known of God that wickedness will not bring them forth unto them; and they are to be hid up unto the Lord that they may come forth in his own due time” (Mormon 5:12).

“And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God-that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done” (Ether 2:11).



[1] Two Points of Book of Mormon Geography: A Review, John E. Clark, FARMS Review of Books 8/2 (1996): 9, 17.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

President Russell M. Nelson's Book of Mormon List

The Book of Mormon is:

— “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” Its major writers — Nephi, Jacob, Mormon, Moroni — and its translator, Joseph Smith, were all eye-witnesses of the Lord.

“And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (emphasis mine) (Title Page of the Book of Mormon).

Nephi

“And being thus overcome with the Spirit, [Lehi] was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.
“And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 1:8-9).

“For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved” (Emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 6:4).

“And I [Nephi] looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
“And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 11:20-21).

“And I [Nephi] saw the heavens open, and the Lamb of God descending out of heaven; and he came down and showed himself unto them [the Nephites]” (emphasis mine) (1 Nephi 12:6).

“And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 11:2)

Jacob

“And he also has shown unto me [Jacob] that the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto them in the flesh; and after he should manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who spake it unto me” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 6:9).

“Wherefore, as I [Jacob] said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 10:13).

“And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 11:3).

“[T]he Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (emphasis mine) (2 Nephi 25:19).

King Lamoni

“For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer” (emphasis mine) (Alma 19:13)

Mormon

“And I, being fifteen years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind, therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus” (emphasis mine) (Mormon 1:15).

The brother of Jared

“And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood…
“And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?
“And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.
“And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you” (emphasis mine) (Ether 3:6, 11-13).

Emer

“And after he had anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead he lived four years, and he saw peace in the land; yea, and he even saw the Son of Righteousness, and did rejoice and glory in his day; and he died in peace” (emphasis mine) (Ether 9:22).

Moroni

“And then shall ye know that I [Moroni] have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things” (emphasis mine) (Ether 12:39).

Joseph Smith

“I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (emphasis in original) (Joseph Smith-History 1:17);

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon

“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father” (emphasis mine) (D&C 76:22-23).


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Moroni 10:30-34

Moroni call upon Jerusalem to awake and rise from the dust.

“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
“Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down [IE arise from the dust and sit down in dignity, being redeemed at last], O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion” (Isaiah 52:1-2).

Put on the beautiful garment, daughter of Zion. Strengthen their stakes and increase the border. “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes” (Isaiah 54:2).

“For Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments” (D&C 82:14).

“And behold, and lo, this shall be their cry, and the voice of the Lord unto all people: Go ye forth unto the land of Zion, that the borders of my people may be enlarged, and that her stakes may be strengthened, and that Zion may go forth unto the regions round about” (D&C 133:9).

No longer be confounded. “Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away” (Ether 13:8).

The covenants made by the Eternal Father will be fulfilled.

“The five commands in Isaiah 54:2, ‘enlarge,’ ‘stretch forth,’ ‘spare not,’ ‘lengthen,’ and ‘strengthen,’ teach church members what they should be doing to build Zion in these last days (see also Moroni 10:31; D&C 133:9). One way that Zion will enlarge its tent and strengthen its stakes is to practice the law of consecration (D&C 82:12–15).”[1]

Moroni tells us to come to Christ. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

“Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as in the provocation in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness” (Jacob 1:7).

“And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved” (Omni 1:26).

Be perfected in Him. “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [GR pedagogue, director, supervisor of children] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).[2]

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
“Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:14-15).

Avoid all ungodliness and love God with your might, mind and strength. “Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments [HEB ordinances], and his commandments, always” (Deuteronomy 11:1).

“And gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should worship” (D&C 20:19).

“Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him.
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it” (D&C 59:5-6).

Remember, His grace is sufficient for us. Through His grace, become perfect in Christ. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed [GR brought to an end, freed], that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6).

If, through His grace you are perfect in Him, we cannot deny God’s power.

“Quietly in this story that ends with utter destruction, there is an inner building of a spiritual home based on the presence from faith, the presence from memory, and the presence from hope. Moroni is a type. This holy wanderer on the border of life and death, on the boundary of meaning and meaninglessness, passes a note to us regarding the collapse of our own house on the top of our own final Cumorah. We think we are reading of the fall of Moroni’s world when we are only reading of what can happen in our own world if we disregard his salvific call to ‘come unto Christ’ (Moroni 10:32).”[3]

If, by the grace of God, we are perfect in Christ, denying not his power, we are purified in Him through God’s grace, and Christ’s atonement. This is the covenant of the Father for the forgiveness of our sin. We will become “holy, without spot” (Moroni 10:33).


“And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air [Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17).[4]], to meet you before the pleasing bar [Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen (Jacob 6:13)] of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen” (Moroni 10:34).

“Following the letters and sermon of his father, Moroni gives his final farewell. In this we also find a very personal message. We have seen how both Nephi’s farewell and Moroni’s second farewell ending contain prophetic warnings about the final judgment. Moroni’s third and final ending in Moroni 10:34 is notable and unusual for its positive, irrepressible hopefulness … On this personal note the Book of Mormon ends. Previous farewell endings have led us to expect a warning as part of the rehearsal for the meeting before the bar of God. But here Moroni anticipates only joy at the end. We will return later to the reason for the surprising pleasantness in this third and final ending.”[5]

And here ends the Book of Mormon.


[1] The Restoration and the Gathering, Donald W. Parry, Maxwell Institute website.
[2] “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster until Christ that we might be justified by faith” (JST Galatians 3:24).
[3] Moroni: The Final Voice, Mark D. Thomas, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12/1 (2003): 99.
[4] Then they who are alive and remain shall be caught up together into the clouds with them who remain, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (JST 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
[5] Moroni: The Final Voice, Mark D. Thomas, Maxwell Institute website.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Moroni 10:28-30

Moroni makes it clear his words fulfill prophecies. They will proceed from God and “hiss forth from generation to generation” (Moroni 10:28). He very well could have emphasized the promise the Lord made Nephi. “And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed; and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed; and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel” (2 Nephi 29:2).

“Whereas the Lord will ‘hiss’ to gather his people, the Book of Mormon describes that the records, the word of God, would ‘hiss forth.’ Unique to the Book of Mormon, this construction refers specifically to the coming forth of the scriptures …  The image of crying from the dust is also unique to the Book of Mormon, and its initial use, like the image of hissing forth, comes from the Lord.”[1]

If you desire the truth, God will show you his words are true. “And [Joseph Smith] has translated the book, even that part which I have commanded him, and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true” (D&C 17:6).

Moroni exhorts us once again to come to Christ. “For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved” (1 Nephi 6:4).

“O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him” (Mormon 9:27).

“And if it so be that they repent and come unto the Father in the name of Jesus, they shall be received into the kingdom of God” (Ether 5:5).

We are to seek every good gift. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery [GR elders]” (1 Timothy 4:14).

He warns not to touch an evil gift or unclean thing. “And when they shall say unto you: Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and mutter—should not a people seek unto their God for the living to hear from the dead” (2 Nephi 18:19).

 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government [GR constituted authority]. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities” (2 Peter 2:9-10).

“Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever” (1 Nephi 10:21)

“The Saints are commanded to be perfect … We are never justified in lowering the lofty standard held out to the followers of the Christ. Nor are our actions or attitudes approved of God if we suggest that the Savior did not mean what he said when he called us to the transcendent level of perfection. Our task is not to water down the ideal, nor to dilute the directive. Rather, we must view our challenge with perspective, must see things as they really are and as they really can be.”[2]


[1] The Word of God, Leslie A. Taylor, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12/1 (2003): 62.
[2] Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Volume 4, Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet, and Brent L. Top, as quoted in Review of Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet, and Brent L. Top, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4, Third Nephi through Moroni, Darrell L. Matthews, Maxwell Institute.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Moroni 10:24-27

Moroni warns us that, if the powers and gifts of God are lost, it will be because of our unbelief. “Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain” (Moroni 7:37).

“And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief [GR little faith]: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:18-20).

“According to Moroni, without faith, accompanied as always by the ‘power and gifts of God,’ there can be no good works. There may be beneficial works, as there have always been in all ages of the world, but there may be no ‘good works’ in the gospel sense (i.e., beneficial works performed by good men).”[1]

If this day comes, there will be none who do good among us. “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalms 14:3).

“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12).

If there is one who does good, he will do his good works through the gift and powers of God.

Those which do things which cause these works to die, these will die in their sins.

“And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that they must be judged of their works, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation.
“Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also, as to the things which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore, they must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God must be filthy also” (1 Nephi 15:32-33).

“Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
“Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:21-24).

Those who die in their sins will not be saved in the kingdom of God. Moroni makes is clear he is speaking according to the words of Christ.

We are to remember Moroni’s words. The day will come when we will know his words are true. “And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people” (Isaiah 51:16).

“And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
“And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness” (2 Nephi 33:10-11).

“Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding” (D&C 1:24).

He will remind us he had declared his words to us, like on crying from the dead.

“And now, my beloved brethren, all those who are of the house of Israel, and all ye ends of the earth, I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust: Farewell until that great day shall come.
“And you that will not partake of the goodness of God, and respect the words of the Jews, and also my words, and the words which shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the Lamb of God, behold, I bid you an everlasting farewell, for these words shall condemn you at the last day.
“For what I seal on earth, shall be brought against you at the judgment bar; for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey” (2 Nephi 33:13-15).

“Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words” (Mormon 9:30).

He will be like on who is speaking from the dust.

“And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust” (Isaiah 29:4).

“What is our relation to Christ’s gifts manifested in the past? From the beginning, Mormon teaches, God did ‘manifest things unto the children of men, which were good’ (Moroni 7:24). Do gifts from the past continue to manifest themselves to us—and, if so, how? Are we to lay hold upon these also—and, if so, how? Moroni, among other prophets, taught the importance of laying hold on the words from the past, voices of the dead (see Moroni 10:27). How might we need to more deeply search knowledge from the past in order to open and enter the Lord’s rest? How might family history work play into this? How might remembering Christ’s sacrifice and God’s mercies to past generations be understood as laying hold of gifts of Christ? A ‘multitude’ of Christ’s ‘tender mercies’ already manifest in the past await us, seeking to bear witness of him to strengthen our faith, as it did for Nephi (1 Nephi 8:8).”[2]


[2] Mormon’s Question, Candice Wendt, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, 24 (2015): 249-250

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Moroni 10:20-23

Moroni reminds us, we must have faith. Hope follows faith; charity follows hope.

“And now I, Moroni, write a few of the words of my father Mormon, which he spake concerning faith, hope, and charity; for after this manner did he speak unto the people, as he taught them in the synagogue which they had built for the place of worship…
“Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.
“And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.
“If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity” (Moroni 7:1, 42-44).

Without charity, we cannot be saved in the kingdom of God. “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity [GR love] edifieth [GR builds up, strengthens, establishes, repairs]” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

“[T]he Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish” (2 Nephi 26:30).

“[I]f ye do not remember to be charitable, ye are as dross, which the refiners do cast out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of men” (Alma 34:29).

We must also have faith and hope to be saved.

“If we collapse what Moroni has been saying into a brief statement, we can say, ‘If I have faith, then I have charity.’ But by modus tollens[1] that means that if I do not have charity, then I do not have faith. If I believe the first claim, ‘if faith, then charity,’ then logically I must also believe that if I do not have charity, then I do not have faith. A sure guide to the strength of our faith is our godly love for others. That is why Moroni can say, ‘Except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God’ (Moroni 10:21) (emphasis in original).”[2]

Without hope, we despair. Our despair comes because of our iniquity. In the Psalms, David writes about his despair. “Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble” (Psalms 10:1).

“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me” (Psalms 13:1).

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words [IE my cry of distress] of my roaring” (Psalms 22:1).

He also writes of Christ.

“Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
“Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
“They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Psalms 61:19-21).

“Perhaps having in mind the situation in which the Lamanites find themselves as he is writing, Moroni adds, ‘If ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair’ (Moroni 10:22). In despair there is no meaningful future; there is no way forward. There is no real hope. But the additional claim that despair comes because of iniquity is not a claim that psychological despair is caused by sin. It is a claim about the human condition, not an accusation against people who are depressed. To live in the world without the hope of the gospel, which is to be in iniquity, is to be in despair. Regardless of how psychologically happy people without the hope of the gospel may be, they live in despair because they live without the hope that life is ultimately meaningful.”[3]

Christ has told our fathers, “[i]f ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me” (Moroni 7:33).


[1] (Latin for “the way that denies by denying”) is a valid argument form and a rule of inference. It is an application of the general truth that if a statement is true, then so is its contra-positive. Wikepedia, Modus Tollens entry.
[2] Sealings and Mercies: Moroni’s Final Exhortations in Moroni 10, James E. Faulconer, Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 22/1 (2013): 17.