(Book of Mormon title page) We assume that at the time Moroni wrote the title page to the Book of Mormon he thought his work with the plates was completed and all he needed to do further was to bury them, but the Lord had other things for him to do. If the highest estimate is correct and two-thirds of the plates were sealed, that would mean there are the equivalent of 1,062 pages sealed since there are 531 pages in the current Book of Mormon.
After expressing additional words of hope, Mormon directed his remarks to a problem that had been reported to him relative to an apostate practice being carried out in Moroni’s area of authority—that of infant baptism. In preparation for the final battles with the Lamanites, Mormon led the badly outnumbered Nephites to the land of Cumorah, where they gathered to face their more powerful foes in a setting they hoped would give them advantage over the Lamanites (see Mormon 6:4). Moroni completed the abridgment of the book of Ether on the plates of Mormon, which we often call the gold plates.
Mormon exhorts Moroni, as the newly ordained leader, to “labor diligently, that this gross error should be removed from among you” (v. He further tells Moroni that where he was “in this part of the land they are also seeking to put down all power and authority which cometh from God; and they are denying the Holy Ghost” (v. This correspondence suggests that Moroni presided over a body of believers, some of whom were perverting the ways of the Lord. We can conclude that some semblance of church organization still existed when Moroni was a young man. They were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs of the kingdom of God. There were 23 Nephite captains at Cumorah, each commanding 10,000 troops in the final battle. While abridging the Jaredite records, Moroni was so impressed with the writings of the first prophet of that gospel dispensation, referred to in the Book of Mormon as “the brother of Jared,” that he wrote, “There never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared” (Ether 4:4).
This chapter attempts to highlight his illustrative and productive life.
Moroni was probably born close to the middle of the fourth century AD.
Moroni included a letter in his writings that his father had sent to him on the occasion of his first call to the ministry. if they will serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ . The 24 plates containing Ether’s abridgment appear to have been passed down, along with Mosiah’s translation of them, from prophet to prophet until they came into Mormon’s hands.
It begins: “My beloved son, Moroni, I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you, and hath called you to his ministry, and to his holy work” (Moroni 8:2, 6). In wondering why Moroni included his abridgment of Ether’s work on the plates of Mormon, we have to assume Mormon told him that he had intended to include those things “hereafter; for behold, it is expedient that all people should know the things which are written in this account” (Mosiah ).
No one shall have the plates to get financial gain even though the plates contain a considerable amount of gold (Mormon ). Whoever brings the plates to light will be blessed of the Lord (vv. In the last fifty years theories of the geography and archeology of the Book of Mormon have proliferated.
With the increased participation in travel to Central and South America, and with the popularity of antiquities, ancient history, and geographical documents, many Latter-day Saints have turned their interests to the external evidences of the Book of Mormon.
I am the son of Mormon, my father was a descendant of Nephi” (Mormon ). There will be great pollutions upon the face of the earth, e.g., murders, robbing, lying, deceivings, whoredoms, and all manner of abominations. Moroni was also commanded to write his own words and seal them all up with the interpreters (4:4–5).
We assume at this time Moroni also wrote the following on the last leaf of the gold plates: The Book of Mormon an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi. There will be wars and rumors of wars and earthquakes in divers locations (v. It will be taught that God will uphold such at the last day (v. The Lord told Moroni that when the Gentiles in the last days exercise faith in Christ even as the brother of Jared did, then will they have the words of the brother of Jared “even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations” (v. We are not told specifically how many of the Book of Mormon plates were sealed, but Elder Orson Pratt stated that it was two-thirds of them.
The size, organization, and prominence of the Church of Jesus Christ as Moroni was maturing is not clear from the Book of Mormon. The future translator (Joseph Smith) may be privileged to “show the plates unto those who shall assist to bring forth this work” (5:1–5). Three witnesses shall be shown the plates by the power of God (vv. But sometime later he returns and abridges the book of Ether, which itself is an abridgement of the 2,000-year history of the Jaredite civilization, made on 24 plates of gold by Ether, the last Jaredite prophet.