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Mormon 6

Mormon 6


Mormon’s Lament - Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 30

The Book of Mormon records the struggles and triumphs of the ancient American, Christian nation of the Nephites, including the supernal visit of Jesus Christ to these people, and their subsequent golden age of peace.  However, the people finally turned against Him and His teachings.  The Book of Mormon ends with the fall of this once-great civilization.  Mormon, the prophet-historian who witnessed this disaster, mourned for his people.

O fair ones mine, ye fair ones dear, fair sons and daughters gone,

One day you’ll stand before His seat and all your follies own.

You willed destruction, vanquished peace, repented not from sin;

If God grants mercy to your souls, perchance we’ll meet again.

Mormon 6:16


Mormon Bids Farewell to a Once Great Nation

Arnold Friberg

Mormon, the last general of the Nephite nation, looked out on the battle-field of Cumorah, and saw the thousands of fallen bodies. His lament over the great Nephite nation on the American continent is a warning to the current nation which occupies the Promised Land:

 “And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:

“O ye fair ones!  How could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord!  O ye fair ones!  How could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!

Behold if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen.  But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.”

Artist’s Note:  

With the last picture in the series, MORMON BIDS FAREWELL TO A ONCE GREAT NATION there was a gap in history of several hundred years since the coming of Christ. During this time the Nephite people had fallen into wickedness so grave that the Lord decreed that they should be destroyed. And so they were, all in one overwhelming epic battle. It is hard to imagine the enormity of death that took place, hard to conceive an entire nation of men, women, and children, destroyed from off the face of the earth.  

The artist felt and strove to capture the epic, downright Wagnerian tragedy of the solemn scene at the end of the last battle. Mormon has been fatally wounded in the fight, and so they have laid him down on the hilltop, supported by his son Moroni. As he grieves for his fallen people, he holds the plates of gold, graven with his own hand, leaving a few plates for Moroni to add some final words. That one last leaf on the tree carries its own symbolism, as well as the buzzards circling over the tragic scene.  

The blood -stained flag shown leaning against the tree is that venerated Title of Liberty raised so long ago by Captain Moroni. It seems only natural that they would have saved and nurtured that old flag. Knowing it was the end, they might well have said one to another, “We weren’t worthy to live under that flag, but now, at least like men, we can die under it.”

This painting could hardly have been done without suggesting the carnage and death that took place on that terrible day. I did include a few token dead, but did it tastefully, not a lot of blood and wounded bodies. Indeed, there is, with all its tragedy, a feeling of peace, a silent final tranquility for those who rest now, in death’s slumber.

Mormon 8

Mormon 8


How Rare a Possession - the Book of Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This MOVIE depicts the saga of Vincenzo di Francesca, the Italian cleric who read a coverless copy of the Book of Mormon, prayed, and received a witness of its truth, yet who did not know the name of the book or the source for another twenty years.

“Sometimes it seems we take the Book of Mormon too much for granted because we do not fully appreciate how rare a thing it is to possess it, and how blessed we are because we do have it.

“Brothers and sisters, each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the Book of Mormon for ourselves - and not just discover it oncxe, but rediscover it again and again.” - The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon 8:3


I Even Remain Alone  

Walter Rane

Oil on board, 2003.  Commissioned.

Moroni, the last Nephite survivor after the great battle, wrote on the Book of Mormon plates:  “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.  

Mormon 8:3-53


Moroni, Son of Mormon

Real Heroes Posters, by Steve Nethercott

The lone Nephite survivor of the last great battle, Moroni wrote, “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 8:5


Words - Lester Yocum


Lester Yocum

Moroni wrote, “My father hath made this record, and he hath written the intent thereof.”

Artist’s notes:  

Mormon takes a break from a battle to record the history of his dying nation onto metal plates. A young man here, he will become a prophet and a general and will be present at his nation’s final battle.

Mormon 8:16,23,26,35


From the Dust Shall They Come - Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon

Moroni, the last prophet who contributed to the Book of Mormon, and who had the responsibility to hide it up unto the Lord, knew that his work would one day be available to the world.  He wrote,

“Blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light; for it shall be brought out of darkness unto light, according to the word of God; yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth out of darkness, and come unto the knowledge of the people; and it shall be done by the power of God.”

This song celebrates the divine assurance given to Moroni, Mormon, and other Book of Mormon prophets, a consolation in the face of the destruction of their own nation.  The first song in the book, it is a testimony of the truth and divinity and glory of the Book of Mormon.

Out of earth shall they come, by the hand of the Lord,

The words of dead saints gone before us.

They shall burst into light as they cry from the dust,

The words ever true, ever glorious.

Ether 3 Nephi

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