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A Library Tour through
Mormon 8 & 9
1 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.
2 And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah,
behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the
Lamanites, until they were all destroyed.
3 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.
4 Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth; and whither I go it
5 Behold, my father hath made this record, and he hath written the intent thereof.
And behold, I would write it also if I had room upon the plates, but I have not;
and ore I have none, for I am 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.
Moroni had every reason to be depressed. In fact, the feeling of not mattering is
common among depressed people. He is not the only prophet in the Book of Mormon
to deal with sad feelings, and this section begins a description, as explained by
Marilynne Todd Linford, of how to lift oneself up and out of depression.
There’s a whole list of how-to’s we can learn from the Book of Mormon, from How to
achieve eternal life to How to annihilate your own civilization.
6 Behold, four hundred years have passed away since the coming of our Lord and Savior.
7 And behold, the Lamanites have hunted my people, the Nephites, down from city to
city and from place to place, even until they are no more; and great has been their
fall; yea, great and marvelous is the destruction of my people, the Nephites.
8 And behold, it is the hand of the Lord which hath done it. And behold also, the
Lamanites are at war one with another; and the whole face of this land is one continual
round of murder and bloodshed; and no one knoweth the end of the war.
9 And now, behold, I say no more concerning them, for there are none save it be the
Lamanites and robbers that do exist upon the face of the land.
10 And there are none that do know the true God save it be the disciples of Jesus,
who did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the people was so great that the
Lord would not suffer them to remain with the people; and whether they be upon the
face of the land no man knoweth.
11 But behold, my father and I have seen them, and they have ministered unto us.
12 And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections
which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni;
and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you.
13 Behold, I make an end of speaking concerning this people. I am the son of Mormon,
and my father was a descendant of Nephi.
14 And I 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.
15 For none can have power to bring it to light save it be given him of God; for
God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of
the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.
16 And 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.
17 And if there be faults they be the faults of a man. But behold, we know no fault;
nevertheless God knoweth all things; therefore, he that condemneth, let him be aware
lest he shall be in danger of hell fire.
18 And he that saith: Show unto me, or ye shall be smitten -- let him beware lest
he commandeth that which is forbidden of the Lord.
19 For behold, the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according
to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again,
of the Lord.
20 Behold what the scripture says -- man shall not smite, neither shall he judge;
for judgment is mine, saith the Lord, and vengeance is mine also, and I will repay.
XXIV:14 Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, in this world and in
the Hereafter, a grievous chastisement would have seized you in that ye rushed glibly
into this affair.
XXIV:15 Behold, ye received it in your tongues, and said out of your mouths things
of which ye had no knowledge; and ye thought it to be a light matter, while it was
most serious in the sight of Allah.
XXIV:16 And why did ye not, when ye heard it, say? – “It is not right of us to speak
of this; glory to Thee our Lord this is a most serious slander!”
XXIV:17 Allah doth admonish you, that ye may never repeat such conduct, if ye are
XXIV:18 And Allah makes the Signs plain to you: for Allah is full of knowledge and
XXIV:19 Those who love to see scandal circulate among the Believers, will have a
grievous chastisement in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and ye know
XXIV: 20 Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, and that Allah is
full of kindness and mercy, ye would be ruined indeed.
XXIV: 21 O ye who believe! Follow not Satan’s footsteps: if any will follow the
footsteps of Satan, he will but command what is indecent and wrong: and were it not
for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, not one of you would ever have been pure:
but Allah doth purify whom He pleases; and Allah is One Who hears and knows all things.
XXIV:22 Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means
resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want, and those who have
left their homes in Allah’s cause: let them forgive and overlook, do you not wish
that Allah should forgive you? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Throughout these verses Muhammad shows that the Lord is Oft-Returning and Most Merciful.
Muhammad even shows that it is not necessarily the place of the people to make accusations
and judgments. Men say things of which they have no knowledge and treat things lightly
that are serious in the sight of the Lord. They should instead say, “It is not right
of us to speak of this.” The Glory and the punishment belong to the Lord, and He
makes these Signs plain to us. Men should not enjoy scandal nor should they enjoin
in perpetuating it. To do so is to follow in the footsteps of Satan. And they will
Verses 20-22 are critical to understanding. . . What does this teach? It says if
it were not for grace, mercy, kindness, repentance and forgiveness all would be ruined.
Not a single person is without sin. And God will purify and forgive whomever He
pleases. Mankind should help, forgive, and overlook instead of seeking to judge
because that is what we wish God to do for us, forgive us our sins. This teaching
is higher than that given to Moses, rather than dealing out punishment to the sinners,
it teaches us to be forgiving and parallels the teachings of Jesus.
There is a story of how Muhammad exemplified this teaching of mercy and forgiveness.
Once a woman that had been caught in adultery was brought him for judgment and the
law required that she be stones. Muhammad picked up a pebble and threw it at her.
In doing this, the law/justice was satisfied as well as mercy and forgiveness. Though
his people were living the old laws, it becomes obvious that Muhammad was trying
to teach them the higher laws as revealed to Jesus Christ.
21 And he that shall breathe out wrath and strifes against the work of the Lord,
and against the covenant people of the Lord who are the house of Israel, and shall
say: We will destroy the work of the Lord, and the Lord will not remember his covenant
which he hath made unto the house of Israel -- the same is in danger to be hewn down
and cast into the fire;
22 For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall
23 Search the prophecies of Isaiah. Behold, I cannot write them. Yea, behold I say
unto you, that those saints who have gone before me, who have possessed this land,
shall cry, yea, even from the dust will they cry unto the Lord; and as the Lord liveth
he will remember the covenant which he hath made with them.
24 And he knoweth their prayers, that they were in behalf of their brethren. And
he knoweth their faith, for in his name could they remove mountains; and in his name
could they cause the earth to shake; and by the power of his word did they cause
prisons to tumble to the earth; yea, even the fiery furnace could not harm them,
neither wild beasts nor poisonous serpents, because of the power of his word.
25 And behold, their prayers were also in behalf of him that the Lord should suffer
to bring these things forth.
26 And no one need say they shall not come, for they surely shall, for the Lord hath
spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come, by the hand of the Lord, and none
can stay it; and it shall come in a day when it shall be said that miracles are done
away; and it shall come even as if one should speak from the dead.
27 And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because
of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
28 Yea, it shall come in a day when the power of God shall be denied, and churches
become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts; yea, even in a day
when leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even
to the envying of them who belong to their churches.
29 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires, and tempests,
and vapors of smoke in foreign lands;
30 And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers
31 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face
of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and
whoredoms, and all manner of abominations; when 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
32 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say:
Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
33 O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches
unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that
ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of
God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.
34 Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that
which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.
35 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.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save
a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing
of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and
all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted
because of the pride of your hearts.
37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the
adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which
will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take
upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an
endless happiness than that misery which never dies -- because of the praise of the
39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry,
and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and
notice them not?
40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows
should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also
the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground,
for vengeance upon your heads?
41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that
he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries
1 And now, I speak also concerning those who do not believe in Christ.
2 Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation -- behold, when the Lord
shall come, yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a
scroll, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day when
ye shall be brought to stand before the Lamb of God -- then will ye say that there
is no God?
3 Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God? 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?
4 Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and
just God, under a consciousness of your filthiness before him, than ye would to dwell
with the damned souls in hell.
5 For behold, when ye shall be brought to see your nakedness before God, and also
the glory of God, and the holiness of Jesus Christ, it will kindle a flame of unquenchable
fire upon you.
6 O then ye unbelieving, turn ye unto the Lord; cry mightily unto the Father in the
name of Jesus, that perhaps ye may be found spotless, pure, fair, and white, having
been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day.
7 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;
8 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.
9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him
there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?
10 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 God of miracles.
11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens
and the earth, and all things that in them are.
12 Behold he created Adam, and by Adam came the fall of man. And because of the fall
of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son; and because of Jesus Christ
came the redemption of man.
13 And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought
back into the presence of the Lord; yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed, because
the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection, which bringeth to pass a redemption
from an endless sleep, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of
God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, both small and great,
and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal band
of death, which death is a temporal death.
14 And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time
that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous
still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy
15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles,
I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the
end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and
who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?
17 Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his word the heaven and the earth
should be; and by the power of his word man was created of the dust of the earth;
and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought?
18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not many mighty miracles? And there were
many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.
22 For behold, thus said Jesus Christ, the Son of God, unto his disciples who should
tarry, yea, and also to all his disciples, in the hearing of the multitude: Go ye
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;
23 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not
shall be damned;
24 And these signs shall follow them that believe -- in my name shall they cast out
devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they
drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and
they shall recover;
25 And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing, unto him will I confirm
all my words, even unto the ends of the earth.
26 And now, behold, who can stand against the works of the Lord?
Who can deny his sayings? Who will rise up against the almighty power of the Lord?
Who will despise the works of the Lord? Who will despise the children of Christ?
Behold, all ye who are despisers of the works of the Lord, for ye shall wonder and
27 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
28 Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask
not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that
ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.
29 See that ye are not baptized unworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament
of Christ unworthily; but see that ye do all things in worthiness, and do it in the
name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God; and if ye do this, and endure to
the end, ye will in nowise be cast out.
30 Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall
have my words.
31 Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his
imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto
God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be
more wise than we have been.
32 And now, behold, we have written this record according to our knowledge, in the
characters which are called among us the reformed Egyptian, being handed down and
altered by us, according to our manner of speech.
33 And if our plates had been sufficiently large we should have written in Hebrew;
but the Hebrew hath been altered by us also; and if we could have written in Hebrew,
behold, ye would have had no imperfection in our record.
34 But the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also that none other
people knoweth our language; and because that none other people knoweth our language,
therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.
35 And these things are written that we may rid our garments of the blood of our
brethren, who have dwindled in unbelief.
36 And behold, these things which we have desired concerning our brethren, yea, even
their restoration to the knowledge of Christ, are according to the prayers of all
the saints who have dwelt in the land.
37 And may the Lord Jesus Christ grant that their prayers may be answered according
to their faith; and may God the Father remember the covenant which he hath made with
the house of Israel; and may he bless them forever, through faith on the name of
Jesus Christ. Amen.