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A Musical Tour of Moroni

Moroni 6:5

After his people had all been annihilated, the prophet Moroni remembered and wrote how “the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.”  He probably missed that fellowship, but he could still commune with God through fasting and prayer.

The Stormin’ Mormon plays “In Fasting We Approach Thee” on her clarinet. (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 139; text by Paul L. Anderson, b. 1946; music by Clay Christiansen, b. 1949)

Moroni 6:5,6

The Book of Mormon records Moroni’s reminiscences of attending church with other saints, including partaking together of the bread and wine, symbols of the sacrifice of Jesus.

Rachelle Woolston, soprano, and P J Woolston on the bassoon present “’Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 177; text by George A. Manwaring, 1854-1889; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

Moroni 7:16,17

During his lone year, Moroni wrote some of the words of his father Mormon.  Mormon taught that the Spirit of Christ is given to everyone to help them judge between good and evil in this life.

The Hacienda Heights 1st and 5th Wards presents “Choose the Right” in Chinese, with Pinyin words to sing along.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 239; text by Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942; music by Henry A. Tuckett, 1852-1918)

Moroni 7:45-48

Moroni’s father Mormon taught the supremecy of charity, or love, which is kind and endures all things.

Drew Boushka sings “O Love That Glorifies the Son.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 295; text and music by Lorin Farrar Wheelwright, 1909-1987)

Moroni 7:45-48

Like Paul, Mormon urged his listeners to cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all.

Cantique Karaokes presents an instrumental version of “A Key Was Turned in Latter Days” with lyrics.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 310; text by Jan Underwood Pinborough, b. 1954; music:  Charlene A. Newell, b. 1938)

Moroni 7:48

Mormon taught that “charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever.”  We can look to Jesus to discover how to love.  

Mady Malouf sings “He Sent His Son.” (Children’s Songs, 34 text and music by Sally DeFord)

Moroni 9:22

Mormon wrote endearingly to his son Moroni, entrusting him to Christ, as they both faced the upcoming military battle that would destroy their people.

Altar of Praise Chorale sings a bright “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 102; text by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788; music by Joseph P. Holbrook, 1822-1888)

Moroni 10

The Book of Mormon is unique among all the world writings in that it has a promise that if the reader will ask God, he or shee may know that the book is true.  The Book of Mormon was translated from ancient gold plates by the prophet Joseph Smith.  It has a message God wants all the world to know.  He has provided the testimony of Joseph Smith as to the truth of the record, as well as the testimonies of many who worked with Joseph Smith during those times.  But God knows that we need more to be sure of its truth, so He himself will reveal it to anyone who desires to know, by the power of the Holy Ghost.  Thousands, perhaps millions, of people have tested that promise and asked God, and have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that it is true.   There is no expiration date on the promise.  You may begin today on the quest to know.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment rephrase the promise in “Ye May Know If I Write What Is True,” Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 31

Moroni 10:2

Moroni was the last writer of the Book of Mormon, or the gold plates.  He was commissioned by God to finish the record and to hide it in such a way that it would be preserved and protected.  He also had the opportunity, as a resurrected angel, to bring it back - to reveal to Joseph Smith where the gold plates lay hidden in the Hill Cumorah, so that the message of the Book of Mormon might come forth at the time that God chose.

A male quartet sings “An Angel from on High.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 13; text by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by John Elliott Tullidge, 1806-1873)

Moroni 10:4,5

The Promise of the Book of Mormon is that if a person reads with a desire to know, and asks God, with a sincere heart and with real intent, having faith in Christ, God will manifest the truth of it unto him by the power of the Holy Ghost.

3-year-old Clay sings and signs “Search, Ponder, and Pray.” (Children’s Songbook, 109; words by Jaclyn Thomas Milne, b 1949; music by Carol Baker Black, b. 1951)

Moroni 10:5

The promise of the Book of Mormon is wonderful and powerful, because the power of the Holy Ghost is ineffable and unique.  It is like emotion, but from a different Source than one’s own feelings.  People who have not experienced this power from God cannot appreciate or comprehend it, and often tend to mock it.  But when one humbly seeks and God gives, it changes one’s life forever.

A Primary choir from stakes in Kaysville and Fruit Heights, at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sings “The Light Divine.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 305;  text by Matilda Watts Cahoon, 1881-1973; music by Laura Mildred Tanner Pettit, 1895-1977)

Moroni 10:5

The Book of Mormon promise teaches that God uses the power of the Holy Ghost to teach His children the truth of all things.

Doofus accompanies himself on the guitar singing “I Know My Father Lives.” (Children’s Songbook, 5; words and music by Reid Neibaur Nibley, 1923-2008)

Cara Marie Harris sings “Listen, Listen.” (Children’s Songbook, 107; words and music by Merrill Bradshaw, 1929-2000)

Moroni 10:5-7

Moroni encouraged his readers to “deny not the power of God,” and listen in faith to the Holy Ghost.

Latter-Day Saint missionary Elder Chubak sings “Let the Holy Spirit Guide.” accompanying himself on the guitar.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 143; text by Penelope Moody Allen, b. 1939; music by Martin Shaw, 1875-1958)

Moroni 10:31

Moroni, who had survived the extinction of his nation, nevertheless rejoiced because he knew that God would raise up another righteous nation upon the Land of Promise, and that Zion would be built by people who read and believed his words.

A Young Women Choir from stakes in Highland, Utah, sings “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise” in the Tabernacle.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 41 text by Edward Partridge, 1793-1840; music anon Wurtemberg, Germany, ca 1784)

Moroni 10:32,33

At the very end of the Book of Mormon, Moroni, in a delicately poetic passage, explains the perfect union of grace and works, and how humility is the magnet that draws people to God:

“Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.”

The power of God is manifest in the Book of Mormon, and people who ask humbly may know of its truthfulness.

LDS Hymns and Music presents an instrumental version of “With Humble Heart.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 171; text by Zara Sabin, 1892-1980; music by Thomas L. Durham, b. 1950)

Moroni 10:34

As he concludes the Book of Mormon record, Moroni writes with absolute confidence of his coming death:  “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, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead.  Amen.”

Alex Boyé sings with the same confidence, joined by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the orchestra, “Goin’ Home.”  (The music is the second movement of Antonin Dvořák's 9th symphony "The New World,” 1893.   Antonin Dvořák, 1841-1904; text by Williams Aims Fisher, 1861-1948)

Moroni 10:34

After a long and lonely life, Moroni prepared to bury the gold plates for the last time.  As he bids farewell to his readers, he peacefully anticipates his death, promising to meet them at the “pleasing bar of God.”

Libera sings “Going Home,” music by Antonin Dvorak (“Largo,” from Symphony #9), and lyrics by one of Dvorak’s students, Willliam Arms Fisher (1861-1948).  Fisher wrote, “The Largo, with its haunting English horn solo, is the outpouring of Dvorak's own home-longing, with something of the loneliness of far-off prairie horizons, the faint memory of the red-man's bygone days, and a sense of the tragedy of the black-man as it sings in his ‘spirituals.’ Deeper still it is a moving expression of that nostalgia of the soul all human beings feel.”

The sensitive Book of Mormon reader may find that the song evokes the tragedy of the destruction of Moroni’s people through a deeper dive into the history of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Promised Land.  Like Moroni’s writings, it plunges through human suffering to arise triumphant in the end.

Altar of Praise Chorale • Marilyn Arnold • Drew Boushka • Alex Boyé

Cantique Karaokes • Elder Chubak • 3-year-old Clay  • Sally Deford

Doofus • Hacienda Heights 1st and 5th Wards • Cara Marie Harris

LDS Hymns and Music • Libera • Maurine Ozment

Primary Choir from stakes in Kaysville and Fruit Heights

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon • The Stormin' Mormon

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Rachelle & P.J. Woolston

Young Women Choir from stakes in Highland, Utah