“Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words.”(Mormon 9:30, The Book of Mormon,p 487). These are the words of the prophet historian Moroni who lived circa 370- 421 AD as he contemplated upon those who would be reading the Book of Mormon in generations to come.
As this is a public blog I know that will be those reading this who have never heard of the Book of Mormon. I will not be giving a precee of the Book here instead I invite you to read this link here which gives a more fuller explanation. Also there will be those who have heard of the Book of Mormon and do not believe that is a religious text or scripture as I do. However I ask these people to suspend your disbelief or at least allow others the chance to read this post unhindered by derogatory comments.
My reason for writing this blog post is to give an insight to others of how the few writings we have from Moroni have impressed me over the years as I have read and reread them.
At the time of Moroni writing those words around 400 AD he was completely alone. His father and the rest of his family had been killed in a battle that engulfed two nations, the end result being the entire annihilation of one of those nations. This left Moroni alone as one of the few survivors and on the run from those who would destroy him. The Book of Mormon indicates he was on the run for at least 20 years before he hid up the plates upon which the Book of Mormon was engraved. How long he survived beyond that we don’t know.
His father Mormon had passed to him the plates he had made that contained the record of this now fallen people and there were a few “pages” left upon which Moroni was instructed to complete the record.
It didn’t take him long to record that awful event in his words he said “but behold they are gone”… He recounted the complete demise of the nation within 7 verses not wishing to dwell on the scene that was before his eyes.
It is now with the few thin metal pages he has left that he decides what is of worth to fill those last few pages.
He begins with how he feels about the writings that he is closing, declaring that the “record is of great worth” and was written for this era in which we now live. Indeed towards the end of his writings he invites all to read, ponder upon what has been read and then pray to God if it is indeed a book of scripture and the word of God. Also he indicates to expect an answer through the quiet promptings of the Holy Ghost if the question is asked with real faith and intent to know. (Moroni 10:3-5, p529).
Following his declaration regarding the writings that had proceeded him he invites the reader to believe in Christ.
“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.” (Mormon 9:21)
In the few short pages that we have from Moroni he emphasises this message of Believe in Christ and come unto Him in no less than three separate occasions.
Firstly as he picks up the responsibility to finish the record from his father as previously quoted (Mormon 9:21, (18-22).
Then again as he completes the abridgement of the record of the Jaredite people.
And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen. (Ether 12:41)
And then once he has completed his ministry and finally closes the Book of Mormon he writes a few words that seemeth him good speaking to “the ends of the earth”he says:
And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, …..Yea, 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.
Thanks to Moroni, we have a record of how the ordinances of the gospel such as baptism, sacrament, bestowal of the gift of the Holy Ghost (confirmation) and the ordination to the priesthood were performed.
Also he shared with use pivotal teachings from his father Mormon on the subject of faith, hope and charity to the faithful followers of Christ and clarified and declared the doctrine surrounding infant baptism.
The content of the writings of Moroni is instructive to me. He knew he had limited resources in both materials and time, so he chose that which he felt was of greatest importance to share.
In some ways our time is short and our resources limited, so one lesson we can learn from the life and writings of Moroni is to focus on what matters most and is our greatest worth to you.