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This is the last book in The Book of Mormon.
It is written by Moroni, who has watched his people die in battle because they would not listen to the prophets or do the commandments of the Lord or make peace with each other or care for each other. The people would not turn to the Lord, and now are being destroyed. Even his own father has been killed, and so it has been passed to Moroni to complete the history of his people, and to get these sacred records to a safe place, protected from battle, so that the Lord can bring them forth to descendants later when the people are again ready to receive His teachings.
He has just abridged the account of the people of Jared, in the book of Ether, and thought that was all he would be able to do. But since he has not yet been caught by the Lamanites, and is still alive, he wants to include final teachings as he is able while he is still alive (verse 1). The chapters in this book are very short, as he wrote only when he was safe and able to do so, while literally running for his life.
For behold, their wars are exceedingly fierce among themselves; and because of their hatred, they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ (verse 2).
The wars are fierce among themselves.
It is contention that destroyed the ancient people.
The Lord always sends prophets before giving a people over to the destruction they have chosen.
This is full consent, that someone understands the consequences before they make a choice. It cannot be real consent if someone does not understand the consequences, for good or bad, of the choice they make.
The Lord knows this, and sends His prophets to warn the people of the consequences of what they are choosing. He wants the people to understand what it will do to them, in hopes they will make a better choice.
If they do, He is immediately there to help and teach and guide and heal and restore.
If they do not, then they are left to their own consequences of the destruction they have chosen.
Now, in Moroni’s time, the people have ignored and killed the prophets, and have chosen their own consequences.
And they are angry at those who try to warn them.
They are angry because they have already chosen.
Because they have already chosen, they no longer want to hear of the consequences coming to them.
So those who know, those who profess Christ, must be killed, as if their silence will also silence the destruction already on its way.
But those who know Christ will not deny him.
And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can, for the safety of my own life (verse 3).
And while he wanders through the wilderness, hiding from those trying to kill him, refusing to become a part of the destruction about to befall the people, he continues his sacred work – which is to testify.
But because the people will no longer listen to the words of any prophet, his testimony is now written to those who will listen later.
He has gathered the sacred records of his people, abridged other records of other peoples, and compiled them all together. He now gives his own final words in these short chapters:
I write a few more things, contrary to that which I had supposed; for I had supposed not to have written any more; but I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of the Lord (verse 4).
Moroni is writing to the descendants of his enemies.
Moroni is being a peacemaker with those trying to kill him.
Moroni is reminding all the people of the promises made to all of God’s children.
Moroni is testifying to us now, in our day, to all people, that we are one people.
We need each other.
When we destroy others, we destroy ourselves.
This is the atonement of the Savior: to be at-one with each other is to be at-one with Him, and to make peace with each other is to make peace with Him.
This is the atonement of the Savior, of which we promised to testify.