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Moroni continues Mormon’s record, finishing the what his father asked him to write (verse 1). He tells us that after the final battle at Cumorah, all the Nephites were destroyed (verse 2) – even Mormon himself, and Moroni is the only survivor (verse 3). He knows he will soon be killed also, and so he writes quickly to finish the records and hide them before he is found (verse 4).
He reminds us that his father compiled the records, and that his father testified of the purpose for which he saved the records: that we might learn the lessons from their people, that we might not repeat history, that we might repent and turn to God and be delivered by Him (verse 5).
It has been four hundred years since the Savior was here, he says (verse 6), and the people too quickly forgot His visit and His teachings. “Great has been their fall; yea, great… is the destruction of my people, the Nephites” (verse 7). He testifies that the Lord has governed even the wars, and that the Nephites were destroyed because they would not turn to Him, and that even the Lamanites would soon destroy themselves because of fighting with each other instead of turning to God (verse 8).
He testifies that the three disciples who remained after the Savior’s visit did minister to him and his father (verse 11), though no one knows where they are at the time of his writing (verse 10).
He reminds us not to condemn the record based on imperfections, for they did their best to preserve the records and to write quickly and to record only the most important things (verse 12). He says any mistakes or faults with the record are because it was written by man, but the truths are of God who knows all things (verse 17).
He declares again that he is the son of Mormon, and a descendant of Nephi (verse 13). He writes that he is finishing the record as he is able, long as he is not caught and killed by the Lamanites, and will hide the records so that they can be found when it is safe and when the people are ready for the Savior’s gospel to be restored unto them (verse 14).
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 (verse 15).
Moroni prophesies that the records will be hidden safely, and not brought out until it is commanded by God, and that it will come to the knowledge of the people by the power of God (verse 16). He warns against those who ask to see the record without being prepared or being governed by God (verse 18). He warns against those that will “judgeth rashly”, because we will be judged in the same way we judge, so those who judge rashly will also themselves be judged rashly (verse 20). He warns against those who will try to work against the Lord, or against His covenant people, against the house of Israel, or who try to destroy the work of the Lord, that they themselves will be destroyed (verse 21).
For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled (verse 22).
He urges us to study Isaiah, and to know that the Lord will remember His covenants with His people (verse 23). He will hear our prayers, and He remembers the prayers of those who have gone before us (verse 24). He will remember the prayers for His prophets and those that work to establish His kingdom (verse 25), and no one can stop Him from accomplishing all He has promised (verse 26). Works of darkness will try to stop it (verse 27), “in a day when the power of God shall be denied” (verse 28), and in the last days when there will be storms and natural disasters (verse 29) and wars and earthquakes (verse 30). This will be a day when “there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth”, and murders, and abominations, and the people are “in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity” (verse 31). In this day false churches will trade false forgiveness for money, as if you can buy your way out of sin (verse 32). All these things must be fulfilled (verse 33).
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 (verse 34).
Moroni says, then, that he is writing to us, those of us who live in these latter days, that the Savior has taught him about us, and that he knows what it will be like in these times (verse 35).
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… for ye do love your money, and your substance… more than ye love the poor and needy, the sick and the afflicted (verses 36-37).
Moroni urges us not to sell our birthright, not to trade eternal things for immediate pleasure, not to pollute the holy church of God, not to be ashamed to be people of holiness (verse 38).
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?… That widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans mourn before the Lord… the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer (verses 39-41).