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Moroni continues the story of Jared’s brother seeing the Lord.
The Lord told Jared’s brother to leave this sacred Temple space, that when he left the Lord’s presence he should go down the mountain and write the things which he had seen (verse 1). The Lord forbids him from sharing these things with others until it is time. He says this will be after the resurrection, which is why King Mosiah did not share all of the records with the people when he got these records later (verse 1).
Then when the Savior appeared to the Nephites, he commanded that the people study these records (verse 2).
But by the time Moroni has watched the destruction of all his people, there is no one who accepts the gospel, much less believes enough for faith to become knowledge. So the Lord tells him to again seal the records and hide them (verse 3).
Moroni says that he did write the things that Jared’s brother saw, “and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared” (verse 4). The Lord commanded Moroni to write about this, and then to seal the records, and to seal the interpretation of the records (verse 5). Moroni writes that the Lord said the Gentiles cannot have these sacred records “until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord” (verse 6).
And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are (verse 7).
There are penalties, the Lord says, for contending against these things or denying these things, “for unto them will I show no greater things” (verse 8). All things are by His command, and He governs even the heavens and the earth, “and at my command the inhabitants thereof shall pass away, even so as by fire” (verse 9).
The Lord says that those who do not believe His words will not believe His disciples, either (verse 10).
He says that when He comes again in the last day, we will all know Him (verse 10), even those who have denied Him all along, and even those who have rejected His prophets.
But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good (verse 11).
When we believe (have faith), His spirit will help us know (gain testimony).
When we know (have testimony), we will act (do something about) and testify.
That’s how it works.
Those who do not testify, and those who do not do what He asks, are those who do not know because they do not believe.
But those who know, at whatever level they understand so far, at whatever truth they understand so far, that is of God. Whatever motivates us to do good is of Him, “for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to do all good… I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world” (verse 12).
The Savior urges us to come to Him, to know beyond simple faith, because He wants to show us “the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief” (verse 13). This has been the plan, He says, since the beginning of the world, and it is only waiting on our unbelief (verse 14).
Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall great and marvelous things which have been laid up from the foundation of the world from you – yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers… and then shall my revelations… be made manifest in very deed (verses 15-16).
When this begins to happen, he says, then “ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced” (verse 17).
Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved… and signs shall follow them that believe in my name (verse 18).
There will be evidence to our conversion. There will be fruits, from evidence of our changed beings (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – Galatians 5:22-23) to evidence of our testimony (bringing souls unto God – D&C 18:10). Anything else is “unprofitable servants”, bad stewards, a lack of true conversion.
And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen. (verse 19)