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Moroni states that he has written what has been commanded, to the best of his memory, and that he has told us which records are sealed up as sacred unto it is the wisdom of God to reveal those things (verse 1).
He then speaks directly to the prophet Joseph Smith, who will later receive the sacred records from Moroni himself. He tells him that he may show the plates “unto those who shall assist to bring forth this great work” (verse 2).
He tells us also that the sacred records will be shown unto three, and that they will know that these things are all true (verse 3).
(See the “Testimony of Three Witnesses” at the beginning of the Book of Mormon)
Moroni says that these records will be established by these three witnesses (verse 4):
in the which shall be shown forth the power of God and also his word, of which the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost bear record – and all this shall stand as a testimony against the world at the last day.
Moroni declares the whole purpose of these scripture records, saying that if the people will repent and come to the Father through the Savior, “they shall be received into the kingdom of God” (verse 5).
It’s that simple.
We study, to learn who our Father says we can become and to recognize who we have been – and realize the discrepancy between the two.
We claim the atonement, the Son, to bridge that gap, and it is through Him that we are able to be received, to enter His presence, to return to be with our Father-in-Heaven.
That’s what the whole entire collection of records teach us, what the whole Book of Mormon is about.
This is the Temple pattern, the teachings of the Book of Mormon, the words of the Savior.
It’s that simple.
And now, if I have no authority for these things, judge ye; for ye shall know that I have authority when ye shall see me, and we shall stand before God at the last day. Amen (verse 6).