48. “Come Unto Christ”

Moroni Overview

A Comprehensive Commentary of the Book of Moroni, Paul Nolan Hyde
The author gives a thorough commentary on the message of the book of Moroni. For example, here’s an excerpt of the comment about Moroni 10:4: “The goal of every seeker for truth is to test those sacred things that are asserted that they might know in their hearts and minds for themselves as God Himself knows them. This is primarily a spiritual experience, but coupled with temporal activity.”

Lesson 48: Moroni 7-8, 10, James Faulconer, Times and Seasons
Asking good questions about the context and message of Mormon and Moroni’s messages leads to helpful discussion. Here are questions with that intent. For example, What do covenants have to do with Mormon’s sermon (Moroni 7:31)? Why are the references to covenants in the middle of a discussion of our ministry, itself in the middle of an argument that miracles still occur?

Moroni 7

“‘All Are Alike unto God’: Equality and Charity in the Book of Mormon,” Lloyd D. Newell, Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts
Moroni 7 and 8, Mormon’s teachings, stress that charity and equality are two expressions of the same principle.

“‘The Pure Love of Christ’: The Divine Precept of Charity in Moroni 7,” Matthew O. Richardson, Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts
Mormon did not define charity simply as the “love of Christ” but as the “pure love of Christ.” Consider two lessons taught by this specific wording. First, love and Christ are inseparable. In other words, charity is the pure “love of Christ,” the genuine form of His love. It is the real thing, not counterfeit or even diluted.

Moroni 8

Why Did Moroni Write So Many Farewells? (Mormon 8:1), Book of Mormon Central staff
Moroni’s three separate farewells provide readers with three different opportunities to understand the purposes of the Book of Mormon through the eyes of Moroni, its last author and record keeper.

On the Dating of Moroni 8-9, Joseph M. Spencer, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
This essay argues from textual evidence that the reader should understand the two letters to have been written at rather different times: Moroni 8 in the years 345–50, and Moroni 9 in the years 375–80. It then draws interpretive and theological conclusions about the import of these dates: principally that Moroni’s inclusion of the letters forces readers to recognize that Mormon’s history is inventive and theologically motivated.

“Alive in Christ: the Salvation of Little Children,” Robert L. Millet, Fourth Nephi, From Zion to Destruction
The false doctrine of original sin is based upon the notion that Adam and Eve’s disobedience was an act of overt rebellion against the Almighty, an attempt to usurp the knowledge available only to the gods. How much more ennobling and soul-satisfying is the true doctrine of the Fall, the assurance that Adam—also known as Michael, the prince and archangel—”fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). How much more gratifying it is to know that through the atonement of Christ, “men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

Moroni 10

“Moroni 9–10: Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been,” Bruce K. Satterfield, Fourth Nephi, From Zion to Destruction
The invitation to come unto Christ offered by Moroni in the final chapter is a fitting conclusion to this encouraging book. It is a curious thing, therefore, that Moroni included in his writings an appalling letter from his father. Even more striking is the fact that Moroni placed the letter immediately before his own invitation for everyone to come unto Christ.

Chart 15-177: “Moroni’s Invitation,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart shows the chiasmus that appears in Moroni 10:32.

“Sealings and Mercies: Moroni’s Final Exhortation in Moroni 10,” presentation by James E. Faulconer.
This is a video of a lecture by James Faulconer in 2013 on the message of Moroni 10.