Mormon 1 to 6 – “I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent”

October 26, 2020 to November 1, 2020

Mormon was called of God to declare the gospel among the people, both in his own day and to us as readers of the record he kept.

“Mormon, the Man and the Message,” Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
Mormon stands as a bridge between the modern reader and his ancient people. We see him as a witness of Christ, a record keeper, a valiant general in a hopeless situation, and a father to Moroni.

“The ‘Author’ and the ‘Finisher’ of the Book of Mormon,” John M. Butler, The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
Parallels between the lives of Joseph Smith and Mormon include: they were visited by the Lord in their youth; they were taught by special ministers; both became great leaders; both gave poignant farewell addresses.

“Ether and Mormon: Parallel Prophets of Warning and Witness,” E. Dale LeBaron, The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
Ether and Mormon both served as a final witness to their people. They each had a divine calling and spiritual preparation. Each was a writer, abridger, and record keeper. They each witnessed prophecies fulfilled.

“The Survivor and the Will to Bear Witness,” Gordon C. Thomasson, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Mormon and other Book of Mormon authors demonstrate human reactions similar to others that experience horrific traumas. Survivors of Hitler’s death camps seem to react in similar ways to Book of Mormon authors, who also witnessed human atrocities and genocide.

“Mormon and Moroni as Authors and Abridgers,” Roger R. Keller, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
While many view Mormon as a passive compiler in creating the Book of Mormon, this article shows the different ways that he and Moroni actively interact with the sources. They even author entire chapters throughout the Book of Mormon in providing commentary on the narrative.

“I Make This Small Abridgment,” John A. Tvedtnes, The Most Correct Book: Insights from a Book of Mormon Scholar
Through a comparison between the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament, Tvedtnes shows that the concept of abridging the records of former generations is a long-standing one in ancient Israel. Authors and redactors of the Old Testament abridged records similarly to how Mormon abridged the records in the Book of Mormon, and does not undermine the validity of the message.

“O Ye Fair Ones” – Revisited,” Matthew L. Bowen, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
The Nephites saw themselves as the good (“fair”) and chosen people of the Lord, but that self-perception was often at odds with reality, as Mormon noted. This careful word study examines usage of the “fair ones” across the Book of Mormon.

“Cumorah and the Limited Mesoamerican Theory,” Andrew H. Hedges, Religious Educator 10, no. 2
Here is a personal view that the hill Cumorah is not necessarily located in Mesoamerica, and that the hill does not need to be located close to where the other Book of Mormon events take place. Compare “Plausibility, Probability, and the Cumorah Question,” Matthew Roper, Religious Educator 10, no. 2. Roper argues that it is most plausible for the original hill Cumorah and the final battles to take place near the narrow neck of land described in the Book of Mormon.