Mormon 7 to 9 – “I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present”

November 2, 2020 to November 8, 2020

Mormon and Moroni had a relationship of love and respect to each other, in contrast to the brutal society in which they lived. Their relationship parallels that of Lehi and Nephi at the beginning of the Book of Mormon.

“Moroni, the Last of the Nephite Prophets,” H. Donl Peterson, Fourth Nephi, From Zion to Destruction 
This article outlines Moroni’s life and teachings. It lists 25 prophecies found in Mormon 8-10 and describes visions of Moroni in the latter days.

“Preach the Gospel to Every Creature,” Bruce A. Van Orden, Fourth Nephi, From Zion to Destruction
In the midst of his challenge to readers of the Book of Mormon to exercise faith and build trust in Jesus Christ, Moroni cited a statement the Lord made to his disciples when he visited them in the new world, telling all to go “into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“The Precise Purposes of the Book of Mormon,” Jay E. Jensen, Religious Educator 4, no. 1
This article examines Mormon’s and Moroni’s purpose statements in Mormon 3, 5, 7, and 9, as well as other major authors of the Book of Mormon.

“Two Notes on Egyptian Script,” John Gee, Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s
In Mormon 9:32, Moroni informs the reader that the Book of Mormon is written in reformed Egyptian. John Gee proposes two possibilities of Egyptian script that may represent the Book of Mormon’s “reformed Egyptian”: abnormal hieratic and carved hieratic.

“Semitic Texts Written in Egyptian Characters,” Stephen D. Ricks, Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s
In discussing the nature of “reformed Egyptian,” Stephen Ricks proposes that it could be Hebrew that instead of being translated was rather transcribed into Egyptian hieratic. Several examples show that some Israelites were familiar with both languages and could transcribe Hebrew into Egyptian characters.