Moroni 1 to 6 – “To Keep Them in the Right Way”

November 27, 2020 to December 6, 2020

Moroni foresaw our day and knew that we would need a record of how to perform priesthood ordinances. These chapters are evidence of his love for his future readers.

Chart 21: “Writings of Moroni,” Charting the Book of Mormon
A list of places in the Book of Mormon in which Moroni speaks directly, mostly in Ether and Moroni.

“The Book of Mormon as the Keystone of Church Administration,” John W. Welch, A Firm Foundation: Church Organization and Administration
This article identifies principles that were taught by the first LDS leaders and the role the Book of Mormon played in authoritatively establishing important principles for ecclesiastical administration.

“The Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ and the Book of Mormon,” Robert J. Woodford, Sperry Symposium Classics: The Doctrine and Covenants.
This paper contains connections between section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants and the book of 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
This paper examines and compares Mormon as an “author” and Joseph Smith as a “finisher” of the Book of Mormon.

“Mormon and Moroni: Father and Son,” Gary Layne Hatch, The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
This article discusses the similarities between Mormon and Moroni, who served as prophets, generals, and scriptorians.

“Moroni, the Last of the Nephite Prophets,” H. Donl Peterson, The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
This article discusses Moroni’s personal life, his roles as church leader and military commander, and his most important role as abridger of the plates.

“What Has Moroni to Do with John?” Nick Frederick, Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 14, no. 3
When Jesus speaks to Moroni, he speaks with the voice and language similar to the voice and language found in the writings of John the Beloved. Moroni 7 also easily reflects 1 Corinthians 13.

“Mormon and Moroni as Authors and Abridgers,” Roger R. Keller, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Mormon and Moroni actively interact with their sources, not just compile them.

“From Presence to Practice: Jesus, the Sacrament Prayers, the Priesthood, and Church Discipline in 3 Nephi 18 and Moroni 2–6,” John W. Welch, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 1
This paper explores several relationships between the texts in Moroni 2–6 and the words and deeds of Jesus in 3 Nephi 18.

“Quotations of the Sealed Portions of the Book of Mormon,” John Gee, Insights 24, no. 6
Moroni quotes several passages about Christ’s ministry that aren’t found elsewhere in the Book of Mormon and come after Mormon’s death. These may have come from the sealed portion of the plates that he had.

“The Survivor and the Will to Bear Witness,” Gordon C. Thomasson, Reexploring the Book of Mormon
Moroni and other Book of Mormon authors demonstrate human reactions similar to those 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.