Moroni Finalizes the Book of Mormon

Moroni’s Addition to the Mormon’s Record

Mormon 8:1

Having received his father Mormon’s plates, Moroni begins to add to them, per Mormon’s command.

Behold I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon. Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father.

Mormon 8:12

Moroni asks the reader not to condemn this record because of its imperfections.

And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you.

Mormon 8:13

Moroni writes about his people’s destruction, and identifies himself as a descendant of Nephi.

Behold, I make an end of speaking concerning this people. I am the son of Mormon, and my father was a descendant of Nephi.

Mormon 8:14–15

Moroni announces that he is the one who will hide this record; he explains that he who brings this record to light in the future will be blessed, but no one will use the plates to get gain.

And I am the same who hideth up this record unto the Lord; the plates thereof are of no worth, because of the commandment of the Lord. For he truly saith that no one shall have them to get gain; but the record thereof is of great worth; and whoso shall bring it to light, him will the Lord bless. For none can have power to bring it to light save it be given him of God; for God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.

Mormon 8:16

The Book of Mormon will shine forth out of darkness by the power of God.

And blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light; for it shall be brought out of darkness unto light, according to the word of God; yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth out of darkness, and come unto the knowledge of the people; and it shall be done by the power of God.

Mormon 8:17–20

Moroni acknowledges that the record has faults, but warns against those who forcefully demand to see the plates on which it is written.

And if there be faults they be the faults of a man. But behold, we know no fault; nevertheless God knoweth all things; therefore, he that condemneth, let him be aware lest he shall be in danger of hell fire. And he that saith:

“Show unto me, or ye shall be smitten,”

Let him beware lest he commandeth that which is forbidden of the Lord. For behold, the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the Lord. Behold what the scripture says—man shall not smite, neither shall he judge; for judgment is mine, saith the Lord, and vengeance is mine also, and I will repay.

Mormon 8:21–22

Moroni additionally warns against those who will try to go against the work of God.

And he that shall breathe out wrath and strifes against the work of the Lord, and against the covenant people of the Lord who are the house of Israel, and shall say:

“We will destroy the work of the Lord,
and the Lord will not remember his covenant
which he hath made unto the house of Israel—
the same is in danger to be hewn down and cast into the fire.

For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on,
until all his promises shall be fulfilled.”