Cruelty and Violence
-Book of Moroni
THE BOOK OF MORONI
Moroni writes a few more things.
Moroni writes a few more things since the Lamanites haven't killed him yet--The Lamanites are filled with hatred--They kill each other
in war and they kill any Nephite who refuses to deny Christ--Moroni decides to write a few more things for the Lamanites to read after
they find and kill him.
Cartoon Version - Chapter 53: Moroni and His Teachings
|1:1 Now I, Moroni, after having made an end of abridging the account of the people of Jared,
I had supposed not to have written more, but I have not as yet perished; and I make not myself known to
the Lamanites lest they should destroy me. ||
(1:1) I had supposed not to have written more.|
Moroni finishes up his abridged version of Ether's account of the Jaredite adventure. He wasn't going to bother with it, but he figured that
since those nasty Lamanites (Native Americans) hadn't killed him yet, he might as well write stuff down.
(1:2) They put to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ.
The Lamanites are filled with hatred. They kill each other in wars and they kill every Nephite they can find who refuses to deny Christ.
|1:2 For bbehold, their wars are
eexceedingly fierce among themselves; and because of their
hatred they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ.
|1:3 And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can for
the safety of mine own life. ||
(1:3-4) I write a few more things.|
Since Nephi won't deny Christ, he wanders around hoping the Lamanites don't catch him. In the meantime, he plans to write a few more things
so that the Lamanites will have something to read after they kill him.
|1:4 Wherefore, I write a few more things, contrary to that which I had supposed; for I had
supposed not to have written any more; but I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth
unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of the Lord.
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Moroni 1