THE BOOK OF MORONI
Mormon's letter to his son Moroni
Jesus speaks to Mormon directly--Jesus says that whoever thinks children should be baptized will be tortured forever in hell.
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|8:1 An epistle of my father Mormon, written to me, Moroni; and it was written unto me soon
after my calling to the ministry. And on this wise did he write unto me, saying: ||
(8:1) An epistle of my father Mormon, written to me, Moroni|
Moroni decides to include a letter from his dad.
|8:2 My beloved son, Moroni, I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been
mindful of you, and hath called you to his ministry, and to his holy work. ||
|8:3 I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father
in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep
you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end. ||
|8:4 And now, my son, I speak unto you concerning that which grieveth me exceedingly;
for it grieveth me that there should disputations rise among you. ||
|8:5 For, if I have learned the truth, there have been disputations among you concerning
the baptism of your little children. ||
(8:5) There have been disputations among you concerning the baptism of your little children. |
Mormon is concerned about the way baptisms would be performed hundreds of years later. It seems that God has told him how the Catholics will
be baptizing children, and he (and God) doesn't like it one little bit.
|8:6 And now, my son, I desire that ye should
labor diligently, that this gross error should be removed from among you; for, for this intent I
have written this epistle.
|8:7 For immediately after I had learned these things of you
I inquired of the Lord
concerning the matter. And the word of the Lord came to me by the power of the Holy Ghost, saying: ||
(8:7) I inquired of the Lord concerning the matter.|
Mormon asked the Lord about it, and Jesus answered him directly, as Jesus always does whenever a Mormon prophet inquires of the Lord.
|8:8 Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God.
bBehold, I came
into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but
they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin;
wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of
circumcision is done away in me. ||
(8:8-9) It is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.|
Jesus tells Mormon that circumcision is no longer required and children shouldn't be baptized. God is mocked every time
a child is baptized.
|8:9 And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God
unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize
little children. ||
|8:10 bBehold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach -- repentance and baptism unto
those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and
be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their
little children. ||
|8:11 And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. bBehold, baptism is
unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. ||
|8:12 But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if
not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many
little children have died without baptism! ||
|8:13 Wherefore, if little children could not be saved without baptism, these must have
gone to an endless hell. ||
|8:14 bBehold I say unto you, that
he that supposeth that little children need baptism is
in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity, for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity;
wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell.
He that supposeth that little children need baptism ... must go down to hell.
Whoever thinks children should be baptized will be going to hell.
|8:15 For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism,
and the other must perish because he hath no baptism. ||
|8:16 Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for
they shall perish except they repent. bBehold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God;
and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear. ||
|8:17 And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children
are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike
and partakers of salvation. ||
|8:18 For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is
unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity. ||
|8:19 Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the
pure mercies of God unto them, for they are all alive in him because of his mercy. ||
|8:20 And he that saith that little children need baptism denieth the mercies of
Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of his redemption. ||
He that saith that little children need baptism ... [is] in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment.
Jesus repeats his statement about children baptizers. They will be tormented forever in hell.
|8:21 Wo unto such, for they
are in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment.
I speak it boldly; God hath commanded me. Listen unto them and give heed, or they stand against
you at the judgment-seat of Christ.
|8:22 For bbehold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they
that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law;
wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and
unto such baptism availeth nothing -- ||
|8:23 But it is mockery before God, denying the mercies of Christ, and the power of his
Holy Spirit, and putting trust in dead works. ||
|8:24 bBehold, my son, this thing ought not to be; for repentance is unto them that are
under condemnation and under the curse of a broken law. ||
|8:25 And the first fruits of repentance is baptism; and baptism cometh by faith unto
the fulfilling the commandments; and the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins; ||
|8:26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of
meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with
hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when
all the saints shall dwell with God. ||
|8:27 bBehold, my son, I will write unto you again if I go not out soon against the
Lamanites. bBehold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proven their
destruction except they should repent. ||
|8:28 Pray for them, my son, that repentance may come unto them. But
bbehold, I fear
lest the Spirit hath ceased striving with them; and in this part of the land they are also seeking
to put down all power and authority which cometh from God; and they are denying the Holy Ghost. ||
|8:29 And after rejecting so great a knowledge, my son, they must perish soon, unto the
fulfilling of the prophecies which were spoken by the prophets, as well as the words of our Savior
|8:30 Farewell, my son, until I shall write unto you, or shall meet
you again. Amen.||
Behold [8:8, 10, 11, 14,
16, 22, 24, 27(2), 28]