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TitleMormon and Moroni: Father and Son
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsHatch, Gary Layne
EditorNyman, Monte S., and Charles D. Tate, Jr.
Book TitleThe Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
PublisherReligious Studies Center, Brigham Young University
CityProvo, UT
KeywordsAuthorship; Mormon; Moroni; Narrative; Structure; Warfare

A man of God to the end, Mormon the general knows that salvation cannot come by the sword but only through repentance and faith in Christ: “Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved. . . . Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war, and delight no more in the shedding of blood, and take them not again, save it be that God shall command you. Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ”. Mormon ends his mortal ministry with his stirring testimony of Jesus and leaves his life’s work, his abridgment of the large plates of Nephi, the Book of Mormon, in the hands of his son, Moroni.