Lesson 44: I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present

Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 27


As you study Mormon 7–9, keep in mind that all the teachings in these chapters are directed to people living in the last days.

  • What did Moroni prophesy about the condition of the world when the Book of Mormon would come forth? (See Mormon 8:26–33.) Why was Moroni able to prophesy so clearly concerning the last days? (See Mormon 8:34–35.)

  • What did Moroni say about pride in the last days? (See Mormon 8:35–41.)

  • Moroni said that some people in the last days would believe that the Lord “is not a God of miracles” (Mormon 9:10). If someone told you that the Lord was not a God of miracles, how would you respond? What experiences could you appropriately share to bear witness that the Lord is a God of miracles?

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Read Mormon 8:34–35 as a family. Then ask each person to write a letter to future family members (such as children, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces), writing “as if [those family members] were present.” Suggest that the letters include counsel that could help future family members live the gospel despite the challenges they will face. You may also want to suggest that the letters be kept in safe places, such as in journals, so they can be read at some time in the future.