Mormon 6: "The Destruction of My People"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 182–183

Over 60 years had passed between the writings in Mormon 1 and 6. Mormon had led the Nephite armies for over 50 years. As you have read, however, the Nephites refused to make the changes in their lives that would have allowed them to receive the Lord’s help and save them from destruction. Mormon 6 gives an account of the last battles fought by the Nephite nation—a nation begun over 900 years earlier, a nation with special promises from the Lord, and a nation with the privilege of having been visited by the resurrected Son of God. As you read of Mormon’s sorrow, consider how his words are similar to those of Jesus Christ when He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matthew 23:37).
Mormon and Moroni overlooking battle

Understanding the Scriptures

Mormon 6

Suffer (v. 6)—Allow, permit
Molder (v. 15)—Rot
Rent with anguish (v. 16)—Torn apart with emotional pain
Immortality (v. 21)—A resurrected body that will live forever

Mormon 6—A Time Line of Mormon’s Life

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Mormon 6.

Activity A iconMake a Comparison

As we read about the destruction of a people who turned from their righteousness to great wickedness, we must also realize that it is a story of a man who lived righteously for over 60 years in the midst of incredible wickedness. A closer look can help us more fully appreciate just how Christlike Mormon was, as well as give an example of how to make righteous decisions in our day.

  1. 1.

    Divide a page of your notebook into two columns. Title one side “The Nephites” and list under it everything you learn from the following references about the Nephites at the time of Mormon: Mormon 1:13–14, 16–17, 19; 2:10–15, 18, 26; 3:9–10, 13–14; 4:8, 10–12; 5:2, 15–18; 6:7.

  2. 2.

    Title the second column on the page “Mormon” and list under it everything you learn from the following references about Mormon: Mormon 1:1–2, 5, 15–17; 2:1–2, 9, 12–15, 19, 23–24, 27; 3:1–3, 11–14, 16–22; 5:1–2, 8–11, 13; 6:2–4, 6, 16–22. Try to understand what is implied about Mormon in some of the references to determine what they reveal about his character. For example, consider what he did compared with what he could have done in a situation. Or, consider his actions in light of the kind of people he lived among and led.

  3. 3.

    Write a paragraph on why Mormon can be considered one of the most Christlike men in the scriptures.