Understanding the Scriptures
|Whither (v. 4)||Where|
|The intent thereof (v. 5)||The purpose of it|
|Kinsfolk (v. 5)||Family|
|Dispersed (v. 15)||Scattered|
|Rashly (v. 19)||Quickly, without care, recklessly|
|Vengeance (vv. 20, 40–41)||Fierce justice, punishment|
|Defiled (v. 28)||Unclean, unholy, corrupt|
|Tempests (v. 29)||Terrible storms|
|Vapors (v. 29)||Clouds|
|Divers (v. 30)||Many different|
|Gall of bitterness (v. 31)||See the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Alma 36:18 (p. 125)|
|Bonds of iniquity (v. 31)||Captive of sin|
|Perverse (v. 33)||Corrupt, willingly disobedient|
|Stiffnecked (v. 33)||Proud|
|Transfigured (v. 33)||Changed, corrupted|
|Apparel (vv. 36–37)||Clothing|
|Malice (v. 36)||Anger, hatred|
|Adorning (v. 37)||Excessive decoration|
|Canker (v. 38)||To corrupt and destroy|
|Avengeth (v. 41)||Takes revenge for|
Mormon 8:7—The Entire Destruction of the Nephites
After Jesus Christ visited them, no one was called a “Nephite” or a “Lamanite”; all of the people were united in Him. Later, the people began to separate themselves into groups again and call themselves Lamanites or Nephites, according to their beliefs and traditions, not necessarily because of whom they descended from. Consequently, when we read that the Nephites were entirely destroyed, it means that all those who considered themselves followers of the Nephite tradition were destroyed. There could have been descendants of Nephi, Sam, Jacob, and Joseph among the Lamanites who were not destroyed as a people.
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mormon 8.
Describe the Day
In Mormon 8:26–32, Moroni described the day in which the Book of Mormon would come forth to the world. List at least 10 conditions Moroni said would exist during that time.
What most impresses you about Moroni’s prophecy concerning our day?
Respond to Moroni
In Mormon 8:34–35, Moroni testified that he saw our day. Based on what you read in verses 36–41, what seemed to concern him the most?
Find and list all of the questions Moroni asked in Mormon 8:36–41. Then write an answer that you think most represents the attitudes of the world today.
Briefly write a letter as if you were writing back to Moroni. Explain to him what you are personally doing about the concerns he expressed in Mormon 8:36–41.