Moroni 7: The Spirit of Christ Is Given to Everyone

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 199–200

How carefully would you listen if the prophet spoke in your ward or branch? The prophet Mormon spoke to his people in one of their places of worship, and Moroni included much of that message in Moroni 7. Look for what Mormon taught about prayer, about how to know the difference between good and evil, and about what makes miracles possible. Ponder what Mormon said about charity and why it is necessary for eternal life.
Christ in Gethsemane

The Atonement was Christ’s greatest act of charity.

Understanding the Scriptures

Moroni 7

Grudgingly (v. 8)Unwillingly, reluctantly
Enticeth (vv. 12–13)Persuades, tempts
Beseech (v. 19)Beg, plead
Manifest (v. 22)Known
Divers (v. 24)Many different
Advocateth (v. 28)Speaks in favor of
Residue (v. 32)Remainder
Expedient (v. 33)Necessary
Suffereth long (v. 45)Is patient without complaining
Seeketh not her own (v. 45)Puts God and others first

Moroni 7:6–9—Are Your Motives Pure?

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught:

“We must not only do what is right. We must act for the right reasons. The modern term is good motive. The scriptures often signify this appropriate mental attitude with the words full purpose of heart or real intent.

“The scriptures make clear that God understands our motives and will judge our actions accordingly. If we do not act for the right reasons, our acts will not be counted for righteousness” (Pure in Heart [1988], 15).

Moroni 7:45–47—What Is Charity?

Elder C. Max Caldwell, who was a member of the Seventy, said: “Charity is not just a precept or a principle, nor is it just a word to describe actions or attitudes. Rather, it is an internal condition that must be developed and experienced in order to be understood. We are possessors of charity when it is a part of our nature. People who have charity have a love for the Savior, have received of his love, and love others as he does” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 40; or Ensign, Nov. 1992, 30).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity D and two of the other activities (A–C) as you study Moroni 7.

Activity A iconComplete the Sentence

Using Moroni 7:1–11, complete the following unfinished sentences:

  1. 1.

    Mormon considered the people to be faithful Church members because …

  2. 2.

    Prayers that are not sincere are not profitable because …

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Moroni 7:16–17

President Ezra Taft Benson said: “Let us use [Mormon’s] standard to judge what we read, the music we hear, the entertainment we watch, the thoughts we think. Let us be more Christlike” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 100; or Ensign, May 1986, 78). Read Moroni 7:12–19 and list how you can tell if something is good or evil.

Activity C iconFaith, Hope, and Charity

Mark the words faith, hope, and charity each time they appear in Moroni 7:21–48; Ether 12:3–36; and Moroni 10:20–23. Write briefly what you learned about faith, hope, and charity.

Activity D Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Moroni 7:45

Outline a 3–5 minute talk on the subject of charity, and include ways we may become like the Savior in our ordinary, daily lives. Use Moroni 7:45–48, Elder Caldwell’s statement in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section, and examples of how one could demonstrate the pure love of Christ.