Moroni 9: Little Hope for the Nephites

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 201


Shortly after arriving in the promised land, Lehi prophesied to his people that “after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord,” if they “reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them” (2 Nephi 1:10). He said that God would “take away from them the lands of their possessions, and he will cause them to be scattered and smitten” and that there would be “bloodsheds, and great visitations among them” (vv. 11–12). As you read Mormon’s letter to his son, Moroni, look for reasons why Lehi’s prophecy was about to be fulfilled. What lessons from Moroni 9 can help you resist the wickedness in the world today?

Understanding the Scriptures

Moroni 9

Grievous (v. 1)Difficult to describe, painful to the soul
Striving (v. 4)Working, struggling
Tabernacle of clay (v. 6)Mortal body
Abomination (vv. 9, 13, 15)Serious wickedness, evil
Civil (v. 12)Obedient, courteous
Betwixt (v. 17)Between
Depravity (v. 18)Corruption
Perversion (v. 19)Evil, corruption
Grieve (v. 25)Sorrow, mourn

Mormon 9:9—Why Is the Law of Chastity So Important?

Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “Sexual immorality creates a barrier to the influence of the Holy Spirit with all its uplifting, enlightening, and empowering capabilities. It causes powerful physical and emotional stimulation. In time, that creates an unquenchable appetite that drives the offender to ever more serious sin. It engenders selfishness and can produce aggressive acts such as brutality, abortion, sexual abuse, and violent crime. Such stimulation can lead to acts of homosexuality, and they are evil and absolutely wrong” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 50–51; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 38).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Moroni 9.

Activity A iconProvide Evidence

In Moroni 9:4, Mormon feared that the Spirit of the Lord had left the Nephites.

  1. 1.

    Review Moroni 9:1–20 and write 10 phrases that show Mormon’s observation was correct.

  2. 2.

    Read verses 21–26 and write a paragraph that you believe summarizes Mormon’s feelings.

  3. 3.

    Respond to the question Mormon asked his son in verses 13–14.

  4. 4.

    Describe what you think being “past feeling” (v. 20) means. What evidences of this condition do you see today?

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Activity B iconGive Your Opinion

Read Moroni 9:9 and explain why you believe chastity and virtue are “dear and precious above all things.”