|“Step Into the Dark“
Interesting picture . . . I can’t tell which direction he is walking.
I’ve recently been studying Moroni’s teachings which are scattered through the last two chapters of Mormon and the Books of Ether and Moroni (chapters 1-7 & 10). Moroni knew the effects of unbelief well, having described how it destroyed both the Jaredite and Nephite civilizations. As the last Nephite, and having seen our day in a vision, Moroni’s message was intended for us. It is sobering to wonder how similar we are to the Jaredites and the Nephites of his day.
Much of Moroni’s perspective was colored by the reality that he was among a very small group of people that continued to believe in Christ. The ever-shrinking minority of believers and the growing unbelief of everyone else brought about the destruction of his entire nation. Much of the 8thand 9th chapters of Mormon are dedicated to showing that God has not ceased to be God and that he continues to be a God of miracles. Unfortunately, the ability to recognize God and his miracles first required people to set aside their unbelief. Accordingly, the contrasting states of belief and unbelief are heavily themed throughout Moroni’s writings; Mormon 9 and Ether 4 in particular can be viewed as Moroni’s message to non-believers.