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|Title||KnoWhy #168 - Why Was Moroni’s Correspondence with Pahoran Significant? (Alma 59:3)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Captain Moroni; Chief Judge; Correspondence; Government; King-Men; Nephihah (Polity); Nephite; Pahoran; Warfare|
Believing that Pahoran was abandoning his duty to both God and the Nephite cause, Moroni angrily wrote to him, demanding help with the war effort. He threatened, “Except ye do bestir yourselves in the defence of your country and your little ones, the sword of justice doth hang over you.” After clarifying that an attempted coup had forced the government into exile, Pahoran calmly urged for continued resistance against both domestic and foreign threats to Nephite freedom. The correspondence between Moroni and Pahoran provides important glimpses into the personalities of these men. Similarly, Moroni’s example cautions readers to be careful not to allow anger, doubt, or uncertainties to create a negative influence.
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