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KnoWhy #239 - Why Do So Many of Mormon’s Teachings Appear in Ether 4 and 5? (Ether 4:19)

TitleKnoWhy #239 - Why Do So Many of Mormon’s Teachings Appear in Ether 4 and 5? (Ether 4:19)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsBrother of Jared; Jaredite; Jesus Christ; Mormon (Prophet); Parallelism; Premortal Life

In Ether 4–5, as Moroni directed his attention to helping future Gentile readers come unto Christ, he repeated and made use of many of the themes and verbal expressions used by his father, Mormon. For example, Moroni wrote in Ether 4:11–12 that by the “Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.” In Moroni 7, Mormon similarly had stated, “For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ” (Moroni 7:16). Furthermore, towards the end of his writings, Moroni again rehearsed these same principles: “And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is” (Moroni 10:6). Moroni chose to emphasize several of his father’s important teachings, including the central themes of faith, hope, and charity, and the need to come unto Christ, that he knew would be especially useful for future readers of the Book of Mormon.

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Scripture Reference

Ether 4:19