What is a
Foremost Example of Godliness?
18 But why should I say much concerning this matter? For we know not but what ye
yourselves are seeking for authority. We know not but what ye are also traitors to your
19 Or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country and
ye are surrounded by security, that ye do not cause food to be sent unto us, and also men
to strengthen our armies?
20 Have ye forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea, have ye forgotten the
captivity of our fathers? (George Washington at Valley Forge) Have ye forgotten the many
times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies?
21 Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones
and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?
22 Yea, will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with thousands of those, yea,
and tens of thousands, who do also sit in idleness, while there are thousands round about
in the borders of the land who are falling by the sword, yea, wounded and bleeding? (Ruby
23 Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and
behold these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember that
God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer
vessel be cleansed also.
24 And now, except ye do repent of that which ye have done, and begin to be up and
doing, and send forth food and men unto us, and also unto Helaman, that he may support
those parts of our country which he has regained, and that we may also recover the
remainder of our possessions in these parts, behold it will be expedient that we contend
no more with the Lamanites until we have first cleansed our inward vessel, yea, even the
great head of our government.
25 And except ye grant mine epistle, and come out and show unto me a true spirit of
freedom, and strive to strengthen and fortify our armies, and grant unto them food for
their support, behold I will leave a part of my freemen to maintain this part of our land,
and I will leave the strength and the blessings of God upon them, that none other power
can operate against them--
26 And this because of their exceeding faith, and their patience in their
27 And I will come unto you, and if there be any among you that has a desire for
freedom, yea, if there be even a spark of freedom remaining, behold I will stir up
insurrections among you, even until those who have desires to usurp power and authority
shall become extinct.
28 Yea, behold I do not fear your power nor your authority, but it is my God whom I
fear; and it is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause
of my country, and it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss.
29 Behold it is time, yea, the time is now at hand, that except ye do bestir
yourselves in the defence of your country and your little ones, the sword of justice doth
hang over you; yea, and it shall fall upon you and visit you even to your utter
30 Behold, I wait for assistance from you; and, except ye do administer unto our
relief, behold, I come unto you, even in the land of Zarahemla, and smite you with the
sword, insomuch that ye can have no more power to impede the progress of this people in
the cause of our freedom.
31 For behold, the Lord will not suffer that ye shall live and wax strong in your
iniquities to destroy his righteous people.
32 Behold, can you suppose that the Lord will spare you and come out in judgment
against the Lamanites, when it is the tradition of their fathers that has caused their
hatred, yea, and it has been redoubled by those who have dissented from us, while your
iniquity is for the cause of your love of glory and the vain things of the world?
33 Ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God, and ye do know that ye do trample
them under your feet. Behold, the Lord saith unto me: If those whom ye have appointed your
governors do not repent of their sins and iniquities, ye shall go up to battle against
34 And now behold, I, Moroni, am constrained, according to the covenant which I have
made to keep the commandments of my God; therefore I would that ye should adhere to the
word of God, and send speedily unto me of your provisions and of your men, and also to
35 And behold, if ye will not do this I come unto you speedily; for behold, God will
not suffer that we should perish with hunger; therefore he will give unto us of your food,
even if it must be by the sword. Now see that ye fulfil the word of God.
36 Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down.
I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and
welfare of my country. And thus I close mine epistle.
17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would
be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea,
the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.
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