Chapter 49

Mormon and His Teachings

“Chapter 49: Mormon and His Teachings,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 138–42

two groups of men

Many years after Jesus Christ visited the Nephites, a small group of people left the Church and called themselves Lamanites.

group talking

Eventually almost all the people became wicked, both Nephites and Lamanites.

Ammaron hiding records

A righteous man, Ammaron, had the sacred records. The Holy Ghost told him to hide them so they would be safe.

Ammaron talking to young Mormon

Ammaron told Mormon, a 10-year-old boy, where the records were hidden. Ammaron knew he could trust Mormon.

Ammaron and Mormon

When he was 24, Mormon was to get the plates of Nephi and write on them about his people.

Nephites and Lamanites battling

When Mormon was 11, a war started between the Nephites and Lamanites. The Nephites won, and there was peace again.

people drinking

But the Nephites were so wicked that the Lord took away the three disciples, which ended the miracles and healings. The Holy Ghost no longer guided the people.


When Mormon was 15, Jesus Christ visited him. Mormon learned more about the Savior and his goodness.

Mormon watching two men

Mormon wanted to preach to the people, but Jesus told him not to because the people were too wicked. Their hearts were set against God.

Mormon as military leader

Soon another war began. Mormon was large and strong, and the Nephites chose him to lead their army.

Mormon talking to army

The Nephites fought the Lamanites for many years. Mormon tried to encourage his people to fight for their families and homes.


The Nephites had become so wicked, though, that the Lord would not help them.

Mormon talking with men

Mormon told the Nephites they would be spared only if they repented and were baptized. But the people refused.

Mormon watching army

They bragged about their strength, saying they would kill all the Lamanites. Because of the Nephites’ wickedness, Mormon refused to lead them any longer.

Mormon standing with army

The Lamanites began defeating the Nephites in every battle. Mormon decided to lead the Nephite armies again.

Mormon sitting

He knew the wicked Nephites would not win the war. They did not repent or pray for the help they needed.

Mormon uncovering records

Mormon took all the records from the hill where Ammaron had hidden them and wrote to the people who would one day read the record.

Mormon with sacred records

He wanted everyone, including the Jews, to know about Jesus Christ, to repent and be baptized, and to live the gospel and be blessed.

Mormon writing on sacred plates

The Spirit inspired Mormon to put the small plates of Nephi, which contained the prophecies of Christ’s coming, with the plates of Mormon.

Mormon’s army

Mormon led the Nephites to the land of Cumorah, where they got ready to fight the Lamanites again.

Mormon holding plates

Mormon was getting old. He knew this would be the last battle. He did not want the Lamanites to find the sacred records and destroy them.

Mormon giving plates to Moroni

So he gave the plates of Mormon to his son, Moroni, and hid the rest of the plates in the Hill Cumorah.

Nephites dying

The Lamanites attacked and killed all but 24 Nephites. Mormon had been wounded.

wounded Mormon

Mormon was sad that so many Nephites had died, but he knew they had died because they had rejected Jesus.

Jesus Christ

Mormon had tried to teach the Nephites the truth. He had told them how important it was to have faith in Jesus Christ.

Mormon teaching

He had tried to teach them to have hope through Jesus Christ’s Atonement and to have charity, which is the pure love of Christ.

Mormon writing letters

And Mormon had written letters to his son, Moroni, who had also taught the gospel to the Nephites.

Moroni reading letter

Mormon wrote about the terrible wickedness of the Nephites. He told Moroni to stay faithful in Jesus Christ.

Mormon killed

The Lamanites killed Mormon and all the Nephites but Moroni, who finished writing the records.