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Chapter 49: Mormon and His Teachings

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

“Chapter 49,” Book of Mormon Stories, 138–42

Chapter 49

Mormon and His Teachings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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