Jesus Christ, Moroni, civilization, society, violence
speak unto you as if ye were present,” writes Moroni, “and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing” (Morm. 8:35). Eyewitnesses to the end of their civilization, Moroni and his father, Mormon, address us, their modern readers, from the perspective of exiled visionaries. Like twentieth-century exiles Hannah Arendt or Czesław Miłosz, these editors and part-authors of the Book of Mormon write as refugees from a society in utter, violent collapse, left to piece together a narrative of how things came to such a bitter end and what the future will hold.
Schwartz, Robert F.
"Inequality and Narrative in the Book of Mormon,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 61:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol61/iss1/7