Mon - May 16, 2011 : 03:03 pm
Mormon : 8
Figuring out the mood and temprament of Moroni while he writes this is tough. The things he writes about are horrific. The Lamanites have killed his entire race, his family, and his father. The "state of the union", as it were, was "continual warefare, bloodshed, and violence." He had to be depressed, or at least sad. Yet for some reason, it isn't immediately obvious from his writings.
Translating from verse 14 on, must have been surreal for Joseph Smith. But then again, Joseph Smith saw God and Christ with his own eyes when he was 14. So, everything after that must have just been commonplace. Wow.
Very interesting toward the end of the chapter, him talking about the affairs of the world when the Book of Mormon came to light in the latter-days. I'm sure he saw our day (yup - v.35).
Back to the original question about Moroni's mood.. It seems that he gets wrapped up in the Spirit while writing about our day. He knows he still has to keep the commandments of God, even though he was one of a handful of people who had just survived one of earth's worst wars. Missionary work must go on.
The hope of Christ is eternal, and doesn't care about circumstance or environment. Even if you're the last righteous person on earth, the hope of Christ will still bring you peace.