Approximately A.D. 350-421.
Moroni was the final Nephite prophet to record in the plates that were later translated as the Book of Mormon. The son of the prophet-general Mormon, he himself led ten thousand troops into the last battle against the Lamanites and took over care of the sacred records of the Nephites at his father’s death.
Moroni was grew up under the tutelage of his prophet-general father in challenging circumstances. His charge to care for the records of his people came from that father, who instructed his son to write “the sad tale of the destruction of [their] people” (Mormon 8:3). The time and circumstances of his calling as prophet are unclear.
Interaction with God
Like his father, Moroni was not a stranger to the presence of Deity. He recorded, “I have seen Jesus, and . . . he hath talked with me face to face, and. . . he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things” (Ether 12:39).
Moroni was an eyewitness to the annihilation of his entire people. He served under his father in defense of those people against the Lamanite onslaughts that sought their total destruction. He and his father, and a few unnamed Nephites who apparently escaped, were all who remained at the conclusion of the final battle, and Moroni spent the remainder of his days (at least 36 years) in hiding and caring for the sacred records which he had been entrusted with.
In addition to his fervent witness of Jesus Christ, Moroni is known for his writings on the Lord’s supper (sacrament) and other basic principles. But most famous is his challenge in the final chapter of the book that bears his name: “And when ye shall receive these things [meaning the Book of Mormon], I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:4-5).
Living with the Prophet
Hollywood has made a number of movies about time travel. What if you had the chance to visit with someone who knew the future? Would you not find such a visit of great worth? Moroni wrote to those who would one day read his words, “Behold, I speak unto you as if you were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing” (Mormon 8:35). Read the words of Moroni. Study his messages. Learn and do what the Savior of the world commanded him to write so that you, centuries later, would know how to live. This is the chance of a lifetime. Take advantage of it.
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, vol. 1, s.v. “Moroni.”
Book of Mormon, Reader’s Edition, ed. Grant Hardy.