“I Will Write and Hide Up the Records in the Earth”

Moroni announces that he will carry out his duty of completing the record and hiding the plates. But his poignant “whither I go it mattereth not” is enigmatic. His destination seems extremely significant in the context of hiding the plates. One meaning might be that, after he hides the plates, it does not matter where he goes. The other is that Moroni could hide the plates almost anywhere, and Yahweh would make sure they were in the right place at the right time. If Moroni as an angel could take them away at the close of the translation, then as an angel he could also deposit them within walking distance of Joseph Smith’s home. There is no particular reason for preferring one reading over the other. Neither reading reduces the poignancy of the statement.

Brant Gardner -

Brant Gardner

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 6

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