“To Devise a Plan”

Brant Gardner

Redaction: While there is nothing to say that this verse is Moroni’s moralistic interpolation in the story, it is both consonant with Moroni’s editorial methods and unlikely to have been a part of the original tale. What we have that appears to come from the sources relates the basic events. It would appear to be Moroni who molds those events into a moral. Of course Moroni, as did Mormon before him, has an agenda when he writes, and that agenda clearly has a moral purpose. Moroni wants us to understand how history ought to lead us to God rather than away from God. As Moroni presents the story of the Jaredites, he gives us the details of political intrigue as Mormon did for the Nephite/Lamanite wars just prior to the appearance of Christ among the Nephties. Moroni is giving these details for the same basic didactive reason as his father, but Moroni is much more obvious in drawing his conclusions. Moroni does not leave it to chance that we figure out what these events mean for us. He tells us. He has told us of the ways in which Jaredite prosperity and wickedness obey the essential promise of the land, and now he tells us that Jared’s intents are wicked, and therefore wicked means will be used to obtain them.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon