“God Is the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever”

Brant Gardner

As part of concluding his father’s text, Moroni has argued that God does not change: “For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?” (Morm. 9:9). The repetition of this argument suggests to me that it was fundamental to Moroni’s thinking. We are unaware of how much time may have elapsed between the writing of Mormon 9 and Moroni 10, but I suggest that it was years, perhaps even twenty. The fact that he made the same argument at such widely separated points suggests that it was persuasive to him, an argument that he fell back on almost automatically.

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