City of Moronihah (Internal ⓐ geography model)

Iniquitous Nephite city

City of Moronihah (Internal ⓐ geography model)

The city of Moronihah was a notable location among the Nephites that is documented to have faced a destructive fate due to the wickedness of its inhabitants. The city’s end came during the extensive calamities that occurred at the time of the Savior’s death. It is recorded that the land was dramatically altered as the earth itself rose up and covered the city, effectively replacing it with a “great mountain” as a testament to the city’s iniquity and the dramatic physical transformations that the region underwent during this period of upheaval (3 Nephi 8:10, 25). This geographical and metaphorical burial served a dual purpose: to hide the sins of its people, which included the blood of prophets and saints, and to prevent their malicious deeds from ascending as a further testament against them. Moronihah’s fate, as described, was a direct manifestation of divine judgment, as Christ Himself explained the reasons for its destruction, indicating that the covering of the city with earth was to hide the iniquities and abominations of its inhabitants from before His face (3 Nephi 9:5). This city, alongside many others, stands as evidence of the significant moral and physical shifts that marked this key moment in Nephite history.

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