Now I, Moroni, write somewhat as seemeth me good; and I write unto my brethren, the Lamanites; and I would that they should know that more than four hundred and twenty years have passed away since the sign was given of the coming of Christ.
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down unto the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things,
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.
And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is. And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.
And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.
For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God,
that he may teach the word of wisdom,
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
And to another that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit,
and to another, exceedingly great faith;
and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
and again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles;
and again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things.
And again, to another,
the beholding of angels and ministering spirits;
and again, to another, all kinds of tongues.
And again, to another, the interpretation of languages
and of divers kinds of tongues.
And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ;
and they come unto every man severally, according as he will.
And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren,
that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ.
And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember
that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever,
and that all these gifts of which I have spoken,
which are spiritual, never will be done away,
even as long as the world shall stand,
only according to the unbelief of the children of men.
Wherefore, there must be faith;
and if there must be faith there must also be hope;
and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
And except ye have charity
ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God;
neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith;
neither can ye if ye have no hope.
And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair;
and despair cometh because of iniquity.
And Christ truly said unto our fathers:
“If ye have faith ye can do all things
which are expedient unto me.”