Moroni's second letter to Pahoran
60:1-36, 62 BCE
1 And it came to pass that he wrote
again to the governor of the land, who was Pahoran, and these are the words which he wrote, saying: Behold,
I direct mine epistle to Pahoran, in the city of Zarahemla, who is the chief judge and the governor over the
land, and also to all those who have been chosen by this people to govern and manage the affairs of this war.
Maroni sent another letter to Pahoran, saying:
2 For behold, I have somewhat to say unto them by the way of condemnation; for behold, ye
yourselves know that ye have been appointed to gather together men, and arm them with swords, and with
cimeters, and all manner of weapons of war of every kind, and send forth against the Lamanites, in
whatsoever parts they should come into our land.
I am writing to you to condemn you and your government for not providing us with the swords, scimiars, and other
weapons that we need to fight the Lamanites.
3 And now behold, I say unto you that myself, and also my men, and also Helaman and his men,
have suffered exceedingly great sufferings; yea, even hunger, thirst, and fatigue,
and all manner of afflictions of every kind.
4 But behold, were this all we had suffered we would not murmur nor complain.
My men and I have suffered, without complaint, hunger, thirst, fatigue, and every other type of affliction.
5 But behold, great has been the slaughter among our people; yea, thousands have fallen by the
sword, while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our armies sufficient strength and succor
for them. Yea, great has been your neglect towards us.
6 And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly
great neglect; yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state.
Thousands of us have died by the sword, while you've done nothing to help us.
7 Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while your
enemies are spreading the work of death around you? Yea, while they are murdering thousands of your
8 Yea, even they who have looked up to you for protection, yea, have placed you in a
situation that ye might have succored them, yea, ye might have sent armies unto them, to have strengthened
them, and have saved thousands of them from falling by the sword.
9 But behold, this is not all -- ye have withheld your provisions from them, insomuch
that many have fought and bled out their lives because of their great desires which they had for the
welfare of this people; yea, and this they have done when they were about to perish with hunger, because of
your exceedingly great neglect towards them.
10 And now, my beloved brethren -- for ye ought to be beloved; yea, and ye ought to
have stirred yourselves more diligently for the welfare and the freedom of this people; but behold,
ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for
vengeance; yea, for known unto God were all their cries, and all their sufferings --
11 Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the
exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if ye have
supposed this ye have supposed in vain.
12 Do ye suppose that, because so many of your brethren have been killed it is because of
their wickedness? I say unto you, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain; for I say unto you,
there are many who have fallen by the sword; and behold it is to your condemnation;
You sit on your thrones in a thoughtless stupor while thousands of us are dying.
13 For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment may come
upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but
behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
But God allows righteous people to be kiled so he can judge the wicked.
14 And now behold, I say unto you, I fear exceedingly that the
judgments of God will come upon this people, because of their exceeding slothfulness, yea, even the
slothfulness of our government, and their exceedingly great neglect towards their brethren,
yea, towards those who have been slain.
15 For were it not for the wickedness which first commenced at our head, we could have
withstood our enemies that they could have gained no power over us.
God will condemn you for your slothfulness.
16 Yea, had it not been for the war which broke out among ourselves; yea, were it not
for these king-men, who caused so much bloodshed among ourselves; yea, at the time we were contending
among ourselves, if we had united our strength as we hitherto have done; yea, had it not been for the
desire of power and authority which those king-men had over us; had they been true to the cause of
our freedom, and united with us, and gone forth against our enemies, instead of taking up their swords
against us, which was the cause of so much bloodshed among ourselves; yea, if we had gone forth against
them in the strength of the Lord, we should have dispersed our enemies, for it would have been done,
according to the fulfilling of his word.
17 But behold, now the Lamanites are coming upon us, taking possession of our lands, and they
are murdering our people with the sword, yea, our women and our children, and also carrying them away captive,
causing them that they should suffer all manner of afflictions, and this because of the great wickedness of
those who are seeking for power and authority, yea, even those king-men.
18 But why should I say much concerning this matter? For we know not but what ye yourselves are
seeking for authority. We know not but what ye are also traitors to your country.
19 Or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country and ye are surrounded
by security, that ye do not cause food to be sent unto us, and also men to strengthen our armies?
20 Have ye forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea, have ye forgotten the
captivity of our fathers? Have ye forgotten the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of
21 Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and
do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?
22 Yea, will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with thousands of those, yea, and
tens of thousands, who do also sit in idleness, while there are thousands round about in the borders of the
land who are falling by the sword, yea, wounded and bleeding?
It's all the fault of those king-men. 
23 Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold
these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that
the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.
God said that the inner vessel will be cleaned first, then the outer vessel.
24 And now, except ye do repent of that which ye have done, and begin to be up and doing, and
send forth food and men unto us, and also unto Helaman, that he may support those parts of our country which
he has regained, and that we may also recover the remainder of our possessions in these parts, behold it will
be expedient that we contend no more with the Lamanites until we have first cleansed our inward vessel, yea,
even the great head of our government.
25 And except ye grant mine epistle, and come out and show unto me a true spirit of
freedom, and strive to strengthen and fortify our armies, and grant unto them food for their support,
behold I will leave a part of my freemen to maintain this part of our land, and I will leave the strength
and the blessings of God upon them, that none other power can operate against them --
26 And this because of their exceeding faith, and their patience in their tribulations --
So we won't fight anymore until we've cleaned our outer vessel (i.e., the head of the government).
27 And I will come unto you, and if there be any among you that has a desire for freedom,
yea, if there be even a spark of freedom remaining, behold I will stir up insurrections among you, even
until those who have desires to usurp power and authority shall become extinct.
28 Yea, behold I do not fear your power nor your authority, but it is my God whom I fear; and it
is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause of my country, and it is because of
your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss.
29 Behold it is time, yea, the time is now at hand, that except ye do bestir yourselves in
the defence of your country and your little ones, the sword of justice doth hang over you; yea, and it
shall fall upon you and visit you even to your utter destruction.
30 Behold, I wait for assistance from you; and, except ye do administer unto our relief, behold,
I come unto you, even in the land of Zarahemla, and smite you with the sword, insomuch that ye can have no more
power to impede the progress of this people in the cause of our freedom.
31 For behold, the Lord will not suffer that ye shall live and wax strong in your iniquities
to destroy his righteous people.
32 Behold, can you suppose that the Lord will spare you and come out in judgment against
the Lamanites, when it is the tradition of their fathers that has caused their hatred, yea, and it has
been redoubled by those who have dissented from us, while your iniquity is for the cause of your love of
glory and the vain things of the world?
33 Ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God, and ye do know that ye do trample them
under your feet. Behold, the Lord saith unto me: If those whom ye have appointed your governors do not
repent of their sins and iniquities, ye shall go up to battle against them.
If you won't help us, I'll stir up insurrections against you, the sword of justice will fall on you, and I'll come
and kill you with my sword.
34 And now behold, I, Moroni, am constrained, according to the covenant which I have made to keep
the commandments of my God; therefore I would that ye should adhere to the word of God, and send speedily unto
me of your provisions and of your men, and also to Helaman.
35 And behold, if ye will not do this I come unto you speedily; for behold, God will not
suffer that we should perish with hunger; therefore he will give unto us of your food, even if it must
be by the sword. Now see that ye fulfil the word of God.
So send us some provisions, or we'll come and take them by force.
36 Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down.
I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country.
And thus I close mine epistle.
I'm your chief captain. I don't want power; I want to pull it down.
And that's the end of my letter.