Mormon’s Sermon on Faith, Hope, and Charity

Near the end of the Book of Mormon, Moroni quotes a sermon delivered by his father, Mormon, in a synagogue. This sermon was delivered to a group of believing church members. Mormon’s intent in giving the sermon was to help them develop greater faith, hope, and charity so that they could receive more good things from God.

Following is an outline of the sermon:

  1. Introduction: I speak to you by the grace of God and because of my calling. (Moroni 7:2)
  2. How to discern between good and evil. (Moroni 7:3-19)
    1. I can tell that you are doing well spiritually because of the way you treat people. (Moroni 7:3-4)
    2. The Savior taught that we can know people by their works. (Moroni 7:5-11)
    3. All good things come from God, and evil things come from the devil. (Moroni 7:12-17)
    4. Be careful not to judge wrongly. In particular, don’t reject good things. (Moroni 7:18-19)
  3. Developing faith, hope, meekness, and charity (Moroni 7:20-48)
    1. Faith (Moroni 7:20-39)
      1. Faith will enable you to lay hold upon every good thing. (Moroni 7:20-21)
      2. God sent angels, which enabled people to exercise faith in Him. (Moroni 7:22-26)
      3. Have miracles ceased? No. Angels still minister to people. God still answers prayers. (Moroni 7:27-34)
      4. If miracles have ceased, it is because of unbelief. (Moroni 7:35-39)
    2. Hope (Moroni 7:40-42)
    3. Meekness (Moroni 7:43-44)
    4. Charity (Moroni 7:45-48)
      1. Characteristics of charity (Moroni 7:45)
      2. Charity never fails. (Moroni 7:46-47)
      3. Pray to be filled with this love. (Moroni 7:48)