The Book of Mormon is actually a tragedy about the fall of a righteous, ancient civilization in America. They called themselves the Nephites, and over hundreds of years, they eventually all died out through warring. The scriptures teach that “inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land” (see 2 Nephi 4:4), but the Nephites had fallen into transgression and evil ways.
This oil painting I did depicts the prophet Moroni – the last righteous Nephite to survive. He was also the last man to write in The Book of Mormon. This is supposed to be him in his final moments with the record before he buried it away. Mornoi’s story is sad for he witnessed the destruction of his people. When I read his account in the book of Moroni, my heart is filled with sympathy and gratitude for all that he suffered in order for us to have this blessed record today. I know this record is true, and I read from it every day.