The last chapters of the Book of Mormon tell the story of a prophet named Moroni who wandered alone for 20 years, hiding from enemies yet determined to finish his father's life work.
Best-selling author John Bytheway's new book, "Moroni's Guide to Surviving Turbulent Times," explores how Moroni accomplished his mission in the midst of great trials and hardship, sharing messages that are personal and universally applicable today.
In an email to the Deseret News, Bytheway explained how after Moroni's father Mormon dies, he suddenly finds himself alone and pours out his sorrows (see Mormon 8).
"Then at one point, he stops rehearsing the past, looks to the future, and says, in effect, 'I am Moroni, I am a son of Mormon, and I'm going to finish this record.' Within that statement, we are taught 'The Moroni Mindset,'" Bytheway said in the email. "In other words, at some point, we say, 'It is what it is,' we deliberately stop rehearsing, reliving and rehashing our past, affirm our identity and move forward."
Bytheway, a religious educator and part-time instructor at Brigham Young University's Salt Lake Center, spends the bulk of the 160-page book reviewing Moroni's words from Mormon 8 to Moroni 10, pulling out lessons and principles relevant to the "Moroni Mindset" formula that will help readers navigate difficult times.
"What is Moroni's message? Have you been through something difficult? Has your faith taken a hit? Have you been thrown against the wall by life?" Bytheway writes in the book. "We all have turbulent times personally, and we live in turbulent times in the world today. To survive these times, try likening Moroni."
"Moroni's Guide to Surviving Turbulent Times" is Bytheway's fourth Book of Mormon commentary. His previously published commentaries include "Finding Your Path in Lehi's Dream," "Isaiah for Airheads" and "Righteous Warriors: Lessons from the War Chapters of the Book of Mormon."