Moroni saw me daily
Fifth-century life proved difficult for Mormon, a Christian, a man who believed in Jesus Christ who also commanded a powerful military until his life ended at the hands of his enemies. His record became a book with his name, The Book of Mormon. The period covered describes events in his life before the battle at Cumorah, the last stand of the Nephite government, and the finale of Mormon’s mortal life.
Several reasons give importance to the land of Cumorah to both the people of Nephi and modern Saints. Firstly, Mormon took all of the records that he used for The Book of Mormon and hid them in the land of Cumorah in a hill of the same name. At no time did Mormon indicate that he placed The Book of Mormon in the hill. He gave that record to Moroni. Mormon had a thousand years of records from his civilization to comb through to make his record besides the Brass Plates, which contained a record since the days of Adam and Eve.
It appears that Mormon hid those records because he understood that the Lamanites wanted to obtain them to destroy them, “having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.” [Mormon 6:6].
The Lamanites took a charge to purge the land of everything associated with the Nephites. History shows, successfully. Ethnic cleansing is not something unique to modern times. Mormon hid the source records he used to make the Gold Plates he gave to Moroni. He abridged information from documents hundreds of rulers, kings, scribes, and prophets recorded for a millennium to produce what the modern world calls The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Cumorah provided some type of strategic vantage for Mormon to accomplish something if only to hand off the Gold Plates to Moroni and establish a path to help him do what he eventually did, run! General Mormon left the command of the Nephite military because of its wickedness at one time. To give Moroni an advantage in preserving the record, his prophetic work, Mormon needed to lead the rowdy, unruly, and distinctively ferocious men to battle, using all that muscle and ferocity to service God in some way, to preserve the record.
Calculating the battle plans and the disparity that existed between his armies and the armies of his foes, Mormon witnessed how the Nephite military suffered at the hands of the Lamanites with such intensity as the wars raged on into final battles. The lands of Desolation. once peopled by the ancient Jaredites--possibly the Olmecs--then the descendants of the People of Ammon who converted to the version of Judaism practice among the Nephites fell to the Lamanites who spread through the Northern Lands like debilitating cancer, killing Christians. Mormon returned to his post and would fight.
No one knows where Cumorah or the hill exists where those records rest. Moroni never divulged that he would bury the Gold Plates, The Book of Mormon, in the same place his father hid the library of the Nephite nation. In fact, why would Moroni return to that tragic place to inter the record?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have differing views on the location of the hill in Cumorah and the land of Cumorah; though tradition and folklore place the hill in Palmyra, New York, where a resurrected Moroni led Joseph Smith II to the plates buried by mortal Moroni sometime after the final battle of the Nephites as a nation. Many refer to the hill in Palmyra as the Hill Cumorah regardless of the correct location of the last battle or the fact that no other records surfaced from that hill.
Read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.