Moroni

Moroni 6

Here in Moroni 6, Moroni is still writing to us telling us of the beginnings of the church on the American continent after Jesus Christ was resurrected.  We read previously that He set apart disciples and these disciples set apart elders,priests, and teachers.  Picking up from there, we learn that the elders, priests, and teachers were baptized.  Only those that showed effort in reforming their ways of life were allowed to be baptized and they had to have a broken heart, a contrite spirit, and to have sincerely repented of their sins.  Additionally, it is written that no one was allowed to be baptized unless they took upon them the name of Jesus Christ and made a covenant to serve Christ to the end.

I could go off in several directions right now, but I’ll just toss off a couple of thoughts to ponder…. to the end of what?  the end of mortal life?  the end of eternity?

As people were baptized and brought into the church of Christ, it was recorded the names of those that became members. It is stated in verse 4 the reason that the names are recorded: “that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.”  Have I read this verse before?  I’m sure that I have, but I don’t think that it ever penetrated my thoughts as it has today.   I will be leaving this to ponder and stew around for a while.  I love learning new concepts through my studies.

Just as we do today, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church members met together often to fast and pray and talk about the welfare of their souls.  They had sacrament together to remember Jesus Christ.  The people worked hard to keep one another honest and if there were witnesses in the church that found another member of the church doing wrong, appropriate actions were taken to bring the sinner to repentance or to remove them from the rolls of the church.  As they repented frequently and asked sincerely for forgiveness from Heavenly Father, they were forgiven.  Isn’t that simple?

Closing this chapter, we read that the meetings that the members of the church held were led by the Holy Ghost and they followed his Spirit to know whether they should preach, exhort, pray, supplicate, or sing.   I like that, I like that a lot.  Today, we have a more organized structure to our weekly sacrament meeting, but I do know that it through the Holy Ghost that our local church leaders ask others to speak, play special musical numbers, and what the topics that will be covered in our meetings are.  Today’s church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has Jesus Christ at the head and those on the earth in positions of leadership guide the members of the church and others throughout the world via the Holy Ghost who whispers the word of God.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Moroni

Moroni 5

Moroni 5 is another short and sweet chapter, but I am certain that it is important anyway.  There is not a single passage that is written in the Book of Mormon that wasn’t written for the benefit of man.  Let’s take a gander and see what we should be learning.

We read in my previous post, Moroni 4, about the first half of the sacramental prayers to receive the bread that represents the flesh of Jesus Christ, here we will read about the second half.

Now, we don’t use wine anymore, but as water is passed today, the following prayer is said word for word: “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of they Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this water to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them, Amen.”

As we partake of the sacrament that is outlined here and in Moroni 4, and we sit reverently listening for the Spirit to be with us, we can have the blessing of knowing that we are renewing our covenants with our Heavenly Father and that we can have the Holy Ghost with us if we are living according to His commandments.

I love being able to partake of the sacrament and I love those precious moments when my toddler holds still and is quiet so that I can truly feel of Him and feel the Spirit wash over me.  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to share this with you and I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Moroni 4

Have you ever been to a sacrament meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?  If not, really you should.

Here is what I love most about sacrament meeting…. it is a time for quiet prayer.  It is a time to renew my covenants with my Heavenly Father and to rejuvenate and prepare myself for the week to come.

We read in Moroni 4 verse 1 that there is a specific manner in which the sacrament should be blessed by the elders or priests.   Those that are blessing the bread, which represents the flesh of Christ are to kneel down and pray saying: “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

What principle can you pull out of the first half of the sacrament prayer? Here’s what I’ve pulled out, and I know they are basic, but sometimes basic is best:

  • elders or priests must administer the sacrament
  • they must kneel in prayer while doing so
  • prayer must be to the Father in the name of the Son
  • when the bread is taken, those partaking need to remember the body of Christ
  • those partaking should be willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ
  • those partaking should always remember Christ
  • those partaking should keep the commandments given them by Jesus Christ

By following those seven steps, those that partake should always have the Holy Ghost to be with them.

There the Holy Ghost is mentioned again.  Four times in four chapters.

I love partaking of the sacrament and starting my week out all over again.  I love closing my eyes and listening to the words be spoken.  I love to think about the words of this prayer each week and I am so happy to share it here and think of these specific words another time this week.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Moroni 3

Do things ever not work quite right for you?  My tools on the blog aren’t working quite right at the moment, so if all of these are getting posted at the same time, I promise it is not my fault.

Moroni 3 continues forward with information on what Christ taught the disciples.  We are told that the disciples called elders and the elders ordained teachers and priests.  Doing so, the elders would then say a specific prayer, which is written verbatim in verse three.  This is the same prayer that is used today.

In verse four we read “and they ordained them by the power of the Holy Ghost, which was in them.”

There is that mention of the Holy Ghost again.  We have read three chapters now and the Holy Ghost has been mentioned three times.  What is it that this could mean? Ponder on it, because I’m certain there is more than one answer, as are many things within the scriptures.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Moroni

Moroni 2

Moroni 2 is even shorter than Moroni 1, but let’s see what principle we can get our of the three verses.

Moroni is alone.  He’s been alone and his father Mormon along with the rest of his family in the war against the Lamanites.  He could have been alone and writing for anywhere up to a total of 20 years at this point.  How does he maybe feel?  Can you imagine the anguish of his heart?  He knows that he will see his family again in the kingdom of God, but he is utterly alone on the earth, hiding from his would be killers.

Here in chapter two, Moroni shares with us the words that Christ spoke unto the twelve disciples on the American continent when he visited them after his resurrection.   As Moroni is in hiding, he finds it most important to share with us Christ’s own words:

“Ye shall call on the Father in my name, in mighty prayer; and after ye have done this ye shall have power that to him upon whom ye shall lay your hands, ye shall give the Holy Ghost; and in my name shall ye give it, for thus do mine apostles.”

Moroni then closes with a testimony that every person that those apostles laid their hands upon and called upon the Father in the name of Jesus Christ were given the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The principle here is to follow Christ’s teachings to reap blessings.  And I would also like you to note that in these three short verses that Moroni mentions the Holy Ghost twice.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Moroni 1

Here I will introduce to you the very last book in the Book of Mormon.  The Book of Moroni has a total of ten chapters and this week we will be going through seven of them.  The first five are super short, so please forgive me for the very short posts… I can only write so much with the material there is.

I was not in attendance of gathering last week, but I was told that the study skill is principle.  So, I will try to focus on that, but if you have been keeping up with this blog, then you know I’m not great at staying on focus for the entire week…. but here’s to trying 🙂

Moroni opens this chapter by telling us that he finished writing about the Jaredites and since the Lamanites haven’t found him to kill him yet, that he will write more.   This first verse really can speak volumes as the the state that Moroni must be in.  He only  is going to continue to write, because he is still alive.  He knows of Jesus Christ, and he is following His commandments, and continues to do so knowing that he will be found and executed for refusing to deny Christ.

Verse two teaches us that the wars among the Lamanites are fierce and they execute all Nephites that refuse to deny Christ.  Continuing in verse three, Moroni tells us “I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ.”   Therefore, he will continue to write more that may be of worth to the descendants of the Lamanites one day.

Even though Moroni knows that he is going to die, even though he is unsure that what he has to say will be of any worth, he continues to follow the Lords commandments and writes to us.  Moroni endured well to the end.  There is principle.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Ether 15

This chapter, Ether 15, will conclude the Book of Ether.  This is the last chapter for the week and I am sure will close with the complete destruction of the Jaredite people.  I will write what I can, but my heart is sore from the last chapter, so I don’t imagine that I will write much here.

Ah, Coriantumr remembers the words of Ether as he looks around and has his heart filled with sorrow at the loss of over 2 million of his people.  He began to repent and saw that the words of the prophets were being fulfilled.  Coriantumr wrote to Shiz asking for a truce and Shiz replied that if Coriantumr gave himself up that he would spare the lives of the people.  In turn, Coriantumr’s people were mad and stirred up.  War is about to ensue.

Coriantumr flees and comes to a great body of water and the armies pitched their tents.  The armies of Coriantumr then moved again and came to the hill Ramah, where Mormon hid the plates and everyone that was still alive on the land, except for Ether were gathered together.  The two armies spent the next four years gathering in each and every person off the face of the land to strengthen their own army.  Once everyone was gathered, the war began.  They battled by day and cried with sorrow at night for the loss of their people.  Again, Coriantumr asks Shiz to spare the people.  In verse 19 we read “But behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, an Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed.”  The people fought during the day and lamented at night, rested, and got up to do it all over again the following day.  The numbers on both sides dwindled to where there were less than 100 men total.  Coriantumr finally beheaded Shiz and then collapsed to the ground.

With Coriantumr on the ground, the Lord called Ether to go forth and finish his record and hide them up.  And Ether leaves us his words closing “Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of God. Amen.”

Ether had great hope and faith.  He did the Lord’s will and lived to serve the Lord.  Great are the works of our prophets.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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