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Over the course of the next 10 years the Lamanites and the Nephites managed to not fight among themselves. During this period, Mormon had the Nephites preparing themselves and their land for protection. Heavenly Father then gave Mormon direction to “cry unto this people-Repent ye, and come unto me, and be ye baptized, and build up again my church, and ye shall be spared. (verse 2)” Mormon did as he was instructed and the people hardened their hearts.
Shortly following this, the Lamanite king sent a letter over to Mormon letting him know that the Lamanites were going to war. The Nephites prepared themselves and set their armies up in hopes to stop the Lamanites from gaining any of the Nephite land. The Nephites were successful in their endeavors and went back home and cast the dead Lamanites into the sea. The Nephites were really upset at their losses and swore that they would go up against the Lamanites again and kill them all. With this, Mormon resigned his position as their leader in battle and “did utterly refuse from this time forth to be a commander and a leader of this people, because of their wickedness and abominations. (verse 11).”
I love what Mormon writes in verse 16 “and I did even as the Lord had commanded me; and I did stand as an idle witness to manifest unto the world the things which I saw and heard, according to the manifestations of the Spirit which had testified of things to come.” Mormon continues to write unto the people and to us, of this day and those of the future that we “believe the gospel of Jesus Christ (verse 21)” and “persuade all ye ends of the earth to repent and prepare to stand before the judgement-seat of Christ (verse 22).”
I testify to you that Mormon was a prophet of God and that his writings and teachings are meant for us in our day. I leave this post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.