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.