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Mormon 9

Picking up right where we left off with Mormon 8 post, we’ll roll into Mormon 9 and see what it is that Moroni has to tell us about.

Moroni starts off the chapter by clearly stating who he is writing to….those that do not believe in Christ.  Here is what he has to say:

  • Everyone will believe in the last day
  • Everyone will be brought forth to stand before Jesus Christ
  • One who is racked with guilt would be more happy to live in hell than to live with a guilty conscience in the presence of God
  • Everyone will see themselves for what they are
  • Everyone will have a desire to live in God’s kingdom

We are then told that we should repent unto Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ that we may be found spotless at the last day. Continuing with instructions given to those that deny the revelations of God:

  • Those that deny revelation, prophecy, gifts, healings, speaking and interpretation of tongues do not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
  • Heavenly Father is a god of miracles
  • Heavenly Father created Adam and caused the fall so that Jesus Christ, the Son could redeem man kind
  • Everyone will stand before Him in judgement
  • God would only cease to do miracles among men because they dwindle in unbelief
  • “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned” (verse 23).

Moroni then reminds us the instructions that were given to the disciples of Jesus Christ on the American continent.  They were to go and preach and heal and they would be safe in their journeys with no harm to come upon them.  Those that believed on Jesus Christ because of the preaching of the disciples would be saved and those that did not would be damned.  Doesn’t this still apply to us today?  Just because we aren’t living 1600 years ago when this was taking place, doesn’t mean that we’re immune to the laws of God.  Remember, He is an unchanging God- the same yesterday, today, and forever. We are then reminded to be baptized and partake of the sacrament as worthy disciples of Jesus Christ.

Moroni closes this chapter by explaining the language in which he and others have written on the plates and tells us that he knows Heavenly Father has provided a means for others to translate and interpret the writings of the plates.  He then again testifies of Jesus Christ and asks Heavenly Father to bless those of the house of Israel.

I think that this is a beautiful chapter.  While some of it is a bit more scary to think about than other chapters, look at Moroni and his faith.  He tells us that he knows what will happen and he knows that we need to do these things.  Moroni was with the three disciples, who should still be here on the face of the earth today,as the second coming hasn’t happened yet.  What if one of them is your neighbor, would you act differently than you do?

Points to ponder.  We’ll move on to the Book of Ether for our next 15 chapters as this semester begins to close.  I pray that your studies help you learn and grow in Christ and I leave this post with you in His holy name, Amen.

 

 

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Mormon 8

Good morning readers.  I didn’t feel well yesterday and therefore am behind a tad again.  Two posts coming your way today… Mormon 8 followed by Mormon 9.  I do hope that as you are studying that you are using a study skill that we have used in the past in order to learn more deeply from the scriptures.  I will be using doctrine and principle to close out these two chapters.

As chapter 8 opens, we read that Moroni, the son of Mormon is finishing this record and in verse three that Mormon was killed by the Lamanites.  As Moroni writes on the plates, he does not know if the Lamanites will return to kill him as well.  While this isn’t the use of doctrine or principle…. could you imagine living with this fear?  Your family has been destroyed, you have witnessed a great battle in which over 100,000 people have been killed, and now here you are bu yourself, fulfilling a commandment given to you by your mortal father to write down the events that have occurred. Moroni clearly tells us that he is alone as a Nephite.

As Moroni continues to write, he testifies of Heavenly Father and the three disciples that taught his family.  He then tells us that he will be hiding up the plates and the one that shall receive them in the future shall not have them to get gain and that the worth of these plats is great and he that has them will be blessed bu the Lord.

Eternal truth: “And blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light; for it shall be brought out of darkness unto light, according to the word of God; yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth out of darkness, and come unto the  knowledge of the people; and it shall be done by the power of God. (Verse 16)”

Eternal truth: “For behold, the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the lord. (verse 19)”

Eternal truth taught in verse 21: if you speak out against the Lord and His works, you are in danger to be cast into the fire of hell.

Eternal truth: God will keep his covenants.

Eternal truth: The sword of vengeance hangs over the unrighteous.

Moroni has some strong words to share starting at about verse 26 and continuing through the end of the chapter at verse 41.  He doesn’t really share anything that we haven’t read in other parts of scriptures, but his warnings are strong and should be read.  Take his questions one at a time and pick them apart.  Do they apply to you?  What can you do to change your direction and repent of your wrongs in order to be judged righteous at the last day?

I pray that you take the time to think Moroni’s words over and I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Mormon 7

Mormon 7 is a fantastic chapter for doctrine and principle.  Wow!

Every single verse has something… read and learn.  Mormon is not asking questions in this chapter, he is making statements, and I hear them loud and clear.  Here is a bullet point list of what he is telling us that are eternal truths and laws:

  • God will give us Mormon’s words
  • We are of the house of Israel
  • We must come unto repentance to be saved
  • We must not war one with another
  • We must learn of our fathers
  • We must repent of our sin and iniquity
  • We must believe in Jesus Christ and that he is the Son of God
  • We must believe that Jesus Christ was slain by the Jews
  • We must believe that Jesus Christ arose from the grave and that through his death, the sting of death is swallowed up
  • We must know that Jesus Christ brings to pass the resurrection of the dead so that all can stand before the judgement-seat
  • We must know that Jesus Christ brings to pass the redemption of the world and that at judgment day those that are righteous will dwell int he presence of God
  • We need to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
  • We need to receive the Holy Ghost
  • If we believe the words of the Bible, we should believe also the words in the Book of Mormon and vice versa
  • If we follow these instructions, at the last day, the day of judgment, all will be well with us in that day.

What a straight forward chapter written by Mormon.  A fantastic and to the point, “live like this” message.  I do love the words written for us in this day in the Book of Mormon, by the hands of many prophets.

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

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Mormon 6

How very sad is the opening line of Mormon 6.  “And now I finish my record concerning the destruction of my people, the Nephites.” Mormon was still leading the Nephites as the fled before the Lamanites and he wrote an epistle to the Lamanite king, asking permission to gather the Nephites at the hill Cumorah to come to battle.  The Lamanite king was gracious enough to say yes…. do you ever think that war was a little different back then?

Mormon finishes writing upon the plates of Nephi and buries them in the hill Cumorah and keeps a few plates that he hands off to his son Moroni.  Mormon knew that he was getting old and he believed that this battle at the hill Cumorah would be the last battle that the Nephites fight.  Out of over 130,000 Nephites, only 24 survived; two of whom were Mormon and his son Moroni.

And Mormon sorrows in the loss of the Nephite people.  He sorrows that they did not repent in the time of their trial and that they are now going to face immortality and judgement without having repented and accepting Jesus Christ and his infinite love.

I do not envy the feelings and overwhelming emotion that Mormon had.  I do not wish in any way to trade him places.  I am grateful for his service and dedication to the Nephites and for his leadership and faithfulness.

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

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Mormon 5

Mormon had a change of heart.  We learn in verse one of Mormon 5 that Mormon repents of his oath the help the Nephites in battle and he then is given command again of the Nephite armies.  While I can’t say for certain, I do believe that there is a fundamental belief in his actions.  Mormon is choosing to share his time and talents with the Nephites, and even though as stated in verse two, he has no hope that the battles will go well, he helps anyway.

Mormon is quite right.  The first battle that he leads the Nephites in they manage to win, the second however, the Lamanites “did tread the people of the Nephites under their feet.”  Those that were not destroyed fled again.  Many that were not swift in speed lost their lives in flight to the Lamanites.  Mormon then continues to write to us.

Specifically, Mormon writes to those that realize and know where where their blessings come from, as stated in verse ten.  Mormon teaches that the Nephites that were once a delightsome people lived righteously and were led by God the Father are now an abominable people led by Satan.  Mormon tells us more of the coming about of Heavenly Father keeping his covenant with Abraham and the Gentiles (that’s us) receiving His blessings and hearing our prayers.

Mormon closes out this chapter thus: “Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?  Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?  Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves before him, lest he shall come out in justice against you- lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is one to deliver.”  I clearly see the doctrine here.  I do know that I am in the hands of God and that He hath all power and I do have a fundamental belief that if he calls the earth to be rolled up like a scroll, it shall be done.   I am thankful for that remnant of the house of Jacob, even Joseph Smith for knowing to turn to God the Father and seek wisdom and guidance.  I am thankful to have the blessing to be sent here to the earth from his presence to have this mortal experience and to be able to learn and grow before I return to Him.

I pray that you can see some of these principles here and apply them into your life, and if you are in need of repentance, hearken unto Mormon’s cry and repent.

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

 

 

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Mormon 4

Good morning readers!  If it’s your Spring Break, I do hope that you’re enjoying it.  There is flooding about 15 miles to the east of where I live and I know that there are those out there that have been evacuated and are definitely going through some turbulent times.  Please, add them to your prayers.

As we dig in to Mormon 4, please be looking for those eternal truths and doctrinal law so that you can better understand what it is that Heavenly Father has laid out for us.

Verse 5 seems to hold the first eternal truth that I see, and I really like the verse in its entirety: “But, behold, the judgements of God will overtake the wicked; and it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished; for it is the wicked that stir up the hearts of the children of men unto bloodshed.”   Isn’t that just simple eternal truth?

Thousands upon thousands of men are slain in this battle over land.  Over and over again the Lamanites and the Nephites fight with one another for power and control.  And they are without God.  They kill one another, this is so sad.  If you were Mormon and a man of God, watching this atrocity, would you not be filled with sorrow?

Jumping down to verse 21, could you imagine watching your family be given as a sacrifice to an idol?  I can’t imagine these horrific acts, yet alone have to stand by and watch as one of my loved ones is slain, and to an idol nevertheless.

As this chapter closes, Mormon tells us that he flees to go and retrieve the records from the hill Shim where Ammaron had hid them according the Heavenly Fathers direction, as the Nephites are about to be “swept off by them even as a dew before the sun.”

As for the “purpose” for the picture today… I just found it fitting.  If we understand the doctrine and principle that we are being taught by reading and studying of the wicked ways of men in the past, we should learn more fully how to behave appropriately in this day.

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

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Mormon 3

Doctrine and Principle is what we’re looking for.

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.

 

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