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Moroni 9

Another letter from his father!  How wonderful.  How great it must be to have these treasures to carry with you in times of loneliness and sorrow.  Moroni is such a great soul and a man to be in awe of.  He has carried these treasured letters from his father with him these past 30+ years and he now shares them with the world.

In this second letter, Mormon writes that he has been involved in the battle with the Lamanites and many Nephites have fallen to their death.  We learn that the Nephites are in a terrible state and that Mormon believes that they no longer have love for one another and only hunger for the death of those that have caused them emotional pain.  The Nephites have hardened their hearts and Mormon urges Moroni to continue teaching of Jesus Christ and calling men to repentance.  Mormon teaches that if they stop, they should teaching and preaching that they should be condemned for not doing what they could to bring souls unto Christ.

We read that both the Nephite and the Lamanite people are living in horrid conditions and that they are without civilization… and a couple other gross things.  Mormon cries that he is no longer able to have the Nephites carry out his orders as military leader as they are refusing to listen and that the people are depraved and without principle.  The wickedness of the Nephites exceed that of the Lamanites.  Mormon, a prophet of God, declares that he can not recommend the Nephite people to be a people of God.

We know that Mormon’s next prayer is answered… he prays that Moroni will have his life spared either to the point where the people return to God or that they are utterly destroyed.  Utter destruction is what occurs and Mormon says that if this is what happens, it is because they turned like the Jaredites and became hardened in their hearts.

In closing this letter to his son, Mormon urges Moroni to write some of what he witnesses and to be faithful in Christ.  He prays that the Lord will abide in Moroni forever.

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

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Moroni 8

The study skill for this week is clustering.  You start with a topic that you wish to study and find a verse that has that topic in it.  You then use the footnotes and topical guide to find additional scriptures that reference the same topic and you write all of these verses on the same page.  When you are finished with your thorough exam of the topic, you now have a cluster of scriptures pertaining to the same topic for your reference and knowledge in the future.  This can totally come in handy when preparing talks.

We only have three chapters left to read in the Book of Mormon, so lets get started with Moroni 8 and see what we can learn.

How many of you readers have ever received a letter from your dad?  If you have, be sure to say thanks for it… I am not in this crowd.  My dad loves me, but he’s never written me a letter.  This chapter is a letter from Mormon to Moroni shortly after Moroni had been called a prophet of God.  Has your mortal father ever told you that you are always in his prayers, that God’s infinite grace and goodness will allow you to endure in faith to the end?  What wonderful words Mormon writes to his son.

We learn that Christ has told Mormon that little children are incapable of sin and that they are while in Christ.  The law of circumcision along with the law of Moses went away with the ministry, life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  Little children need not be baptized.  ‘

This chapter clearly tells us that God is an unchanging God from one eternity to the next and that children are unable to repent and therefore need not be baptized and all children are saved in Christ.  The purpose of baptism is for the remission of sins through repentance to fulfill commandments; little children are not in need of this process.

Mormon closes his letter to Moroni by telling him that he will write again if the Lamanites do not kill him in battle and leaves instruction with him to pray on the behalf of the Nephites that they may come unto repentance.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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Moroni 7

This is the last chapter for study this week.  Next week, there are only three chapters.  If you have been following along with me since the beginning of last term…. pat yourself on the back you only have four more chapters and you have read the entire Book of Mormon!

As this chapter begins, Moroni tells us that he is going to write the words of his father Mormon.  While you focus on this chapter, please remember the state that Moroni is in.  He has been by himself, hiding from the Lamanites that want to kill him for 36 years.  He is carrying with him the plates that he has translated and here we find out that he has also been carrying with him letters from his father.  Moroni is truly an amazing scribe and prophet of the Lord.

I think that as I go through this chapter, I am just going to go ahead and quote the glimmers of light for me.  I am feeling a bit run down at the moment and could use a little pick-me-up,  and I am sure that Mormon has just the right words for me.

Verse 5 “For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also.”

Verse 8 “For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God.”  While that doesn’t sound like a pick-me-up, it really is if you are giving with sincerity.

Verse 12 “All things which are good cometh of God”

Verse 13 “every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.”

Verse 16 “the Spirit of Chirt is given to every man…. and to persuade to believe in Christ”

Verse 19 “ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.”

Verse 25 “by faith, they did lay hold upon every good thing”

Verse 26 “Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.”

Verse 29-32 tells us the job of angels…. now that’s some pretty cool stuff!

Verse 33 “And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me”

Verse 37 “it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men”

Verse 42-43 “if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.  And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.”

Verse 47 “Charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”

There are some principles to ponder until next week.  Mormon was a grand prophet and full of wise words to be written knowing that we would need them in the last days.  I know that I am truly thankful that he chose to write these words.  As I have read them today, I have been filled with joy and my heart is full of love and I feel as if I am on the pathway to His kingdom.

In the holy name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

 

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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 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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