Helaman

Helaman 12

More cause and effect.  We can find it in every book throughout the Book of Mormon (at least I think so).

Verse 1: “And thus we can behold…”

Verse 2: “”and we may see…”

Verse 3: “And thus we see…”

Verse 26: “they that have done good shall have everlasting life; and they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation. And thus it is.”

This chapter is a great comparison between Jesus Christ and the powers that Heavenly Father has given unto the prophet Nephi.  We read in Helaman 10:7 “Behold, I (God) give unto you (Nephi) power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people.”  In Helaman 12:8-21 all manner of things that can and will happen at the command of Christ.  While Nephi is not the Christ, he was given Christ like qualities.  He prays for the people, he does the Father’s will and not his own and here we are reminded of how similar the two of them are.

These thoughts bring me to thoughts of Latter-day prophets and makes me go hmmmm.  I know that our modern day prophets are of God and I believe that they have a much more detailed relationship with Heavenly Father than I do.  I also know that I have heard at least one of them share that they have had dealings with our Heavenly Father that they are not permitted to share, much like what Joseph Smith encountered.  There are many things yet to be revealed unto the human race and they will be revealed in His time.

I am so thankful for the comparison today and grateful for the opportunity to study and understand more of Him.

I write this in His sacred name, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Helaman

Helaman 10

This week the focus of my scripture study will be cause and effect.  Someone did something and the effect of that action or behavior is _____.  We see this over and over throughout the scriptures and we will look more intensely at them this week. 

Helaman 10 takes us back into the presence of Nephi, the son of Helaman and he is in Zarahemla just after the chief judge was killed by his brother.  Many Nephites believed that Nephi is a prophet and others thought he is a god.  The people then became divided and went about their business leaving Nephi alone.  Nephi began to head home while pondering the things that the Lord had showed him.  His thoughts drifted to that of the wickedness of the Nephites and “a voice came unto him.” 

This voice, was the voice of Heavenly Father.  Verse 4-5 read thus: “Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people.  And thou has not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.  And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.” We can see that the purple text, or verse 4 is the cause and the green text or verse 5 is the effect.  Because Nephi followed the Lord’s commandments and only sought to do His will, he is given blessings forever because Heavenly Father knows that Nephi will not try to do anything that is different from His will.  I think this is pretty cool, what an amazing blessing. 

We continue to read that Heavenly Father says that whatever Nephi binds or sets loose on earth, it will also be bound or loosed in heaven.  Read up to verses 16-17 and find that next cause and effect.  Because the angels _______ Nephi was able to ________.  Once again, miracles do happen on this earth.  They still happen today, people simply decide that they are flukes or happenstance, when really, God has his hand in everything.

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

 

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Mosiah

Mosiah 3

For whatever reason the Lord has seen fit, this chapter has spoken to my heart today.  That being said, I am pretty weepy at the moment and my heart is full (and so is my mind.)  I will encourage each and every one of you to go and read Mosiah 3 and see what it is that your heart is full of.

There are quite a few cause and effect statements throughout the 27 Mosiah 3 19verses, most of them calling us unto repentance and to apply the Atonement in our lives.  I encourage you to do so.

Jesus Christ is the only way for us to have redemption and this has been so since the fall of Adam.  We must become as little children, be meek, loving, humble and kind in order to be able to have our natures changed by and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

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

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Mosiah

Mosiah 2

We’re on a quest to find some cause and effect within the scriptures this week, and I don’t know how successful we will be with this particular chapter, but let’s take a gander and find out.

Mosiah “went and did” as commanded by his father and gathered all of the people.  Perhaps this was a cause and effect? Cause: Mosiah told the people to gather Effect: the people gathered.  What I really like here in verse 1 though is the where… at the temple.

Verse 2 brings another cause and effect, it states “And there were a great number, even so many that they did not number them; for they had multiplied exceedingly and waxed great in the land.”  Cause: they had to have been righteous Effect: they waxed great in the land. We have read many verses that tell us that if we live righteously, we will prosper.

The people gathered for many purposes as stated in verse 4, the first stated though, is the most important, “to give thanks to the Lord their God.”  They were also grateful for being safe from their enemies, peace in the land, that their teachers were just men, king Benjamin being a just man for his way of obtaining peace and teaching them the commandments of God.  Finishing this verse another cause and effect: Cause: king Benjamin taught them Effect: “they are filled with love towards God and all men.”

Verse 8 Cause: So many gathered that they couldn’t all fit on temple grounds Effect: a tower was erected so everyone could hear king Benjamin speak.Mosiah 2 9

In verse 9 king Benjamin begins his address by saying this: “I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me (a prophet of God), and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.” He continues in verses 10-15 and shows us how humble he truly is and lets his people know that this is not about himself, and he is no better than anyone else, he has labored along side of them and worked to keep them safe from their enemies, and worked to teach them the ways of the Lord.  He has suffered along side his brethren and he has done this throughout his appointment as king so that he can have a clear conscience before God. He was a king with great intention and integrity.

Mosiah 2 17Verse 17 continues with king Benjamin telling the people that he has provided his service to the people that they “may learn wisdom.”  Do you know leaders in your life that have this as their driving purpose?  And then this famous Latter-day saint scriptural quote at the end of verse 17; oh so true!  I love being able to provide service for my fellow man, even if only inside the walls of my home for my family members and know that the service I am doing is in the service of God.  What a great feeling! Verse 18 shows us that king Benjamin was leading by example, as all great leaders do.

Verse 19 leads us into king Benjamin teachings us (and his people) about indebtedness. He begins by letting us know that as we serve, we should rejoice and then follows this us with saying; even if you serve, if this is all that you do, you are in some serious hot water.  You must keep the commandments above all else and then serve. We are indebted to Jesus Christ for our creation, we are indebted for every little thing that we have and ever will, whether that be a tangible item, a feeling, a thought, and even life.

Verse 22 has another cause and effect, one that we have seen before: Cause: keep his commandments Effect: he doth bless you and prosper you. Mosiah 2 22

Verse 24 Cause and Effect…. Cause: keep the commandments that he requires Effect: Immediate blessings.

Starting in verse 27 king Benjamin shares why he has asked the people to gather: he wants to have a clean conscience before God, he wants to rid himself of the blood of his people, he wants to declare to the people that he will no longer lead them.  He follows this in verse 30 by letting the people know that God is supporting him as he speaks to them at this time, as he is very weak and old and ready to die.

Mosiah, the son of Benjamin, is declared to be the new king appointed at the end of verse 30.

Verse 31 brings a great promise to the people of Zarahemla along with a cause and effect.  Cause: keep my commandments, the commandments of Benjamin’s fathers, the commandments of God and those commandments of Mosiah given by God. Effect: “ye shall prosper in the land, and your enemies shall have no power over you.” Today, with all that is happening in the world, I wish that I were in Zarahemla for this promise.

Cause and Effect Verse 33: Cause: follow the spirit of the devil and die in sin Effect: eternal damnation.

I’m going to go ahead and jump to verse 41 that shares this (look at the picture.)

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And I leave this with you in the name of the Son, the Redeemer and Savior of the world, Amen.

 

 

 

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Mosiah

Mosiah 1

I had a great and uplifting time last night spending the evening with my ward Relief Society sisters in a lovely meal and crafting activity.   This morning, I am delving into the Book of Mosiah, keeping in mind that I am looking for cause and effects within the scriptures.

I would like to point out, for those of you new to the Book of Mormon, that the reading here changes a bit.  From 1 Nephi through the Words of Mormon, everything that has been written by the prophets up to this point has been in the first person.  As Mormon explained in the Words of Mormon, he abridged the record from this point forward from the large plates in order to combine everything together.  And now, from this point forward, we will be reading in the third person because of the abridgement that Mormon as he was lead by the Holy Spirit to do so.

Ending in the Book of Omni, Amaleki passed the plates over to king Benjamin because he knew him to be a wise and righteous man before God. And this is where we pick back up:

While we have seen in scriptures before with parents and siblings exhorting their families to be righteous and to follow Christ, in verses 2-3 we see that king Benjamin found it important to teach his children to read in the ancient language so that they could read the plates of brass and understand for themselves the engravings.  He tells his sons that without these plates and the engravings thereon, that they would have lived in ignorance and suffered not knowing the mysteries of God.  I like the use of the word mystery here, because it sounds nifty, but beyond that, the use of it allows for us to understand that those mysteries are revealed, so they are the words of the prophets which are, of course, of God.  King Benjamin continues to explain to his boys how important their forefathers were, from Lehi down to the present time and that without them, they would not know of the commandments and ways of the Lord.  He asks his children to remember the writings and know for themselves that they are true because they have the words in front of them.  To add some cause and effect to the beginning of this chapter, even though there aren’t any indicator words, we can deduce from king Benjamin that because the prophets wrote their words, the people of their time are able to learn of the mysteries of God.

King Benjamin wraps up his preaching to his sons, pleading with them to keep the commandments and live righteously and then holds back his son Mosiah so that he can prepare him to become the next king.  He tells Mosiah that he needs to go and gather the people so that king Benjamin can “give this people a name, that thereby they may be distinguished above all the people which the Lord God hath brought our of the land of Jerusalem.”  Upon giving the kingdom to Mosiah he also give him the plates of brass, the sword of Laban (it’s still going and at least 450 years old,) and the Liahona.

Wrapping up the chapter Mosiah, the son of king Benjamin followed the directions of his father to gather the people so that Benjamin could talk to them and perform the ceremonial needs of conferring the kingdom upon Mosiah.  And we see one last cause and effect in verse 17: Cause: the people were unfaithful Effect: “they did not prosper or progress in their journey, but were driven back, and incurred the displeasure of God upon them” and “they were smitten with famine and sore afflictions.”

I can’t wait for chapter 2, I love this part of the Book of Mormon.  I write this to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Omni

Omni

Omni, the son of Jarom, the grandson of Enos, the great-grandson of Jacob, the second great-grandson of Lehi is the author in the beginning of this chapter.  And as a note, I am looking for cause and effect within the scriptures this week.

Omni states in verse two that he is a wicked man and that he has not kept the commandments and statutes of the Lord as he should have, but he did fight much to preserve the Nephite people. He kept the plates and passed them on to his son named Amaron.

Amaron then kept the plates and told us in verse five that the more wicked parts of the Nephites have been destroyed.  We see a cause and effect statement in verse six.  Cause: “ye will not keep my commandments” Effect: “ye shall not prosper in the land.”  The Lord did spare the righteous though and did not allow them to be conquered by the Lamanites.

Amaron then delivers the plates to his brother Chemish.

Chemish witnesses the writings of Amaron and he then held the records with no further writings. Chemish turns the plates over to his son Abinadom. Abinadom doesn’t have much to share with us and he then turns the plates over to his son Amaleki.

Amaleki would be the fifth great-grandson of Lehi. He begins in verse twelve and is going to tell us of Mosiah who was a king over the land called Zarahemla.  Mosiah was warned by the Lord to leave the land of Nephi and take ans many people with him that would hearken unto the voice of God and go into the wilderness.  These people that fled into the wilderness were “led by many preachings and prophesyings” and came to the land of Zarahemla.  When these Nephites arrived in this land, there was much joy as the people believed that Mosiah was sent by the Lord (which he was.)  The people of Zarahemla were pleased that Mosiah came with the plates with the record of the Jews upon it.

After Mosiah began to meet with the people of Zarahemla, he learned that these people were carried out of Jerusalem at the time Zedekiah was king of Judah was taken captive by the Babylonians.  By the time that Mosiah met up with the people of Zarahemla, they had multiplied generously and and had many wars over the course of time.  Mosiah had his work cut out for him though, this small amount of learning must have been an exceptional trial, as the people of Zarahemla spoke a different language than the Nephites did and it would have been difficult to communicate.  Mosiah, however, began to teach them the current language that he spoke and a man named Zarahemla provided an oral record of genealogy.

The people combined, chose Mosiah to then be king over them.  While Mosiah was king, the people of Zarahemla brought him a large stone that was engraved and by the power of the Holy Ghost, Mosiah was able to translate these engravings.  This engraved stone held the account of Coriantumr and his people that were destroyed, Coriantumr had lived with the people of Zarahemla for less than a year.

Amaleki tells us at the end of verse 22 that the people of Coriantumr had left Jerusalem at the time of the Tower of Babel and that the bones of this people are to the north of their current location in Zarahemla.  Amaleki lived to see the death of king Mosiah and Mosiah’s son Benjamin took his stead.

There was more war and bloodshed, but under the watch of King Benjamin, the Nephites were able to push the Lamanites out of the land of Zarahemla.

Amaleki begins to grow old and he had no children, therefore, he decided to turn the plates over to king Benjamin.  In his parting words engraved upon the plates he writes: “exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages, and in all things which are good; for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord: and that which is evil cometh from the devil.”  He continues in verse 26 “My beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption.  Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.”

There weren’t a whole lot of cause and effect within the Book of Omni, but I know without a doubt that it was clear at this time, that if the people would live Christ centered lives and keep the commandments that God would be with them and that they would prosper, even in war.

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

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Jarom

Jarom

Jarom is the son of Enos, the grandson of Jacob, the great-grandson of Lehi. He states in verse 1 that he is writing according to the commandment given to him from his dad.  (Reminder note that we are searching this week for cause and effect within the scriptures)

Jarom continues to share with us that he can write no more of prophesying because he can’t say more than what his fathers have already said, but he does state that he did prophesy among the people. We learn that the Lamanites are still doing horrible things and that some, but not all of the Nephites are stiff-necked and hard-hearted. Those Nephites that are prospering have faith in the Messiah to come and have the Holy Spirit with them.

Wars and more wars, the Lamanites are said to have tried to fight the Nephites several times and because of the faith of the Nephite leaders and the power of God to be with them during these times, the Nephites were able to prevail against the Lamanites.
Verse 9 shares a cause and effect with us:

Cause: Nephites kept commandments Effect: the Lamanites did not prosper against the Nephites in war

Jarom tells us that there were many wars and that he kept record of them on the other plates and only wrote very little on the plates which are to share prophesy, and here he tells us that there were many prophets, teachers and priests that continually stirred the Nephites up to repentance reminding them of the promises of the Messiah if they only followed the commandments.

Jarom then turns over the small plates to his son Omni, of whom we will read about next.

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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