Ether 12

Ether has arrived and in the days of Ether Coriantumr was the king and Ether was a prophet of the Lord.  The Spirit of the Lord was so strong with Ether that he could not be restrained and in verse three we read “for he did cry from the morning, even unto the going down of the sun, exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyed, saying unto them that by faith all things are fulfilled.”  Have you ever stood out on your porch or walked around your neighborhood or town and cried repentance unto those that are among you for an entire day?   While in the grand scheme of things, we have read of other prophets preaching for longer, but remember Ether has a very strong Spirit with him.  Ether prophesied “great and marvelous things” to the people, but they simply didn’t believe.

Moroni does some interjection here and he tells us of faith.  Perhaps one of his most famous quotes is found right here and he says “faith is things which are hoped for and not seen”.  Isn’t that so very true?  I love this quote and probably always will.  I love to know that when I hope, I am invoking the power of faith.  Moroni continues to show us many examples of faith that we can read elsewhere in the scriptures.  Faith in Jesus Christ, the Atonement, and the Resurrection are everywhere.  By faith, mountains have been moved, literally.

As Moroni writes, he tells of a conversation that he had with the Lord.  We learn that Moroni believed that his own writings were weak and not strong enough for man.  The Lord tells Moroni that only fools will mock and that He gives men weakness so that theyEther 12 27 will humble themselves before the Lord and be made strong.  The Lord tells Moroni “I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me-the fountain of all righteousness (verse 28).”

From verse 28 through the end of Ether 12, brings me to tears.  And as such, I will not write about them, but ask that you have a prayer, open your heart and read these verses for yourself, as they pierce my soul.

I testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he shed his blood on Gethsamane and on Calvary so that I may live again.  I testify that He was resurrected on the third day, and that he defeated the grave and that one day, each of us will be resurrected as well and face Him in judgment for our action or inaction.  I love the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and am thankful for His infinite atonement on my behalf, and yours.

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


Helaman 14

Going backwards one tiny step here… when I started reading Helaman 13, I noticed that the year was approximately 6 BC.  And my original thoughts were excitement that it is almost time for Christ to be born and be alive on the earth.  I get a little anxious and excited when this part comes.  It’s a great part of the Book of Mormon and we will hear some more from Samuel the Lamanite here in Helaman 14 and look to see if there are and cause and effect statements within the chapter.

Verse 2 starts us by learning that Christ will come in five years… this is getting exciting!  Samuel then tells us that the people in this land shall know that He will come when there are great lights in heaven and that there will be a day and a night and a day as if it were one day… there would be no darkness.  Christ is the light! There will also be a new star that rises in the sky, this goes right along with the prophesy that we read in the New Testament. We learn more that Samuel has had communication with an angel who has told him what to say unto the people, and that is to “repent and prepare the way of the Lord.” (verse 9).

Samuel continues and recognizes that the Nephites are angry with him and want to destroy him because of his prophecy, but he clearly states that he will say what needs to be said and that they will not be able to deny that they have been told.  Do we not see this in today’s world with missionaries all over?  People are told of Christ, people choose not to listen…. it shall bring them to a final destination of their choosing.  As Samuel still stands atop the wall, the explains the Atonement and Resurrection of Christ.  The need for repentance is made clear and that if one chooses not to repent in this life, they choose their eternal damnation.

Next, Samuel tells us of the perilous times to come when Christ perishes from the earth.  We learn that there shall be a night for the space of three days and that there shall be terrible storms upon the planet and there will be great destruction.  Many graves shall be opened and saints shall appear unto many…. While I wouldn’t really want to be present for all the storms, would you just love to see the saints coming?

In closing of this post, I’m going to quote the last two verses, because I feel that they are truly a great summation of what needs doing, yesterday, today, and until the Second Coming of Christ.

“And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.  He hath given unto you that ye mnight know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.”  Your call.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Alma 40

This chapter is still Alma speaking to Corianton.  And I am still using the principles and doctrine study skill set.  I hope you find something to use from this post!

Do you ever worry about the resurrection of the dead?  I have a girlfriend who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but she loves the interpretation that the LDS hold over the resurrection of the dead.   She and I have been friends for 25 years and when we were teenagers we lost a dear friend to suicide.  My girlfriend has attended several churches throughout her life and several months ago, she and I were chatting about our lost friend and she asked me what I felt and believed happened to him after he departed his time here on Earth.

I really like the readings from verse 3-10, but that is not my focus today, however, it is great to know that Alma, as a prophet shared his knowledge.  Knowledge, not belief, be clear on that.  Verse 11 reads: “that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.”  There is more, verse 12 teaches: “the spirits that are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorry.”  I don’t need to know anymore than this when she and I discuss where our old friend is at.  He is in paradise, free from sorrow and care.

Now, of course, there is the opposite for those that were not righteous in their living here on Earth.  Those that were wicked and chose a life of evil are taken to outer darkness and there they stay until the time of resurrection.

Both paradise and outer darkness are gospel doctrine, are they not?

Next, Alma teaches Corianton more about his thoughts of a first and second resurrection of the dead.  Alma pretty much says that it matters not to us here on Earth when this happens, as God knows when it will happen.  Heavenly Father’s time is the only time that matters.

Now, verse 23, happens to be one of my husband’s favorites in all of Book of Mormon (you can figure out why): “The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair if the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.”  And we will talk a little more about that in Alma 41.

This chapter closes with a solid mention of some doctrine in verse 26: “and no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God; bu they are cast out, and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or their works, which have been evil; and they drink the dregs of a bitter cup.”

I’ll leave this post at that… what cup will you be drinking from?

Sending my warm thoughts in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.