Thursday, February 25, 2010
6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.
8 And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the agifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are bdifferent ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the cSpirit of God unto men, to profit them.
20 Wherefore, there must be afaith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
21 And except ye have acharity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.
22 And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in adespair; and despair cometh because of iniquity.
23 And Christ truly said unto our fathers: aIf ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me.
32 Yea, acome unto Christ, and be bperfected in him, and cdeny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and dlove God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be eperfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye asanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the bblood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your csins, that ye become dholy, without spot.
I have loved reading the Book of Mormon this past year with you and only wish that I would have been more consistent in my posts! I know the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Christ and I know as I read and study it, my life is so enriched and my perspective is clearer. I have a testimony that Christ is our Savior and in our times of trouble he is also our friend. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
An invitation to enter into the rest of the Lord—Pray with real intent—The Spirit of Christ enables men to know good from evil—Satan persuades men to deny Christ and do evil—The prophets manifest the coming of Christ—By faith miracles are wrought and angels minister—Men should hope for eternal life and cleave unto charity. Between A.D. 400 and 421
Outline of important principles:
vs 3: Peaceable followers of Christ have hope that they will soon enter into the rest of the Lord.
vs 5: By their works shall you know them: For if their works be good, then they be good also.
vs 6: Pray with real intent
vs 12: All things which are good come of God
vs 15: "For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night."
This verse is awesome. What a powerful promise, that we can know something with such great surety. For some reason, I never realized that the Lord has promised us something so great, but seeing it here gives me hope and faith. I think this is a great verse to draw on time and again, as a reminder that the Lord will make all things known unto us, if we ask in faith. He will help us make righteous decisions that will lead us where we need to go. "Wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God." This gives so much comfort to me. We have the opportunity to know with a perfect knowledge, things tbat are of God. What a tremendous blessing that is and will be to us in our lives.
vs 18: Judge righteously
vs 19-25: Through faith and Christ, we are able to lay hold on every good thing.
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have aangels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
30 For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.
31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.
32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.
33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is cexpedient in me.
This is also another good reminder of principles I could never hear enough. As hard as this life may be at times, we have that hope to hold onto, that miracles still happen. The Lord is ever mindful of us, and He loves us. Even tho it is a necessary part of life, I know the Lord does not like to see us suffering. That is why He provides so many ways for us to feel of His love. Our Savior, and the Love of God and Christ are what will help us get through this life. Love is the bright spot we have to hold onto in this life. Along with that, we have the promise of always having the Holy Ghost to dwell in our hearts and help guide us. What an incredible promise. Isn't it also awesome to think that we still have angels here among us? Those who have the faith will be blessed to see them in this life, perhaps in times where they need extra guidance or extra help. The glorious works of God will not cease on this earth.
41 And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
42 Wherefore, if a man have faith he bmust needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.
43 And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But 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.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
I hate to just copy straight from the scriptures, but what better way to wrap up the beautiful promises made in this chapter? This chapter truly helps us to understand the eternal picture and what awaits us in the life to come. Heavenly Father truly loves us. Our Savior truly loves us. They want us to return to live with them some day, and they know we will need reminders along the way. We will need them to hold our hands at times. This Gospel is a beautiful thing. We are so blessed to have it in our lives.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
One thing that caught my attention was how incredibly wicked the people had become. There were literally no righteous left among them, except for Moroni. He had to go into hiding because he would not deny Christ. And those who were righteous were killed. It is scary to think that people can be so wicked. I guess we have seen that in our days too. When the church first was restored to the earth, it was met with much opposition. People were persecuted and slain for their testimonies, namely Joseph Smith. It is amazing the influence that Satan can have over the hearts of men if they let him. That is why a sure testimony of Christ is so important in this life. There are so many ways that Satan can destroy us today, if we give in to the natural man. We need our Savior to strengthen us, to remind us of our eternal potential, to push us towards righteousness, and to encourages us to continue on. Christ is the light and hope that we need to hold onto in these perilous times. We cannot deny Him. It would be a fate worse than death. That is why Joseph Smith (I believe...maybe I am wrong) said that true religion requires the sacrifice of all things. In the end, we will be blessed more than we can fathom now. What lies beyond this life is so much more glorious than anything we could have in this life. With that great sacrifice comes the promise of a beautiful eternity with our families, our God, and our Savior...we will be forever surrounded by those with whom we share the greatest love in this life. We do not yet know what we will be called to do in this life, but we need to hold on to the light and the hope of Christ to get through whatever it may be.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Summary: Moroni is commanded to seal up the writings of the brother of Jared—They shall not be revealed until men have faith even as the brother of Jared—Christ commands men to believe his words and those of his disciples—Men are commanded to repent and believe the gospel and be saved.
11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believe my words will not believe me—that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world.
What an amazing opportunity we have to listen to counsel directly from the Savior in this chapter. He loves us so much, and all He asks is for us to believe in Him. I think, when we truly believe in Him, it can change our lives. Because we believe in Him, we will have a desire to do all things good, as He promised. Christ is the constant light in this world when all else seems lost and dark. He is that one hope we can always hold on to. He sacrificed everything because He loves us, and He wanted us to have someone to turn to in times of sorrow and need, and even times of joy. He is the reason we can experience joy in this life. Our testimonies of Christ are an amazing gift. We are so blessed to know Him. Not only do we have someone to turn to in times of need, but we also have someone who can help share our burdens, and help us become clean again when we make mistakes. Part of that all-encompassing goodness includes having a broken heart and contrite spirit. It includes acknowledging your weaknesses and being made whole again.
In this chapter, I believe that the Savior speaks of the wickedness of the people with great sadness. After all that happened when He came to this earth, the people still lost their way, and He had to let them go. But He offered them/us hope and a great reminder, that when we are ready, we know to whom we should turn. And He will be waiting there with open arms to embrace us.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
21 And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness, and their secret works, or the secret works of those people who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings, and all their wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters.
29 Therefore ye shall keep these secret plans of their oaths and their covenants from this people, and only their wickedness and their murders and their abominations shall ye make known unto them; and ye shall teach them to abhor such wickedness and abominations and murders; and ye shall also teach them that these people were destroyed on account of their wickedness and abominations and their murders. (Alma 37).
So apparently the main lesson of the Jaredites is supposed to be a cautionary tale of secret combinations. Those are something I've never really understood, but we are warned by leaders today that they are still very present. It's a little scary, because we see in this people and with the Nephites how secret combinations can undermine and ruin an entire society. They start out as a small, secret group and eventually grow until the point that they are no longer a secret because everyone is apart of it.
This chapter establishes the genealogy of Ether back to Jared and describes how the Jaredites were spared when the Lord confounded the languages at the tower of Babel. I think we can deduce a few things from how Jared and his brother are described. I used to be confused and wondered why Jared didn't pray himself. But I think that his brother, who we know was named Mahonri Moriancumer, must have been the prophet, while Jared was the head of the family. So Jared too was a very faithful man, but he knew that his brother could receive revelation for them all. So he prays and is told that they need to leave and the Lord will guide them to a choice land.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Assuming you read the chapter, did you love it? I’m sure I have read this chapter multiple times throughout my life, but this time through, I loved it! What an incredible blessing it is to know where we are going after we die, and that there is a plan for us! There is a process and we know about it! I know I take for granted the knowledge I have about the Plan of Salvation. And even still, after hearing this lesson many, many times, I still continue to learn more! We truly learn the mysteries of God line up line, precept upon precept! Our minds and knowledge continue to expand as we study the scriptures and learn of Him! It’s absolutely incredible! Everyone should hear what we know! :)
I already stated that I loved this chapter, and I highly recommend reading this chapter if you haven’t already. Moroni is such an incredible man and this last chapter in Mormon is incredibly powerful!
A few parts stood out to me…
Moroni is addressing those who do not believe in Christ, and goes on to tell them…
v.4, “Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and just God, under a consciousness of your afilthiness before him, than ye would to dwell with the bdamned souls in chell.”
We truly have a loving God. I do not think of “hell” as a punishment really, but as an act of mercy. How sad God will be that some of his children will not dwell in his presence, and if he “forced” it, this is exactly what it would be like. The final judgment will be a just judgment, and we will be in the best place for us.
I also find this principle fascinating and it rings true. Verse 14, “And then cometh the ajudgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is bfilthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.” I find this interesting because we often live our lives in some degree of denial of who we, and others, really are! This life is a probationary state where we have the opportunity to become the best people we can! If we do not work on perfecting ourselves here, it will not be any easier (probably even more difficult) in the next life! We will be the same after we die!
I really like the last parts of chapter 9, verses 21-29ish because there are many specific instructions given…
- Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;(v.21)
- And he that abelieveth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be bdamned; (v.23)
- strip yourselves of all uncleanness, (v.28)
- See that ye are not baptized aunworthily; (v.29)
- see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ bunworthily (v.29)
I also find it interesting how Moroni explains their language…
(v.32 –34) ”And now, behold, we have written this record according to our knowledge, in the characters which are called among us the areformed Egyptian, being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech. And if our plates had been asufficiently large we should have written in Hebrew; but the Hebrew hath been altered by us also; and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold, ye would have had no bimperfection in our record. But the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also that none other people knoweth our language; and because that none other people knoweth our language, therefore hath prepared ameans for the interpretation thereof. “
Have a wonderful 2010!