Moroni 8: 17 – 20, 21 – 24, 25 – 26, 27 – 30

Verse 17:  And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation.

Verse 18:  For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.

Verse 19:  Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, for they are all alive in Him because of His mercy.

Verse 20:  And he that saith that little children need baptism denieth the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of Him and the power of His redemption.

            How eloquently Mormon identifies the pureness of little children and the mercy of God in His treatment of their innocence. Charity for little children is part of perfect love. God’s view is stated clearly and concisely by Mormon.

Verse 21:  Wo unto such, for they are in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment. I speak it boldly; God hath commanded me. Listen unto them and give heed, or they stand against you at the judgment-seat of Christ.

Verse 22:  For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing

Verse 23:  But it is mockery before God, denying the mercies of Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit, and putting trust in dead works.

Verse 24:  Behold, my son, this thing ought not to be; for repentance is unto them that are under condemnation and under the curse of a broken law.

            The purpose of repentance is to help those who break God’s laws. Little children and those who cannot understand God’s laws or commandments do not need repentance for they cannot disobey what they are not capable of understanding. What comfort for parents who have children who are mentally challenged. Like little children, these innocents, are saved because of the mercies of Jesus Christ.

25 And the first fruits of repentance is baptism; and

baptism cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments; and

the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins;

26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and

because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost,

which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love,

which love endureth by diligence unto prayer,

until the end shall come,

when all the saints shall dwell with God.

            Mormon’s explanation of faith, repentance, baptism, commandments, and remission of sins is helpful to understanding how they work together. When we follow the Savior and He remits our sins, we realize how much we owe Him individually. This helps us be meek and humble for without Him we cannot return to Heavenly Father.

            This humility and broken heart allows us to be visited by the Holy Ghost who fills us with hope and perfect love and the ability to endure and we continue in prayer. When the end comes, those who love God and have kept His commandments will dwell with Him. To be able to dwell with God after this life is over or even to abide in His presence during this life, we must seek the qualities that will help us feel comfortable in His presence.

Verse 27:  Behold, my son, I will write unto you again if I go not out soon against the Lamanites. Behold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proven their destruction except they should repent.

Verse 28:  Pray for them, my son, that repentance may come unto them. But behold, I fear lest the Spirit hath ceased striving with them; and in this part of the land they are also seeking to put down all power and authority which cometh from God; and they are denying the Holy Ghost.

Verse 29:  And after rejecting so great a knowledge, my son, they must perish soon, unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which were spoken by the prophets, as well as the words of our Savior Himself.

Verse 30:  Farewell, my son, until I shall write unto you, or shall meet you again. Amen.

            Mormon wants to hope for his people, but he knows what they must do to be saved and they have rejected God’s power and authority. Salvation comes from God through Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ, no one can live in God’s presence after this life is over. The path is the same for each person who comes to earth.

            I’m grateful for Mormon’s letter to his son, because he teaches so plainly important truths for us to understand. These prophetic words bless my life because of increased understanding they give me. I know more clearly what I must seek for in attitudes and actions to prepare to life with God as well as to enjoy more fully His Holy Spirit while on earth.

            May we each be meek and humble so we can hear what the Lord would have us understand.

Dani

 

Moroni 8: 1 – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 12, 13 – 16

Verse 1: An epistle of my father Mormon, written to me, Moroni; and it was written unto me soon after my calling to the ministry. And on this wise did he write unto me, saying:

Verse 2: My beloved son, Moroni, I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you, and hath called you to His ministry, and to His holy work.

Verse 3: I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father in the name of His Holy Child, Jesus, that He, through His infinite goodness and grace, will keep you through the endurance of faith on His name to the end.

            His father’s expression of love and gratitude that his son is doing the Lord’s work must have touched Moroni’s heart and increased his own faith and gratitude. These words probably gave Moroni comfort many times during the years he was alone hiding from the Lamanites who sought to kill him. Knowing His father’s faith and trust both in the Lord and in him would have given him solace. I know that my parents’ expression of gratitude for my choices and efforts gave me strength to endure and continue doing my best. Good parents are an unmeasurable blessing to their children.

            It is interesting that Mormon spoke of Heavenly Father and His Son in his expression of prayer, thought, and faith for Moroni. We can understand Heavenly Father’s love a little better when we become parents.

Verse 4: And now, my son, I speak unto you concerning that which grieveth me exceedingly; for it grieveth me that there should disputations rise among you.

Verse 5: For, if I have learned the truth, there have been disputations among you concerning the baptism of your little children.

Verse 6: And now, my son, I desire that ye should labor diligently, that this gross error should be removed from among you; for, for this intent I have written this epistle.

            A gentle but determined encouragement to Moroni to work hard to put things right in an important spiritual matter. No blame is used in this strong language and command of correction. Faith in and love for his son is evidence as Mormon expresses strong feeling with respect. A good example of effective, constructive communication.

Verse 7: For immediately after I had learned these things of you I inquired of the Lord concerning the matter. And the word of the Lord came to me by the power of the Holy Ghost, saying:

Verse 8: Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in Me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in Me.

Verse 9: And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.

Verse 10: Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.

Verse 11: And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.

Verse 12: But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism!

            The truths that Jesus gave Mormon to teach to Moroni about the innocence of little children have brought great comfort to many parents’ hearts. The grief at losing a child is comforted somewhat in knowing that their little children are saved because they are pure. Baptism is necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven but little children who die without that ordinance are pure before God and will be in His kingdom.

            I also like the reminder here that the humility of a child is the state adults need to be saved in God’s kingdom. Repentance and baptism require humility to accept God’s will and way. Obedience to God is compared to a child’s obedience and submission to his or her parents.

Verse 13: Wherefore, if little children could not be saved without baptism, these must have gone to an endless hell.

Verse 14: Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell.

Verse 15: For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism.

Verse 16: Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear.

            Strong words spoken by God toward those who teach untruth as His words. Again, repentance is the way to change from wickedness and perversion. Repentance is a gift given to every person so each can choose to live in the Lord’s way and return Home to Him. Baptism follows repentance in the process of change. Little children are pure and do not need repentance nor baptism.

            May we seek to be humble in learning and living God’s truth.

Dani

Moroni 7: 27 – 28, 29 – 31, 32, 33 – 34

Verse 27:  Wherefore, my beloved brethren,

have miracles ceased because

Christ hath ascended into heaven, and

hath sat down on the right hand of God,

to claim of the Father

His rights of mercy which

He hath upon the children of men?

Verse 28:  For He hath answered the ends of the law, and

He claimeth all those who have faith in Him; and

they who have faith in Him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore He advocateth the cause of the children of men; and

He dwelleth eternally in the heavens.

            Heavenly Father will give to Jesus Christ what He asks of Him because Jesus Christ did all the things that Heavenly Father asked Him to do. This means that those who seek to follow Jesus Christ in obedience can receive the mercy He would give them for their desires and efforts in righteousness. He claims everyone who will have faith in Him and cleave to the good He has given. He advocates for His followers with His Father.

            This concept is hard for me to get my heart around. It is because of His love that He will forgive us, help us, sustain us, lift burdens from us. He asks us only to use His gifts to go Home to Heavenly Father. This deep love is not only our only answer to receiving the greatest of al the gifts of God, it is the way our burdens of life are lifted along the way. Let us be humble and follow Him.

Verse 29:  And because He hath done this,

my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased?

Behold I say unto you, Nay;

neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

          Jesus Christ went Home to Heavenly Father, but He does not forget us. He sends angels and prophets to teach and help us understand His Word and Gospel. He opens the way for us and answers our prayers, usually through other people. Let us strive to obey Him and help others along the way in the ways that we can.

Verse 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.

            Those who have faith in Jesus Christ can help others to feel His love and power. They can keep covenants to continue His work of ministering upon the earth. We each have the opportunity to be His hands in serving our fellow beings. We can help lift burdens and share His Word and Ways kindly and happily.

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 34:  And He hath said

Repent all ye ends of the earth, and

come unto me, and

be baptized in my name, and

have faith in me,

that ye may be saved.

            The Savior will answer our faith in Him with help and power to do all that He asks of us in following Him Home to Heavenly Father. If we will give our wills to Him and repent, obey His words, be baptized in His name, have faith in His way and help, He gives us the promise that we may be saved. Saved, not only to live again after this life is over through the resurrection of our bodies, but saved to live eternity in the presence of God, our Eternal Father, and Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son.

            Faith in Him will give the greatest of all rewards. We must have faith through the choices of our daily lives, through deep trials and suffering, as well as in the joy we enjoy in our lives through learning and in our relationships with each other. When we remember Him, obey His commandments, do His work, or make sincere efforts to do so, we have His promise of salvation.

            In addition, He helps us along the way. He strengthens us, He lets us share in the tender experiences of changing people’s lives through helping them and loving them. To be of service to others is an opportunity and blessing that brings us to understanding of the Savior perhaps better than anything else.

            Let us take time to understand Him through learning of Him, helping others, and praying for His Spirit.

Dani

Moroni 6: 1 – 3, 4, 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9

Verse 1: And now I speak concerning baptism. Behold, elders, priests, and teachers were baptized; and they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it.

Verse 2: Neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnessed unto the church that they truly repented of all their sins.

Verse 3: And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve Him to the end.

            These verses teach well about the role of the priesthood holders of the Church of Christ. The leaders as well as members followed the same guidelines for baptism. Baptism has requirements both of heart and actions. Each person seeking baptism had to act to show they were worthy of it. Worthiness was guided by actions, humility, and repentance. Church membership required wanting to take Jesus Christ’s name upon one and committing to serve Him to the end of one’s life.

            Why is there requirement for membership in the Church of Jesus Christ? Two things come to mind. One is that baptism is a covenant with God. Covenants are solemn promises and have consequences. To make a covenant without sincere intent mocks God. The other thing is also sacred. Jesus Christ suffered and died for each person. He loves each one. To take His name upon one’s self is to remember and honor that suffering with reverence. We will be accountable to God for how we keep our covenants. Our best effort is required of God.

Verse 4: And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their name were taken, 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.

            This verse adds insight into baptism and membership in Christ’s church. Baptism is a two part process. First, it is immersion in water and coming up out of the water in symbolism of coming up out of the grave into a new way of living a Christ like life. It is cleansing through the power of the Holy Ghost because one has repented of wrong doing and is committing to live Christ’s way from then on.

            Membership in the church of Christ is like membership in a family. Each person is noted, each is numbered and cared for. Baptism is entry into God’s kingdom. There is much to learn about living God’s ways. Members are to help each other to continue to grow in faith in Christ and righteous living of His way. We pray for each other, read the scriptures, and trust in Jesus Christ as we keep His commandments in our daily lives.   This is the day by day process of growing spiritually.

            It also just occurred to me that as we help each other, none of us is perfect. We are all along different places in the path of following Jesus Christ. Those who are further along the path are helpful to those just beginning or not as far along as they are. I have found that learning to live Jesus Christ’s Way is a multi layered process. Understanding of truth and eternal principles are layered to gain insight at different times in our individual lives and to be relearned at deeper levels.

Verse 5: And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.

Verse 6: And they did meet together of to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ.

           As church members, frequent contact to encourage, strengthen, and help each other is important. It is important to also meet for spiritual renewal of covenants and to remember Jesus Christ and His gifts to us. Having eternal understanding doesn’t make life’s challenges go away. As people, and as members of the Lord’s church, we need each other. The strength we gain from others as we face challenges binds our hearts to one another. Empathy and love grow when we help lift one another in our daily lives and in hard circumstances. Kindness strengthens ties between people.

Verse 7: And they were strict to observe that there should be no iniquity among them; and whoso was found to commit iniquity, and three witness of the church did condemn them before the elders, and if they repented not, and confessed not, their names were blotted out, and they were not numbered among the people of Christ.

Verse 8: But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.

           It takes humility to recognize weakness and sin, to acknowledge within ourselves that we knew better or that we could do better. Repenting is necessary for our spiritual growth. As humans, we make mistakes and have choices to make about our thoughts, actions, and direction. When following Jesus Christ is our desire, we must make course corrections regularly as we realize our shortcomings.

            Repentance is a great gift from Jesus Christ to each of us. We, through His grace, can change. We can put off our old selves and become new creatures through Him. It is an amazing gift He has given each of us that we can seek forgiveness and repent with real intent, and then be forgiven by Him.

Verse 9: And their meetings were conducted by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done.

            I have been in many meetings were I have felt the leading of the Holy Ghost through word, prayer, and song. The Lord’s Spirit has enveloped my soul with learning of truth and feeling of joy and comfort, love and faith. The teaching or preaching of others has often opened my mind to the things of God that has felt like a great spiritual feast of goodness and light. It is an amazing process and experience to learn of God through His Spirit while listening to words spoken or sung by others who have prepared with His Spirit to share and testify.

            May we each seek to learn the Lord’s way through repentance and covenants and strengthen one another.

Dani

Ether 12: 2 – 4, 6 -11, 12 – 18

Verse 2: And Ether was a prophet of the Lord; wherefore Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr, and began to prophesy unto the people, for he could not be restrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him.

Verse 3: For he did cry from the morning, even until 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

Verse 4: Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.

           The Spirit of the Lord leads us to speak righteously. It helps us speak the things of God. It helps us to testify of Him and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It helps us see our need for repentance and strengthens our faith.

            Belief in God, hope for His promises to be active in our lives now and in the future, comes from faith in His plan, His truth, and His word. Faith is acting on our belief that allows our focus to be on God and His work. His purpose anchors our souls to glorify God and do His works. I’m grateful for prophets who testify of the things of God. Their words have blessed my life from its beginning. They help me see and understand purpose in life and the Holy Spirit testifies to me of how to act upon their words.

Verse 6:  And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Verse 7: For it was by faith that Christ showed himself unto our fathers, after He had risen from the dead; and He showed not himself unto them until after they had faith in Him; wherefore, it must needs be that some had faith in Him, for He showed Himself not unto the world.

Verse 8: But because of the faith of men He has shown Himself unto the world, and glorified the name of the Father, and prepared a way that thereby others might be partakers of the heavenly gift, that they might hope for those things which they have not seen.

Verse 9: Wherefore, ye may also have hope, and be partakers of the gift, if ye will but have faith.

Verse 10: Behold it was by faith that they of old were called after the holy order of God.

Verse 11: Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given. But in the gift of His Son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled.

            Moroni’s definition and description of faith helps me understand the necessity of believing before I see. By hoping for the result I want and believing Jesus Christ’s words to His prophets, my faith helps me act obediently to the commandments and to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. My continued efforts to have faith, keep me hoping and believing. Then the miracles and tender mercies that come to me as a result, strengthen my faith and help me know that God is aware of me and His promises are true.

            Over the years, in the challenges of my life, I have chosen to hope and to believe in Jesus Christ and His words. I have acted in faith as best as I could and miracles and answers to my prayers have happened over and over. Sometimes these answers have been immediate, and some small, but sometimes they have taken years to come about. Many of these heavenly gifts have been big to me because they fulfilled the desires of my heart. No matter the length of time they take to come, I know that they will come according to Heavenly Father’s will.

            I have learned to trust His will above my own because His timing and gifts work better than my own limited understanding. Over and over I have seen this in my life. I continue to act with faith that current challenges will be worked out through His will and timing. I wait upon the Lord and seek to do my best. I make mistakes, but He patiently teaches me through the Holy Ghost. I’m grateful for the examples of faith that Moroni gives because these add to my own understanding and experiences.

Verse 12:  For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, He showed not Himself until after their faith.

Verse 13: Behold, it was the faith of Alma and Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth.

Verse 14: Behold, it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost.

Verse 15: Behold, it was the faith of Ammon and his brethren which wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites.

Verse 16: Yea, and even all they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith, even those who were before Christ and also those who were after.

Verse 17: And it was by faith that the three disciples obtained a promise that they should not taste of death; and they obtained not the promise until after their faith.

Verse 18: And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God.

            These reminders of what faith can do for individuals helps me realize that faith is something to be chosen and the choice makes a difference. Faith makes a difference for me and for those around me. The individuals whose faith Moroni cites were ordinary people who choose to have faith in Jesus Christ. Their choices of faith created miracles. I believe our choices of faith in Jesus Christ can also create miracles. In fact, I know they do, for I have seen it myself.

            Let us choose faith in Jesus Christ and let His work be done in our lives and the lives of people around us, especially our families. The world will be better as we do so. Our world will be better as we choose faith in Jesus Christ.

Dani

Ether 4: 15, 16 – 19

Verse 15: Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which He made unto your fathers, O house of Israel.

Verse 16: And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.

Verse 17: Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land.

           Prayer, humility, willingness to hear and change – small things with great potential for each of us. These give us the ability to see, hear, and know the things of God. These prepare us to recognize the Lord’s hand in all things even in our lives and in our day.

            When we see the New Testament revelations of John taking place, we will know that the promises of the Lord are happening. When we receive the record that is the Book of Mormon, we will see His work upon the earth.

Verse 18: Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name.

Verse 19: And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.

            Jesus Christ’s invitation is plain and for everyone: repent, come unto Him, believe in His gospel, receive the signs He gives, be faithful to Him, and then the promise is for these to be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom specially prepared from the beginning of the world for them. Will we choose Him and His way to happiness. Will we walk in His path of love and service. Will we rely upon His promises of eternity.

            To be damned is to be stopped in our eternal progress. Those who choose not to change in this life will be stopping the progress of their eternal potential.

            The choice is ours and the consequences of the choice are ours. What will we choose. Who will we become. Whose are we. Let us be wise as we consider these things. Let us evaluate our hearts to see what is there. Let us look to God and live happily in the hereafter.

            May we choose that which matters most to our eternal happiness.

Dani

Mormon 9: 29, 30 – 37

Verse 29: See that ye are not baptized unworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ unworthily; but see that ye do all things in worthiness, and do it in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God; and if ye do this, and endure to the end, ye will in nowise be cast out.

            As we partake of the tokens of faith and covenant, in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, we need to do with real intent, desire, and clean hands and heart. Worthy – honestly trying the best we can to honor and follow Jesus Christ. He has already suffered for us, taking upon Himself our sins, mistakes, weaknesses, hurt, pain, etc. To mock that loving sacrifice, mocks our Savior and Redeemer’s gift and love and casts us out from its saving influence.

Verse 30: Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words.

Verse 34: 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 He hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.

Verse 35: And these things are written that we may rid our garments of the blood of our brethren, who have dwindled in unbelief.

Verse 36: And behold, these things which we have desired concerning our brethren, yea, even their restoration to the knowledge of Christ, are according to the prayers of all the saints who have dwelt in the land.

Verse 37: And may the Lord Jesus Christ grant that their prayers may be answered according to their faith; and may God the Father remember the covenant which He hath made with the house of Israel; and may He bless them forever, through faith on the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

           These final words of Moroni identify that he knew he was writing for future readers who would speak a different language than he was writing. Moroni knew that descendants of the Lamanites would be readers of the record because of those who had prayed for them to have these truths. Moroni’s prayer was that the faithful prayers would be answered and the covenant people of the Lord would be remembered through their faith on Jesus Christ.

            Moroni had seen the destruction of his people because they rejected Jesus Christ and His servants. Moroni desired the words of his father’s record to bring people to a remembrance of Jesus Christ, His commandments, and His covenant with Israel. He wanted people to be saved by believing in Jesus Christ, repenting of their sins, valuing their covenants with God: Something his own people had not done.

            Surely, hope as well as despair filled his heart in his circumstances. He was alone of his race, persecuted by his enemies, unsure how the end of his years would play out. But still he testified of Jesus Christ as the hope of Israel, the place of peace, and wanting the record he was finishing to make a difference for future generations.

            Does Moroni’s writings make a difference to us? Do they change our understanding of how to live righteously? Do they give us strength to do what we know is right? They have changed my life. They have given me purpose and knowledge and sureness in following Jesus Christ. They give me hope in doing better and faith for our future as we prepare for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth in our day.

            I’m grateful for Moroni’s efforts and sacrifice. They bless my life. Will you let them bless yours?

Dani

Mormon 9: 21 – 25, 26 – 28

Verse 21: Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

Verse 22:  For behold, thus said Jesus Christ, the Son of God, unto His disciples who should tarry, yea, and also to all His disciples, in the hearing of the multitude: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;

Verse 23: And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned;

Verse 24: And these signs shall follow them that believe—in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover;

Verse 25: And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing, unto him will I confirm all my words, even unto the ends of the earth.

            What marvelous promises are these for those who believe in Jesus Christ. Those who ask the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, doubting nothing, shall have it granted to him. Have you taken advantage of this promise? Have you received through your faith in Jesus Christ what you have asked of Heavenly Father in His name?

            I have had answers to my prayers, both large and small. I know God hears and cares about what matters to us. He has heard my pleas and given me so many things for which I have sought. I haven’t received everything that I have wanted, but I have received a majority of my requests. Sometimes the answers have come almost immediately; some answers have come within a week or a month. Some answers have come after years of prayers. Each has been a miracle to me. I have recognized God’s hand in the answer received. In His wisdom, He has given the answer that was best for me.

            These many experiences with prayer to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ have become a solid foundation to my faith in Jesus Christ and my testimony of God’s love and goodness. I know that God cares about each of us. I know that as we seek, we will find. I know that we can trust in His timing. I know that we can get through hard experiences with increased understanding and improvement by seeking God’s help.

            We change and grow through our sincere prayers to Heavenly Father. Our souls expand, our understanding increases, we learn to trust Him through our experiences of prayer in the name of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

            His words have been confirmed in my soul through my life’s experiences. He lives. He loves us. He wants us to come unto Him.

Verse 26: And now, behold, who can stand against the works of the Lord? Who can deny His sayings? Who will rise up against the almighty power of the Lord? Who will despise the works of the Lord? Who will despise the children of Christ? Behold, all ye who are despisers of the works of the Lord, for ye shall wonder and perish.

Verse 27:  O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before Him.

Verse 28: Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.

         Moroni identifies that those who fight against and despise the Lord’s work will perish unless they change, or repent. The simple act of sincere prayer and desire to believe will help people begin to come unto the Lord. The way is laid out in the scriptures. Humble study of the scriptures will lead to the Lord. This will aid in understanding how to serve God. Following this path helps one learn that God is true and He does live.

            I have utilized this proccess in my life, and I know it works. Simple humble prayer and honest sincere study of the scriptures has helped me know what to say and how to act in God’s way. The changes these daily activities have brought about in my heart and mind have brought me closer to God. Continued seeking over decades has brought me many answers to prayers, tender mercies of the Lord, and knowledge of His goodness. I know God lives and loves us because I have followed His plan and it has brought me closer to Him. I’m not perfect but I have become more worthy than I was.

            We can each change if we come unto Jesus Christ with broken hearts and contrite spirits. He will make more of us than we can make of ourselves. I know this is true.

Dani

Mormon 6: 6, 17, 21; 7: 3, 5 – 7, 8 – 9, 10

Verse 6: And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.

       The older I get the more I relate to Mormon’s description of beginning to be old. Getting old is a process with a beginning. As he sees his physical capacities declining, he thinks of the records which he has had charge of during most of his life. He prepared his abridgement and gave it to his son. With the destruction of his people in his declining years, his son’s faithfulness must have brought great comfort to Mormon.

Verse 17: O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!

         Mormon’s anguish for the people he had loved and served all of his life can be felt in his exclamation. How can someone who has felt God’s love reject our Savior who loves them and invites them to come to Him for comfort, healing, safety, peace, and spiritual protection? Yet, even in our day, so many people reject the One who would help them to get Home to Heavenly Father.

Verse 21: And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, to be judged according to your works; and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you.

         Mormon reminds us that we will all die and all be resurrected. He reminds us that we will stand before Christ to be judged. Those who chose righteous works and the Savior’s Atonement will be blessed. The righteous will be united with their ancestors who also chose the Savior’s way. Oh, please come to the Savior. Learn of Him; take His yoke upon you; let Him be your Redeemer.

Chapter 7

Verse 3:  Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved.

Verse 5:  Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, and that He was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father He hath risen again, whereby He hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in Him is the sting of death swallowed up.

Verse 6: And He bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand before His judgment-seat.

Verse 7: And He hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby He that is found guiltless before Him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in His kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.

            Mormon outlines here in a simple way what our responsibility is and what Jesus Christ has done for us so that we can fulfill our responsibility. We must repent. We must come to an understanding of the past, and of the things which need to be changed in our lives, giving up sins and iniquities, even those that were passed down in our families, and believe in who Jesus Christ is and what He did for us to give us resurrection and repentance.

            Because He knows us intimately and has experienced our pains and hurts Jesus Christ is qualified to judge us. He took upon Himself our iniquities so He can help us overcome them. He loves us. It is our responsibility to learn that for ourselves. It is our privilege to love Him.

Verse 8: Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.

Verse 9:  For behold, this is written for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.

            Mormon clearly outlines what we can do to follow Jesus Christ. We can have faith in Him, repent, be baptized, live His gospel, and study God’s words in the Bible and the Book of Mormon so that we can know of the power of God for ourselves.

Verse 10:  And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant; and if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized, first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savior, according to that which He hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen.

            If we will believe in Jesus Christ, and choose to be baptized, follow the example of Jesus Christ, and obey His commandments, it will be well with us in the day of judgment. Simple, straight forward tasks each of us can do and work at to the best of our ability.

            Let us heed Mormon’s pleadings so that all can be eternally well for us and our families.

Dani

3 Nephi 28: 9 – 10, 11, 18, 23, 33, 34 – 35

Verse 9:  And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow save it be for the sins of the world; and all this will I do because of the thing which ye have desired of me, for ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto me, while the world shall stand.

Verse 10:  And for this cause ye shall have fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one;

            This promise to the Nephite disciples to whom Jesus was speaking teaches me not only what is important for my focus and motive but the joy to be had forever by helping other people understand Heavenly Father’s plan for our happiness.

            To desire to bring souls unto Christ and to have this as our motive and where we put our thoughts and efforts will allow us to share the joy of God with those who love Him.

            There are so many ways we can help people know Jesus Christ better. We can treat them with love and kindness as He taught us to. We can serve unselfishly. We can use forgiveness, repentance, compassion, love, respect, faith, prayer, love, work, and wholesome recreation activities to build and strengthen relationships with others. We can be honest and true and caring with others. We can testify of Him and how living His Gospel blesses us.

Verse 11: And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and the Father giveth the Holy Ghost unto the children of men, because of me.

            Each person can come to know him or herself of Heavenly Father’s love because the Holy Ghost will bear record to those who seek this marvelous truth. Every person is valued by God because we are each one His spirit child. Every person is valued by Jesus Christ because He suffered the pains of every person out of His love for us and so He can heal us and help us through mortality.

            Oh, to seek to know for oneself is a wondrous journey that brings great joy. It has for me. I know Heavenly Father loves each of us for He has taught me so. So many tender mercies have shown me the love and care Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me. I know They love each person. You can know that yourself if you will seek.

Verse 18: But this much I know, according to the record which hath been given—they did go forth upon the face of the land, and did minister unto all the people, uniting as many to the church as would believe in their preaching; baptizing them, and as many as were baptized did receive the Holy Ghost.

            The servants of God seek to help each person return to live with God by teaching them His truth and helping them understand how to live it through selfless sacrifice. God’s servants are people who love Him and learn to seek to do His Will His Way. Their motivation is their love for God and their love for His children. Missionaries are examples of selfless servants who spend their time helping others. Leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ also give huge amounts of time to help Church members. Not one person is perfect but they seek to do the best they can where they are and as they grow.

            My life has been blessed through the service others have given me. I appreciate the time they have taken, without pay, to listen to me and strengthen my journey Home to Heavenly Father. I have been grateful for my opportunity to serve others in the Church for I have gained deeper understanding, appreciation, and love for individuals. Service ties our hearts together. Unity has increased, relationships strengthened, and the will of God accomplished through selfless service.

Verse 23: And it came to pass that thus they did go forth among all the people of Nephi, and did preach the gospel of Christ unto all people upon the face of the land; and they were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto the church of Christ, and thus the people of that generation were blessed, according to the word of Jesus.

            The gospel of Christ has the healing power to solve each person’s, country’s, and society’s problems. No matter the challenges faced, learning to understand and live Christ’s gospel brings peace, love, and joy to individuals and communities. Of course it takes effort, self-discipline, and cooperation. We begin with ourselves and we reach out to those within our circle of influence especially our families, our neighbors, and our own communities.

            As we look at our how we can live our lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and pray to Heaven for help, God’s answers will come. We learn and understand how to be more kind, honest, forgiving, compassionate, loving, obedient, etc. We change. Others change. It is a beautiful cycle, simple, but requiring us to be willing give up our sins and weaknesses for the benefit of others as well as ourselves. It works, for I have seen it in my own life and the lives of others. It is a wondrous blessing.

Verse 33: And if ye had all the scriptures which give an account of all the marvelous works of Christ, ye would, according to the words of Christ, know that these things must surely come.

            We have many scriptures but we do not yet have them all. The promise is that those who treasure what they have will receive more. God has spoken to His prophets throughout time. Their records of His words are scripture. Scriptures bless us as we seek to understand and live the principles of truth that they contain. They help us hear God’s voice.

            I look forward to learning of all the marvelous works of Christ as given in all the scriptures written throughout earth’s time. Perhaps that time will be when Jesus Christ comes again to reign upon the earth for one thousand years of peace.

Verse 34: And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus, and also to them whom He hath chosen and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus and the words of those whom He hath sent receiveth not Him; and therefore He will not receive them at the last day;

Verse 35: And it would be better for them if they had not been born. For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under feet of men, that thereby salvation might come?

            The only way Home to God is through Jesus Christ. Receiving Him through His word and through His servants is the pathway Home. Those who refuse this journey will not be received by Him who loves them most. He will not force His will upon anyone.

            Let us listen to and remember God’s words and rejoice and be glad.

Dani