Verse 3: Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
As I ponder the scriptures that record God’s interactions with men since the days of Adam, I marvel that God is patient and kind with mankind’s weaknesses and folly. He is willing to help us learn and grow in righteousness. As I think of my own weaknesses and mistakes, I’m grateful that He is forgiving. I’m grateful for Jesus Christ’s Atonement that allows our sins to be forgiven and forgotten.
Verse 4: And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
This promise of Moroni written in the Book of Mormon has blessed me throughout my life. I remember first reading the Book of Mormon when I was around eight years old because I wanted to know for myself that it was true. After reading first and second Nephi, I gave up because it was too hard for me to understand. I tried again a few years later, perhaps read further but didn’t finish.
When I was sixteen years old, I read the Book of Mormon all the way through. At first as I read, I would pray in my heart to know whether it was true. By the time I was halfway through the Book of Mormon I knew that I was reading the truth. When I finished reading, I prayed with thanksgiving that I knew it was true but also asked for a further confirmation. It came in the form of knowing by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was God’s words to His prophets of Ancient America. The Holy Ghost has given me that witness over and over again in the years since as I have read and studied the Book of Mormon. I know it is truth. Its truth has helped me for many decades through my life.
Verse 5: And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Verse 6: And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that He is.
Verse 7: And ye may know that He is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for He worketh by power according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.
Truth can be known by individuals through the power of the Holy Ghost. Good and true things acknowledge Jesus Christ. It is men and women’s faith that allows God’s power to work in our lives.
Verse 8: And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different 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 Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.
Verse 9: For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom;
Verse 10: And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
Verse 11: And to another, exceedingly great faith; and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
Verse 12: And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles;
Verse 13: And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things;
Verse 14: And again, to another, the beholding of angels and ministering spirits;
Verse 15: And again, to another, all kinds of tongues;
Verse 16: And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of divers kinds of tongues.
Verse 17: And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come unto every man severally, according as He will.
Verse 18: And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ.
The gifts of God come unto mankind both as they seek them and for God’s purposes. They are given that everyone will be benefited by the sharing of them.
Verse 19: And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men.
Verse 20: Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
Verse 21: And except ye have charity 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.
Moroni’s words that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and has given gifts to mankind since the beginning of the world through their faith is shown over and over again in the scriptures. We can learn more of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures which are God’s word to man.
As we change our lives to live what we learn, we are developing the characteristics that refine us, and we change from the natural man or woman to a disciple of Jesus Christ. There are many qualities we need to acquire, but hope, faith, and charity especially work together to prepare us to be saved in God’s kingdom.
Let us choose God’s ways in our lives so that we can be instruments in His hands while we are on earth and prepare to return Home to Him.