Monday, December 21, 2009

Words of Mormon - Chapter 1

Today my thoughts turned to this wonderful collection of records.  I think it no small miracle that they remained protected and in tact for the entire 1000 year history they record.  We have wonderful stories about how Joseph Smith was assisted in keeping the Golden Plates safe.  It would be fun to read the stories of these records of which Mormon speaks.  They too must have been prizes Satan would love to have corrupted or destroyed.  To me it is another Testament to the value of the scriptures and to God's kindness in preserving them for us.  Clearly this was the burden of many of the Nephite prophet's prayers.
8 And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people.
Notice how there is no tense in this verse.  No past, present or future tense is present.  I believe this may be because Mormon understood about redemptive work for the dead.  I believe he knew that one day, descendants of these enemy brethren and lost colleagues would find the gospel and assist in their recovery from their awful and fallen state.  Even these warriors among whom and against whom he fought, might one day, partake of the blessing of the Atonement and be a delightsome people.  I believe it is true.  I hope it is.

1 comment:

di said...

6 But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these prophesyings and revelations, and put them with the remainder of my record, for they are choice unto me; and I know they will be choice unto my brethren.

They are choice unto me. Thank you, Mormon.