Monday, November 1, 2010

Moroni - Chapter 7

It hadn't occurred to me before that there were at least a few who, like Mormon and Moroni, remained faithful, even until the destruction of the Nephites.  This chapter makes it appear that there were.  Then I realized that in the first Chapter of Moroni, he tells us that the Lamanites put to death all who will not deny the Christ.  Again, there must have been some, or saying that would have been irrelevant.  In light of this, Mormon's speech, as found in this chapter, would have been such a comfort to the gathered faithful.  Imagine how beleaguered they must have been in such an unsettled time.  Imagine how weary of war and evil.  And yet Mormon speaks of none of that, instead he tells them how they can lay hold on "every good thing."

Collectively, ours is not such a bad time.  Individually, though, some of us may be having struggles that are just as difficult and fearful.  In the face of such difficulty, perhaps we need to remember to lay hold upon every good thing and hope that through faith we might have miracles of our own to comfort, assure and sustain us.  Clearly, for Mormon, the mortal outcome, though tragic, was not nearly to serious as the Eternal one.  One of the key phrases that stood out in Mormon's words, for me, was this:

19Wherefore, beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be child of Christ.
Could we do that today?  Could we search for appropriate candidates to vote for "in the light of Christ?"  Could we search for ways to raise our children, do our shopping, help our neighbors,  or solve a million other problems "in the light of Christ?"  Of course we can and what amazing things we'll discover in that marvelous light.

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