Mormon 5 – Without Sail or Anchor

Mormon repents of the oath he made to not lead his people “and they gave me command again of their armies, for they looked upon me as though I could deliver them from their afflictions.” (1)

But behold, I was without hope, for I knew the judgments of the Lord which should come upon them; for they repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle for their lives without calling upon that Being who created them.” (2)

They flee to the city Jordan and hold off the Lamanites for a time. Wherever the Nephites have fled, their towns and villages have been burned to the ground. The Nephites have a few holdouts left that they are desperately trying to hold back the might of the whole Lamanite army. This is how it ends in the 379th year (Mormon is 69).

The next year (Mormon is 70), the Lamanites tread upon them with their great numbers and the Nephites “again take to flight, and those whose flight was swifter than the Lamanites’ did escape, and those whose flight did not exceed the Lamanites were swept down and destroyed.” (7)

Mormon now speaks directly to us, giving us warning and insight into what to do in our day to avoid a similar fate.

I speak unto their seed (the Nephites/Lamanites), and also to the Gentiles who have care for the house of Israel, that realize and know from whence their blessings come.

For I know that such will sorrow for the calamity of the house of Israel; yea, they will sorrow for the destruction of this people; they will sorrow that this people had not repented that they might have been clasped in the arms of Jesus.”

Mormon 5:10-11

Will we choose to continue to be hard-hearted as well, or will we humble ourselves before God—put Him first above ALL else—and be willing to take His Son’s name upon us and do His will?

Mormon hides up the plates “unto the Lord that they may come forth in his own due time.” (12) When the Book of Mormon comes forth as the Lord sees fit in His wisdom, “they shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go—that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father my bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant.” (14)

Also that the remnant of their seed “may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles.” (15)

Mormon mourns the state of his people.

For behold, the Spirit of the Lord hath already ceased to strive with their fathers; and they are without Christ and God in the world; and they are driven about as chaff before the wind.

They were one a delightsome people, and they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father.

But now, behold, they are led about by Satan…”

Mormon 5:16-18

He writes a good analogy of how his people are when they follow Satan… “as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her” (18)  

Satan is chaos and disorder, darkness and unhappiness. A ship on a wind-tossed sea is in dangerous circumstances. But without any mechanism to steer or anchor themselves to safety, they will certainly be drowned and destroyed. That is what Satan’s followers will get from him—destruction. But God is order, peace, light, joy. He provides steerage and solid anchors to keep us safe in storms. He leads us through the storms to calm waters in the light, if we choose to follow Him.

Mormon warns us not to fall into the same trap as his people.

O ye Gentiles, how can ye stand before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn from your evil ways.

Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?

Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves before him, lest he shall come out in justice against you—lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is none to deliver.

Mormon 5:22-24

That is a humbling testimony to us that, hopefully, we will take to heart. Repentance is the most merciful invitation given to us by a loving Father in Heaven.

Believe. Repent. Come unto Christ is Mormon’s theme and pleading last words to us. Will we listen and heed his words?

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