These are the prophet Mormon’s last words, before he is killed. Mormon speaks to any who may be spared and their posterity. He asks them and us if we know four things:
1) that we are of the house of Israel (Gentiles that repent are adopted into it),
2) we must come unto repentance or we can’t be saved,
3) we must lay down our weapons of rebellion,
4) we must come to a knowledge of our fathers and repent and believe in Jesus Christ and His doctrine.
Knowing our identity is vital to spiritual progression.
Know ye not 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.”Mormon 7:5
Because of our Savior, we will stand before God again to be judged of our works. That’s why we need to repent, so He can cleanse us from our sins. If we stand blameless before Him—because we believe Him and come unto Him—we will live with God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost forever “in a state of happiness which hath no end.” (7)
Mormon pleads with them and us to repent and be baptized “and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you…(8) For behold, this [the Bible] is written for the intent that ye may believe that [the Book of Mormon that the Gentiles will bring unto them].” (9)
The Book of Mormon is an essential tool God has preserved and given to us in these days to help us know those four truths above. It tells us our identity as God’s children. It repeatedly invites us to repent and come unto Christ. It shows several tragic historical examples of peoples who did not lay down their weapons of rebellion against God and were eventually destroyed. It helps us come to know Christ better, so we will believe in and embrace His doctrine.
Our living prophet, Pres. Russell M. Nelson, has shared these words about this sacred book.
The Book of Mormon provides the fullest and most authoritative understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to be found anywhere. It teaches what it really means to be born again. From the Book of Mormon we learn about the gathering of scattered Israel. We know why we are here on earth. These and other truths are more powerfully and persuasively taught in the Book of Mormon than in any other book. The full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is contained in the Book of Mormon. Period.
The Book of Mormon both illuminates the teachings of the Master and exposes the tactics of the adversary. The Book or Mormon teaches true doctrine to dispel false religious traditions—such as the erroneous practice of performing infant baptisms….”Russell M. Nelson (see source below)
I love the Book of Mormon. It is true. I have read it dozens of times and have come to love and understand it better each time. God teaches me exactly what I need to know at specific points in my life as I read it. Twenty years ago, I learned things I needed to know as a young mom to be able to raise my kids the best I could. Now, as an empty nester, it teaches me new insights for this stage of life. I agree with these next words from our prophet.
When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word POWER. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the POWER to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls.
My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon EVERY DAY, you will make better decisions—EVERY DAY. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions.”Russell M. Nelson (source below)
Mormon gave his life to preserve this sacred book of spiritual history for our day, to help us come unto Christ. Do we treasure its words as we ought? Could we do better?