Moroni speaks to those who don’t believe in Christ, and says after He comes again, will they still not believe in Him when they stand face to face with their glorious Savior?
He asks if they think they “could be happy to dwell with that Holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt that ye have ever abused his laws?” (3) They’d be more miserable in that state than to dwell with the “damned souls in hell.” (4)
He tells them what to do so they won’t have to be miserable and experience “a flame of unquenchable fire upon you.” (5)
O then ye unbelieving, turn ye unto the Lord; cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus, that perhaps ye may be found spotless, pure, fair, and white, having been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day.”Mormon 9:6
Turning to the Lord is what repentance is all about. And when we turn to Christ, He is ready to save us.
Moroni bears witness of Christ, that He is a God of miracles and “is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?” (9) He “created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.” (11)
Moroni outlines the basic tenants of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He just spoke of the CREATION of the world, and now discusses the FALL of mankind.
Behold, he created Adam, and by Adam came the fall of man. And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son; and because of Jesus Christ came the redemption of man.”Mormon 9:12
After the FALL, the REDEMPTION happens, because of Jesus’s love and condescension for us. He came to the earth to atone for the sins that came by way of the Fall.
And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought back into the presence of the Lord; yea, this is wherein all man are redeemed, because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection, which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal band of death, which death is a temporal death.”Mormon 9:13
Christ’s Redemption brings about the RESURRECTION al all men, saving us from the bands of physical death.
And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.”Mormon 9:14
The RESURRECTION brings all mankind back into the presence of God, to stand at the JUDGMENT bar of God.
The plan of salvation includes these points:
- The CREATION of the earth, and bodies given to the spirit children of God
- The FALL of mankind, when Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit and were cast out of God’s presence and made mortal, where they would die.
- The ATONEMENT of Jesus Christ. Through His ultimate selfless sacrifice, he overcame both spiritual and physical death. His Redemptive power makes it possible for mankind to be brought back into the presence of God and live forever.
- The RESURRECTION. Everyone—even sinners who reject Him—will stand before Christ, their Savior, at the last day. Their bodies will be reunited with their spirits.
- The JUDGEMENT. We will be judged and given a kingdom to remain in according to whether we repented or not in this life and received the mercy and grace Christ offered us through His Atonement.
Moroni praises God again, and I echo his words.
Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?”Mormon 9:16
Moroni lived in a depraved, wicked society. He was the only good man left, yet he still felt God and His works and miracles were marvelous. We should follow his example.
The world may be crazy. Here in my own country, tension is high during this election. People are angry at each other and acting ugly. But we don’t have to do the same. We can be of good cheer. We can look to God and be grateful for all He has given us, because no matter how bad things are, God has given us so much. Our bodies alone should make us forever grateful to Him. The Savior he sent to the world, for our sakes, should also be praised with all our devotion. Repentance is another gift we should never take for granted, but we should thank God for that blessing daily…and use that precious gift.
Moroni goes on to talk about how many miracles Jesus and His apostles performed.
And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.”Mormon 9:19
Look for the miracles around you. They are there, if you have eyes to see. The miracle of forgiveness is real. I have felt Christ’s love erase bitter, angry feelings I have had for family when they have slighted me in the past. That was miraculous.
Miracles only cease when men “dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.” (20)
Behold I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.”Mormon 9:21
That is a marvelous promise. Are we taking advantage of it?
Moroni wants us to be “more wise than we have been.” (31) So he gives us this counsel:
O then despise not and wonder not; but hearken unto the words of the Lord and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.”Mormon 9:27
These are the things I picked out to work on, to not repeat negative history:
- Don’t despise or wonder about the works of the Lord
- Pray for what we need
- Doubt not
- Believe in Jesus Christ
- Come unto the Lord with all our heart (don’t hold anything back)
- Work out our own salvation with fear and trembling before Him (this fear doesn’t mean being scared of God. It means respecting His might and power.)
Moroni continues in the next verses:
Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.
See that ye are not baptized unworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ unworthily; but see that ye do all things in worthiness, and do it in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God; and if ye do this, and endure to the end, ye will in nowise be cast out.”Mormon 9:28-29
- Be wise
- Strip ourselves of all uncleanness (repentance)
- Ask for God’s will to be done, not our own
- Ask with firmness unshaken (faith)
- Yield not to temptation
- Serve God
- Be baptized with a pure heart
- Take the sacrament of Christ worthily
- Take name of Christ upon us
- Endure to the end
It is so easy to get tempted or distracted by worldly things and head off the path just a little. We might muddy up our hands (a little uncleanness) and justify it away, saying, “Well, my clothes are still clean.” But our prayer should be that we yield to NO temptation, no matter how small it may seem. When we have faith in God, I believe He gives us power to do better than we ever think we could on our own. He can make our weaknesses strengths.
Moroni asks us not to condemn him, his father, and the other writers for their imperfections, “but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfection, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.” (31)
That is Christlike love. He wants us to learn from his mistakes, and that of his people, so we don’t have to suffer or be destroyed like they were.
There is so much that can pollute our souls. Moroni’s last words show how important prayer is, that all the prayers of the righteous had been forward thinking—to bless the lives of those who came after them.
Will we treasure this warning and counsel from all the Nephite prophets? Will we choose to be more wise than them?
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