This is the last chapter of the Book of Mormon. Moroni finishes off the record by writing what “seemeth me good.” (1) Four hundred and twenty years have passed since Christ’s birth. His people have been destroyed by the Lamanites and he is the lone survivor. The wisdom he writes that seemeth good to him is simple yet multi-layered.
For this post, I made note of every time Moroni used the word EXHORT, which means to strongly encourage. These ten things are a simple list of what he strongly encouraged us to do in our day, so we would not repeat the mistakes of the past.
- I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things…that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. (3) When we recall God’s mercy to those in the past, it gives us hope and builds our trust that He will be merciful unto us in the present and future. Remembering and being grateful for past blessings builds our faith, hope, and charity.
- I would exhort you (after ye have received these things) that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true…(4) He wants us to pray and ask God to give us truth. We don’t have to walk blindly through life. God wants and expects us to turn to Him for truth, not the world (which will confuse us more).
- I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men…(7) Denying not implies having faith. Believing in God and His power.
- And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; (8) God wants to bless us. We just have to pray for eyes to see those blessings. God is the giver of all good gifts. Let us not deny these gifts through apathy, pride, selfishness, or other negative traits that blind us to His goodness.
- And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ. (18) Remembering that God is the giver of every good gift. It’s easy to forget and take credit for good things for ourselves, or justify that it was brought about by natural causes, not God. This leads to pride and a hardening of our hearts.
- And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away…only according to the unbelief of the children of men. (19) Remember the nature of God, that He is all powerful. That He is a God of miracles. And He doesn’t change. Only we do. If miracles or good things cease, it is because we have stopped believing.
- And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; (27) Moroni wants us to remember his words and know that we will meet him before the judgment bar of God. Then we will no with absolute certainty that his words were true, to our happiness or condemnation, depending on how we treated his words.
- And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing. (30) He knows coming unto Christ is the only way we will ever be happy (the long-term kind of happiness, or joy). Lay hold on the good, touch not the evil.
- [building on the last one] Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourself of all ungodliness (32) Christ is the only One who can perfect us. For our part, we do our best to deny ourselves anything that is ungodly, and repent when we fail.
- [expanding on last]…Love God with all your might, mind, and strength; (32) It all boils down to love. Do we love God or the world more? How do our thoughts, actions, and desires reveal our love for God?
Will we take Moroni’s exhortations seriously? Will we commit today to choosing one way we can come unto Christ better…and prove our loyalty and love to our Savior.