Moroni has seen our day and knows that we will have this record in our hands. I’m sure all his yearnings and desires at this point in his life—alone and hunted by his enemy—are that we will receive this record with gladness and learn from it.
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, 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)
It is good to remember history and God’s Hand in it, how He always shows mercy to those who turn to Him.
The Book of Mormon was preserved by the hand of God for our day. Do we stick it on a shelf and never open it, or when we do, we casually read and don’t really ponder in our hearts, as Moroni implored us to do?
Can we do better in our relationship with this record?
The Book of Mormon shows us a thousand years of history in the Americas of God working and pleading with His people to repent and come unto Him. When they do, He blessed them abundantly. When they didn’t, they were left unto their own strength, which leads to destruction.
Moroni continues his exhortations to us.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.Moroni 10:4
We must receive these truths.
We must do as Moroni exhorted (what I wrote about in the last post) to not deny the gifts of God. The Book of Mormon is one of these gifts.
We must ask God, in the name of Christ, if these things are true.
Communication with God—prayer—is vital to our spiritual growth. It is vital to learning eternal truths. And Christ is our Intercessor, to give us access to the Father, through His name.
We must ask with a sincere desire to know.
Our intent must be true, not false. We must truly want to know truth, even if that means having to sacrifice or changing things that will be hard to give up or change. Our desire for truth will override any other concern. That sincere desire will push us to act on the truth once we receive it.
We must have faith in Jesus Christ.
This is most important. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, so we must have faith in Him to receive a witness of this book. He promises to give us that witness, if we but ask in sincerity and faith.
We must exercise faith that Jesus Christ will manifest, or show, us the truth through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Do we trust and have implicit faith that God will answer our sincere prayer to know the truth? If not, we can work on growing this—even a prayer to Him, asking for the desire and faith to receive this spiritual witness. He will give us the truth, if we have faith in His Son.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.“Moroni 10:5
This is a magnificent promise. Not only can we know the truth of the Book of Mormon by going through these steps, but Moroni promises we can know the truth of ALL things. We can know the truth of any doctrine or philosophy. We can know the truth in intellectual realms, such as science, math, etc. We can know the truth in politics (such as there is—we can at least know the false and see correct principles when they are displayed). We can know when others are speaking truth or falsehood.
Any questions we seek answers to, if we remember God’s mercy, ask with true intent and exercise faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost will make known to us.
And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.”Moroni 10:6
This is a great way to test things in our lives, to see whether it is just and true. Does it deny the Christ? If someone always lies, that is not good and I can know that they are denying the Christ, because Christ is truth. He stands for honesty and integrity. Christ would not justify using evil tactics to bring about a good thing. He would not condone lying, cheating, immorality, bullying, or contention, no matter the end result. The end good would be tainted by nefarious means used to get there.
When I look at the world (which is naturally confusing and dark), I don’t judge the end results of politics or other causes alone. I judge the tactics used to get the result. If a political party or leader is willing to lie, cheat, hate, bully, stir up fear and contention to reach a goal, I see that as denying the Christ.
Our Savior’s tactics include love of all men (even our enemies), unifying, listening, humility, honesty, peace. Christ lifts others up with hope. He never puts down another or makes us fear those who are different than us. We live in an imperfect world, so we have imperfect choices politically and socially, but let us try harder to support that which is truly good (the tactics and the end result, not just the end result alone).
Let us not be blinded by those who tell us they are good or have done good things. Let us be quick to observe, as Mormon was, and see for ourselves what tactics those who brag about their goodness use. If they truly use Christlike tactics, then we can be assured they are good. But usually when someone brags about their goodness or the good things they have done, I have learned to be wary of them. The prideful are always quick to say how good they are and to justify their wicked tactics by showing a good end (that isn’t good once you realize how they achieved it). Humble people never brag about how good they are, only prideful ones.
I will leave off with Moroni’s words:
And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore 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, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.”Moroni 10:7
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