Many more generations of Jaredite history are outlined in this chapter. The thing that stood out to me was what happened when they let God prevail in their lives…and when they didn’t. How can we allow God to prevail in our own lives?
Jared is a wicked king who leads a coup again his own father, gets overthrown in another coup by his brothers years later, and then seeks to keep power in any way possible. We have men/women like him today, who are desperate to keep power, no matter what they have to do to keep it. We must beware power-seekers and work to keep them in check through government checks and balances.
We learn more about exercising faith muscles in this chapter. If we can grow stronger spiritually, there are great blessings in store for us. Read more to learn what some of these are.
The brother of Jared knows his people will have to cross the great deep to reach the land promised to them. Each of us will have to cross a “great deep” in our lives. Read more to learn how to prepare ourselves to do this.
Moroni pleads with us to be more wise than they have been. Learn about the small and simple ways we can do that, so we don’t repeat negative history.
Moroni is the last Nephite left after the final battle. Even his father has been killed. He gives us a warning for our day. Will we listen and learn from him?
Mormon describes his people as tossed about on a windswept sea, without steering or anchor to save them. But he tells us how not to fall into the same dire spot they did–by repenting.
Mormon’s people are still spiraling into a wicked hole, but God still reaches out to them in mercy, giving them another chance to repent. But we must learn to remember, in order to see God’s hand in our life and not become hardened, as Mormon’s people did here. How can we do that better?
The decades-long war Mormon’s people are in has many ups and downs. When they mourn, he hopes they are experiencing godly sorrow, not worldly sorrow. What is the difference and how can this knowledge help us in our lives?
Mormon, even as a boy, was sober, quick to observe, and discerning. These traits helped him stand firm in his faith in Christ in a very wicked society. Read more to learn how to develop these attributes in your own life.