After 200 years of peace and unity, pride creeps into this happy group of people and starts eroding away at their humility and happiness. It doesn’t take long for them to spiral toward destruction. How can we root out pride in our own lives?
The Nephite nation is poised on a peak of great change. The line which divides them boils down to this: who are they yielding their hearts to? Satan or Christ? This seems like an easy choice to make, but Satan is subtle and tricky in how he gets us to yield to him. How can we protect ourselves from his deceptions?
Mormon, the prophet-historian, inserts his wisdom and thoughts in this chapter, pointing out how quickly we turn away from God unless He chastens us. Repentance helps us turn back to God and remember Him always. Are we taking advantage of this glorious gift our Savior has given us?
We are in a daily battle for our spiritual lives. We must fight daily to keep pride from creeping into our lives, because it is the great weapon Satan uses to weaken us…so he can then destroy us. How do we keep from falling prey to this evil?
This question about pride–not in others, but ourselves–is one we need to always ask ourselves. Pride is the gateway sin that creeps into our lives, like weeds, and can lead us to do so much damage if we don’t carefully root it out daily.
In Chap 20, Lamoni’s father, the main king, is willing to give up half his kingdom for his life when Ammon has him down by the sword. But in this chapter, he is willing to give up ALL he has–his sins, his kingdom, everything–for something else.
A cry of war is heard in the land and in a surprise attack, the wicked people of Ammonihah are all destroyed in one fell swoop. But those whose hearts were prepared are delivered and prospered ultimately. How can we prepare our hearts to receive the word of God?
The theme of Nephi’s life seemed to be building things. He first built a bow as a young man, then a boat, then he taught others to build buildings, and ultimately, he built a temple to God. God asks that we be builders as well–of faith, character, testimony, love, trust in Him. Are we building with the finest materials we have to give, or are we cutting corners and taking shortcuts. That never works out well in a construction project. How can you use your best workmanship to constantly build your life into something God will want to accept?
This year we have the wonderful opportunity to study the Book of Mormon in Gospel Doctrine. Of all the books in the world, this is my favorite book. It has brought me more peace and insight than any other book I’ve ever read. As I’ve reflected on some of the lessons I’ve learned by reading…
Just as a caterpillar can transform into a butterfly, so we, through the grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ, can be transformed into new men and women. The LDS 12 Steps to Addiction Recovery Program shows us how to do this (no matter whether our lives are way messed up or seemingly normal). We all have need of Christ in our lives. Read more to learn about Steps 7-8: Humility and Forgiveness.