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Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 14

President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that, “There was nothing about [Christ] to cause people to single him out. In appearance he was like men; and so it is expressed here by the prophet that he had no form or comeliness, that is, he was not so distinctive, so different from others that people would recognize him as the Son of God. He appeared as a mortal man” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 1:23).

Not only would Jesus Christ look like other men, but He would be born into the world in the usual way.

These verses In Mosiah 14 are some my favorite in the scriptures. The way Isaiah describes the Savior is beautiful and eloquent: Surely he has borne (carried) our grief and carried our sorrows.....he was wounded for our transgressions (mistakes we make without a full understanding or knowledge of the problem), he was bruised for our iniquities (these are actual sins, mistakes made knowing full well we are making them); the chastisement (the payment) of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes(proof – a bill declaring paid in full – if you will) we are healed. (Only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ can we ever have a hope for peace.)

Elder Neal A. Maxwell: “Jesus’ daily mortal experiences and His ministry, to be sure, acquainted Him by observation with a sample of human sicknesses, grief, pains, sorrows, and infirmities which are ‘common to man’ (1 Corinthians 10:13). But the agonies of the Atonement were infinite and first-hand! Since not all human sorrow and pain is connected to sin, the full intensiveness of the Atonement involved bearing our pains, infirmities, and sicknesses, as well as our sins. Whatever our sufferings, we can safely cast our ‘care upon him; for he careth for [us]’ (1 Peter 5:7)” (“Not My Will, But Thine” [1988], 51).

And yet… “we hid as it were our faces from him” They not only didn’t listen to Him, they shunned Him. We often don’t listen. We often shun His counsel and His commandments. Why? Oh natural man. Sometimes you frustrate me.

The word bruised interests me. It is translated to mean “crushed.” Gethsemane is translated to mean olive press. Wow! That weights this passage for me. It is such a vivid picture.

The last line brings home that fact that the suffering of the atonement is not only for me, but because of me and my decisions and mistakes. We gave have all gone astray, everyone to his own way. Me to mine. I hope that my way will not cause great suffering for Him. I hope that my way will not cause great suffering for me either :) I can hardly handle what I’ve created for myself!

I am amazed that Abinidi had the wherewithal to not only preach and prophecy in the face of impending torture and death, but to quote Isaiah word for word! Amazing and crazy!

What did you think/learn today?


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