Skip to main content

Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 5

There is so much in this chapter: The believers take on the of Christ, they make covenants, and King Benjamin gives lots of good advice about how to be a disciple of Christ.


Two things that caught my eye as I read:

Verses 2-5, the people told King Benjamin how they were feeling after his speech. They believed because the Spirit. The Spirit does amazing things: Not only does it testify of truth, but in the case of these people, it wrought a mighty change in their hearts. So much so that they had lost all desire to do evil. Can you imagine? The power of the Spirit to change a heart!  I love that description.  It is the true meaning of a repentant heat.

Also, the Spirit showed them things that were to come. They tasted the Spirit of prophecy, and were shown many wonderful things.

The other thing that stuck in my mind was the first sentence in verse 13: For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger to unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?

How to you know someone you don't spend any time with, or learn about, or emulate?

It reminds me of the story that has circulated around that I paraphrase as follows:

Three men wait to enter the interview room before their entry into heaven. The first man walks into the room and takes a seat. The interviewer asks, "What do you know about Jesus Christ?" The man says, "Well, I know he was a good man, a prophet even. He lived in Jerusalem and was said to heal many and perform miracles." "Very good," says the interviewer.

The second man enters the room, and is asked the same question, to which he responds, "He was the Savior of the world. I owe all the I am to Him." "Very good," says the interviewer.

The third man enters the room, and upon seeing the interviewer, he falls to his knees and exclaims, "My Lord."

For how knoweth a man the master he has not served...?

I don't know about an interview room, but I do know that I will stand and face my Savior at some point. I hope I will know Him, and fall to my knees in profound gratitude. I hope that He will see a resemblance in me, that I will have His image in my countenance.

I know that the only way to achieve this is by doing what it says in verse 13: serve Him, have Him in my thoughts and intend on following Him.

What a great chapter!

What did you think/learn today?

Comments

  1. I love chapter 5. I read it almost every time I go to the temple, to remember how I should strive to feel about covenants. Sometimes I just forget to think about how important they are because they're something that happens in little, everyday ways and moments. Chapter 5 always reminds me to add intent to my little everyday things. -mandy

    ReplyDelete
  2. Mandy! I love this thought. I'm going to write it in my scriptures... "... something that happens in little, everyday ways and moments." so true and so easy to miss. I may even put it on my wall for the day; something to look for all day long. Thanks for inspiring me. Triple thanks for commenting and discussing. It's fun to share thoughts... ESPECIALLY when they inspire me!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Book of Mormon Study... Title page and testimony of the witnesses

According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).


That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.

I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.

I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code

I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say... get over it.  
A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens.  Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world." Every profession has some kind of dress code.  Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code.  Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do.  School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn.  Th…

Once-a-Slightly Over Month Cooking

Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house.  Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day.  The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month.  Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now.  The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer.  Weekend we cook from scratch.  However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner.  Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget.  Plus, we had much healthier meals!

After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon.  We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00.  In that time we made 35 dinners.  We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals.  We …