27-30: Ahhhhhh- beautiful verses of hope and doctrine! An oasis in the sea of war and treachery! "The gate of heaven is open unto all..." I love that statement.
Salvation isn't available only to those that are close to perfect, it is offered to any that would come to unto God through the Savior. Salvation isn't only limited to those that are blessed to hear it in this life, either. Genealogy and temple work is not only important, but necessary for the growth and salvation of those that have gone before. The gospel truly is perfect, in it's teachings, principles and plan.
It's nice to see the Nephites able to experience peace and joy after so many years of war, terror, loss, heartache, etc. Ah peace. I often wonder if we really know what peace truly feels like.
Verse 35 is the goal: To live in obedience and humility, growing firmer in my faith in Christ unto the fulfilling of my soul with joy and consolation- so much so that my very heart will be purified and sanctified. It says in the scriptures that we should come to detest even the thought of sinning. I wonder if this is an effect of a purified and sanctified heart; to have no desire to sin against God. I think so. Still have such a long way to go.
What a beautiful time for the Nephites. Sad that they allowed pride to ruin it.