Friday, November 2, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Ether 8

The rebellion and cunning ways were the same in chapter 7. I read this and I think, Man, don't they ever learn? It's amazing how evident the patterns of wickedness are when we read it in black and white. Too bad it's not that easy to see in our own lives.

The men are so awful. And then they bring in the woman... She was even worse.

As I read these things, I realized how tired I was of reading about destruction and wickedness and lying and deceit and killing. Why can't they write about happy things?  It's like listening to the news!  Gah!!!

Then, Moroni (who must have been a mind reader) answers me in verses 23-26. These stories, as bad as they are, are for our benefit and learning. We can see the devastating effects of sin, and, hopefully, understand that we don't want that in our lives.  This is a scared straight tactic.

On the other hand, we see the beautiful blessings that come from faith and obedience, and, hopefully we will want those in our lives.

I love verse 26: Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

It really is a blueprint for our eternal success. In the Book of Mormon we learn who we can look to to be saved. That's why it's called Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Relief after so much sadness and destruction.

What did you learn?

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