Monday, December 10, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Moroni 10

I love this chapter!!!!  My heart cries with longing that I could speak or write with such power concerning my testimony.  It is pretty amazing.

President Ezra Taft Benson“The Book of Mormon brings men to Christ through two basic means. First, it tells in a plain manner of Christ and his gospel. . . .

“Second, [it] exposes the enemies of Christ” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1975, 94; or Ensign, May 1975, 64).

Moroni 10:3–5 contains what is sometimes referred to as “the Book of Mormon promise.”

“Many books have influenced the course of history or inspired popular followings or movements, but their failings and limitations are eventually recognized and their influence is limited, sporadic, or temporary. In contrast, the Book of Mormon is today “flooding the earth” (see Ezra Taft Benson, “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 67).

There are at least four aspects of this singular book that make it more remarkable than any other book on earth

1. sacred origins and the manner of its coming forth;
2. the profound depth, breadth, and clarity of its doctrines;
3. its unassailable role as the keystone of our religion;
4. its clarion confirming witness that the Bible truly witnesses of the Atonement and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is TRUE!  I know it because I have tried Mormon’s challenge.  I have received my answer.  I receive my answer every time I read the Book of Mormon.  I love to read it… and I plan to read it again and again.

I also love the section on gifts. 

Spiritual gifts come to those who earnestly seek them, but are taken away from those who disbelieve. Seek for spiritual gifts and to use them to benefit others.

Also, there are the 3 keys Moroni gives us for perfection… COME unto Christ, lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift nor the unclean thing.

“come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (v. 32).

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:  “Moroni’s last appeal, expressed on behalf of every prophet whoever wrote in this other testament of Jesus Christ, is for us to be cleansed from the blood and sin of our generation [see D&C 88:75, 85]. ‘Come unto Christ,’ he says, ‘and be perfected in him . . .’ [Moroni 10:32].

“. . . Purity. Holiness. Character and conscience without blemish. All these through the grace of Christ, which cleanses our garments, sanctifies our souls, saves us from death, and restores us to our divine origins.

“With his last recorded breath Moroni bore witness of his own firm faith in such divine redemption. To his fallen Nephites, to the warring Lamanites, to those tragic Jaredites, and to us, Moroni wrote:

“‘And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen’ [Moroni 10:34].

“Thus the Book of Mormon ends, flying as it were with Moroni, on the promise of the Holy Resurrection [see Revelation 14:6]. That is most fitting, for this sacred testament—written by prophets, delivered by angels, protected by God—speaks as one ‘crying from the dead,’ exhorting all to come unto Christ and be perfected in him, a process culminating in the perfection of celestial glory. In anticipation of that triumphant hour, God has set his hand for the last time to gather Jew, Gentile, Lamanite, and all the house of Israel.

“The Book of Mormon is the New Covenant memorializing that grand latter-day endeavor. All who receive it and embrace the principles and ordinances it declares will one day see the Savior as he is, and they will be like him. They will be sanctified and redeemed through the grace of his innocent blood. They will be purified even as he is pure. They will be holy and without spot. They will be called the children of Christ” (Christ and the New Covenant, 338–39).

Though we are now finished with the Book of Mormon and you may have read it this year, this is not the end.  We are encouraged to read the Book of Mormon every day.  Joseph Smith said: 

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” 

In our day, President Marion G. Romney said,

“Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit.  Otherwise he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life.”

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