Skip to main content

Book of Mormon Study - Moroni 8

This mornings reading reminded me of my missionaries.  Well... they aren't my children, but they are young men that are near and dear to my heart: Jon J., Jacob E., Isaac H., Montana H.  Rory H., Gibson, Raji M., Dean D. and somewhat soon Josh S.  All of the young men are either related to me, adopted sons of my heart and/or students from seminary.

Chapter 8 shares the tender feelings of a parent and mentor to a son headed into the world to call people to repentance.

I share many of the same feelings.

Like Mormon I "rejoice exceedingly" over these valiant sons.  I know that the Lord is "mindful of [them]" and has "called [them] to His ministry and to His holy work."  Like Mormon, "I am mindful of [them] always in my prayers" because I have hope in His "infinite goodness and grace."

If I could counsel them I would counsel them to "labor diligently"; to teach "by the power of the Holy Ghost"; to "listen to the words of Christ"; to "teach repentance and baptism"; to be "humble"; and to love those whom they serve with LOVE.

Mormon's words to Moroni are the words I'd like to share with my missionaries.  They are the words I'd like to share with my children and grandchildren.

Maybe someday I'll even write a similar letter to my son or daughter serving the Lord... I still hold out hope.  At least I wrote my thoughts for my grandson who, I also hope will serve a mission.

Again, how sweet it must have been for Moroni to have the words of his father- especially a letter written for him. You can sense the love Mormon had for his son. He prayed for him continually (31).

I think that is what this past 10 months of reading the Book of Mormon for Ben has become... My letter to him... my thoughts and my testimony of the Savior.  I would hope that he loves the scriptures and my thoughts as much as Moroni loved the scriptures and the words of his father.

Thoughts of Ben lead me to the next great lesson I see in Chapter 8.

How wonderful that we know that little children are automatically saved in Him!! I love how Mormon puts it- They are 'alive in Christ (12).

Verse 16 is a wonderful glimpse into the power of that man. He said "...I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear."

We read in the last chapter that charity is the perfect love of Christ.  And now, we learn that charity casts out all fear. How powerful!

When we are meek and lowly in heart, the Holy Ghost visits us. He fills us with hope and perfect love. 

That's why, in the last chapter, Mormon told us to pray.

Spiritual things are given by spiritual means.

Prayer unlocks the windows of heaven- and our eternal salvation.

What did you learn?

Comments

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 …