Monday, May 23, 2011

Words of Mormon 1:3

Words of Mormon 1:3

3 And now, I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written; for after I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi, down to the reign of this king Benjamin, of whom Amaleki spake, I searched among the records which had been delivered into my hands, and I found these plates, which contained this small account of the prophets, from Jacob down to the reign of this king Benjamin, and also many of the words of Nephi.

The book of Lehi as I understand it we don't have due to the 116 pages being lost with Martin Harris. Mormon here has been searching for and finds what we learn is 1st Nephi through Omni, which for us we have instead of the book of Lehi. God's foresight and Mormon being in tune took into account future actions of Joseph and Martin many years in the future. If I learn nothing else on this topic it's that God makes provisions for our mistakes and failures. That to me is a comforting thought; my mistakes and failures have been foreseen, and God has made provisions for them.

"I searched among the records".  We don't know how many records there were.  I ask my self what was he searching for? Which then prompts the question: What do we search for among these scriptural records? 

Could God potentially use each of us for his work and glory years in the future due to what we find in the records we have now? Opportunities are there for us if we don't neglect them.  Do we search for historical facts? Do we search for arguments in support of why the book of Mormon is true? Do we search for evidence to support the books historic authenticity? Do we search for for God's word? Do we look for a message to us personally about our own conduct and religious traditions?

If we find what we look for (seek and ye shall find), than that implies that we should take time to consider if we are looking for the most worthwhile thing inside these records. We may find all sorts of interesting things yet never find the truth the authors most wanted us to receive.  If we search for things to only satisfy an argument or things that heighten our pride, or fill a square we may miss the message the author intended.  
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In my own view all the evidence in the world to support the book of Mormon still will not convert anyone. It is just a list of so called facts that will probably always have an opposing argument. On the other hand, the truth inside the book, living what Christ teaches us through it will convert because God was the one who had it written in the first place. (2 Ne. 29: 12). His word will not return to him void (Isaiah 55:11) if we have his word within us, this will be a very good thing because it goes that WE will rerun to God because His word is within us and his word doesn't return to him void.

I think the Gospel is fascinating. There are endless dots to connect and connections to make. But if we are found void of his word, then we should change that now while the day lasts.

The small account of the prophets from Jacob to King Benjamin. A small account doesn't necessarily reflect how valuable it could be. I learned a lot about the book of Enos and found some incredible things in that short but deep book. Covering many books of scripture in a single Sunday school lesson is common. It's a good push start I guess. But that's not going to be enough.  If a Sunday school is the only spiritual nourishment we get during our week than our spirits may become very very malnourished and weak. Least that's been my experience.

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