Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Words of Mormon 1:4

Words of Mormon 1:4
4 And the things which are upon these plates pleasing me, because of the prophecies of the coming of Christ; and my fathers knowing that many of them have been fulfilled; yea, and I also know that as many things as have been prophesied concerning us down to this day have been fulfilled, and as many as go beyond this day must surely come to pass--

Prophecy is pleasing to Mormon.... The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10). This isn't a testimony of the church.  Mormon says nothing of the truthfulness of some earthly organization or institution.  He speaks of the testimony of Jesus (D&C 76:98-101). One of these allows you to prophesy, the other testimony does not.  One can save you, the other cannot.

Speaking of prophecy, I wonder why it is that prophecy pleases Mormon? He knows from experience that the prophecies of the past came true, and those that "go beyond" his day will surly come to pass as well. Mormon says many have been fulfilled, many prophecies couldn't be fulfilled unless there were first many prophecies.  Do we have "many" prophecies in our day?  I have trouble finding any in the past 3 decades.

Anyway back to the verse, Mormon's abridgment of these records is a vast missionary effort to both Jew, Gentile, House of Israel, and other semi identified folks who will also obtain this record (2 Nephi 29:12-13). This guys mission is not determined in years. He is on a mission for Christ.

Speaking of missionaries. While talking to my bishop the other day I found out my stake here in Centerville Utah produces more missionaries than any other stake worldwide. This is of course good because missionaries are good, but this fact is not so good in that it would be a tough thing to try and uphold that while not starting to presume a level righteousness based on such figures.  It would be tough to not try and maintain these numbers to seek the pleasure of higher presiding authorities.  It's tough to keep the worldly inclinations out of the Church.  Don't we all want to look good for our superiors?

So many things can be measured by numbers, it's often so alluring to measure success by them in the way the world does and then call it religious productivity. If we are producing good numbers it leads the mind to believe we are producing righteousness.  Christ said "few there be that find it" referring to the Straight and Narrow Path (3 Nephi 14:14). That assessment/prediction/prophecy troubles me very deeply in spite of the amount of missionaries coming from where I live.

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