Saturday, June 4, 2011

Words of Mormon 1:18

Words of Mormon 1:18
Wherefore, with the help of these, king Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul, and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land.

There efforts were successful. When your standing before God is assured by Him, salvation is a reality through Jesus Christ.  Imagine how much more freedom you would then have to labor in such a labor of love for others?  It would be like rest to the soul. When resting secure in your own future state, you can love and hope for others in a way you could not if you still worry about your eternal welfare.  It would free one to serve others in a way not previously possible.  

These prophets established peace.  None of them claimed to have done it alone.  With the help of fellow laborers, King Benjamin helped establish peace.  What a great leader.  If only all of our political leaders were like him.

This all brings up an interesting topic. How does one properly define success? Is it by the number of chapels built? Church attendance? How many total numbers of members worldwide? Is it measured by how many temples there are? Is it measured by financial stability of an institution? Is it measured by everyone believing an orthodox creed?

I think success is someones gaining or increasing in knowledge of Christ, for that is what saves.  So success is progression towards truth and light.  Everything else will eventually fail, or corrupt, or be reorganized.

How long have I "gotten through the Book of Mormon", but not let it get through me.  The initiatives to read the book in X number of days sometimes are not as helpful as studying the message.  The words of the Lord that point out our condemnation I don't think are said in anger, they now seem like words to warn us, and help us see the light, come to the light, and then share He who is the Light.  The Book of Mormon was intended to remove the condemnation up on the Saints.

These last 18 posts about Words of Mormon have been just the thoughts, ideas and questions that came to mind as I read this one book from the Book of Mormon. I feel inspired, I feel humbled, I feel a need to put away the errors, "unbelief", or false beliefs as the book of Mormon implies with that word. I see the need to repent.

I've read plenty of Joseph Smith's words and plenty of Mormon's. They are not the same person. I've gathered what I can, read it, looked into it and conclude for my self independent of any other person that Joseph Smith didn't write this. The content brings me closer to Christ which Joseph said it would.

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