I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Day of Grace Was Passed With Them

Mormon 2 is SAD!

Like super uber duper sad.

Here are my favorite verses:

13 But behold this my joy was vain, for their sorrowing was not unto repentance, because of the goodness of God; but it was rather the sorrowing of the damned, because the Lord would not always suffer them to take happiness in sin.
14 And they did not come unto Jesus with broken hearts and contrite spirits, but they did curse God, and wish to die. Nevertheless they would struggle with the sword for their lives.
15 And it came to pass that my sorrow did return unto me again, and I saw that the day of grace was passed with them, both temporally and spiritually;

Wickedness never was happiness. Same is true today. I have friends who have chosen wayward paths who profess to be "happier than ever" than they had been in the church. And yet, their full attention is given to the tearing down and humiliation of the church. It doesn't look happy to me. It looks angry, spiteful and lonely.

In these scriptures you can see why Mormon aged so quickly: grief. Sorrow for the sins of the world. It was interesting that in 3 Nephi, Mormon pointed out that the 3 Nephites had been transfigured so that no harm or sickness could come upon them, aside from the sorrow for the sins of the world.

President Monson is such a happy guy, so was President Hinckley. Nevertheless, I do think they are acquainted with this type of sorrow. Sometimes we experience these same feelings in our families and in our callings. It makes you grow up spiritually.

Right now, I'm hoping Mormon is light years happier than he was than when he wrote this chapter.

Happy Monday!

Janelle

1 comment:

Julie P said...

I haven't read for today yet, but this:

"Mormon 2 is SAD!

Like super uber duper sad."

was a fabulous way to start reading this morning. :)