Moroni 2

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Moroni, with very little time to live, running from those trying to kill him because he will not deny the Christ, takes the small moments he can to write to us his final thoughts.  We could prioritize them based on what he includes first, knowing that each entry may be his last.

This is how critical, how vital, how sustaining is the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Without the Holy Ghost, there can be no turning back to the Lord.

Without the Holy Ghost, there can be no peace.

Without the Holy Ghost, there can be no becoming.

Moroni reminds us that when Christ was upon the earth, he spoke to the disciples, and laid his hands upon them (verse 1), calling them by name and saying (verse 2):

 Ye shall call on the Father in my name,
in mighty prayer;
and after ye have done this
ye shall have power (priesthood!)
that to him upon whom ye shall lay your hands,
ye shall give the Holy Ghost;
and in my name shall ye give it,
for thus do mine apostles.

This is Moroni’s testimony of the Father, who is real and alive and to whom we can pray.

This is Moroni’s testimony of the Savior, who lives, and who rules His people.

This is Moroni’s testimony of the Holy Ghost, who guides, and our dependence upon him for correction and instruction, that we may do what we are called to do and accomplish the tasks we are given.

This is Moroni’s testimony of the Priesthood, that because of the atonement and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can act in our Father’s name to establish His kingdom here, according to His plan.

This is Moroni’s testmony of the ordinances by which we receive power from on high (temple!) and make covenants with our Father to do His will (the endowment of the disciples: “the multitude heard it not, but the disciples heard it” (verse 3)).

This is Moroni’s testimony of the true church, that Christ established it His way and by His power and by His authority, and that the priesthood established by him did build up His church accordingly:

Now Christ spake these words unto them… and on as many as they laid their hands, fell the Holy Ghost (verse 3).

Can you give your testimony in such a clear, concise manner as to deliver it fully in only three verses?

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Moroni 2 — 2 Comments

  1. I just read this chapter yesterday and it struck me to see the parallel between what Moroni is trying to show and what Elder Bednar shared in his Priesthood Session address:

    “Receiving the authority of the priesthood by the laying on of hands is an important beginning, but it is not enough. Ordination confers authority, but righteousness is required to act with power as we strive to lift souls, to teach and testify, to bless and counsel, and to advance the work of salvation.”

    The Savior conferred the authority through His laying on of hands, but the power would only come after mighty prayer unto God. That teaches an important lesson for Priesthood Holders.