Moroni 4

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In the first chapter, Moroni gave his testimony.

In the second chapter, Moroni taught of the Holy Spirit.

In the third chapter, Moroni taught how the Holy Spirit works through the organization of His church, so that we can become His people of Holiness.

In this chapter, Moroni teaches us how the Holy Spirit helps cleanses us when we are less than holy, when we must apply the atonement to bridge that gap between who the Father has created us to be and who we have only been thus far.

We remember the atonement of Christ each week when we partake of the sacrament, which is administered to us the way the Savior taught the disciples to administer it (verse 1).

And they did kneel down with the church, and pray to the Father in the name of Christ… (verse 2)

So also our priesthood, those with the authority and power to act in behalf of our Father, by the atonement of the Son, and by the power of the Spirit, the priesthood does kneel down just as the disciples did in the past, and pray to our Father in the name of Christ.

And this is our prayer for the bread, to remind us of the physical work of the atonement, and the change it brings upon us (verse 3):

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them.  Amen (verse 3).

We ask the Father to bless and sanctify the bread for our souls – our bodies and our spirits – that we may be blessed and sanctified, which means to be made holy.

We take Sacrament to remember what the Savior endured for us, and how He bought us to pay the demands for justice, that we might receive mercy and be forgiven our sins.

It is a covenant, when He gives us that forgiveness, when He makes us holy.

Our part of the covenant is that we will remember Him and what He did for us.  We promise to take His name, which we do at the Temple, and every time we testify of Him (testifying is a required part of covenant keeping; we cannot be a covenant people without testifying).  We promise to remember Him (look to Him, return to Him, choose His plan), and keep the commandments given us – so that we can have the Spirit with us, by which we are made holy, by which we are sanctified.

He promises to make us holy.

We promise to live in such a way that we can be made holy.

He promises to grow us up into Holiness.

We promise to become holy.

He promises to adopt us into His house, that we can become His Children.

We promise to give Him our Holiness, to be His people of Holiness.

Holiness to the Lord,
the House of the Lord.

 

About Emily

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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