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The Book of Mormon are the sacred records that Mormon’s son, Moroni, compiled of the history of his people and the teachings of the prophets among them (verse 1). He seals them up with his final testimony (verse 2), testifying that when we study these records – “if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them” – that we ponder “how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even until the time that ye shall receive these things” (verse 3).
The whole book is a book of mercy.
It is a book of how to receive mercy from the Savior, and how to offer it to those around us.
This is love, based on the faith that the Savior truly does offer us mercy, and the hope we have as we live in peace with those around us.
Moroni says to us that if we receive these records, if we do the work of reading these scriptures, that we should (verse 4):
ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
For it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we “may know the truth of all things” (verse 5).
We are not expected to just read and believe these things.
He says to read, and study, and ask what is true.
He says to have faith that God will tell us what is true, and that we will feel it by the Spirit.
He says we will know it is true because of the good and just and true things that will come out of it, and we will know it is true for how it brings us closer to Christ (verse 6).
And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever (verse 7).
God is the same God that He has always been. He gives us the same gifts He has always offered, and it is for our benefit (verse 8). Some receive the Spirit of God to teach wisdom (verse 9) or knowledge (verse 10); others have gifts of great faith or gifts of healing (verse 11); others are able to work miracles (verse 12); others prophesy (verse 13); others recognize the work of angles and ministering spirits (verse 14); others are good at language (verse 15); others are good at understanding and interpreting (verse 16). All these gifts, and all others, come by the Spirit of God, and each of us have many of these gifts given to us – and more as we seek them and work to develop them (verse 17).
We must remember these gifts come to us of Christ (verse 18), and that He is the “same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away” (verse 19). This is our faith in Him, which does give us hope, which does develop in us the charity that is the pure love of Christ for those around us (verse 20).
We need this pure love of Christ, for without it “ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God” just as you cannot be saved without faith or without hoping (knowing) He will keep His promises (verse 21). For without this hope, we would despair, and that is sin (because it denies faith, which denies the atonement) (verse 22).
But with faith, we can do all things (verse 23).
These gifts given by to us by Christ through faith are limited only by our unbelief (verse 24). When we have faith, we are added upon and more is given us. When we do not believe, even what we have thus far is taken away. This is how we know what is of God, for anyone that does good works by the power and gifts of God (verse 25). But those who do not believe will “die in their sins, and they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God; and I speak it according to the words of Christ; and I lie not” (verse 26).
And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust? (verse 27).
We have received these records, literally from the ground, as hidden up by Moroni after this final chapter, and they do testify against us – unless we heed their words, which then do give us the power to live them. This fulfills the prophecies, even generation to generation (verse 28).
And God shall show unto you, that which I have written is true (verse 29).
He urges us not just to come unto Christ, but to embrace all He has to offer, even “every good gift” (verse 30). We must wake up, and arise, and “put on thy beautiful garments”, and strengthen our stakes and enlarge our borders, and fulfill our covenants (verse 31).
Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God (verse 32).
If we do not deny the power of God, knowing that by His grace we are perfected in Christ, then we are also sanctified in Christ by that grace of God – through the atonement, which is the covenant our Father has made with us: to forgive our sins, even to make us holy (verse 33). This is what will bring us triumphant back to our Father, whom we can approach through Christ, and by whose holy spirit we are changed (verse 34).
This is how we become holy, how we become His people, returning home to His house.
Holiness to the Lord,
the House of the Lord