Among those also who professed to belong to the church of God

Helaman 4

Amidst an account of war amongst the Nephites and Lamanites, verse 11 reads as follows (emphasis added):

Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God.

The author’s choice of words here is telling. It was among those who “professed to belong” to the church. This suggests to me that I can of myself claim membership in the kingdom of God, but if my action indicate otherwise, all the professing in the world is a vain hope.

Helamán 4

El problema que los nefitas tiene es con los miebros de la iglesia que rebelaron contra la iglesia. Son estos disidentes nefitas que van a los lamanitas para incitar a ellos a la guerra contra los Nefitas.

Esto es un capítulo que relata al arrepentimiento de los Nefitas. Aquí esta el Cristo.

Sometimes we don’t recognize the blessing that we have until they have been taken away. This seems to be the sad state of the Nephites at the end of chapter 4. No longer did they believe in the spirit of prophecy and revelation. No longer were they being protected by the power of the Holy Ghost.

I find it very curious in deed that one of the most obvious signs of apostasy according to Mormon was that they no longer sought after nor believed in the spirit of prophecy and revelation.

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