For the Lord Hath Spoken It

Mormon 8 (en español) Chapter 8 of the book of Mormon starts with a sudden shift in narration from Mormon to his son, Moroni. It come unexpectedly, though chapter 7 is a fitting farewell tribute for Mormon. One get the sense that there was more that Mormon had intended to write. What stands out to …

How Blessed Were They!

4 Nephi 1 This is the “Zion” chapter in the Book of Mormon; the only glimpse we get into what it would be like to belong to a celestial society and what it takes for us to achieve such peace. After the complete conversion of all the remaining Nephites and Lamanites, so that all were …

Now This Is the Commandment: Repent

3 Nephi 27 I am sitting a lot with the thought that righteousness is neither piousness nor self-indulgence. The sinners and the pious do not approach heaven. It is only those that do the will of God. Doing good within myself and doing good externally with others are two different activities, but they shouldn’t be. …

Ye Have Great Need to Marvel

Helaman 7 Earlier in chapter 6, it was noted that Nephi and Lehi, and also many Lamanites, went into the land northward to preach the word of God. Here at the beginning of chapter 7, it is noted that these efforts were utterly rejected. The wicked went unpunished because of their money. What made them …

That Joy Which is Unspeakable

Helaman 5 Here at the beginning of Helaman 5, we have Nephi doing a similar thing to what Alma did years earlier in Alma 4. He delivers up the judgment seat to another and confines himself wholly to the preaching of the word of God. The footnote in Alma 4 ends by stating that he …

Empezó a dudar

Alma 59 Cuando los nefitas pierdan la ciudad de Nefiáh, Moroni y sus capitanes en jefe, empiezan a dudar si podrán vencer contra sus hermanos, los lamanitas. Pensaron así porque tuvieron miedo que tal vez su propio pueblo fuera malo. Pensaron así porque los lamanitas habían logrado éxito en sus diseños contra los nefitas. ¿Porque …

Entered Into the Rest of Their God

Alma 57 I read the accounts of the miraculous preservation of the Sons of Helaman, and I know there are people today that have that kind of faith. I know of stories from missionaries in the Philippines, groups of youth from my time at EFY, and many families across this broad church that have such …