Sunday, February 22, 2009

Moroni

Scripture Study Insights

Moroni 1
Things don’t always go according to our plan, but we can adjust. Just stay close to the Lord.

Moroni 2
Great blessings come through the priesthood and the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Moroni 3
It’s important to know that our leaders are called of God by proper authority.

Moroni 4 & 5
I should be grateful that I get to renew my baptismal covenant on a weekly basis. What a blessing we've been given to be able to remember.

Moroni 6
It takes determination to serve God always, but if we’ve been baptized, we’ve covenanted to do so. Why do we attend church? To worship, fast & pray, partake of the sacrament, remember, give and receive fellowship, feel the Spirit.

Moroni 7
good = God, evil = devil
Cleave unto good. Our works show our hearts. With faith in Christ, we can do anything. Work and pray for gift of faith, hope and charity.

Moroni 8
Be mindful of and pray for others continually. Love casts out fear.

Moroni 9
Labor diligently to conquer wickedness. When we’re faithful to Christ, he will strengthen and lift us during trials.

Moroni 10
Exhort means to urge, recommend or warn. Moroni exhorts us to #1 - read the Book of Mormon, #2 - receive it (take it into our hearts), and #3 – pray about it. We can receive a testimony of its truthfulness through the power of the Holy Ghost. Holy means saintly, godly, pious, devout, sacred, spiritual, pure and divine. To become holy we need to deny ourselves of all ungodliness and then the grace of God sanctifies us. Here’s a good quote by Elder Christofferson:
This personal persistence in the path of obedience is something different than achieving perfection in mortality. Perfection is not, as some suppose, a prerequisite for justification and sanctification. It is just the opposite: justification (being pardoned) and sanctification (being purified) are the prerequisites for perfection. We only become perfect “in Christ” (see
Moro. 10:32), not independently of Him. Thus, what is required of us in order to obtain mercy in the day of judgment is simple diligence. As the Prophet Joseph Smith counseled from the dank prison of Liberty, Missouri: “Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed” (D&C 123:17; see also Mosiah 4:27).
Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once expressed our obligation this way: “Everyone in the Church who is on the straight and narrow path, who is striving and struggling and desiring to do what is right, though far from perfect in this life; if he passes out of this life while he’s on the straight and narrow, he’s going to go on to eternal reward in his Father’s kingdom. “We don’t need to get a complex or get a feeling that you have to be perfect to be saved. … The way it operates is this: you get on the path that’s named the ‘straight and narrow.’ You do it by entering the gate of repentance and baptism. The straight and narrow path leads from the gate of repentance and baptism, a very great distance, to a reward that’s called eternal life. … Now is the time and the day of your salvation, so if you’re working zealously in this life—though you haven’t fully overcome the world and you haven’t done all you hoped you might do—you’re still going to be saved” (“The Probationary Test of Mortality,” Salt Lake Institute of Religion devotional, 10 Jan. 1982, 12).
When we stand before the Savior to be judged of Him, it will be “according to our works and the desires of our hearts” (“The Living Christ,” 3; see also
D&C 137:9). Where we can act, where we have the capacity and the means, we must act if we are to retain a justified and sanctified status. But where we legitimately and truly cannot act, the Lord will accept the desire for the deed.
(D. Todd Christofferson, “Justification and Sanctification,” Ensign, Jun 2001, 18)

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