Monday, October 28, 2013

Day 83: Mormon 9 - Ether 1

Hello Everyone!

Can I tell you how much better I am feeling today??!!  I feel like I have been in a fog for the past 2 weeks.  I had migraines almost every day and I was soooo tired.  It sounds like it was just a weird virus but somehow I managed to trudge on and function almost normally.

We had such a wonderful Ward Conference yesterday at church.  We were able to hear from our Stake Leaders and receive inspiration from them for us.  I went with my cup empty and returned home with it overflowing!  I love Sundays like that!  One of the things that our Stake President talked about was living up to our potential.  He asked what we had expected from church that day.  Did we come prepared?  I had been looking forward to hearing his words all week that I feel like I was actually prepared!  Some Sundays I feel like I barely make it to church with 5 kids in tow and totally unprepared to fill my cup.

This past week we had the opportunity to help a sister in our ward start to organize her life.  I feel for this sweet sister and can only imagine what her life must be like.  I am thankful that we have a Savior who understands what we are going through because He is there with us every step of the way!  The Elders were able to go and help us out a couple of days.  What a blessing they are to us in our ward!

Today we are finishing up Mormon and starting Ether.  We basically see the destruction of the Nephites because of their unrighteousness and wicked ways.  It is so sad to me to see what a great nation they could have been but because of the pride in their hearts they chose their path.  In Ether we learn of ANOTHER group that came over to the Land of Promise (the Americas).  The plates were found and translated by the Nephites and preserved with the other records.  I love reading about Ether and the Jaredites.  I hope you will enjoy the story and lessons that are in Ether as well.

In Mormon, Moroni (who is Mormon's son) is finishing up the book by exhorting ALL non-beievers to come unto Christ.  He is speaking to all the ends of the earth, even to us!  I will share some of these scriptures with you.  Basically this is the entire section of chapter 9!  I couldn't pick and choose a few scriptures so I am sharing all of them!

Mormon 9
And now, I speak also concerning those who do not believe in Christ.
 Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation—behold, when the Lord shall come, yea, even that agreat day when thebearth shall be rolled together as a scroll, and the elements shallcmelt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day when ye shall be brought to stand before the Lamb of God—then will ye say that there is no God?
 Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God? Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under aaconsciousness of your guilt? Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with that holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt that ye have ever abused his laws?
 Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and just God, under a consciousness of yourafilthiness before him, than ye would to dwell with the bdamnedsouls in chell.
 For behold, when ye shall be brought to see your anakednessbefore God, and also the glory of God, and the bholiness of Jesus Christ, it will kindle a flame of unquenchable fire upon you.
 O then ye aunbelievingbturn ye unto the Lord; cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus, that perhaps ye may be found spotless, cpure, fair, and white, having been cleansed by the blood of the dLamb, at that great and last day.
 And again I speak unto you who adeny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing, nor speaking with tongues, and the binterpretation of tongues;
 Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the agospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not bunderstand them.
 For do we not read that God is the asame byesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no cvariableness neither shadow of changing?
 10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.
 11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of amiracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same bGod who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.
 12 Behold, he created Adam, and by aAdam came the bfall of man. And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son; and because of Jesus Christ came the credemption of man.
 13 And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought back into the apresence of the Lord; yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed, because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the bresurrection, which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless csleep, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, both small and great, and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal dband of death, which death is a temporal death.
 14 And then cometh the ajudgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is bfilthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.
 15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do ano miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
 16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous aworksof God?
 17 Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his aword the heaven and the earth should be; and by the power of his word man was bcreated of the cdust of the earth; and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought?
 18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mightyamiracles? And there were many bmighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
 19 And if there were amiracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he bchangeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
 20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do amiracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should btrust.
 21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, awhatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this bpromise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.
 22 For behold, thus said Jesus Christ, the Son of God, unto his disciples who should tarry, yea, and also to aall his disciples, in the hearing of the multitude: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;
 23 And he that abelieveth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be bdamned;
 24 And athese signs shall follow them that believe—in my name shall they cast out bdevils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay chands on the sick and they shall recover;
 25 And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing, unto him will I aconfirm all my words, even unto the ends of the earth.
 26 And now, behold, who can stand aagainst the works of the Lord? bWho can deny his sayings? Who will rise up against the almighty power of the Lord? Who will despise the works of the Lord? Who will despise the children of Christ? Behold, all ye who are cdespisers of the works of the Lord, for ye shall wonder and perish.
 27 O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. aDoubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and bcome unto the Lord with all your cheart, and dwork out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.
 28 Be awise in the days of your bprobation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your clusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and dliving God.
 29 See that ye are not baptized aunworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ bunworthily; but see that ye do all things in cworthiness, and do it in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God; and if ye do this, and endure to the end, ye will in nowise be cast out.
 30 Behold, I speak unto you as though I aspake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words.
 31 Condemn me not because of mine aimperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.
 32 And now, behold, we have written this record according to our knowledge, in the characters which are called among us theareformed Egyptian, being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech.
 33 And if our plates had been asufficiently large we should have written in Hebrew; but the Hebrew hath been altered by us also; and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold, ye would have had no bimperfection in our record.
 34 But the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also that none other people knoweth our language; and because that none other people knoweth our language, therefore he hath prepared ameans for the interpretation thereof.
 35 And these things are written that we may rid our garments of the blood of our abrethren, who have dwindled in unbelief.
 36 And behold, these things which we have adesired concerning our brethren, yea, even their restoration to the knowledge of Christ, are according to the prayers of all the saints who have dwelt in the land.
 37 And may the Lord Jesus Christ grant that their prayers may be answered according to their faith; and may God the Father remember the covenant which he hath made with the house of Israel; and may he bless them forever, through faith on the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I can't remember if I shared this video with you all or not yet but I feel inspired to share it again.  I want you all to know that your Heavenly Father sent you to earth for a purpose.  Come unto Him and live to your full potential!  I love you and am so grateful for this time I have been able to share my beliefs with you.  Only about a week left and we have completed the Book of Mormon.  How wonderful that is!


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