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Just Another Mormon Monday

So, you remember that camp I was talking about yesterday? You know, the one that is handicap accessible in every single way? Yeah, another building they have for the campers is a Chapel. Some of the work that was done this past week-end included painting the walls and trim of the Chapel. I didn’t partake in any of the painting, but I did hang out in the Chapel, for a little while, Sunday morning because I knew I would end up missing Church yesterday. During this time I prayed and studied my scriptures, and found one that is very helpful in building my testimony, even more so than it already is.

I’m nearing the end of the Book of Mormon, so I was excited to read some of it this morning. I’m currently in the book of Moroni, chapter 7.  A lot of this all sounds like common sense to me.

11 For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil. 12 Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually. ~ Moroni 7: 11-12

What I read next confirmed to me that I was being guided by the Holy Spirit. In our Doctrine we believe that since God made us in his image, we believe that gives us the opportunity to be like gods. Several people like to misconstrue this in saying that we believe we will become like God, which isn’t true. Notice that one has a lower case “g” and the other is an upper case “G”, so there is a difference. (I’m not going to try to explain anything cause surly I would get it wrong.) I’m still new to the scriptures and still learning this whole studying thing so you can imagine how excited I was when I “stumbled” upon the following scriptures, in the Bible.

To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. ~ Jude 1: 15

If we aren’t meant to be like “gods” then why are some going to be judged for being “ungodly”?

I’m not speaking for the Church here, and if I have something off I would appreciate if my fellow members could straighten things up for me. Thanks, and enjoy your week!

Quadruple combination opened to the Book of Is...
Quadruple combination opened to the Book of Isaiah – note the cross references between Biblical and Latter-day Saint scripture in the footnotes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11 thoughts on “Just Another Mormon Monday

  1. The idea of “eternal progression” freaks me out (in a good way) and also comforts me. The idea that we never stop spiritually progressing, learning, growing, etc. is really pretty wonderful.

  2. You deliberately chose that title so I’d have the Bangles in my head, didn’t you. Was Moroni an angel or a prophet? I’m not very knowledgeable about the Book of Mormon, obviously.

    1. Yes I did.

      There are a couple (maybe more. the kids of kids were often named the same.) There was a General, from earlier on, named Captain Moroni. He was a total BA. There is a different one we call the Angle Moroni. He is the the one that came to Joseph Smith after he had prayed for knowledge. On top of each of our Temples is a statue of the Angle Moroni. I think, but not for certain, that the author of the book of Moroni was yet a different person. Usually if they are the authors of one of the books they are also known as a prophet. So, the answer to your question is yes and yes. The Third Moroni, the one that wrote the book, was the son of the Prophet Mormon. (I had to look some of that up, so thank you. I like learning new stuff.)

      1. So many Moronis to keep track of. When I was much younger and I first hear about the Book of Moroni, I thought he was Italian.

        1. “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
          And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:16–17.)

      2. There are only 2 Moroni’s. Captain Moroni and Moroni the son of Mormon. Moroni the son of Mormon wrote the book of Moroni and hid up the plates in the hill Cumorah. He was a prophet. He is the angel Moroni who appeared to show Joseph Smith where the plates were buried. (He knew where they were because he was the one who buried them.)

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