A lot of people have questions concerning what people of the LDS faith believe and one thing that I have seen come up more than others is the Book of Mormon. Many wonder questions like; What is the Book of Mormon, Who wrote the Book of Mormon, Why is it necessary or important, Does it replace the Bible, What's it about, How can I know if it's true? And the list goes on and on. Well, my goal in my next few blogs will be to answer these questions through scripture and explanation.The first question I would like to answer is What is the Book of Mormon and all questions that are appendages to it.
The book's accounts are a record of two epic civilizations, the first group coming over when the Lord confounded the tongues at the tower of Babel, through disobedience and apostasy they eventually were all destroyed through civil and revolutionary wars. They are known as the Jaredites. The latter group came much later at around 600 B.C., it is an account of a family leaving Jerusalem and fleeing to the "promised land". Over time the fell into patterns of wars and peace, but the crowning event in the Book of Mormon is the personal appearance of Jesus Christ to the people in the Americas, but a few centuries after His visit the more righteous group, the Nephites, fell into an apostasy and were eventually destroyed leaving only the Lamanites who are among the ancestors of the American Indians.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
"Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given unto them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself." (2 Nephi 2:27) Emphasis added.
What we learn from Lehi in those verses in that chapter of Nephi's second book is this: that we were created to act, move, and choose. To choose what though? To choose Christ, to choose Christ and his ways. His commandments, His atoning sacrifice, His perfect example and walk in the path He did. Or, we are free and are equally enticed to follow Satan. To choose him who was found unworthy before God. To choose him that now corrupts the hearts of men and the same being who is the author of death and sin. To choose to yield to sin, mingle with temptations, to give in,or even worse to give up. These are our choices, this is what Christ was teaching us when He said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." this wasn't a good suggestion or even a possible other way of showing our love for Him who so loved us. This was a commandment. Jesus said , "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment." And if it is the greatest commandment shouldn't we abide by it? And how do we abide by it? By keeping the commandments. People often have the false notation that we believe that it is by our works, our merits, our grace, and our power that we are saved. That is absolutely completely false. Christ is the Author and Finisher of our Salvation, not me. I propose the question how can one be "saved" by God and Jesus Christ if they don't love either of them? They can't, at least not in the fullest measure. Our actions effect not only this life, but the next. Paul understood and taught this doctrine,