Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been – Moroni 10:3-5

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

On the title page of the Book of Mormon, we learn that one of the purposes of the book is “to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers.” In the final chapter of the book, Moroni challenges us to “remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.” He’s not asking us to think about God’s mercy in the abstract. We’ve just read 529 pages of evidence that God loves His children. He wants us to think about what God did for Nephi, Enos, Abinadi, Alma, Amulek, Ammon, Lamoni, Captain Moroni, the brother of Jared, and many other people whose stories we now know. He wants us to internalize this core message: that our Heavenly Father loves His children and takes delight in blessing them. And why does he want us to ponder that principle? Because if God blessed them, then He will also bless us. We are His children, and He loves us. He will answer our prayers if we pray with real intent. He will guide us and help us face the challenges of life. He will work miracles in our lives if we will have faith in Him.
Today I will ponder what I’ve learned this year in my study of the Book of Mormon. I will think about how those stories apply to me, particularly as I look ahead to the year 2016. I will remember how merciful God has been toward His children throughout the history of the world. I will remember how merciful He will be toward me if I seek His guidance and support in humility and in faith.
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