25 My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever.
26 And may the grace of God the Father, whose throne is high in the heavens, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who sitteth on the right hand of his power, until all things shall become subject unto him, be, and abide with you forever. Amen.
At the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni shares a letter he received from his father, Mormon. After providing a dismal report on the state of the war, Mormon expresses his love for his son in the form of several desires:
- He hopes that his letter will not discourage Moroni, but that the Savior will lift Moroni’s spirits.
- He hopes that Moroni will always remember the blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- He hopes that God’s grace will always abide with Moroni.
There are hints of the sacrament prayers in Mormon’s words (see Moroni 4:3, Moroni 5:2). Mormon clearly believes in the promise of those prayers: that if we always remember the Savior, we will always have His Spirit to be with us.
Mostly, as I read these verses, I feel the depth of Mormon’s love for his son, as manifest in his desire that Moroni enjoy every good gift which God can give (see Moroni 10:18).
To love another person is to desire their happiness. Love inspires hope that good things will happen to them, and that they will accomplish good things. I love Mormon’s unselfish expression of love for his son, and I will strive to emulate that expression as I communicate with the people I love, including my own children.