15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.
17 There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.
18 And how blessed were they! For the Lord did bless them in all their doings; yea, even they were blessed and prospered until an hundred and ten years had passed away; and the first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land.
(4 Nephi 1:15-18)
Mormon provides a long list of sins which no longer existed after the ministry of the resurrected Jesus Christ on the American continent. I think it’s significant that he begins and ends the list by telling us that there was no contention among them.
The Savior had emphasized to this group of people the importance of avoiding contention. In fact, in His first message to them, before delivering the Sermon on the Mount and before quoting Isaiah and Malachi, before healing their sick and before instituting the sacrament among them, He taught them that He was one with the Father and with the Holy Ghost. Then, He said:
Verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away (3 Nephi 11:29-30).
Mormon tells us the reason that there was no contention: because the love of God was in the hearts of the people.
Today, I will do my best to love the people around me and to treat them with respect and kindness, remembering that the happiest people are filled with the love of God and therefore avoid contention.