Mormon’s Sermon in the Synagogue – Moroni 7

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Setting

Near the end of the Book of Mormon, Moroni quotes a sermon his father, Mormon, delivered in a synagogue on the topic of “faith, hope, and charity” (Moroni 7:1). This sermon was delivered to a group of believing church members. (See Moroni 7:3-5.)

Purpose

Mormon’s intent was to help a group of believers receive “every good thing” (Moroni 7:21).

Outline

  1. Introduction: I speak to you by the grace of God and because of my calling (Moroni 7:2).
  2. How to discern between good and evil (Moroni 7:3-19)
    1. I can tell that you are doing well spiritually because of the way you treat other people (Moroni 7:3-4).
    2. The Savior taught that we can know people by their works (Moroni 7:5-11).
    3. All good things come from God, and evil things come from the devil (Moroni 7:12-17).
    4. Be careful not to judge wrongly. In particular, don’t reject good things (Moroni 7:18-19).
  3. Developing faith, hope, meekness, and charity (Moroni 7:20-48)
    1. Faith (Moroni 7:20-39)
      1. Faith will enable you to lay hold upon every good thing (Moroni 7:20-21).
      2. God sent angels, which enabled people to exercise faith in Him (Moroni 7:22-26).
      3. Have miracles ceased? No. Angels still minister to people. God still answers prayers (Moroni 7:27-34).
      4. If miracles have ceased, it is because of unbelief (Moroni 7:35-39).
    2. Hope: “How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope?” (Moroni 7:40-42)
    3. Meekness: A person “cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart” (Moroni 7:43-44).
    4. Charity (Moroni 7:45-48)
      1. Characteristics of charity (Moroni 7:45)
      2. Charity never fails. (Moroni 7:46-47)
      3. The admonition: “Pray…with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love” (Moroni 7:48).

My Takeaways

Mormon’s plea in this sermon is for a group of disciples of Christ to deepen their discipleship, to develop more fully the attributes of Christ, and to receive and accept the good things that will come into their lives as a result.

I think it’s significant that he begins by teaching them not to reject good things. There would be little use in qualifying for additional blessings if they didn’t recognize and enjoy those blessings when they come.

Another important theme is the interconnectedness of Christlike attributes. Faith, hope, meekness, and charity go hand in hand, and in developing one of those, we develop them all.

I will respond to Mormon’s sermon by seeking after good things and striving to recognize and appreciate them when they come. I will also pray to be filled with faith, hope, meekness, and Christlike love.

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