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.)
Mormon’s intent was to help a group of believers receive “every good thing” (Moroni 7:21).
- Introduction: I speak to you by the grace of God and because of my calling (Moroni 7:2).
- How to discern between good and evil (Moroni 7:3-19)
- I can tell that you are doing well spiritually because of the way you treat other people (Moroni 7:3-4).
- The Savior taught that we can know people by their works (Moroni 7:5-11).
- All good things come from God, and evil things come from the devil (Moroni 7:12-17).
- Be careful not to judge wrongly. In particular, don’t reject good things (Moroni 7:18-19).
- Developing faith, hope, meekness, and charity (Moroni 7:20-48)
- Faith (Moroni 7:20-39)
- Faith will enable you to lay hold upon every good thing (Moroni 7:20-21).
- God sent angels, which enabled people to exercise faith in Him (Moroni 7:22-26).
- Have miracles ceased? No. Angels still minister to people. God still answers prayers (Moroni 7:27-34).
- If miracles have ceased, it is because of unbelief (Moroni 7:35-39).
- Hope: “How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope?” (Moroni 7:40-42)
- Meekness: A person “cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart” (Moroni 7:43-44).
- Charity (Moroni 7:45-48)
- Faith (Moroni 7:20-39)
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.
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.
Blog Posts about Mormon’s Sermon in the Synagogue
- What Does It Mean to Do Something with “Real Intent?” (4/18/2019)
- Why Do We Need Prophets? (4/15/2019)
- What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About Kindness? (4/10/2019)
- What Does It Mean to Be “Long-Suffering?” (3/1/2019)
- How Does the Savior Invite Us to Come Unto Him? (2/12/2019)
- How Is the Word “Atonement” Used in the Book of Mormon? (1/30/2019)
- What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About Grace? (1/28/2019)
- Why Does the Book of Mormon Quote from the Bible? (1/20/2019)
- What is the Relationship Between Faith and Humility? (1/11/2019)
- Meek and Lowly in Heart – Moroni 7:43-44 (7/1/2018)
- Every Thing Which Inviteth and Enticeth to Do Good – Moroni 7:13 (6/30/2018)
- That We May Have This Hope – Moroni 7:48 (5/23/2017)
- What Is It That Ye Shall Hope For? – Moroni 7:40-42 (5/23/2017)
- Has the Day of Miracles Ceased? – Moroni 7:35-37 (5/21/2017)
- Lay Hold upon Every Good Thing, Part 2 – Moroni 7:22-26 (5/20/2017)
- Lay Hold upon Every Good Thing – Moroni 7:19 (5/19/2017)
- Charity Never Faileth – Moroni 7:45-48 (11/19/2016)
- Have Miracles Ceased? – Moroni 7:27-29 (10/17/2016)
- The Chosen Vessels of the Lord – Moroni 7:31-32 (10/2/2016)
- That the Holy Ghost May Have Place in Their Hearts – Moroni 7:31-32 (6/21/2016)
- That Ye May Be Filled with This Love – Moroni 7:48 (4/9/2016)
- Charity Suffereth Long, and Is Kind – Moroni 7:45 (4/2/2016)
- He Must Needs Have Charity – Moroni 7:43-44 (3/29/2016)
- What Is It That Ye Shall Hope For? – Moroni 7:41 (3/9/2016)
- Without Faith There Cannot Be Any Hope – Moroni 7:40, 42 (3/8/2016)
- Lay Hold upon Every Good Thing – Moroni 7:14, 19 (12/27/2015)
- The Gift of His Calling – Moroni 7:2 (12/27/2015)
- Which He Hath Bestowed – Moroni 7:48 (12/26/2015)
- Moroni 7:45 Charity Suffereth Long and Is Kind (12/28/2014)