What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About Grace?

The word “grace” appears 31 times in the Book of Mormon. Today, I reviewed each of those passages and learned the following principles:

  1. Grace is an attribute of Jesus Christ. It is often listed with other attributes, including: mercy, truth, patience, equity, justice, power, and long-suffering (2 Nephi 2:6. 2 Nephi 2:8, 2 Nephi 9:8, 2 Nephi 9:53, 2 Nephi 11:5, Alma 5:48, Alma 9:26, Alma 13:9).
  2. God’s grace can be in us. We can receive His grace, be filled with His grace, and even abound in His grace. This happens when we seek Him, choose to be baptized, and strive to keep His commandments (Mosiah 18:16, Mosiah 18:26, Mosiah 27:5, Ether 12:41, Moroni 9:26).
  3. By God’s grace:
    1. We can be saved (2 Nephi 10:24, 2 Nephi 25:23).
    2. We can be perfected and sanctified (Moroni 10:32-33).
    3. We can endure to the end (Moroni 8:3).
    4. We can do God’s work (Jacob 4:7, Moroni 7:2)
    5. We can praise Him (2 Nephi 10:25)
  4. God’s grace is sufficient for us if we humble ourselves before Him (Ether 12:26, Ether 12:27, Moroni 10:32).
  5. We should pray for grace, both for ourselves and for others (Alma 7:3, Ether 12:36).
  6. We can be restored unto grace for grace. In other words, when we sin, we can repent and be cleansed, so that we can again receive the enabling power of grace in our lives (Helaman 12:24).
  7. For people who persistently rebel, the day of grace will eventually pass (Mormon 2:15).

I am grateful to know that grace is an attribute of Jesus Christ, that I can receive His grace, and that His grace can empower me. Today, I will pray for grace and will trust that His grace is sufficient to help me overcome the challenges I face.

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