Mormon 1-6: “I Would That I Could Persuade All…to Repent” (October 26-November 1)

Mormon, Age 10” by Scott M. Snow

Jesus stands with open arms to receive us. The tragedy is that we fail to receive so many of the blessings He offers us. One reason we fail to receive them is because we take too much credit for our own accomplishments. Another is because we are unwilling to change. A third is because we feel enmity toward other people, which drives away the Spirit of the Lord.

Mormon 1-6 tells the story of a nation that was destroyed because they refused to repent. The tragedy is that their Savior, whom they rejected, “stood with open arms to receive [them]” (Mormon 6:17). If they had only been willing to follow him, they would have been “clasped in the arms of Jesus” (Mormon 5:11).

Still, through all their stubbornness, boasting, and ugly vengefulness, a clear-eyed and spiritually grounded prophet continued to work with them, to warn them, and even to lead their armies. Even as he compiled a history of his people for the benefit of future generations, Mormon participated meaningfully in the final chapter of that history. And even though he perceived that “the day of grace was passed with them” (Mormon 2:15), he continued to serve them, to fight with them, and to pray for them. Why? Because he “loved them…with all [his] heart” Mormon 3:12.)

And he knew that God loved them too. After chronicling the death of 23,000 people in a single battle and acknowledging that his civilization was gone, Mormon ends chapter 6 by looking ahead to the final judgment which each one of us will one day experience. But he doesn’t characterize it as a harsh judgment. He characterizes it as an accurate and a benevolent judgment. The final word in chapter 6 is “mercy.”

Here are some of the principles I’ve learned from Mormon 1-6:

God’s enduring love

Three impediments to receiving God’s blessings

Sobriety

2 thoughts on “Mormon 1-6: “I Would That I Could Persuade All…to Repent” (October 26-November 1)

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  1. Pls this mail came late, can I be receiving it earlier than this? around 6:00am? Thank you for the constant update.

    On Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 8:01 AM Book of Mormon Study Notes wrote:

    > Paul Anderson posted: ” “Mormon, Age 10″ by Scott M. Snow Jesus stands > with open arms to receive us. The tragedy is that we fail to receive so > many of the blessings He offers us. One reason we fail to receive them is > because we take too much credit for our own accomplishment” >

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