Moroni 7-9: “May Christ Lift Thee Up” (December 7-13)

In chapters 7-9 of his book, Moroni recorded three messages from his father: a sermon and two letters. Here is what I have learned from each of these messages:

How to receive “every good thing” (Moroni 7)

Moroni tells us that his father’s sermon in the synagogue is about “faith, hope, and charity” (Moroni 7:1). Mormon first explains how to distinguish between good and evil (Moroni 7:2-19). He then introduces the attributes of faith, hope, meekness, and charity by saying, “I will tell you the way whereby ye may lay hold on every good thing” (Moroni 7:21).

Here is an outline of the sermon with some key takeaways: Mormon’s sermon on faith, hope, and charity.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from this sermon:

“Little children are alive in Christ” (Moroni 8)

Moroni quotes a letter in which his father corrects a doctrinal misunderstanding that was beginning to emerge in the church. Little children do not need to be baptized. Until they are old enough to be accountable for their actions, they are “alive in Christ.” Mormon refers to the “infinite grace and goodness” of God and refers to the Savior as “his Holy Child, Jesus” (Moroni 8:3). He says that adults must repent, be baptized, and humble themselves like little children in order to be saved (Moroni 8:10).

Here is an outline of this letter with key takeaways: First epistle from Mormon to Moroni.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from this letter:

Remaining positive and hopeful under adverse circumstances (Moroni 9)

Moroni quotes a second letter in which his father encourages him to keep working hard and not to lose hope. After describing the brutality of their enemies and of their own people, Mormon says, “Be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up” (Moroni 9:25).

Here is an outline of this letter, with key takeaways: Second epistle from Mormon to Moroni.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from this letter:

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