When I think of Moses ascending Mount Sinai, I always envision him alone. So I’ve been struck recently by these descriptions of him ascending the mountain with other people:
- “And the Lord said unto him,… thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee” (Exodus 19:24).
- “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel” (Moses 24:1). “Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel” (Exodus 24:10).
- “And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God” (Exodus 24:13).
Moses was not only having spiritual experiences on Mount Sinai; he was sharing those experiences with other people. When he went up to commune with God, he often took someone with him.
When Jesus appeared on the American continent following His death and resurrection, His first invitation was for the people to approach Him, one by one, and touch His wounds (3 Nephi 11:14). But later that day, He gave them a different invitation:
Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.3 Nephi 17:7
Bonnie H. Cordon commented on the significance of this passage for us:
Every time I read this, I ask myself: Who will I bring to Christ? Who will you bring?…
I boldly testify that the Lord knows who you are and He loves you! Together, we will advance His purpose until that great day when Christ Himself returns to this earth and calls each of us to come “hither.” We will joyfully gather together, for we are those who come unto Christ, and we do not come alone.“Come unto Christ and Don’t Come Alone,” General Conference, October 2021, italics in original
Today, I will invite other people to participate in activities which bring us closer to the Savior. As I strive to come unto Christ, I will share the journey with others.