“Therefore, thus saith the Lord: Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of the Nephites, except they repent I will take away my word from them, and I will withdraw my Spirit from them, and I will suffer them no longer, and I will turn the hearts of their brethren against them.” (Helaman 13:8)
We should monitor the health of our hearts on the hardness scale, because as we cease to repent, the Lord will take away everything that we have from him, we will lose his spirit, and we will lose his compassion and mercy. At that point there is nothing left for us but to be at the mercy of Satan and his minions.
I have always wondered at the definition of hard heart, and what its implications were. How was I to know if I suffered from it, because the Book of Mormon never stops warning me that it is a very bad thing. It was easy to look at Laman and Lemuel and see that in retrospect, their desires to be in charge and subvert supposed challenges to their authority was a prime example of their hardheartedness. This verse applies it to me, if I have stopped repenting, and I feel the spirit of the Lord withdraw, which there is a very large chance that I won’t feel it withdraw at all because of the spiritual anesthesia of wickedness, then I am in the throes of being hard-hearted. I will even lose the testimony that I have, and his very word will be meaningless to me, because the channel that God has formed to confirm his words to his children will be closed to me. I am very keen to stop this process in its tracks, and I seek to be a better repenter and accept my own shortcomings and weaknesses to subvert harmful pride.
“And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them; but that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.” (Alma 34:40-41)
We should have patience with others, and not attack them for supposed or actual transgressions against us. We should avoid doing this so as to not become just as bad or worse than them. Doing this will strengthen our faith and hope to one day be with our Heavenly Father and obtain his eternal rest.
These verses popped out at me because of the everyday occurrences of people who seem to want nothing more than to lay waste to all they see. In such a climate as this, it is especially hard to ‘turn the other cheek’ instead of taking ‘an eye for an eye’. As a natural man, it is especially hard for me to build my faith in a great sense of justice, when it has such a hard time existing in this life. I know that in order to truly become who I am meant to be, I must overcome these natural tendencies, and build my faith in God’s justice. This scripture reminded me to do just that.
“And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery; … Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” (Alma 48:11,17)
Captain Moroni has many qualities, foremost among them are those listed in verse 11. He had great physical strength, he was trained in the matters of men, and even from a very young age was skilled at the art of war. However, the greatest thing of all of these things, is that he used it in humility and obtained power from God to overcome Satan and his minions.
Captain Moroni shows a monumental example of how to overcome temptation and opposition, of all kinds. Moroni’s strength was not simply in the physical realm, but also the mental and spiritual realms. His character was one to aspire to, because through his faith and humility, he had power over evil, in that it could not touch him or bring him down in anyway. The reason that I really like these verses is that I want to be like Moroni. When it came down to someone needing to step up and save the world from itself, Moroni did it, and he did it for the right reasons, and he did it in the right way. Every time I read these chapters, I recall to myself those strengths of Moroni, and how best I can incorporate them into my own life.
“You cut down a tree and then you dress it’s corpse with candles.” Olaf in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
There was a guy with a phone who wanted to see if his website still worked like it should. So he installed an app that he left dormant on his phone for several months without doing anything with it at all. Then one day he got bored and decided to actually check on it, so he logged into his old website and created a random post for all to behold. So, behold!
Hilarious, so must share.