Book of Mormon
“By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled”
Moroni explains the importance of faith.
The Lord teaches Moroni that He gives us weakness that we may be humble.
Moroni records Ether's prophecies concerning the promised land.
War rages throughout the land. The Jaredite civilization is destroyed.
A study of this lesson will help us understand the importance of exercising
faith, being humble, and heeding the counsel of the prophets.
Scripture references for study:
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Lesson 46 Handout (PDF)
"The last half of the book of Ether describes the
blessings of righteousness and the curses of wickedness. Prophets helped
preserve the Jaredites for many years. However, secret combinations
eventually led to strife and the overthrow of freedom.
"The prophet Ether told King Coriantumr that he
and his household would be spared if they would repent. But Coriantumr
and his people refused to repent, and the Jaredite nation was completely
destroyed." (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, ©1991)
Some Personal Thoughts:
The story, as contained in this week’s reading, causes one to be amazed,
appalled, and saddened at the destruction of an entire civilization.
This story, which follows Mormon's commentary on the entire destruction
of the Nephite people, is a powerful and sobering witness of the consequences
to nations that allow wickedness to prosper.
WHY DO MORMON AND MORONI WRITE SO MUCH CONCERNING THE HISTORICAL/POLITICAL
SITUATION OF THEIR DAY AND THE END OF THEIR SOCIETY?
A Key: Nephi said, "for I did liken all scriptures
unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning." (1 Nephi
Both Mormon and Moroni foresaw the challenges of our time.
What happened to the civilizations of the Book of Mormon may happen to
us if we are not ever vigilant in righteousness. The promises in
the Book of Mormon regarding the American continents apply to all nations
that inhabit this land.
Mormon and Moroni are delivering this warning to all the believers. We have a responsibility to share this message with our fellow citizens.
- Something to consider: How do we apply these warnings to our own lives?
A few weeks ago we discussed the decline of Nephite civilization (see
43). One of symptom of decay was the lack of gratitude
and failing to remember the source of their blessings.
Consider the following verses:
"And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly
before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for
his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done
for their fathers" (Ether 6:30).
"And there were no more wars in the days of Shule;
and he remembered the great things that the Lord had done for his fathers
in bringing them across the great deep into the promised land; wherefore
he did execute judgment in righteousness all his days" (Ether
"And it came to pass that Shez did remember the
destruction of his fathers, and he did build up a righteous kingdom; for
he remembered what the Lord had done in bringing Jared and his brother
across the deep; and he did walk in the ways of the Lord; and he begat
sons and daughters" (Ether 10:2).
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE AND REMEMBER THE LORD'S BLESSINGS TO US?
In each of these cases there seems to be a tie between remembering the Lord's
blessings and humility and righteousness .
HOW CAN WE BETTER RECOGNIZE AND REMEMBER THESE BLESSINGS THROUGH:
We learn through the scriptures that the righteous, the obedient, and those
that are humble receive the blessings of the Lord.
We are reminded that the Lord blesses his children today, as in days past. Testimony bearing is a means of expressing our gratitude for the blessings
we have received from the Lord.
PERSONAL AND FAMILY HISTORIES?
These histories should be a catalog of our blessings and our gratitude
These are our personal scriptures.
ETHER 8:13-19. Secret combinations among
WHY DO YOU THINK THE BOOK OF MORMON SPEAKS SO MUCH ABOUT SECRET COMBINATIONS?
Mormon and Moroni saw our time and felt the necessity of warning us of
these tools of the adversary.
"Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God
that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent
of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get
above you, which are built up to get power and gain--and the work, yea,
even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the
justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction
if ye shall suffer these things to be....
"Wherefore, I, Moroni,
am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that
the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children
of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they
may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved"
(Ether 8:23, 26).
WHY DO MANY PEOPLE EMBRACE SUCH EVIL COMBINATIONS?
A desire for gain and power.
WHAT CONSEQUENCES BEFALL NATIONS THAT ALLOW SECRET COMBINATIONS?
Their ultimate destruction. "And whatsoever
nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until
they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed"
HOW CAN WE RECOGNIZE SECRET COMBINATIONS AND PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THEM?
President Ezra Taft Benson: "...Moroni speaks
to us in this day and says, 'Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye
shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of
your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be
"The Book of Mormon further
warns that 'whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to
get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold they
shall be destroyed....'
"This scripture should
alert us to what is ahead unless we repent, because there is no question
but that as people of the free world, we are increasingly upholding any
of the evils of the adversary today. By court edict godless conspirators
can run for government office, teach in our schools, hold office in labor
unions, work in our defense plants, serve in our merchant marines, etc. As a nation, we are helping to underwrite many evil revolutionaries in
"Now we are assured that
the Church will remain on the earth until the Lord comes again--but at
what price? The Saints in the early days were assured that Zion would
be established in Jackson County, but look at what their unfaithfulness
cost them in bloodshed and delay.
"President [J. Reuben]
Clark [Jr.] warned us that 'we stand in danger of losing our liberties,
and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we
of this church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more
sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known....' And he stated that if the conspiracy 'comes here it will probably come
in its full vigor and there will be a lot of vacant places among those
who guide and direct, not only this government, but also this Church of
ours." (CR, Apr 1972)
Moroni teaches about faith (v6-22).
WHAT DID MORONI TEACH ABOUT FAITH IN ETHER 12?
Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen (v6).
Dispute not because you have not seen. The witness shall not be given
until after the trial of your faith (v6).
It was by faith that Christ appeared unto the people on this continent
after his resurrection (v7).
If there is no faith, God cannot do his miracles among men (v12).
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE POWER OF FAITH MANIFEST?
WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WE 'RECEIVE NO WITNESS UNTIL AFTER THE TRIAL OF OUR
Neal A. Maxwell: "Strange as it seems, a
few of the partially yoked, undeservedly wearing the colors of the kingdom,
are just close enough to the prescribed path and process to be able to
observe in others some of the visible costs of discipleship. Sobered by
that observation, they want victory without battle and expect campaign
ribbons merely for watching; but there is no witness until after the trial
of their faith." (Men and Women of Christ, p2)
HOW CAN WE STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
WHAT CONCERNS DID MORONI HAVE ABOUT WRITING IN THE SCRIPTURAL RECORD?
ETHER 12:26. The Lord responds to Moroni.
WHY DO WE HAVE WEAKNESS?
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE HUMBLE?
HOW HAS THE LORD HELPED MAKE "WEAK THINGS BECOME STRONG UNTO YOU"?
HOW HAS THIS PROCESS STRENGTHENED YOUR FAITH?
Moroni has exhorted us to seek "this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SEEK JESUS?
HOW DOES THE LORD BLESS THOSE WHO SEEK HIM?
Ether 13 & 14
ETHER 13:1-2, 13-18,
HOW DOES THE CONDITION OF THE JAREDITE NATION PRIOR TO ITS DESTRUCTION
COMPARE WITH OUR SOCIETY TODAY?
GENERALLY, WHY DON'T PEOPLE LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF PAST CIVILIZATIONS
THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED?
As previously discussed, part of that comes in remembering blessings from
the Lord .
We read in this chapter of the ultimate destruction of the Jaredite nation. Only
two survived, Coriantumr and the prophet Ether, whose life was preserved
to record this incredible destruction.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE JAREDITE RECORD ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTING
BEFORE GETTING TOO DEEPLY INVOLVED IN SIN?
"And it came to pass that Coriantumr
wrote again an epistle unto Shiz, desiring that he would not come again to
battle, but that he would take the kingdom, and spare the lives of the people. And behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased
striving with them, and Satan had full power over the hearts of the people;
for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness
of their minds that they might be destroyed; wherefore they went again
to battle." (Ether 15:18-19)
There seems to be a point of no return.
President Spencer W. Kimball: "It is true
that the great principle of repentance is always available, but for the
wicked and rebellious there are serious reservations to this statement.
For instance, sin is intensely habit-forming and sometimes moves men to
the tragic point of no return. Without repentance there can be no forgiveness,
and without forgiveness all the blessings of eternity hang in jeopardy.
As the transgressor moves deeper and deeper in his sin, and the error is
entrenched more deeply and the will to change is weakened, it becomes increasingly
near-hopeless, and he skids down and down until either he does not want
to climb back or he has lost the power to do so." (The Miracle
of Forgiveness, p117)
HOW DOES SINNING LIMIT OUR AGENCY?
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
Record your thoughts on the teachings and events discussed in this lesson.
What can you do to show greater gratitude to our Heavenly Father for his
Resources Used In This Lesson
Conference Reports (CR).
Men and Women of Christ by Neal A. Maxwell.
The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.
Gospel Doctrine Class
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