Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lesson 43 “How Could Ye Have Departed from the Ways of the Lord?” Mormon 1-6; Moroni 9

Lesson Purpose: Help members see importance of living gospel

1. Mormon given responsibility for sacred records (read Mormon 1)
  • Compare the early lives of Mormon and Joseph Smith what things are similar or different?
  • What losses did the Nephites experience during this time?
2. The state of Nephites and Mormon’s Leadership (read Mormon 1:19; Mormon 2 and 3)
  • What conditions existed among the Nephites as Mormon was given this significant responsibility?
  • Ponder the following questions and be prepared to share your thoughts:
  1. Why did Mormon rejoice when he saw the people mourning?
  2. What is the difference between “sorrowing . . . Unto repentance and “the sorrowing of the damned”? (see also Corinthians 7:9-10)
  3. What gave Mormon hope and peace? How can we maintain hope and peace?
  4. What is the importance of recognizing blessings we receive from the Lord?
  5. Why are we commanded not to seek vengeance? What does that mean to you?
3. Mormon explains the purposes for the records he has abridged and written. (Mormon 3,5)
Sacred Records were written for:
  • Mormon 3:17 Gentiles, House of Israel
  • Mormon 3:18 Ends of the earth, Twelve tribes of Israel
  • Mormon 3:19 Remnant of this people (descendants of Lehi and Ishmael)
  • Mormon 5:9 Remnant of Nephites & Lamanites
  • Mormon 5:14 Unbelieving of the Jews

Purposes of sacred records:
  • Mormon 3:20 Judgment seat is for all
  • Mormon 3:21 Believe the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Mormon 5:15 Provide witness that Jesus is the Christ
  • Mormon 5:14 Persuade unbelieving Jews
  • Mormon 3:22 To persuade everyone to repent
4. The last battle, the challenge and the promise (Mormon 4,5,6, Moroni 9)
Try to imagine what Mormon was going through as he prepared and fought in this last battle

  • Elder Neal A. Maxwell warned: “Only reform and self-restraint, institutional and individual, can finally recsue society! Only a sufficient number of sin-resistant souls can change the marketplace. As Church members we should [can] be part of that sin-resistant counterculture” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 96)

  • Moroni 9:25:26 “. . . may Christ lift you up. . .and rest in your mind forever and the grace of God the Father . . . abide with you forever. . ."

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