Moroni1-6 “To Keep Them in the Right Way”
Dennis Roberts http://www.ldsgospeldoctrine.net/
How far away from home have you spent Christmas?
What parts of Sacrament meeting are the same throughout the world?
Chapters 2 through 5 contain the following:
Chapter 2 --How to give the gift of the Holy Ghost
Chapter 3 --How to ordain elders, priests, and teachers
Chapters 4 & 5 --The sacramental prayers
Chapter 6 --Who should be baptized
Chapter 6 --Necessity of meeting often
Chapter 6 --No iniquity in the church
Chapter 6 –Instructions on conducting meetings
Moroni 7-8,10 “Come Unto Christ”
* Mormon explains how to judge between good and evil.
* Mormon explains the importance of faith, hope, and charity.
* Mormon teaches that little children are saved through Christ's Atonement.
* The Holy Ghost testifies of all truth. Spiritual gifts follow those who come unto Christ.
Story of Vincenzo di Francesca (http://italy.fiber.net/fun/articles/burnbook.html)
How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon – Video 65 min
READ MORONI 7:3-4.
What does it mean to be “peaceable followers of Christ?”
How do we become peaceable followers? What is the reward?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "True saints enter into the rest of the Lord while in this life, and by abiding in the truth, they continue in that blessed state until they rest with the Lord in heaven. The rest of the Lord, where mortals are concerned, is to gain a perfect knowledge of the divinity of the great latter-day work." (Mormon Doctrine, p633)
President Joseph F. Smith: "The ancient prophets speak of 'entering into God's rest'; what does it mean? To my mind, it means entering into the knowledge and love of God, having faith in his purpose and in his plan, to such an extent that we know we are right, and that we are not hunting for something else, we are not disturbed by every wind of doctrine, or by the cunning and craftiness of men who lie in wait to deceive." (Gospel Doctrine, p58)
READ MORONI 7:6-9.
What is Mormon telling us here about our motives for doing good?
President Romney's story teaches us to:
Study the scriptures - to help us understand the workings of the Lord.
Go the extra mile (don't just do the minimum)
READ MORONI 7:12-19.
What did Mormon teach about how we can discern good from evil?
How can we become more receptive to the guidance of the spirit of Christ?
Search diligently in the light of Christ (v19) What do you think this means?
Lay hold upon every good thing and condemn it not (v19).
Mormon asks the question: "How is it possible to lay hold upon every good thing? (v20)
How does Mormon answer this question? (see v21-26).
“Hebrew Meaning of "Faith:" True religion is based on true faith in the Lord. The Hebrew word for faith is emunah and that is probably derived from the word imun which means practice, procedure or work. Inherent in the word emunah is faith and works. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." (James 2:17)” Daniel Rona http://www.israelrevealed.com/gospel/2000les47.htm
Read Moroni 10
Holy Ghost testifies of all truth
Moroni 10:1 To whom is this chapter addressed?
Moroni 10:2 What does Moroni exhort us to do? Could he not have just said good-bye?
Moroni’s exhortations - Is this what we would like to tell those we love?
V 3 “Remember how merciful Lord hath been”
V 4 “Ask God if these things are not true”
V 7 “Deny not power of God”
V 8 “Deny not the gifts of God”
V 18 “Good gifts cometh of Christ”
V 19 “Christ is same forever”
V 27 “Remember these things”
V 30 “Come unto Christ”
Moroni 10:4 Why can’t we gain testimonies by intellect
Moroni 10:7 Moroni said to deny not what? How do we deny power of God? Why do we?
Moroni 10:30,32 How does “Come Unto Christ” reflect entire message of BofM?
Continue To Study The Book of Mormon
The course of study for next year's Gospel Doctrine class is the Doctrine and Covenants.
What place should the Book of Mormon have in our personal study next year?
President Ezra Taft Benson: "The Book of Mormon is studied in our Sunday School and seminary classes every fourth year. This four-year pattern, however, must not be followed by Church members in their personal study. We need to read daily from the pages of the book that will get a man 'nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book'." (Ensign, Nov 1988, p4)
Reflection and Challenge for 2009
What is your current level of satisfaction with your spiritual growth?
What are you willing to do to increase your spiritual growth next year?