Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Post 10 - The Lord Promised Enos That the Book of Mormon Would Help Restore His People (the Lamanite-Nephites) To Righteousness in The Latter-Days!

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The Lord Jesus Christ -by Harry Anderson
Enos Prayed All Day -by Robert T. Barrett
The upper painting, by is a depiction of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray to our Heavenly Father in His sacred name! This post will help you learn through Enos' prayer, and the answers given him by the Lord, and much about the promise of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in our day. Enos is depicted in the attitude of prayer just above.

Enos was raised by righteous parents, but as is the case with many of us, perhaps the cares of this world, such as Enos' need to spend more and more time hunting to support his family, had eroded his spirituality and allowed sin to creep into his life. Please meditate for a few minutes while viewing this scene. Think about what Enos might be praying for knowing that he has a need to come closer to His God. What would you pray for if you were in his place? You will be told in this chapter that Enos prayed all day and into the night.

My desire is that each of you viewers of this blog learn not only the power of sincere, intense prayer but also the important information about the coming forth in our day of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ, contained in this important, yet brief, one chapter book.

To assist you in really learning this important information, I am going to lead you through the reading of this chapter. Let's start with your reading (one tip, it would be quite difficult to coordinate the listen function given you, it might be best to read each section, one at a time. Enos 1:1-5. Now that you have read the first five verses, what was the first answer to Enos' prayer? After thinking through what you have just read , read on the following to see if your answer was correct. Enos 1:5-7

In verse 7 you read that Enos asked, "How is it done?" Enos asked that because of the blessing the Lord bestowed on him in verse 5. Here is the Lord's answer to Enos' question, "How is it done?" It is short and sweet (to the point) and very meaningful. Each of us needs to have this same specific faith Enos had. Enos 1:8

We will also read the Lord's answer to an important request Enos makes of him.

 Enos 1:9-10

In checking the next two verses you'll learn that Enos' faith had become "unshaken in the Lord" causing him to request an additional blessing from the Lord.What did the Lord promise Enos after he had demonstrated his faith by his prayer?

Enos 1:11-13

That is some powerful faith Enos had come up with. How would you personally feel if the Lord promised you what you desired? I'm sure that when we are in tune with the Lord's will like Enos had become on that day of prayer, we would desire that which is only right. I'd take that. Wouldn't you?

Now lets see what this man, Enos, who had been forgiven of all his sins and been granted that which he had been inspired to request, specifically now requests from the Lord.

Enos 1:13-18

Wow!, did you catch that? Enos wanted something that his fathers' had actually wanted and been promised. That was, that if his people, the Nephites were destroyed because of their wickedness, that the plates upon which were recorded the writings of their prophets would be preserved. The purpose of this would be that in our day and time in history the descendants of the Lamanites ( and other people - us!) would have the witness of God which had been engraven upon the metal plates by prophets. That record, my friends, would be: The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Now the rest of Enos' writings tell what Enos did as a prophet of the Lord and of all the challenges he and his people faced. Much is said about the Lamanites and their problems. I'd like you to read this right now in:

Enos 1:19-26

Now there is just one more verse in the Book of Enos. I want you to read it now. Enos rejoices in his sure knowledge of his eternal salvation. His words are great! When you and I are ready to depart from this life hopefully we will feel the same sure feelings about our Eternal status as does Enos. We can if we live as Enos lived after repenting and being forgiven of his sins.
Enos 1:27. And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen.

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