Wednesday, July 1, 2009

37b - Mormon and Moroni Were Assigned by Jesus Christ to Prepare the Book of Mormon for Future Translation. Mormon's Role #1

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The Prophet Mormon's Role Was Key to Providing what came to be Named, The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Mormon Inscribing Records on Golden Plates -by Tom Lovell

Mormon took his divinely assigned task very seriously; that of bringing together centuries of writing by inspired Nephite prophets (plus inserting key comments from time to time to assist readers) in preparing a book of scripture which he knew the Lord would, by His effective means cause it to play a key role in preparing His people for His (Jesus Christ's) Second Coming at the beginning of the long prophesied MILLENNIUM.

The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ -by Harry Anderson
I desire that you, the readers of this blog post, learn how and why Mormon was chosen for the role he was to have in preparing the book which was to be Another Testament of Jesus Christ which itself would have a very key role in preparing people on earth for that Long Awaited Millennial Day.

The Nephite people, of whom Mormon was a part of, had rapidly deteriorated from the state of superb righteousness, that had lasted about 200 years after the Resurrected Jesus Christ had visited them in their homeland of what is most likely known as Central America in the Western Hemisphere of our day. It was known by them as their Promised Land.

Mormon and his son, Moroni's, ancestor, Lehi of Jerusalem, in 600 B.C. was guided along with his family and a relatively few others to come to their "Promised Land" by the hand of the Lord.

To learn how Mormon was chosen for his key role in bringing about the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, please readclick on the scriptural link below after reading the following instructions.

Mormon 1:1-19

Now that you have read and listened to that chapter I'd like to call your attention to several verses you have just read:
Mormon 1:
2 And about the time that Ammaron hid up the records unto the Lord, he came unto me,
(I being about ten years of age, and I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people) and Ammaron said unto me: I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe;
3 Therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old I would that ye should remember the things that ye have observed concerning this people; and when ye are of that age go to the land Antum, unto a hill which shall be called Shim; and there have I deposited unto the Lord all the sacred engravings concerning this people.
4 And behold, ye shall take the plates of Nephi unto yourself, and the remainder shall ye leave in the place where they are; and ye shall engrave on the plates of Nephi all the things that ye have observed concerning this people.
5 And I, Mormon, being a descendant of Nephi, (and my father's name was Mormon) I remembered the things which Ammaron commanded me. (emphasis added)
Thus, the Prophet Ammaron evidently received an inspired impression of ten year old Mormon when he said: "I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe."

Thus Ammaron enlisted Mormon, adding him to a vast select number of inspired Nephites over the previous (approximately) six centuries who had followed their inspired ancestors, Lehi, Nephi and Jacob) in keeping a careful and complete record of the more spiritually insightful history of their people.

Now I'd like you to read and listen to Mormon, Chapter 2 also.

Mormon 2: 1-29

I now desire to help you focus on verses 16-19 from that which you just read and listened to:
Mormon 2:16 And it came to pass that in the three hundred and forty and fifth year the Nephites did begin to flee before the Lamanites; and they were pursued until they came even to the land of Jashon, before it was possible to stop them in their retreat.
17 And now, the city of Jashon was near the land where Ammaron had deposited the records unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed. And behold I had gone according to the word of Ammaron, and taken the plates of Nephi, and did make a record according to the words of Ammaron.
18 And upon the plates of Nephi I did make a full account of all the wickedness and abominations; but upon these plates I did forbear to make a full account of their wickedness and abominations, for behold, a continual scene of wickedness and abominations has been before mine eyes ever since I have been sufficient to behold the ways of man.
19 And wo is me because of their wickedness; for my heart has been filled with sorrow because of their wickedness, all my days; nevertheless, I know that I shall be lifted up at the last day. (emphasis added)
I sobbed out loud as I typed the part I highlighted in red italics in verse 18.

There is one small part of chapter 3 of the (sub) Book of Mormon I want you to also read. In it, this courageous (I don't think that word comes up to what this saintly man "was really made of") prophet, Mormon, tells us what is most important to him: We of the LDS Faith (or Mormons as we are often called) might say "Mormon was bearing his testimony." Actually what he says here I think is much more than bearing testimony. He is, in effect pouring out his whole soul!
Mormon 3:16 And it came to pass that I utterly refused to go up against mine enemies; and I did even as the Lord had commanded me; and I did stand as an idle witness to manifest unto the world the things which I saw and heard, according to the manifestations of the Spirit which had testified of things to come.
17 Therefore I write unto you, Gentiles (He's speaking now to you and me here - we are at least partly, Gentiles), and also unto you, house of Israel, when the work shall commence, that ye shall be about to prepare to return to the land of your inheritance;
18 Yea, behold, I write unto all the ends of the earth; yea, unto you, twelve tribes of Israel, who shall be judged according to your works by the twelve whom Jesus chose to be his disciples in the land of Jerusalem.
19 And I write also unto the remnant of this people, (the Lamanites of our day) who shall also be judged by the twelve whom Jesus chose in this land; and they shall be judged by the other twelve whom Jesus chose in the land of Jerusalem.
20 And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all. And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human family of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil;
21 And also that ye may believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, which ye shall have among you; (The Holy Bible) and also that the Jews, the covenant people of the Lord, shall have other witness (The Book of Mormon) besides him whom they saw and heard, that Jesus, whom they slew, was the very Christ and the very God.
22 And I would that I could persuade all ye ends of the earth to repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. (emphasis and clarification added)
I needed that and I would guess you needed that also. It brought me to tears several times as I read it. How about you? If it didn't affect you the way it did me, try reading it again later on.

The Bible and the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ Stand Side by Side -by Greg K. Olsen
The painting I just inserted into the end of this post illustrates what the great work of Mormon has brought about, the joining of the Holy Bible which is a Testament of Jesus Christ, with the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Mormon, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

There is much more to be said about the role of the Prophet Mormon in bringing about the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This will be given in upcoming posts in this current series. There will also be more about Moroni's role.


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