#BOMTC Day 81, June 26~Ether 11-12 or Pages 507-512: How to Have AWEsome Faith

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#BOMTC Day 81, June 26~Ether 11-12 or Pages 507-512, Helix of AWEsome Faith.jpg

It is somewhat surprising and interesting that the book of Ether does not introduce the prophet Ether until chapter 12 (of 15). It is only after recounting many years of Jaredite history that Moroni introduces the ministry of the prophet Ether.

#BOMTC Day 81, June 26~Ether 11-12 or Pages 507-512, Ether 12~4

After just a few verses (Ether 12:1-5) Moroni then pauses in his historical account and records some of the blessings that come to those who exercise faith in Jesus Christ (Ether 12:6-22).

#BOMTC Day 81, June 26~Ether 11-12 or Pages 507-512, Ether 12~6In humble prayer, Moroni expresses a concern. He worries about the weakness he perceived in his writing and in the writing of other Book of Mormon prophets. The Lord promised Moroni that He strengthens the weaknesses of all those who humble themselves before Him and have faith (Ether 12:27).

#BOMTC Day 81, June 26~Ether 11-12 or Pages 507-512, Ether 12~27

Ether 12 is one of those chapters that I feel I can never quite do justice to. Its almost better to just say, “Well, you read it. You felt the Spirit…

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#BOMTC Day 80, June 25~Ether 8-10 or Pages 501-506: Your “Stance” Determines Your Liberty or Captivity

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#BOMTC Day 80, June 25~Ether 8-10 or Pages 501-506, Your STANCE Determines Your Liberty or Captivity

The Brother of Jared was saddened by his people’s request to be led by a king. He said, “Surely this thing leadeth to captivity” (Ether 6:23). Though the Brother of Jared prophesied that establishing a Jaredite king would lead to captivity, his words were not immediately fulfilled. The first Jaredite king, Orihah, ruled in righteousness. However, a man named Jared became king two generations later by forming a secret combination. During the reigns of their kings, the Jaredites went through several cycles of hearkening to the prophets and living in righteousness, and rejecting the prophets and living in wickedness.

Two VERY important lessons we can learn from these chapters are:

  • Rejecting the words of prophets leads to captivity.
  • As we follow the counsel of prophets and remember the Lord, we prosper.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson taught:

“It was the ultimate sacrilege that Jesus Christ, the very Son of…

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#BOMTC Day 79, June 24~Ether 4-7 or Pages 495-500: “Commending Themselves unto the Lord”

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#BOMTC Day 79, June 24~Ether 4-7 or Pages 495-500, Commending Themselves Unto the Lord Click on the graphic to study Ether 4-7

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have always found the accounts in the book of Ether to be very easy to liken to my life. I find this particularly easy to do with Ether 6:1-12. Before you read what I have written for today, take a few moments to review Ether 6:1-12 and study it with the following perspective in mind: “If I am like a Jaredite vessel traveling toward the promised land of the Celestial Kingdom, then what can I learn from these verses about my journey through life?”

I will simply list a few selections from Ether 6:1-12 below and a brief thought about how I feel it applies to my life. You may want to make a similar list in your scriptures from your own insights:

  • he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each…

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#BOMTC Day 78, June 23~Ether 2-3 or Pages 489-494: Life Lessons

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#BOMTC Day 78, June 23~Ether 2-3 or Pages 489-494, Ether is a Handbook for Life Click on the graphic to study Ether 2-3

To me, the book of Ether is full of “Life Lessons”. There are many parallels between the experiences the Jaredites had and the way that we need to live our lives.

We ended yesterday’s reading by beginning the book of Ether. The book of Ether is Moroni’s abridgment of the history of the Jaredites. The Jaredites came to the Americas centuries before the people of Lehi. Following the Flood in Noah’s day, a group of people attempted to build a tower “whose top may reach unto heaven” (Genesis 11:4). The account of the Jaredite nation began during this time period. The Lord dealt with the widespread wickedness by confounding the common language and by scattering the people across the face of the earth (see Genesis 11:5–8Ether 1:33). This account in the book of Ether begins with Jared and his brother…

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#BOMTC Day 77, June 22~Mormon 8-Ether 1 or Pages 483-488: “It Shall Come in a Day When…

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#BOMTC Day 77, June 22~Mormon 8-Ether 1 or Pages 483-488, It Shall Come In a Day When Click on the graphic to study Mormon 8-Ether 1

“IT SHALL COME IN A DAY WHEN”:

…it shall be said that miracles are done away

…the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness

…the power of God shall be denied, and churches become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts

…leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even to the envying of them who belong to their churches

…there shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands

…there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day

…there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and…

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#BOMTC BONUS: Seer Stones and Smart Phones

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DFU Facebook Post, June 21 2016--Seer Stones and Cell Phones

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared the following message on his Facebook page today, June 21, 2016:

Not long ago, the Church published photos and background information on seer stones [see “Joseph the Seer” and “Book of Mormon Printer’s Manuscript, Photos of Seer Stone Featured in New Book“]. People have asked me, “Do you really believe that Joseph Smith translated with seer stones? How would something like this be possible?” And I answer, “Yes! That is exactly what I believe.” This was done as Joseph said: by the gift and power of God.

In reality, most of us use a kind of “seer stone” every day. My mobile phone is like a “seer stone.” I can get the collected knowledge of the world through a few little inputs. I can take a photo or a video with my phone and share it with family on the other side…

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#BOMTC Day 76, June 21~Mormon 5-7 or Pages 477-482: FALLEN!

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#BOMTC Day 76, June 21~Mormon 5-7 or Pages 477-482, Fallen Click on the graphic to study Mormon 5-7

Imagine how Mormon must have felt as he witnessed the devastation of the final battle between the Nephites and the Lamanites. He had labored his entire life to do the will of the Lord and had tried over and over to help the people repent and return to God.

#BOMTC Day 76, June 21~Mormon 5-7 or Pages 477-482, Mormon Abridging “I write a small abridgment,” said Mormon, “daring not to give a full account of the things which I have seen … that ye might not have too great sorrow because of the wickedness of this people.” (Morm. 5:9)

Mormon’s message is for our day: “How can ye stand before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn from your evil ways? Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?” (Morm. 5:22–23) In these chapters we can see the extreme consequences that can come upon a people once they have turned from…

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