#BOMTC Day 75, June 20~Mormon 2-4 or Pages 471-476: Godly Sorrow

20 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

#BOMTC Day 75, June 20~Mormon 2-4 or Pages 471-476, Godly Sorrow Click on the graphic to study Mormon 2-4

“More good” Mormon desired to help the “more bad” Nephites repent, but because of their willful rebellion, he was forbidden by the Lord to preach to them. The “more bad” Nephites lost the gift of the Holy Ghost and other gifts of God and were left to their own strength as they battled the Lamanites. Mormon pled with the Nephites to repent; instead, they boasted in their own strength and swore to avenge their fallen brethren. Because the Lord had forbidden His people to seek revenge, Mormon refused to lead their army, and they were defeated. As the Nephites persisted in wickedness, God poured out His judgments upon them and the Lamanites began to sweep them from the earth.

One of the lessons that we can learn and apply from these chapters is that true repentance (change) cannot be complete without sincere sorrow. At…

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#BOMTC Day 74, June 19~4 Nephi-Mormon 1 or Pages 465-470: MORMON Should Mean “MORE GOOD”

19 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

#BOMTC Day 74, June 19~4 Nephi-Mormon 1 or Pages 465-470, More Good Click on the graphic to study 4 Nephi-Mormon 1

In yesterday’s post I focused on Elder M. Russell Ballard’s emphasis and followup on the importance of using the proper name of the Church.  As part of his comments he acknowledged that:

“The term Mormon can be appropriately used in some contexts to refer to members of the Church, such as Mormon pioneers, or to institutions, such as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Church members are widely known as Mormons, and in interactions with those not of our faith, we may fittingly refer to ourselves as Mormons, provided we couple this with the full name of the Church. If members learn to use the correct name of the Church in connection with the word Mormon, it will underscore that we are Christians, members of the Savior’s Church. (Following Up, Ensign, May 2014.)

We will probably never be able to shake the nickname of “Mormons”…

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#BOMTC Day 73, June 18~3 Nephi 27-30 or Pages 459-464: The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints

18 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

Click on the graphic to study 3 Nephi 27-30

Of the several topics that are covered in 3 Nephi 27-29 (what the name of the Church should be; the Atonement is the essence of the gospel; through the Atonement we may stand spotless before God as we repent, are baptized, and endure to the end; Christ granting the Nephite disciples their righteous desires; the transfiguration and translation of three of the Nephite disciples) I think I had better spend my time on the topic that has been emphasized and followed up by Elder M. Russell Ballard–THE NAME OF THE CHURCH (3 Nephi 27).

The Name of the Church

“I have thought a lot about why the Savior gave the nine-word name to His restored Church [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]. It may seem long, but if we think of it as a descriptive overview of what the Church is, it suddenly…

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#BOMTC Day 72, June 17~3 Nephi 22-26 or Pages 453-458: “Greater Things”

17 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

#BOMTC Day 72, June 17~3 Nephi 22-26 or Pages 453-458, Greater Things

The word “THINGS” seems like an insignificant word when isolated from other words. What does it really denote? It could be any number of, or kind of, or combination of “thing”. And yet, in 3 Nephi 23 & 26, the word, “THINGS,” is VERY significant. Excluding the heading to 3 Nephi 26, the word, “things,” is used 20 times in a chapter that has just 21 verses.

As you read these chapters you will find exactly what the “greater things” are that The Lord wants to give you, and how you can receive those “greater things”.

One thing that I love about this set of chapters is that they don’t just tell you how to receive the “greater things”, but they illustrate it as well. In these chapters we see Christ bestowing “greater things” upon the people as they respond to the “lesser things”.

By way of personal application, we can consider…

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#BOMTC Day 71, June 16~3 Nephi 20-21 or Pages 447-452: The Book that Gathers the Scattered

16 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

#BOMTC Day 71, June 16~3 Nephi 20-21 or Pages 447-452, Book of Mormon in Different Languages (2) Click on the graphic to study 3 Nephi 20-21

During the second day of His ministry among the righteous inhabitants of America, Jesus Christ again administered the sacrament to the people; and this time in a miraculous manner. The Resurrected Lord also testified that in the latter days the Father would fulfill His covenant to gather Israel and bless all the nations of the earth. Israel would be gathered, and all the nations of the earth would be blessed. As Jesus Christ continued to teach the people who had gathered, He also explained that the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the last days would be a sign that the Father had begun to fulfill this covenant.

#BOMTC Day 71, June 16~3 Nephi 20-21 or Pages 447-452, Book of Mormon in Different Languages (1)

In the short video clip below Elder Russell M. Nelson talks about how the Book of Mormon gathers scattered Israel (see 3 Nephi 21:1–7).

The Book of Mormon Gathers Scattered Israel

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#BOMTC Day 70, June 15~3 Nephi 17-19 or Pages 441-446: One By One

15 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

#BOMTC Day 70, June 15~3 Nephi 17-19 or Pages 441-446-christ-asks-for-the-children (3)

I am always profoundly touched by this part of the Book of Mormon. It is at this point that the Resurrected Lord announces to the people of the land that it is time for Him to leave and show Himself unto the lost tribes of Israel. As He does so, the people “look steadfastly upon Him as if they woud ask Him to tarry a little longer with them.” What happens next would surprise us, except for the fact that it is exactly what we probably would expect the Savior to do. He stays! And He stays a lot longer than one might expect. Granted, in the account of the event it is only two chapters, but because of the sheer number of people (2,500) involved in what happens in those next two chapters, we can suspect that His stay was more lengthy.

What I love most about what is about to…

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#BOMTC Day 69, June 14~3 Nephi 14-16 or Pages 435-440: To Judge, or Not to Judge

14 Jun

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

#BOMTC Day 69, June 14~3 Nephi 14-16 or Pages 435-440, To Judge or Not to Judge

JUDGING: It’s a pretty delicate topic, right? I don’t want to create any confusion, contention, or conflicted feelings when people are done reading this post; so I better make sure that I don’t share my own opinion, but rather present the message the Lord has already given on this topic through His authorized Servants and sources.

I will share MANY resources today, not just because judging can be a sensitive topic, but mostly because it is such an IMPORTANT topi to understand. It is well worth our time to read/watch/listen to whatever the Lord has taught us about judging.

Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed the following admonition to each of us:

“Now these are the words which Jesus taught his disciples that they should say unto the people. Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged; but judge righteous judgment.” (Joseph Smith Translation Matt. 7:1–2)

You will probably…

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