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The noisy world we live in

As we finished studying the Book of Mormon in Institute in April, we read Moroni 9:18–20. Here, Mormon has written a letter to Moroni and is describing the wickedness of the people:

O the depravity of my people! They are without order and without mercy. Behold, I am but a man, and I have but the strength of a man, and I cannot any longer enforce my commands.

And they have become strong in their perversion; and they are alike brutal, sparing none, neither old nor young; and they delight in everything save that which is good; and the suffering of our women and our children upon all the face of this land doth exceed everything; yea, tongue cannot tell, neither can it be written.

And now, my son, I dwell no longer upon this horrible scene. Behold, thou knowest the wickedness of this people; thou knowest that they are without principle, and past feeling; and their wickedness doth exceed that of the Lamanites.

That line “past feeling” reminds us of what Nephi said to his brothers in 1 Nephi 17: 45:

Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.

That phrase “past feeling” is great. You can look at it in so many ways. The student manual for the Book of Mormon institute course had a great quote about this from President Packer:

“The world grows increasingly noisy. Clothing and grooming and conduct are looser and sloppier and more disheveled. Raucous music, with obscene lyrics blasted through amplifiers while lights flash psychedelic colors, characterizes the drug culture. Variations of these things are gaining wide acceptance and influence over our youth. . . .

“This trend to more noise, more excitement, more contention, less restraint, less dignity, less formality is not coincidental nor innocent nor harmless.

“The first order issued by a commander mounting a military invasion is the jamming of the channels of communication of those he intends to conquer.

“Irreverence suits the purposes of the adversary by obstructing the delicate channels of revelation in both mind and spirit”

President Boyd K Packer in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 28; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 22

When I read that, it totally made me think of the Internet. The Internet is so distracting for people. There is definitely “less restraint” and “less dignity” in the way many people communicate with each other. It can definitely be a tool of Satan to distract us from better things. I found it interesting that the quote is from the fall of 1991, about 3 years before the Internet started to be accessible by vast numbers of people. I guess that is yet another reason why we need prophets, seers and revelators!

Moroni: A Prophet’s Resume

Was reading in this book entitled “Scriptures for the Modern World” put out by BYU studies and I came across this interesting chapter that examined the prophet Moroni and gave a hypothetical resume for him. I hope you all get a kick out of it like I did. Some interesting stuff for sure.

-S

Number: 9-21-22-23

Refile:     X__   

Reason: New Calling

 

Priesthood Resume

Planet: Earth

Earth Year A.D. 1823

 

Name: Moroni ben Mormon

Date of Mortal Birth: A.D. 4th Century

Date of Mortal Death: A.D. 5th Century

Nationality: Nephite

Hemisphere: Promised Land

Tribal Identity: House of Joseph

 

Education Experience and Degrees:

  1. Elementary education in various Nephite schools
  2. Advanced training in scripture, history, language and engraving
  3. Language proficiency:
    1. Hebrew (native tongue)
    2. Reformed Egyptian (language of the plates)
    3. Jaredite (studied the writings of Ether)
    4. Spanish and Portuguese (worked with Columbus and his crews)[1]
    5. English (worked with U.S. revolutionary officers)[2]
    6. Adamic (language of heaven)
  4. Degrees attained:
    1. Elementary grades – army schools and elementary schools
    2. Advanced degree – school of technology
    3. Highest degree attained to date: Celestial degree with highest honours

 

Military Experience:

  1. Raised in a military setting – son of Mormon, Nephite commander-in-chief
  2. Active duty (Nephite regular army)
  3. Considerable combat experience
  4. Highest rank attained: major-general
  5. Led 10,000 troops at Cumorah; responsible simultaneously for a large civilian population
  6. Special advisor to American Revolutionary forces, A.D. 18th Century

 

Church Callings and Responsibilities:

  1. Called to ministry
  2. Assistant to the Church President
  3. General Authority – Prophet, seer and revelatory
  4. Scripture writer – engraved Mormon 8-9 and Moroni 1-10 on the plates of Mormon (contain several visions of the latter days); wrote the sealed portion of the plates of Mormon (several hundred pages) which contains the spiritual experiences of Mahonri Moriancumer; given a superior rating
  5. Abridger – Jaradite record (book of Ether)
  6. Archivist – responsible for golden plates; length of service: fourteen hundred years and continuing to serve
  7. Dedicated several temple sites
  8. Present keys: keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim
  9. Present calling: guardian angel of America

 

Travel:

  1. Mortality – Traveled extensively throughout the promised land, including New York via Utah overland; also traveled throughout Zarahemla, Bountiful and Desolation
  2. Postmortal – Considerable Atlantic and Caribbean Sea travel (assisted Columbus in discovering America; guided Columbus’s vessels to designated haven); traveled with the Revolutionary Army troops while assisting them in establishing the United States of America
  3. Air Travel – Many round trips between heaven and earth fulfilling his various responsibilities

 

Philosophies of Education:

               Moroni emphasizes the scriptures, assured of their divinity. His pupils must read them prayerfully and seek answers through authorized channels. Moroni utilizes a variety of approaches, but favours face-to-face contact, narration, field trips, and hilltop instructions. Moroni reasons well with his pupils. If it is deemed wise, he uses extraordinary methodology to arouse attention and to maintain it.

 

New Assignment:

Teach Joseph Smith (prophet designate of the last dispensation) the gospel. Specifically, teach him what the Lord is going to do, and how and in what manner His kingdom is to be conducted in the last days.

 

Future Assignments:

  1. Archivist – sealed plates (continuing)
  2. To deliver the sealed portion to the Prophet for translation
  3. The fifth angel of the Apocalypse
  4. A prominent angel at Adam-ondi-Ahman
  5. Guardian angel of America (continuing)
  6. Angelic aide to the Nephites and Lamanites
  7. Services at the judgment bar

[1] Orson Hyde, in Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 6:368.

[2] Ibid, 368.

Diversity, tolerance, and choice

I attended our Stake General Priesthood Meeting on Sunday Night. There were several speakers, with the Stake President being the concluding speaker. He spoke about a number of topics, and at one point he talked about how some of the school districts in the area will be modifying their curriculum to teach more about same-gender marriages. He was very careful in saying that we don’t persecute people, but that we also need to stand up for what is right. He shared a quote from a General Conference talk that Boyd K. Packer gave a few years ago. I like it.

…words can be used as weapons against you. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, “I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse.” If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, “I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle—obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance.” If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality. You choose to be a worthy husband or wife, a worthy parent.

The whole Church may stand alone in defense of these standards. But we are not the first. Moroni, the last of his people, said: “I even remain alone. … I fulfil the commandment of my father.” Do not be afraid.

Boyd K. Packer, “‘The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected’,” Ensign, Nov 2003, 24