Have you ever wondered why our Church is sneered at for being alarmist, perfectionist, and completely uncompromising? This is why. We are trying to learn the lesson the Nephites never learned. We are trying to learn that in it’s never just “a small number” of wicked men. It’s never just “a little pride.” There are no such things as “little dissensions.” There is no “small part of the people” that can fall away without bringing destruction upon the rest. And when it comes to God’s laws, we only need to compromise on “a few particular points” to find ourselves very stuck, very soon, in very big trouble. When it comes to wickedness, it’s never, ever just “a little.”
People change. God is doing His work. Usually, we get impatient and wonder why His work is taking so almost imperceptibly long. But God changed the hearts of the Lamanites. He changed the heart of Wilbur Cox. He can change the hearts of violent nations currently closed to the Gospel. And He can change the hearts of our friends and ministering assignments.
Ready Player One, the prophet Jacob, and Elder Bednar teach us about avoiding digital distractions.
After you break your fast today, ask yourself: which meal was more filling? The generous portions of green bean casserole your wife made? Or the bite of bread and few drops of water you had earlier today when you partook of the Lord’s Supper? In today’s Power in the Book of Mormon post, a “fast thought” about being filled by the Sacrament.
Prayers become more meaningful when they become less mechanical.
You know, it’s been a long time since Isaiah, and later Christ Himself, uttered that prophecy. And yet there still aren’t a lot of kings in our sacrament meetings. In fact, it seems that the richer and more powerful a person is, the less likely he is to accept the Gospel. Plus, where are all the kings, anyway? What gives?
Don’t let deliverance from affliction overshadow visitation in affliction
This “sons of Levi” verse has always seemed a little confusing to me. I’d heard several people mention this and try and interpret it. But I had just always figured it was just some Old Testament-y prophecy that we’re not going to understand until the Church is a lot larger and includes more people from the Middle East or something. Not something that was super applicable to most modern Church members from Ephraim or Manasseh lines we are today.
Serve others. There are chances for good all around just now, opportunities right in our way. Avail yourselves of them now!
This post originally appeared on Power in the Book of Mormon. The Introduction page of the Book of Mormon states that “the crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon…