Moroni 8 is an epistle Mormon wrote to his son Moroni about why little children do not need baptism. In the epistle, Mormon also taught about how we can prepare to dwell with God. He concluded by expressing concern for the wickedness and impending destruction of the Nephites.
Moroni 9 contains Mormon’s final recorded epistle to his son. He expressed sorrow for the wicked state of the Nephites and urged Moroni to labor diligently to help the Nephites repent. Notwithstanding the corrupt situation of his people, he encouraged his son to be faithful in Christ and to let the promise of eternal life rest on his mind forever.
It is interesting to note that with both of the difficulties addressed in Moroni 8 & 9 (doctrinal and moral issues), the solution that Mormon shared with Moroni was the same: “LABOR DILIGENTLY” (see Moroni 8:6 & 9:6).
What great advice! It seems like the call to “labor diligently” is the solution for not just addressing doctrinal and moral issues, but just about any issue that we will face in life.
This seems to have been the exact same advice that President Gordon B. Hinckley’s father gave to him when President Hinckley was experiencing problems on his mission.
As a new missionary serving in Preston, England, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley was facing a major trial in his life. He was sick when he arrived in the mission field, and he quickly became discouraged because of the opposition to the missionary work. At a time of deep frustration, Elder Hinckley wrote in a letter to his father that he felt he was wasting his time and his father’s money. A little while later, Elder Hinckley received a reply from his dad. It said, “Dear Gordon, I have your recent letter. I have only one suggestion: forget yourself and go to work.”
Earlier that morning during scripture study, Elder Hinckley had read in the Bible, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35).
“With my father’s letter in hand, I went into our bedroom in the house at 15 Wadham Road, where we lived, and got on my knees and made a pledge with the Lord. I covenanted that I would try to forget myself and lose myself in His service” (Ensign, July 1987, p. 7). (Sweet Is the Work: Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th President of the Church)
His father’s words became the motto for a life of service: “Forget yourself and go to work.” Do you see the connection between the advice given by Mormon to his son, Moroni, and President Hinckley’s father to him in time of trial?
So many times we let worry and stress rob us of our strength. Why don’t we just “LABOR DILIGENTLY” and address the issues head on?
With each passing day we draw nearer and nearer to the Second Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. And even if we don’t have any doctrinal, or moral, or personal issues we are facing right now, if we “LABOR DILIGENTLY” we will be blessed to meet Him some day.
One more thing to keep in mind that seems to go well with these chapters. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continually faces serious scrutiny in the media for it’s stance on certain doctrinal and moral issues. As I read the information coming from both the media and the Church, I consider two scriptures from Doctrine and Covenants section 1 (which is the Lord’s own “preface” to His latter-day book of scripture). I invite you to consider how they relate to each of the epistles that Moroni included from his father, and how they relate to the current events and situation as Saints today.
I know that if we “LABOR DILIGENTLY” to apply D&C 1:38 that we will never fall victim to D&C 1:14 as the people did in the closing chapters of the Book of Mormon.
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