Podcasts and Videos:
The Broken Heart: Applying the Atonement to Life’s Experiences (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989) by Bruce C. Hafen,
The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction ed. by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D Tate, Jr.
Notes–my own connections and notes from the above sources:
A paradox: The Prince of Peace comes not to bring peace but a sword.
1 Timothy 2:1-4– 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
James 3:16-18: 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Moses 6:60-61– For by the water ye keep the commandment; by the Spirit ye are justified, and by the blood ye are sanctified;Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment
.the gift of the Holy Ghost dwelling in us brings us the peaceable things of immortal glory
D&C 42 61 If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
At first glance this saying sounds like a contradiction of Isaiah 9:6 (Prince of Peace) and Luke 2:14 (On earth peace, goodwill toward men) and John 14:27 (Peace I leave with you.) NIV text notes: It is true that Christ came to bring peace–peace between the believer and God, and peace among humans. Yet the inevitable result of Christ’s coming is conflict–between Christ and Satan, between light and darkness, between Christ’s children and Lucifer’s children. This conflict can occur even between members of the same family
Refer to Moroni 7:12–the devil is an enemy unto God and fighteth against him continually
The Good Gift:
How to judge–Moroni 7:15-17
Moroni 10:6-8; 18; 25; 30
Faith, Hope and Charity
Faith: The Sin of Certainty
Ether 12:6;31 Moroni teaches that God works in the lives of people after they have faith in him
Moroni 10:4–the Lord cannot manifest the truth of the Book of Mormon unto someone unless they first have faith in Christ.
Faith becomes “the principle of action in all intelligent beings” (LF 1:9). It is the power by which things happen. “Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me” (Moroni 7:33). Moroni taught that it was by faith that the law of Moses was given and that Christ also appeared to the Nephites because of their great faith (Ether 12:1, 7). In addition, “it was the faith of Alma and Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth. Behold, it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost” (Ether 12:13–14). Miracles transpire because of faith (v. 12), and men of old were called to “the holy order of God” (v. 10) by faith. Above all, it was by faith that the “more excellent way” (the Atonement) was fulfilled (v. 11).
Moreover, modern scripture notes that without faith “no man can please God” (D&C 63:11). The reason for this is that “we are saved by faith in his name; and by faith [we] become the sons [and daughters] of God” (Moroni 7:26). Those who have faith in Christ “will cleave unto every good thing” (v. 28). Therefore, Moroni forcefully states: “If ye have not faith in him then ye are not fit to be numbered among the people of his church” (v. 39). Faith is the foundation stone for all of our spiritual growth.
Joseph Smith Lectures on Faith:
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that three things are necessary for an individual to exercise faith that will lead to salvation–From Lecture 3
3 First, The idea that [God] actually exists.
4 Secondly, A correct idea of his character, perfections and attributes.
5 Thirdly, An actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing, is according to his will.—For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive; but with this understanding, it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness unto the praise and glory of God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Moroni 10:22 No hope because of iniquity which leads to despair
True faith becomes the foundation for hope. “If a man has faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope” (Moroni 7:42). Moroni understood this when he stated that those who “believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God” (Ether 12:4). He also realized that faith leads to an understanding of the future in such a way that a personal assurance of possibilities exists for individuals.
hope is centered “through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise” (Moroni 7:41). Once we come to the knowledge that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior and that we are proceeding along the path that leads to exaltation, there comes an assurance—a hope—that we can achieve exaltation. Thus, hope is not “a flimsy, ethereal desire, one without assurance that the desired consummation will be received but a desire coupled with full expectation of receiving the coveted reward” (McConkie 365).
Moroni recognized that this type of hope would become the “anchor to the souls of men which would make them sure and steadfast” (Ether 12:4). This hope does not allow for wavering or hesitation. In fact, once we have an “unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save,” then it is necessary that we “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope” (2 Nephi 31:19–20).
Finish with Moroni 10:31-33