Sunday, August 14, 2011

book of mormon: week 9

it's scripture hero day!

well, something like that.

so there's this man...a military leader...a prophet
his name is moroni
[cue trumpets!]
and he plays kind of a big role in these chapters
this section of the book of mormon is elbow-deep in wars, rumors or wars, contentions, political strife, deception, corruption, etc etc etc
not so magical and fluffy, eh?
but...sounds pretty dead-on to stuff we're facing in our modern-day world, doesn't it?

what i love about the book of mormon is that it can be applied to any situation in life
including war and politics
and we can learn a lot from moroni about how to combat this stuff.

for example, alma 48, verse 11-13:

"and moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery; yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God...a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people. yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion."

moroni for president, 2012!!

but seriously.
i'm pretty sure we can each take a leaf from his book.
[leaf from his book? is that a saying? page from his book? oh whatever...]

a man named hugh nibley described moroni as the following...maybe we'll each find something we can work on to better follow his example of being a Christlike person:

trusted absolutely in God
instantly proposed discussion over fighting
accepted people's word for good behavior
always concerned to do the decent thing
devoid of prideful ambition
apologized freely
shared credit for victories
avoided spotlight
kind feelings for the enemy
fought for: poor, outcast and despised
fought against: pride, wealth and power you have a scripture hero? 
...anything favorite you've learned from him/her?

1 comment:

The Ballard Family said...

Love your thoughts, as always. I usually read them too, though my absence of commenting does nothing to support this. I need to stop reading on my phone and rather do it at the computer so it is easier to type something in...ANYWAY...
JOSEPH has been my most recent standout favorite. There seem to be a lot of Josephs but I mean "Joseph in Egypt" as my kids call him.
He inspires me with his unwavering diligence, no matter the situation he was placed in. He always saw all as part of God's plan. And, though his seeming arrogance may have made others feel badly sometimes (you know, bad enough to sell him as a slave), I think that all it really was was his unwillingness to sell himself short. He knew he was a child of God, one of the Lord's covenant people. And he acted accordingly. Joseph teaches me that if we are diligent in keeping God's commandments and find joy in doing so, we have a place in His kingdom and should rejoice in that fact, not apologize for it. Forgiveness and compassion for others are things he also taught by example. I am just super inspired by his story, filled with hardship, oftentimes at the hand of others. I like to think I can handle hardship...but whenever I feel like I am struggling because someone else did something to me or someone else caused my situation or whatever...then I have a hard time and become much less than gracious! But Joseph always prevailed beyond that kind of thinking, and he not only survived but thrived wherever he was.
I have rambled.
But yes, Joseph is my scripture hero.