Friday, April 15, 2016

Today's Favorite Verse: 4 Nephi 1:12-13, 20

Today's Favorite Verse: 4 Nephi 1:12-13, 20
"And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land; but there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus.
And he kept it eighty and four years, and there was still peace in the land, save it were a small part of the people who had revolted from the church and taken upon them the name of Lamanites; therefore there began to be Lamanites again in the land."

There is only one chapter in 4 Nephi and it covers 35-321 AD. Within a year or two of Jesus appearing in the Americas the people were all converted to the Lord, both Nephites and Lamanites and there was no contention among them. They were a beautiful peaceful people. By the time its 194 AD the signs of them turning from God happens. The rest of the chapter shows their decline until Ammaron the keeper of the records is constrained by the Holy Ghost to hide up all the sacred records in 320 AD. 

I pondered over what caused them to go from being one of the most righteous group of people that ever lived on the earth to denying the Christ and willfully rebelling. You know what I think it was - not keeping the Sabbath day holy. They felt they no longer needed to go to church. They left the church, and totally left their God. No wonder there is such a call from our prophet and apostles to keep the Sabbath day holy. We need to stand in holy places, and on that holy day meet with others in fasting and prayer and worshiping our God. Otherwise we have left Him, and no longer have his spirit to be with us. I can even see it now, we are becoming like their society. Never have more people left the churches, and left God, never has our society been more depraved, and it continues to grow darker. There is a direct correlation between the two.

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