"Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things, and that say unto Zion: Behold, thy God reigneth! As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them!"
This chapter is an epistle from the Prophet Joseph Smith to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, containing further directions on baptisms for the dead. He is being pursued by his enemies and still in hiding. He says the subject of baptism for the dead "seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest." As I was reading this I could not help but think of Moroni being in a similar position. He was having to hide from his enemies that sought to take his life, but what is pressing upon his mind is leaving a record for us. Does that not tell you where their hearts lie.
There are 25 verses, all so beautiful and powerful. So full of instructions and explanations. I had a hard time settling on only one. I could see inside the verses what Joseph learned at the start of his journey as a prophet has come full circle. The restoration is complete. All the keys have now been divinely restored. He is now putting the pieces together. The difference between Joseph and Moroni are the later saw the end of his civilization. He was writing to a further day, which is to all of us. Joseph knows the church and its people will go on. That rock will only continue to roll forth. There is a great work for us to do. This day truly is one to rejoice with gladness. I am so grateful I live at this time.