February 27 2018 Mosiah 18-24 by Cynthia Haller

MOSIAH 18-24—THE LORD WILL KEEP HIS COVENANTS WITH US AND DELIVER US IF WE LIVE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

Women’s conference – Mariama

3 major lessons:
1) God always keeps His promises and delivers His people physically and spiritually I Nephi 1:2— mission statement of
B of M “But behold, I Nephi will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” 1st Nephi 1:20

2) God’s purposes may not be known to us, but He can turn trials, hardships into something better and beneficial to us

3) God will always honor His covenants with us—can trust Him—His promises are sure & the word of the prophets will always be fulfilled in His time and in His way

Mosiah 18: great chapter/full of great scriptures

—Mormon means: more good
v. 8 read and then find 8 things you covenant after baptism
read during sacrament to REMEMBER covenants

1) desire to come into the fold of God
2) be called His people
3) are willing to bear one another’s burdens
4) are willing to mourn with those that mourn
5) comfort those that stand in need of comfort
6) stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all thins, and in all places that ye may be in
7) that ye will serve Him
8) keep His commandments

Lord gives four blessings to us in return:
1) redeemed of God
2) numbered with those in the first resurrection
3) have eternal life
4) pour out His Spirit more abundantly upon you

Greatest blessing in this Lord—HG to be with you
Read Parley P Pratt quote:

“The gift of the Holy Spirit adapts itself to all these organs or attributes. It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands, and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It develops and invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, invigorates, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.”

God knows us individually, what we’re struggling with, and wants to bless us—missionary story of Ben Knight read by Carol

MOSIAH 19:

King Noah has had his run of wickedness—wicked excesses have weakened his kingdom, many of his subjects are fed up with him as they are now easier prey for the Lamanites.
Manky wicked dictators, terrorists, tyrants, et. today show no mercy toward women, children, and other innocent victims when it comes to accomplishing their wicked schemes. This is Satan’s way. King Noah fits this evil pattern, sponsored by Lucifer.

Tell about Gideon—forces of the soldiers reduced—Lamanites coming to attack
Tell story
v. 20—prophecy in Mosiah 12:3 fulfilled –Lord keeps promises

MOSIAH 20:

v. 3—priests ashamed to return to wives and children
priests cause so much trouble –wickedness
read along—v 11—fought like dragons
finish story—better than a real movie

MOSIAH 21-22 FINISH ACCOUNT OF LIMHI AND HIS PEOPLE—FLASHBACK TO HISTORY OF PEOPLE –
79 years of Zeniff, Noah, and Limhi who built up a Nephite colony in Lamanite territory

Limhi and his people are now righteous but there’s no way they can deliver themselves out of bondage without God’s help.
v. 3— direct fulfillment of Abinadi’s prophecy

Major message: All the prophet’s word will be fulfilled.
Other major message:
We must ultimately turn to the Lord for deliverance which will happen in His time and His way
READ commentary

Mariama Kallon experience—turned to God to deliver
Mariama said: “We all have challenges and trials; what makes the difference is the source we look to for help. The Lord wants us to come to Him and ask.
Mariama’s quote: “Joy and hope can come when we lay all our burdens in the Savior’s care and hold nothing back.”

3 times they went to battle in their own strength and failed
lost many of their people
CHOICE OF: to grow more bitter, angry during severe circumstances or are humble and seek to draw closer to God and seek His help.
Seen it with people during trials—one way or another—weaken or strengthen—
Q Which will you choose during your own personal trials?

V 13-16 read through
v. 27 brought record -24 gold plates Book of Ether
v 33-35 wait for baptism
v. 36 main goal to be free from bondage

MOSIAH 22:
Bring us full circle back to Mosiah (chapters 7 and 8, in which Ammon and his small band of men finally discover Limhi and his people.
We will see in the next three chapters that both Limhi and Alma’s people will ultimately escape from captivity and end up in Zarahelma. There are two different ways they escape.
Limhi and his people will have to figure out a way to distract their Lamanite guards whereas the Lord will put Alma’s captors to sleep while he and his people escape.

Q. Why is this? Why does the Lord respond differently when both end up being free from bondage?
One lesson we could learn is there are some situations in our lives in which we need to use our own initiative and come up with a solution and work to carry it out, and with the Lord’s help. In my experience, the Lord usually works this way—natural means, according to our desire, work, and faith, and then He comes through and makes the miracle.

(D&C 58:26-28) read it
“For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all thins, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.”

Other times, other situations, the Lord takes over and we are set free by His power over our enemies/or He intervenes and works His “tender mercies” in our behalf.
Sometimes this happens—miracles occur, don’t know why but the Lord has His reasons—“I’m the Gardener Here, I Know What I Want You to Be.” Talk by Hugh B. Brown.

Again, here are two different examples:
Example of the seagulls and the early saints
Worked all year to prepare ground, plant, tend to, then crickets came with a great plague and threatened to destroy the crop. He sent the seagulls to devour the crickets—spit them out in the Great Salt Lake—that’s a miracle but faith to endure.

Other one was Mariama—stepped in and stopped the slaughter as she prayed mightily to Him to intervene. Saved her “for such a time as this” testify of Him and his gospel to thousands of people across the world (Time Out For Women).

Lauren tells her story of Lincoln—pure miracle
(“My ways are not your ways,” for a wise purpose—don’t understand ‘
Nephi: “I know He loveth His children, nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.”
Tell story of path to freedom/Zarahelma w 24 plates/records

Mosiah 23:
Read story–Alma and his people live in the pleasant land of Helam (first baptism
V 7 no king—“ when the wicked rule the people mourn”—D& CS 98: 9-10 read

V 13: “stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free” –guard your liberty
V. 14: “trust no man to be your teacher except he be a man of God”
Who do we idolize and admire? Who are we influenced by? Are those who have influence over us believers, and a good influence on us, or just popular and important.
Mormon message: “It nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

*Pay attention to the qualifications of the messenger before listening to the message. In whom do you put your trust?

Things were going well in Helam, they were prospering and happy.
V 21 22 34 read
Major message: Mormon speaks to us personally and points out what the Lord wants us to learn. Personal righteousness does not entirely eliminate lessons and trials which can lead to growth. He quickly points out that those who remain faithful to the Lord through trials and tribulations will be exalted.

MOSIAH 24:
Amulon is a type of Satan figure
Read beginning commentary
v. 4 Lamanites taught people the Nephite language—proved to be a blessing later when four sons of Mosiah taught them the gospel and so many Lamanites were converted—purpose known only to the Lord

Read V 12: “I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me (baptism); and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage (symbolic of the power of covenants, made and kept, to deliver us from the bondage of sin).

Lord will ease your burdens that ye cannot feel them—17 miracles—people looked back expecting to see angels pushing their carts with them

V 13-16 READ-commentary—gave thanks to God/deliver

Again 3 major lessons from this section:

1) God always keeps His promises and delivers His people physically and spiritually I Nephi 1:2— mission statement of
B of M “But behold, I Nephi will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” 1st Nephi 1:20
2) God’s purposes may not be known to us, but He can turn trials, hardships into something better and beneficial to us.

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find He can make so much more of them than they can.” President Ezra Taft Benson

3) God will always honor His covenants with us—can trust Him. His promises are sure and the word of the prophets will always be fulfilled.

Feb 6 2018 Mosiah 5-8

MOSIAH 4-8:
GREAT WISDOM FROM A GREAT PROPHET—KING MOSIAH

CHAPTER 4:
In this lesson, King Benjamin who is the prophet of the time in the Bof M shares great wisdom and insight into so many wonderful teachings that also apply to our time period. We will cover many important topics, a lot on the Savior’s atonement, but won’t be able to get through all the chapters, and will mostly focus on chapter 4. And then, as King Benjamin counseled, we must remember and act on his admonition which is a pearl of the gospel, “If you believe all these things see that ye do them.” Mosiah 4:10

When King Benjamin was done speaking to his people, they were overwhelmed with what they had heard. And cried aloud with one voice (how did they all happen to say the same thing—it’s a really long verse!):

Read verse 2

“less than the dust of the earth” doesn’t mean they’re worthless, as we know the tremendous worth of souls in the sight of God (D&C 18:10). This is an expression of humility, knowing without God’s help they are nothing.
Helaman 12:7-8 shows how people “in their own carnal state are even less than the dust of the earth.” Because the dust obeys God’s commands, but carnal man rebels against them.

Next verse shows how to know you’re truly forgiven. Have you ever wondered what your standing with God is, after you’ve asked forgiveness and paid the price to repent? Here’s the key:

Read verse 3
“filled with joy—peace of conscience because of the spirit”

Spoke last time I taught, in my False doctrine class-haha!
“Satan would want you to feel otherwise, and that you’ve gone too far, and there’s no turning back and no hope of redemption, so just keep sinning.” Pres Harold B. Lee said, “That is one of the great falsehoods. The miracle of forgiveness is available to all of us . . . “
This is the great blessing of the atonement in our lives—the “doctrine of Christ” in action.

Picture of my scarred foot—analogy

Didn’t believe when doctor said it would heal—looked at the reality of my foot, my scars, the pain I was in, my state of constant dependence on my scooter, others for help, and didn’t believe anything could or would change.
Dr knew better—he had seen this before and know that skin heals up wonderfully—almost as if the scars were never there. He knew I would walk again, gain my independence, learn from this experience and trust him.

Show healed foot and how you can’t see the scars

I believed him the second time because I had seen it with my own eyes, and so I had trust in the process. Finally I believed!
Savior tells us He will take our sins and make the white as snow again, remove our scars from us, and we must believe Him. We say we believe in Christ, but do we believe Christ when He says He can heal and save us?

Read verse 5: “awaken you to a sense of your nothingness”
Again, not in terms of worth, but compared to God, and “your worthless and fallen state” without the atonement constantly working in your lives (without Jesus Christ, our Savior). King Benjamin was speaking of man’s utter dependence upon God. Man must rely upon God for everything: life and breath, food and the ability to produce it, health and strength, salvation and eternal life. Without God and the atonement, man is, in a very real sense, nothing. Humility comes from realizing our dependence upon the Lord. (Book of Mormon religion manual)

Read verses 6-8
Marion G. Romney taught that “without the atonement of the Savior, no man or woman would ever be resurrected. “ This however is an unconditional gift to all regardless of any efforts, good or bad, on our part.
Yet he continues, “there is another phase of the atonement which makes me love the Savior even more and fills my soul with gratitude beyond expression. . . the Savior by his suffering paid the debt for the personal sins of every living soul that ever dwelt upon the earth or that ever will dwell in mortality upon the earth. But this he did conditionally. The benefits of this suffering for our individual transgressions will not come to us unconditionally in the same sense that the Resurrection will come regardless of what we do. If we partake of the blessings of the Atonement . . . we must obey the law. . . That stain must be washed away by the blood of the Redeemer, and he has set up the way by which that stain may be removed. That way is the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Marion G. Romney, “We Cannot Rid Ourselves of Our Transgression,” New Era, April 1983, p. 47.)
I will put these quotes on the internet—don’t have to write them down.

Verse 9: PEARL: “Believe in God—“
“Belief, human belief, is the foundation of all righteousness and the beginning of spiritual progression. It goes before good works, opens the door to . . . truth, and charts the course to eternal life.” (Bruce R. McConkie, New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 21).
Important to remember when others question our faith—we do have to rely on believing as we can’t know everything—why we were sent to earth. But the Lord has left the HG with us so we can know the truth—purpose of HG is to testify of truth—“Behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart by the Holy Ghost . . . and you will know the truth of all things.”

D&C 8:2
“I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.”
“But when the comforter is come from the Father, He will tell you the truth of all things.”

Read verse 10-PEARL
“AND IF YOU BELIEVE ALL THESE THINGS, SEE THAT YOU DO THEM.”

Read Verse 11-12:
King Benjamin equates receiving a remission of sins with four things: (being forgiven)
Coming to a knowledge of the glory of God
Knowing of His goodness
Tasting of His love,
Receiving great joy in our souls
These things all relate with the interpretation of the tree of life in Lehi’s dream—great analogy for our time and our journey.

Notice the word “remember”—why did Pres Kimball say it could be the most important word in our vocabulary?

King Ben then explained what we can do to RETAIN a remission of sins in four ways:
Always remember the greatness of God
Be humble by remembering our dependence upon God
Call on the name of the Lord daily
Stand steadfast in the faith.

“To be steadfast is to be fixed, firm, or unwavering . . . To be constant and consistent in living by faith. No word in the scriptures better describes spiritual maturity than does steadfast.” (Joseph Fielding McConconkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary, 2:162).

Read Mosiah 4:13-15: Characteristics of the Righteous
King Benjamin describes the following characteristics of people who are filled with the Spirit of God:

Read verse 13:
They will seek to live peaceably with one another
They will fulfill their sacred family responsibilities
They will succor the needy (succor means to give aid, help, or relief)

Read Verse 14, 15
Q. What responsibilities do parents have with their children?

fighting and quarreling between siblings may be normal for the “natural man,” but King Benjamin warned that the source of such contention is the devil, and to teach your children not to.

Wise words from the The Family: A Proclamation to the World
“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments . . . Husband and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”

These are NOT popular words today with those who believe they should let their children decide when they are old enough and restrain from teaching them what the Lord expects of them (all in the name of free agency). Yet our children are free agents and ultimately are free to choose for themselves, but they must be shown the truth first and taught while they are young to keep them safe and on the right path. (refer to verse 15). In other scriptures the Lord commands us “to bring up your children in truth and righteousness.”

Give to the poor and needy:
Read Mosiah: 4: 16-18, 22, 23-25

Brigham Young said this interesting quote about this scripture:
“Suppose that in this community there are ten beggars who beg from door to door for something to eat, and that nine of them are impostors who beg to escape work, and with an evil heart practice imposition upon the generous and sympathetic, and that only one of the ten who visit your doors is worthy of your bounty. Which is best, to give food to the ten, to make sure of helping the truly needy one, or to repulse the ten because you do not know which is the worthy one? You will all say, ‘Administer charitable gifts to the ten, rather than turn away the only truly worthy and truly needy person among them.’ If you do this, it will make no difference in your blessings, whether you administer to worthy or unworthy persons, inasmuch as you give alms with a single eye to assist the truly needy.” (BY, Journal of Discourses, Vol 8, p 12, March 5, 1860)

It’s good to know the Lord cares about the INTENTS OF OUR HEARTS and will judge accordingly. (D&C 27—“Keep all of my commandments . . . and him who SEEKETH SO TO DO.” Hope and mercy is extended to us for our thoughts/intents-J.

King Benjamin said that the rich should give to the needy, and the poor should not covet. Coveting isn’t just desiring something someone else has, but it is setting one’s heart on the things of the world more than on the things of God. Martin Harris was warned against coveting his own property (D&C 1936). We can even be guilty of coveting or holding back what we haven’t received (Mosiah 4:25).

We covenant in the temple to give all that we have to the Lord and all that He may bless us with. As we consecrate all to the Lord, He then returns it to us, and blesses us as we use it to bless His other children. Already committed our time, possessions to the Lord’s care in the temple.

Q. How many feel guilty when passing a homeless person or panhandler on the side of the road? I do—and I actually think of this scripture everytime.
Sometimes we have the opportunity to help, especially when it’s right in front of us and we feel prompted to give money or help.
Story of feeding the homeless man. Other times I may give someone some food from a fast food place.

Kerianne Prince: how can we help those who put up their petition to us? Ideas? Money for: generous fast offerings/food bank/Road Home/give to DI/give when you can and feel prompted/give food/don’t judge/treat as equals/serve at Welfare Square

*Gospel has the answer to all problems in the world:
“If each individual in all the world fasted from two meals once a month, the money thus saved could provide ample means to care for all the poor in all the world. Let us maintain that standard the Lord has given, so that the world may see the beauty of this thing.” (Melvin J. Ballard, Conference, April 1912, 8)

I always try to remember we are equals to the beggar—the Lord loves that person as much as He loves me. He sees their potential, knows their circumstances, and understands and will ultimately make things right for them.

Q. Are we not all beggars before God?
Q. What do we depend on God for? Even our breath-
Read verses 19-21-
Also we will be judged with how we judge others (Moroni 7:18, and sermon on the mount)

Atonement—hard to understand—examples everywhere
Example of Les Miserables—beautiful, easy to understand example
John Valjean –everyone judged him by papers—no one gave him a chance—the priest saw his value and worth—trusted him—he violated trust—could have demanded justice—it was his right, but instead he was granted more mercy and forgiveness—as Jesus does for us. The priest was the Christ figure who gave him what he didn’t deserve/wasn’t worthy of it, but he extended it anyway—look at results of the rest of Valjean’s life & how he blessed/helped others.

Read verse 27: do all things in wisdom and order
We have a God of order and wisdom. Like D&C 10:4 (told prophet to not run faster or labor more than he has strength and means provided—to translate the BofM).

Neal Maxwell (who always said things so well and made sense) said: “When we run faster than we are able, we get both inefficient and tired . . . “I have on my office wall a wise and useful reminder by Anne Morrow Lindbergh concerning one of the realities of life. She wrote, “My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds.’ (Neal Maxwell, Deposition of a Disciple, 58).

Read Verse 30: a warning about watching ourselves

CHAPTER 5:
When King Benjamin was finished speaking, he wanted to know if the people believed in his words.
Read verse 2:

This is one way to tell if we have the HG with us, “that we have no more disposition to do evil, but only to do good.” In other words, we don’t want to sin anymore.

The Prophet Joseph taught: “The nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views (HG enlightens his mind and understanding), and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin.” (JS, Teachings, 51).

Mosiah 5: 5, 8, 11-12 The three covenants of baptism: (review them during the sacrament).
“That they may . . . witness . . . that they are WILLING to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember Him, and keep His commandments.” (Moroni 4:3)

1) “Take upon you the name of Christ”
2) Remember to retain the name of Christ written always in your hearts.
3) Be obedient to His commandments

Elder Dallin Oaks explained: “Our willingness to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ affirms our commitment to do all that we can to be counted among those whom he will choose to stand at his right hand and be called by his name at the last day. In this sacred sense, our witness that we are willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ constitutes our declaration of candidacy for exaltation in the celestial kingdom. Exaltation Is eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (Ensign, May 1985, 83).

IF TIME:
Read verse 7 –children of Christ
Read verses 8 and 13 – Come to know Christ as we serve Him through serving His children

Verse 15: PEARL

So much more in these chapters (read Mosiah 6-8), but I wanted to speak about prophets and seers in our time.

Read Mosiah 8: 16, 17—Seer/prophet know of things to come

Sharon Eubank (first counselor in the General RS presidency) gave an insightful talk at our last Women’s Conference entitled, “Turn On Your Light.” This talk emphasized the influence of LDS women on the good women of the world prior to the Second Coming of the Savior.
She quoted President Spencer W. Kimball’s prophetic words his wife Camilla read in the second Women’s Conference 1979, nearly 40 years ago. Listen carefully to a prophet’s electrifying charge about our day and the opportunity that is ours as sisters to be a light to the world.

“Finally, my dear sisters, may I suggest something that has not been said before or at least in quite this way. Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.

“Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish. These real heroines have true humility, which places a higher value on integrity than on visibility. …

“… It will be … female exemplars of the Church [who] will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.”3

What a prophetic and inspiring statement that is by President Spencer W. Kimball to us LDS sisters to “let our light so shine” to the whole world.
President Kimball spoke of four things we could do to be this “significant force” in the growth of the church in these last days:

First is to be righteous
The second is to articulate
The third is to be different
The fourth is to be distinct
The fifth is live one through four in happy ways.

Q. Like King Benjamin, what are the blessings and great wisdom we receive from our prophet today? Quote President Nelson

“If you believe all these things, see that you do them.”