Leaders of integrity or infamy found in The Book of Mormon provide the fodder for spiritual growth and self-improvement. It was made for us.
Mormon lived during the Fourth Century AD, possibly on the South American continent. A prophet of God, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, a historian, and a general, he stands out as one of history's diverse spiritual leaders. As a prophet historian, his message, meant for modern times, offers much to consider.
Mormon's purpose, clearly worded in the record he compiled and abridged from countless numbers of writings is "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting Himself unto all nations." Thence, the book bearing his name--even The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Society During Time of Mormon
For generations. the people of Lehi, a Founding Father of Civilization in Ancient America, experienced a time of peace and prosperity after Jesus Christ manifested Himself to or visited this group lasting 194 years before polarizing factions again began to spread.
A group of people apostatized from the Church of Jesus Christ calling themselves Lamanites after the ancestral leader, Laman who led one faction of the Children of Lehi during the sixth century BC.
During the reign of Christ in the land, the Church of Christ as the official government of the common people, the people removed appellations separating them from each other, taking the name of Christ or Christian. Toward the end of the second century of Christians in ancient America, this break-away group decided that the Church no longer represented its interests.
Mormon's Society Fulfilled Lehi's Dream
This break-away of distraught Christians during the rise of the third century after Christ's visit provided the catalyst for division in the society of the Children of Lehi again. According to Mormon, those people left the Church to become a separate people altogether, paving the way for classism that changed this society. About ten years following the schism the communal law of Christ prevalent among them collapsed creating the need for a civil government that could represent all those who lived within its influence.
There is a four-fold purpose of the modern Church of Christ. Of the four, one is to care for the poor and the needy. The ancient Church in America followed a similar policy. Caring for the poor by having all things in common helped Christians in ancient times fulfill their commitment to Christ and His teachings.
When Mormon's society started to have differing views and groups form, the ability of the Church to function greatly diminished, frustrating services among the poor. Society did not necessarily become more secular, but less Christian.
Consequently, Mormon reveals that the Church of Jesus Christ's members began to file off with new ideas that specific teachings constituted the right to form new churches! These people, following their apostasy, then began to persecute the original Church!
Mormon’s culture, a diversity of religions and political views. grew more brash and lascivious as time passed from the visit of Christ. The Church began to fail in its mission, and the members became wicked.
Some people who left the Church formed an even more significant division by separating into nations of opposition--Lamanites, Nephites, and other segments. Church members and like-minded people were called Nephites as the Church of Christ continued to fall into apostasy. Though physical descent may have differed for this new group of Lamanites and Nephites, since the reformation of the old political groups did not necessarily descend from Laman or Nephi, they took the designations upon them in full knowledge of the history of those names.
The Lamanites chose to avoid teaching of Jesus Christ or His Church to their children. This created a new group of people separated according to religion and tradition purposely instigated by unbelieving parents.
Whatever factors caused the society of former Christians to abandon their faith on such a grand scale and determination poignantly disrupted the Children of Lehi so that they formed another or opposing culture. Possibly, they made contact with another group of people not mentioned in the record and drank in that culture. Mormon claimed "there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world. And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them." 4 Nephi 1:22-25
This spurred the same mixture of social poison that troubled the children of Lehi from the very beginning and set the scene for the decline of the society of the people of Lehi.
Power To Remain
Mormon reveals that
it came to pass that when three hundred and twenty years had passed away, Ammaron, being constrained by the Holy Ghost, did hide up the records which were sacred—yea, even all the sacred records which had been handed down from generation to generation, which were sacred—even until the three hundred and twentieth year from the coming of Christ.” 4 Nephi 1:48
These records Mormon would have access to in his future to abridge. Mormon, not ready to obtain the records of Ammaron, at the age of 15 took a leadership role among his people, the Nephites, in the military.
Mormon states that the Spirit of the Lord ceased to strive or work intensely with his compatriots--miracles ceased among them because their wickedness disqualified meriting them.
In this failing moral environment, Mormon received an exception from God., describing how he received visitations of the Spirit and acknowledgment of heaven to soothe him while surrounded by a jaded culture. "I was visited of the Lord," he wrote, “and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus.” Mormon 1:15
Despite the terrible environment, Mormon received instruction in the gospel of Jesus Christ. There may have been some small pockets of Christians to bolster up his spirits though not recorded in current editions of the record. Mormon senior receives no mention in these records other than being Mormon's father. Additionally, Mormon does not mention his family—siblings or spouse throughout the entire history save for a son, Moroni.
And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, but my mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them; for behold they had willfully rebelled against their God; and the beloved disciples were taken away out of the land, because of their iniquity. Mormon 1:11
What do You Think?
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Mormon, a Christian, a philosopher, military genius, and historian led a powerful life of choice and sacrifice, lamenting the lack of unity and wickedness plaguing his generation evident by The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ's inad
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Debauchery surrounded Mormon on every side it appears as he mentions in his record. The role he took as a military leader in a crumbling society receives attention in this article.
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© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson