22 And I would that I could persuade all ye ends of the earth to repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.
Mormon grew up in a time when the people were very wicked. Mormon believed in Jesus Christ and he wanted to teach the people, but he was forbidden to preach to them because of their wickedness. When he was just sixteen years old, he was asked to be a leader of one of the Nephite armies. Mormon fought many battles with the Nephites, but the strength of the Lord was not with them.
Ten years went by without a battle, and the Lord told Mormon to cry repentance to the people. The Lord was giving them another chance to repent. But the people would not repent. Soon the Lamanites came to war with the Nephites again. After beating the Lamanites in battle, the Nephites began to boast of their own strength and swore to avenge their fallen brethren. Mormon refused to lead such a wicked group of men. Thousands of Lamanites and Nephites had been killed in battle. Eventually Mormon witnessed the destruction of his people, the Nephites.
Mormon warns us that we must also repent and prepare ourselves. In our day, just like Mormon, we have to live with wickedness around us. Mormon relied on his faith and he prayed often for strength. We can also remain righteous and find peace no matter what is happening around us if we have faith in Jesus Christ and pray for strength and comfort.
“The best time to resist temptation is early. The best time to repent is now. The enemy of our souls will place thoughts in our minds to tempt us. We can decide early to exercise faith, to cast out evil thoughts before we act on them. And we can choose quickly to repent when we do sin, before Satan can weaken our faith and bind us. Seeking forgiveness is always better now than later… Decisions now to exercise faith and be steady in obedience will in time produce great faith and assurance. That is the spiritual preparedness we all will need.” Henry B. Eyring
Why didn’t the Nephites have the strength of the Lord to help them in battle?
Why did the Lord give the people another chance to repent?
How can we prepare ourselves to resist temptations?
Why is it important to repent quickly?
How can we be righteous even though there is wickedness around us?
We've been promised that if we repent, "though [our] sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18). This treat turns red cinnamon bears into a delicious, white treat.
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