Book of Mormon Day 89

Day 89: Mni7-8 Chapter 7 is masterful; it’s a transcription of Mormon’s teachings to the church about faith, hope and charity. I love this chapter! I hadn’t really paid attention to the need not just for those three, but also for this: v43-44 “And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart. If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God save the meek and lowly in heart, and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.” Meekness and lowliness of heart is critical to developing all of the other three. Those who are prideful (and pride caused the destruction of the Nephites and the whole nation of the Jaredites…) cannot have faith, hope and charity. Which brings me to chapter 8, Mormon’s letter to Moroni condemning infant baptism. He speaks in such strong terms, my thoughts turned to the person or people that he was correcting, because obviously someone was teaching a need for infant baptism. I hope that person responded in humility to the prophet’s correction, just as I hope we will when worldly ideas creep into our dearly held beliefs and we need correction.

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