"Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon" The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon Joseph Smith History 26-68; D&C 2-5; 10; 17 By Randal S. Chase
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A course could easily be taught on the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith which would last the whole of the year. There is so much to be learned and so little time to discuss it as a class, it truly requires study, meditation, pondering and prayer at home where the Spirit can touch the learner to understand the great truths of this remarkable theophany.
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself speaks to us in the Doctrine and Covenants. The great majority of the words in this book are His own, and in those words are instructions on how to prepare to come into His presence. For this reason, the Doctrine and Covenants is “of far more worth than the riches of the whole earth.”
In Moroni 7, Mormon is addressing members who have sufficient hope to enter into the rest of the Lord and who walk peaceably with the children of men. Coming unto Christ requires a spiritual sensitivity acquired only by those who are acting with no hypocrisy and with real intent.
Moroni, the son of Mormon, spent the last years of his life in flight from the murderous enemies of the Christ. In a sense, he was making his way toward his Savior, and it was undoubtedly a lonely and difficult journey.
This week's reading contains some of the most important examples and teachings about the principle of faith in all the standard works. Faith necessarily involves three elements: a mutual loyalty or trust between two parties, based on a covenant (or mutual promise), which is backed by collateral.