The early members of the Church were clearly aware of biblical directives regarding the paying of tithes and were also likely familiar with passages that taught about the proper approach to fasting. The Book of Mormon also provided early saints with valuable insights into how the Lord’s people in former times have understood the payment of tithes and the concept of fasting.
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As Nephi interpreted the long block of Isaiah he had just cited, he mentioned that the Savior’s “name should be Jesus Christ the Son of God,” and that this was “according to…the word of the angel of God”.
On 7 August 1831, Joseph Smith dictated a revelation now known as Doctrine and Covenants 59, describing how the Church was to observe the Sabbath. The revelation was specifically addressed to those who had recently moved to Independence, Missouri, and it probably came in response to the actions of their neighbors.
Although family matters often recede to the background of the Book of Mormon’s immediate narrative details, the thematic importance of the family is never very far from the record’s core message. From the beginning to the end, the story is very much a family affair.
The end of the book of Mosiah introduces a new age in Nephite society. Their traditional political system is changed from a monarchy to a system that gave the “voice of the people” greater influence. The roots of this political transformation can be seen in the words and actions of Mosiah’s father, King Benjamin.
The Book of Mormon records the precise day the Nephites witnessed the prophesied sign of Christ’s death. This exceptional diligence on the part of Nephite record-keepers may help resolve at least two questions that New Testament scholars debate regarding the timing of Christ’s death.
The essential step to regain the presence of the Lord is taking upon us fully the name of Jesus Christ. By fully taking upon us the Lord’s name we approach the ideal of Zion. But how do we do it?