A woman asked me, “Why do I have to read Leviticus?” I suppose, since we were studying the Old Testament in Sunday school, she had been challenged by a teacher to read the entire Old Testament that year, and she was dying by degrees as she labored through the third book of Moses. I am certain she is not unique.
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References to a divine council of gods are found in several ancient Near Eastern cultures, including Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt and Canaan. The concept was pervasive. Members of the LDS Church may not realize that references to the divine council are also found in many places in our own scriptures.
During a difficult time in which “the laws had become corrupt,” the Nephite people were shifting their values, “insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice”. In order to remain firm and steadfast, the brothers Nephi and Lehi recalled some important advice that their father, Helaman, had wanted them to remember.
Most readers of the Book of Mormon know the story of Martin Harris and the 116 lost pages, and many of us would probably like to read something from those pages. We may be able to do the next best thing: read the “retained portion,” or what the Lord called “that which you have translated, which you have retained”.
What Did the Book of Mormon Teach Early Church Leaders about the Order and Offices of the Priesthood?
Early on in the Book of Mormon, there are references to priesthood callings and the performance of duties. Nephi “did consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that they should be priests and teachers over the land of my people”. Jarom also mentioned the ministry of prophets, priests, and teachers. Examples of such priesthood callings continue throughout Book of Mormon history.
Israel was about to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, and the leaders of the Jews in Jerusalem were hopeful that the feast would provide them with an opportunity to kill Jesus. The crucifixion was six months away.
During Alma’s mission to the Zoramites, his son Corianton “[forsook] the ministry, and did go … after the harlot Isabel”. In order to help his son repent and return to his missionary work, Alma warned, “Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness”.