There are two major covenants in the Bible, each associated with a holy mountain, that shape much of Old Testament history, narrative, and prophecy
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The story of the prophet Enos demonstrates some of the ways the scriptures can be applied in our individual lives.
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.
No mere history primer, Moroni warns that the gentile nation that will become powerful upon the Promised Land in the latter-days should "serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ," or else they "shall be swept off" when the "fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity."
The scenes of horror and violence, culminating in the sickening escalation of atrocities by Lamanties and Nephites in the 9th chapter of Mormon, need no news photographs to make their message convincing to the modern world.