Often, when we think of missionary work in the Book of Mormon, we think of missionaries like Alma or Ammon. These were people who went off to do full-time missionary work. However, one of the most important missionaries in the Book of Mormon was a “member missionary” who took advantage of a prime opportunity to share the gospel with her neighbors. Her name was Abish.
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When Book of Mormon peoples kept their covenants, the Lord richly blessed them, and Mormon likely drew upon blessings promised to the Israelites found on the plates of brass to illustrate this.
Latter-day Saints have long been taught that they can find joy in serving in the temple. Likewise, many ancient Saints spoke of the joy they experienced while being in or near the temple. Read some of the things both have expressed.
Nephi’s statement “it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” has been the source of much discussion among Latter-day Saints. BYU Professor Stephen Robinson explained, “At first glance at this scripture, we might think that grace is offered to us only chronologically after we have completed doing all we can do, but this is demonstrably false.”
Near the end of his time with the Nephites after his resurrection and ascension, Jesus gave to His disciples and commanded them to write “words which the Father had given unto Malachi” and commanded that they be given to the Nephites.
Part of the stated function of the Book of Mormon is that its peoples would “know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever.” Is this knowledge still essential to us today?