Mormon's Morality And Meaning In The Book Of Mormon

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The purest, simplest description of the Book of Mormon is that it is literally, “another testament of Jesus Christ,” given to mankind so that they may know how to become like Him.
Yet sometimes, if only the surface of the Book of Mormon is studied, it is easy to loose sight of Christ in between pages after page of wars and contentions, kings and judges, journeys and trials and prophecies. If we diligently study the Book of Mormon, we will find that Christ is on every page, and we will come to a better understanding of his divine purpose and character. Furthermore, if we emulate those characteristics and do our best to become like Him, we can have all the blessings promised to the faithful in the Book of Mormon. One chapter that speaks volumes
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It is incomprehensibly significant that Christ yields himself “as a man” to be judged wrongly and crucified by these wicked men. Jesus Christ is the firstborn Son of God, the Prince of the Heavens, and the Creator of the Earth. Through the Father he has all power, and is deserving of all exaltation, yet he voluntarily chose to lower himself to the level of men, to fulfill the will of the Father and complete the Atonement for us. He could have destroyed His persecutors in an instant and avoided all the pain, but He set aside his power for that moment so that he could truly experience what mortal men experience and feel what they feel. This is without a doubt the greatest display of humility and love in the history of the world. Christ’s example of humility can give us the strength to come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit when we have fallen short, because we know that He has felt of our heartache and understands how difficult it is to seek forgiveness. As we strive to continually humble ourselves before Christ, He can use the Atonement not only to cleanse us from sin but to also to turn our weaknesses into strengths as we progress towards eternal life with our…show more content…
Here Nephi expresses why it is that he “delighteth in proving unto [his] people the truth of the coming of Christ.” He teaches that, “save Christ should come all men must perish.” Without a Savior and Redeemer, no man would be fit to enter back into the Kingdom of Heaven. But Nephi delights in Christ because, “in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy,” the Plan of Salvation is made possible. This characterization captures the true essence of who Christ is in so many ways. Our God is a God of justice, bound by divine principles to hold all men accountable for their actions. By this estimation, it would be impossible for any of us to make it back to Him on our own; we would all fall painfully short of the mark of perfection that qualifies men for Heaven. But our God is also a God of mercy. This does not mean that justice can simply be forgone or ignored; the price of mankind’s sins must be paid. Jesus Christ satisfied these demands of justice, when he suffered for the sins of the world. But the Savior also fulfills the cause of mercy each day as he extends his infinite Atonement to us. Through His grace and the power of His priesthood here on Earth, the “great and eternal plan of deliverance from death,” is made possible. Nephi, however, describes all of this as being “the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers.” A covenant is a two way contract between the
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