Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, May 13

Book of Mormon | “Pray for Your Enemies” by grego

Today I was unhappy with a guy (I had left my door partly open, the porch light on, and a “no parking” sign out, and he had still parked his car in front of my house for a while, blocking my driveway, and didn’t leave a phone number on his car). I believe I was a little too strong explaining that I wasn’t happy; it wasn’t that bad, but still, afterward I felt bad. I felt so bad, I prayed for him for a while. I had a few thoughts about praying for your enemies.

Pray for your enemies.
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe your enemy will change from a horrible person to a wonderful person;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they won’t change, but you will realize your enemy is a wonderful person instead of a horrible person;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they will be happier, and maybe even help others be happier, too;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they will repent of their sins, and know Jesus, because of your prayers;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe you will be forgiven of your sins and mistakes, too;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe you will save your life;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they will pray for you;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they will bless others;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they will pray for their enemies;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe they will one day make up for what they did to you, much more than you would imagine;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe one day instead of wanting to avoid them, or yell at them, or hit them, you will want to run to them, hug them and shed tears, and love them;
Who knows, if you pray for your enemy, if maybe one day they will save you and/ or someone you love very much;
I *do* know, if you pray for your enemies, you will be blessed; for “pray for your enemies” is a commandment clearly given to us; and when we obey any commandment of God, we receive a blessing from God.

3 Nephi 12:43 And behold it is written also, that thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy;
3 Nephi 12:44 But behold I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you;

Did not Jesus pray for his enemies? And who are his enemies? Isn’t an enemy someone who hurts us? Someone who makes us suffer? So, how much did Jesus suffer because of what *you* thought, said, and did?
3 Nephi 17:17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.

If we don’t pray for our enemies, how can we take the sacrament with clean hands and a pure heart?

Remember that we would all be enemies to God without Jesus Christ.

Remember, as Alma teaches in Alma 38:14:
Alma 38:14 Do not say: O God, I thank thee that we are better than our brethren; but rather say: O Lord, forgive my unworthiness, and remember my brethren in mercy–yea, acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times.


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