Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, February 17

“Book of Mormon: ‘But I Earned It’–AND?!” by grego

“Book of Mormon: ‘But I Earned It!!’–AND?!”

grego
(c) 2010

Jacob chastizes the Nephites in Jacob 2 for being proud when it was providence/ luck/ God that blessed them with fortune:
Jacob 2:12 … many of you have begun to search for gold, and for silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in the which this land, which is a land of promise unto you and to your seed, doth abound most plentifully.
13 And *the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches*;
20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken unto you concerning pride; and those of you which have afflicted your neighbor, and persecuted him because ye were proud in your hearts, of *the things which God hath given you*, what say ye of it?

But, what about when we earn our fortune through our own sweat and blood? Alma says:
Alma 4:6 … the people of the church began to wax proud, because of their exceeding riches, and their fine silks, and their fine-twined linen, and because of their many flocks and herds, and their gold and their silver, and all manner of precious things, *which they had obtained by their industry*; and in all these things were they lifted up in the pride of their eyes, for they began to wear very costly apparel.

There it is: no matter whether God or someone gave it to us, or we found it, or we “earned” it, the same wealth and spiritual principles apply.

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