Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, March 24

Book of Mormon | “Opportunity to Repent Carries Consequences: Ether and Coriantumr” by grego

Book of Mormon | “Opportunity to Repent Carries Consequences: Ether and Coriantumr”

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In Ether 13, we read:
20 And in the second year the word of the Lord came to Ether, that he should go and prophesy unto Coriantumr that, if he would repent, and all his household, the Lord would give unto him his kingdom and spare the people—
21 Otherwise they should be destroyed, and all his household save it were himself. And he should only live to see the fulfilling of the prophecies which had been spoken concerning another people receiving the land for their inheritance; and Coriantumr should receive a burial by them; and every soul should be destroyed save it were Coriantumr.
22 And it came to pass that Coriantumr repented not, neither his household, neither the people; and the wars ceased not; and they sought to kill Ether, but he fled from before them and hid again in the cavity of the rock.

There was the opportunity to repent. Had he done so, he would not only have his people, he would still have his kingdom. He chooses to not repent, but to try to kill Ether instead.

Later, in Ether 15, we read:
1 And it came to pass when Coriantumr had recovered of his wounds, he began to remember the words which Ether had spoken unto him.
2 He saw that there had been slain by the sword already nearly two millions of his people, and he began to sorrow in his heart; yea, there had been slain two millions of mighty men, and also their wives and their children.
3 He began to repent of the evil which he had done; he began to remember the words which had been spoken by the mouth of all the prophets, and he saw them that they were fulfilled thus far, every whit; and his soul mourned and refused to be comforted.
4 And it came to pass that he wrote an epistle unto Shiz, desiring him that he would spare the people, and he would give up the kingdom for the sake of the lives of the people.
5 And it came to pass that when Shiz had received his epistle he wrote an epistle unto Coriantumr, that if he would give himself up, that he might slay him with his own sword, that he would spare the lives of the people.
6 And it came to pass that the people repented not of their iniquity; and the people of Coriantumr were stirred up to anger against the people of Shiz; and the people of Shiz were stirred up to anger against the people of Coriantumr; wherefore, the people of Shiz did give battle unto the people of Coriantumr.

18 And it came to pass that Coriantumr wrote again an epistle unto Shiz, desiring that he would not come again to battle, but that he would take the kingdom, and spare the lives of the people.
19 But behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, and Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed; wherefore they went again to battle.
30 And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz.
32 And it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth, and became as if he had no life.
33 And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him: Go forth. And he went forth, and beheld that the words of the Lord had all been fulfilled…

When Coriantumr finally wanted to repent, likely over four million of his people had been destroyed. But the conditions of repentance had changed: not only would he lose the kingdom, he would lose his life; yet, the people would be spared. What?!! This had never happened in the history of the Jaredites! The conquered king *never* died, he was just taken captive—just when he thought it would all be the same, things changed in a harsh way… Coriantumr counted this new price too high, and wasn’t willing to sacrifice. So, he tried to surrender twice, but since his life was required as a condition, he refused—and the time for favorable conditions had passed, due also to other people and their conditions.

So he continues to fight, until his life—what he wasn’t willing to sacrifice in order to save the people—was ultimately spared, but his people and the entire Jaredites (millions and millions) had been destroyed… Such irony in our choices, huh?

There are those that say “I can repent anytime, it will be all right”; “If I repent now or later, it will be the same”; etc. This clearly shows that will likely not be the case.
Failure to repent, especially when moved upon by the Spirit, will always carry negative consequences.

After wading and laboring through http://www.LDS.org Search (please, please someone fix that!!), I chanced upon the article I was searching for, “Do Not Delay”, by Elder Henry B. Eyring ( http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=c63a6a4430c0c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD ) . Here is an excerpt:

“When he was 12 he was ordained a deacon. Some of his friends tempted him to begin to smoke. He began to feel uncomfortable in church. He left his little town, not finishing high school, to begin a life following construction jobs across the United States. He was a heavy-equipment operator. He married. They had children. The marriage ended in a bitter divorce. He lost his children. He lost an eye in an accident. He lived alone in boardinghouses. He lost everything he owned except what he could carry in a trunk.

One night, as he prepared to move yet again, he decided to lighten the load of that trunk. Beneath the junk of years, he found a book. He never knew how it got there. It was the Book of Mormon. He read it through, and the Spirit told him it was true. He knew then that all those years ago he had walked away from the true Church of Jesus Christ and from the happiness which could have been his.

Later, he was my more-than-70-year-old district missionary companion. I asked the people we were teaching, as I testified of the power of the Savior’s Atonement, to look at him. He had been washed clean and given a new heart, and I knew they would see that in his face. I told the people that what they saw was evidence that the Atonement of Jesus Christ could wash away *all* the corrosive effects of sin.

That was the only time he ever rebuked me. He told me in the darkness outside the trailer where we had been teaching that I should have told the people that while God was able to give him a new heart, He had not been able to give him back his wife and his children and what he might have done for them.”

Don’t delay; repent now.

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