Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, August 16

“Book of Mormon Miracles” by grego

“Book of Mormon Miracles”

grego
(c) 2010

So, what miracles are in the Book of Mormon?

First, appearances and/ or communications directly/ in person from God/ Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost, and angels. The Book of Mormon has them all.

Any miracles performed by them in person (such as the many by Jesus Christ in 3 Nephi).

References to others’ performances of miracles, such as Jesus Christ, Moses, and some of the writings of Isaiah.

The gifts of the Spirit/ Holy Ghost, such as dreams and visions, prophecies, and revelations. The miracles in the Book of Mormon are mostly comprised of these.

Miracles of deliverance (LOTS in the Book of Mormon), be it physical/ temporal or spiritual. In fact, this is the theme of the Book of Mormon.

Miracles in particular, which often vary in degree, intensity, and “help needed”; often comprised of many miracles (such as getting the brass plates: which required miracles of safe travel both ways—at least once during the night, getting into and out of Jerusalem, twice escaping death at the hands of Laban, the appearance of an angel, Nephi’s return to the city and Laban’s intoxication to the point of unconsciousness and location in the street, Nephi’s plan to appear as Laban, getting the plates, getting Zoram to go with them); and including many of the previously-mentioned.

I’ll give a few more examples of these:
–the Liahona;
–crossing the desert;
–Nephi’s building of the ship;
–the journey to the promised land;
–the mark on the Lamanites;
–Jacob’s note on the ability to command the earth and lower forms of life;
–conversions (Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah; Amulek; Zeezrom; the Lamanites to Anti-Nephi-Lehies (in Alma); the Lamanites (in Helaman); etc.);
–the faithfulness of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies;
–the living of the 2,000 and 2,060 untried sons of Helaman during battle;
–famine and rain;
–the detailed revelation about the death of the chief judge;
–the power of prophets and the priesthood to bless or curse others, and to survive in order to carry out their prophetic missions (Sherem, Abinadi, Alma and Amulek, Korihor, Ether, etc.);
–the signs and prophecies of Jesus Christ’s birth and death;
–the three Nephite disciples;
and many, many more. The list would be extensive, since the Book of Mormon is full of accounts of miracles.

Regarding miracles, the Book of Mormon says:
2 Nephi 27:23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.

Mormon 9:10-11, 15, 17-20
10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.
11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.
15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
17 Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his word the heaven and the earth should be; and by the power of his word man was created of the dust of the earth; and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought?
18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles? And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.

Ether 12:12, 15-16, 18
12 For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.
16 Yea, and even all they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith, even those who were before Christ and also those who were after.
18 And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God.

Moroni 7:27, 29, 35, 37
27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
35 And now, my beloved brethren, if this be the case that these things are true which I have spoken unto you, and God will show unto you, with power and great glory at the last day, that they are true, and if they are true has the day of miracles ceased?
37 Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.

2 Nephi 26:13 And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.

Moroni 10:12 And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles;

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