Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, August 31

“Book of Mormon: Gold and Silver and Silk” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Gold and Silver and Silk”

(c) 2009-2010

1 Nephi 13:7-8
“And I also saw gold, and silver, and silks, and scarlets, and fine-twined linen, and all manner of precious clothing; and I saw many harlots.
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church.”
A-ha!! Gold and silver, and silk are bad! It seems?

Here’s Alma 1:
27 And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor…; and *they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely*.
28 And thus they did establish the affairs of the church; and thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.
29 And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need—an abundance of flocks and herds, and fatlings of every kind, and also abundance of grain, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things, and abundance of **silk** and *fine-twined linen*, and *all manner of good homely cloth*.
30 And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any…; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all…

They had an abundance of gold and silver.

Why is silk mentioned right after this explanation: *they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely* (Alma 1:27)
and in this context: abundance of **silk** and *fine-twined linen*, and *all manner of good homely cloth* (Alma 1:29)?

What is the relationship between setting your heart on something, and having an abundance of something?

1 Comment »

  1. Even when they had an ABUNDANCE OF SOMETHING their hearts did not changed from the ORIGINAL SETTING. There are many people who, when they become really rich, become very possessive and attached to their things. My take is this: In the beginning they were not in a position to have costly clothing but they still looked neat and comely in what they could afford. They set about doing the work they needed to do but even though, because of that, their efforts were blessed with abundance, their attitude stayed the same and they were able to bless others. They did not become attached to the riches. Their hearts remained ‘set’ on the Godly principle of serving and sharing in the midst of being blessed with abundance. It is not money or riches that are evil…it’s the love of those things that can take us away from God’s plan.

    Comment by Anonymous — 2018, January 16 @ 8:17 am

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