Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2020, January 31

Book of Mormon | “War: Submission through Surrendering Weapons of War and Covenanting Peace; Alma 24 and Alma 44” by grego

Book of Mormon | “War: Submission through Surrendering Weapons of War and Covenanting Peace; Alma 24 and Alma 44” by grego
2020 (c) grego

The Nephite forces have surrounded the Lamanites. Moroni offers mercy:

Alma 44:6 Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.

8 And now it came to pass that when Zerahemnah had heard these sayings he came forth and delivered up his sword and his cimeter, and his bow into the hands of Moroni, and said unto him: Behold, here are our weapons of war; we will deliver them up unto you, but we will not suffer ourselves to take an oath unto you, which we know that we shall break, and also our children; but take our weapons of war, and suffer that we may depart into the wilderness; otherwise we will retain our swords, and we will perish or conquer.

Moroni says,
11 Now I cannot recall the words which I have spoken, therefore as the Lord liveth, ye shall not depart except ye depart with an oath that ye will not return again against us to war. Now as ye are in our hands we will spill your blood upon the ground, or ye shall SUBMIT to the conditions which I have proposed.

15 Now there were many, when they heard these words and saw the scalp which was upon the sword, that were struck with fear; and many came forth and threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni, and entered into a covenant of peace. And as many as entered into a covenant they suffered to depart into the wilderness.

19 Now Zerahemnah, when he saw that they were all about to be destroyed, cried mightily unto Moroni, promising that he would covenant and also his people with them, if they would spare the remainder of their lives, that they never would come to war again against them.

20 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that the work of death should cease again among the people. And he took the weapons of war from the Lamanites; and after they had entered into a covenant with him of peace they were suffered to depart into the wilderness.

Earlier, we see something like this:

Alma 23:7 For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren.

Alma 24:12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.

13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.

14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish…

15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.

16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.

17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

It’s also here:

Alma 62:15 And it came to pass that as they were marching towards the land, they took a large body of men of the Lamanites, and slew many of them, and took their provisions and their weapons of war.

16 And it came to pass after they had taken them, they caused them to enter into a covenant that they would no more take up their weapons of war against the Nephites.

17 And when they had entered into this covenant they sent them to dwell with the people of Ammon, and they were in number about four thousand who had not been slain.

There are two parts to Submission: 1) surrendering weapons of war, and 2) covenanting peace with the victor.

Interesting to see more internal consistency in the Book of Mormon.

2020, January 13

“Book of Mormon: Alma 34:26 and ‘Pouring out your soul'” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Alma 34:26 and ‘Pouring out your soul'” by grego
(c) 2020 by grego

If yo want God to really hear you, this is a key:
Alma 34:26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.

How many times, how often, do we pour out our souls in private? How many times have we spent more than a few minutes in prayer? How many times have we prayed for 30 minutes or more? Have you ever prayed until you have nothing left in your heart, you run out of tears, and have no strength left?

If you want to draw closer to God, if you hunger for God’s presence and love, especially if you have been doing your best to obey all the commandments and it’s still not feeling like it’s enough, try this.