Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, August 30

“Book of Mormon: ‘Desolate Houses'” by grego

Book of Mormon: “Desolate Houses”


Have you ever gone home to a desolate house, like after someone leaves for good? In the Book of Mormon, “desolate” is not a happy word.

The unrepentant people of Ammonihah had this experience:
Alma 16:10 But behold, in one day it was left **desolate**; and the carcasses were mangled by dogs and wild beasts of the wilderness.
Alma 16:11 Nevertheless, after many days their dead bodies were heaped up upon the face of the earth, and they were covered with a shallow covering. And now so great was the scent thereof that the people did not go in to possess the land of Ammonihah for many years. And it was called **Desolation** of Nehors; for they were of the profession of Nehor, who were slain; and their lands remained **desolate**.

Samuel the Lamanite prophesies:
Helaman 14:24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall become **desolate**.

Helaman 15:1 And now, my beloved brethren, behold, I declare unto you that except ye shall repent your houses shall be left unto you **desolate**.

Samuel the Lamanite’s prophecies are fulfilled:
3 Nephi 8:14 And many great and notable cities were sunk, and many were burned, and many were shaken till the buildings thereof had fallen to the earth, and the inhabitants thereof were slain, and the places were left **desolate**.

Jesus Christ reminds the Nephites the price of unrepentance:
3 Nephi 10:7 But if not, O house of Israel, the places of your dwellings shall become **desolate** until the time of the fulfilling of the covenant to your fathers.

Have faith in Jesus Christ, repent, receive Him, and endure to the end; or your house will be desolate, and even if you survive, you will likely feel like this:
3 Nephi 10:8 And now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words, behold, they began to weep and howl again because of the loss of their kindred and friends.

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