Mosiah Timeline 200BC -Zeniff (from Zerahemla) desires to return to Land of Nephi-Lehi. -Zeniff makes a treaty with the Lamanites and they live in Nephi-Lehi -Zeniff’s people end up in bondage to Lamanites 160BC -Zeniff’s son, Noah, becomes king 150BC -Abinidi& Alma story -Noah is eventually killed and his son righteous son Limhibecomes the new king -Limhi sends 43 people to find Zarahemla; they find Jarediteruins and 24 gold plates 124BC -16 men go in search of Zeniff’speople that left 73 years earlier 40 Days later -They end up in jail and meet King Limhi -Limhi’speople escape back to Zarahemla
Mosiah 19-26 • 2 Groups – 2 Trials – 1 Outcome
Patience Patience is being willing to submit to the Lord. When we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best --- better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than his. Either way we are questioning the reality of God’s omniscience. We read in Mosiah about how the Lord simultaneously tries the patience of his people even as he tries their faith (Mosiah 23:21). One is not only to endure, but to endure well and gracefully, and submit ‘cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord’ (Mosiah 24:15). Neal A. Maxwell Oct. 1980Ensign, p.28
Mosiah 19-26 • 2 Groups – 2 Trials – 1 Outcome
Doctrinally, what happens when we become slow to hear the word of the Lord? When people are “slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; …the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble” (D&C 101:7). Mosiah23:21-22
Doctrinally, is being chastened by the Lord a good thing or a bad thing? • Despise not the chastening hand of the Almighty: Job 5:17; Prov. 3:11; • Blessed is the man whom thou chastens, O Lord: Ps. 94:12; • The Lord chastens those whom he loves: Heb. 12:5–11; • The Lord sees fit to chasten his people: Mosiah 23:21–22; • Except the Lord chasten his people, they will not remember him: Hel. 12:3; • They were chastened that they might repent: D&C 1:27; • Whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven: D&C 95:1; • All those who will not endure chastening cannot be sanctified: D&C 101:2–5; • He that will not bear chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom: D&C 136:31.
Divine chastening has at least three purposes: (1) to persuade us to repent, (2) to refine and sanctify us, and (3) at times to redirect our course in life to what God knows is a better path. D. Todd Christofferson April 2011 Gen. Conf.
The Perfect Person’s Timeline Does anyone’s timeline look like this? Describe a person with this timeline Graduation Born Nursery Primary Baptism Deacon Teacher Priest Driving - Dating Elder Mission Marriage
The Origins of Trials • We live in a Telestial World
The Origins of Trials "Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old-time journey...delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride“ (Jenkin Lloyd Jones, as quoted by President Gordon B. Hinckley, BYU Devotional, 23 September, 1973)
The Origins of Trials • We live in a Telestial World • Some trials are self-inflicted • Trials come through other people
The Origins of Trials “God actively intervenes in some destructive lineages, assigning a valiant spirit to break the chain of destructiveness in such families. Although these children may suffer innocently as victims of violence, neglect, and exploitation, through the grace of God some find the strength to “metabolize” the poison within themselves, refusing to pass it on to future generations. Before them were generations of destructive pain; after them the line flows clear and pure. Their children and children’s children will call them blessed.” Carlfred Broderick, Ensign, Aug. 1986, 38–39
The Origins of Trials • We live in a Telestial World • Some trials are self-inflicted • Trials come through other people • God will send trials our way
Let us remember that we were measured before we were born and we were found equal to our tasks. Neal A. Maxwell BYU Speeches, 1986
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we endure, is ever wasted. All that we suffer and all that we endure…will make us more like our Father and Mother in Heaven.” Orson F. Whitney quoted in Faith Precedes the Miracle, p. 98
How do you get through bad days? When have you felt strengthened by the Lord or felt Him ease your burdens?
“Our spiritual safety lies in turning to the clear voice of our living prophet. If we listen to his voice and obey his counsel, we will be able to live as Christ would have us live and endure to the end so that one day we, along with our families, will return back into the presence of our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ” Elder Robert D. Hales, “Hear the Prophet’s Voice and Obey,” Ensign, May 1995, 17).
Mosiah 21:33-35 Why couldn’t they just get baptized? Mosiah 23:16-17
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Church Discipline and excommunication Mosiah 26:35-36 What questions do you have?
Read Mosiah 26:35-36 Church Discipline and excommunication The first purpose of Church discipline is to save the souls of transgressors by helping them repent. When people do not repent, they are exposed to the demands of eternal justice. When they exercise faith unto repentance, God forgives them, granting mercy through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Through this process, they may again become clean and worthy to inherit the kingdom of God. Church discipline can facilitate repentance by helping transgressors recognize and forsake sin, seek forgiveness, make restitution, and demonstrate a renewed commitment to keep the commandments. Informal Church discipline is often adequate for this purpose. However, in some instances the only way to encourage true repentance is to convene a disciplinary council and consider formal discipline. Without formal discipline, some transgressors may never experience the change of behavior and change of heart necessary to qualify them for redemption through the Atonement, for “none but the truly penitent are saved” (Alma 42:24) Handbook 1, 6.1.1
I remember as a child occasionally coming unkempt to the dinner table. My mother wisely sent me to clean up and then return. My parents would have been pained if I had taken offense and had run off and I would have been foolish to do so. In the same way, the servants of the Lord occasionally find that they must, in loving concern, send some of Heavenly Father's children out the door so they can return clean once again. The Lord does not want us to "miss supper." In fact, he has a great feast prepared for those who return clean and pure through the door. He is greatly saddened when anyone decides they prefer to be unclean and miss the meal, or when they find an excuse to take offense, or when they run away. He is pleased to extend the chance to start over. M. Russell Ballard Sept. 1999 Ensign, p.12