Alma 59-63. Alma 59:9 Moroni understood that it was easier to keep the city from falling into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it. President Benson taught that it was better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent ( Teachings, 1988, 285). Alma 60:13
Moroni understood that it was easier to keep the city from falling into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it.
President Benson taught that it was better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent (Teachings, 1988, 285).
“You need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.”
“In this terrible war now waging, thousands of our righteous young men in all parts of the world and in many countries are subject to a call in the military service of their own countries. Some of these, so serving, have already been called back to their heavenly home; others will almost surely be called to follow. But ‘behold,’ as Moroni said, the righteous of them who serve and are slain’ do enter into the rest of the Lord their God,’ (Alma 60:13) and of them the Lord said, ‘those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them (D&C 42:46)….
“It is my conviction that the present devastating scourge of war in which hundreds of thousands are being slain, many of whom are no more responsible for the causes of war than our own boys, is making necessary and increase of missionary activity in the spirit world and that many of our boys who bear the Holy Priesthood and are worthy to do so will be called to that missionary service after they have departed this life” (C.R., 1942, 73).
“The inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also!”
How do we cleanse the inner vessel today?
“We have made some wonderful strides in the past. We will be lengthening our stride in the future. To do so, we must first cleanse the inner vessel by awaking and arising, being morally clean, using the Book of Mormon in a manner so that God will lift the condemnation, and finally conquering pride by humbling ourselves” (Ezra Taft Benson, Witness and a Warning, 79).
“Moroni’s Letter to Pahoran”
We like Pahoran, can choose to not be offended. Believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else. “…As described by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, the Church is not ‘a well-provisioned rest home for the already perfected’ (C.R., Apr. 1982, 57). Rather, in the Church is a learning laboratory and a workshop in which we gain experience as we practice on each other in the ongoing process of ‘perfecting the Saints.’
“Elder Maxwell also insightfully explained that in this latter-day learning laboratory known as the restored Church, the members constitute the ‘clinical material’ (Jesus, the Perfect Mentor,’ Ensign, Feb. 2001, 13) that is essential for growth and development…
“You and I cannot control the intentions or behavior of other people. However, we do determine how we will act. Please remember that you and I are agents endowed with moral agency, and we can choose not to be offended” (C.R., Oct. 2006, 95-97).
We need more politicians like this!
What happened to those who would not defend their country?
“Someone asked me once how I felt about amnesty for the draft card burner and the deserter. I told him that I thought every one of them should be taken before General Moroni to be judged” (Vaughn J. Featherstone, Ensign, Nov. 1975, 7-10).
Pahoran handled it well (Matt. 5:25). He chose not to be offended!
“Tribute to Teancum!”
2. By sea
Only speculation and theories can be advanced, but the most common is that the ships were lost at sea.
This is exactly what the Nephites thought happened to them (Alma 63:8).
A second theory is that they went to Japan.
The basis of this theory is the prayer Elder Heber J. Grant offered when he dedicated Japan in 1901 to receive the restored gospel.
“Brothers and sisters, you are God’s children- you are Israel. You have in your veins the blood of Nephi” (Cole 384).
Expounding this theory, some believe that they went not only to Hawaii, but also to other Polynesian Islands as well.
In a letter to the mission president of the Samoan Mission dated September 6, 1972, and signed by N. Eldon Tanner and Marion G. Romney, under the letterhead of the First Presidency, they wrote:
“You asked if the Polynesian people are Lamanites or Nephites. There has been much speculation about the origin of these people.
We have, however, no scriptural evidence or revelation from the Lord that would tell us exactly where these people came from or their background.
Elder Mark E. Peterson, in his conference message of 1962 said, “The Polynesian Saints are characterized by a tremendous faith.
Why do they have this great faith?
It is because these people are of the blood of Israel. They are heirs to the promises of the Book of Mormon. God is now awakening them to their greatest destiny. As Latter-day Saints we have always believed that the Polynesians are descendants of Lehi and blood relatives of the American Indians, despite the contrary theories of other men (Peterson, 457).
“We thank Thee, O God, for revealing to us the Book of Mormon, the story of the ancient inhabitants, the ancestors of these whose heads are bowed before Thee here, came from the western shores of America into the South Seas pursuant to Thy plan and now acknowledgement of thy kindness, Thy mercy, and Thy love for them and those who went before them…
“President Joseph F. Smith the president of the Church reported, ‘You brethren and sisters from New Zealand, I want you to know that you are from the people of Hagoth.’ For New Zealand Saints, that was that. A prophet of the Lord had spoken… It is reasonable to conclude that Hagoth and his associates were about nineteen centuries on the islands, from about 55 B.C. to 1854 before the gospel began to reach them. They had lost all the plain and precious things which the Savior brought to the earth, for they were likely on the islands when the Christ was born in Jerusalem.’ (Temple View Area Conference Report, February 1976, 3)” (Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 4 vols. [1987-91] 3:329).
“The belief that Polynesian ancestry includes Book of Mormon people can be traced back at least to 1851, when George Q. Cannon taught it… President Brigham Young detailed the belief in a letter to King Kaehameha B in 1865. Other church leaders have since affirmed the belief, some indicating that among Polynesian ancestors were the people of Hagoth, who set sail from Nephite lands in approximately 54 B.C. (Alma 63:5-8). In a statement to the Maoris of New Zealand, for instance, President Joseph F. Smith said, “I would like to say to you brethren and sisters…you are some of Hagoth’s people,and there is NO PERHAPS about it” (Cole and Jenson, 388).
President David O. McKay substantiated what happened to some of Hagoth’s people when he gave the following proclamation in the dedicatory prayer of the New Zealand Temple: “We express gratitude that to these fertile Islands Thou didst guide descendants of Father Lehi, and has enabled them to prosper” (“Dedicatory Prayer Delivered by Pres. David O. McKay at New Zealand Temple,” Church News, May 10, 1958, 2).