As school comes to an end, I really feel like the messages that I continue to learn through my study of the Book of Mormon become stronger and stronger. I can tell that the Lord wants me to prepare for what life has ahead of me.
This week, I was pondering the question, “Why does the Book of Mormon contain so much war and fighting?” Specifically, I wanted to know how do these stories of battle apply to us. It was this thinking that brought me to an answer found in Ether 8. In verse 26, Moroni (whom after studying so much I have found to be a great writer and very influential on me) states,”… am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men…” Once again, Moroni makes no doubt in his words. He has been commanded by the Lord to tell us about these wars for our own recognition of evil. The Lord wants us to be able to know the difference between right and wrong and this is one way in which he can reinforce it.
Personally, I know that each time I read the “war chapters”, I tend to focus on the fighting instead of the “bigger picture”. However, now that I have received this great insight from Moroni, I will begin to take his message of recognition and apply it to each story. I know that there is a Heavenly Father and that he loves us very much. We can return to Him through obedience to his commandments and following the guidelines he has provided us in the Book of Mormon.