Sunday, February 26, 2017

Power of Perspective

In our class this week we covered quite the period of time in the Book of Mormon in a short two hours.  We covered the chapters from The Book of Jarom to Chapter 17 of Mosiah.  Those books cover a period of time that is somewhere in the ballpark of 250 years.  And what was one of the most surprising things was how quickly that time was summarized.  In the Book of Omni alone you cover roughly 193 years of Nephite history in a scant 30 verses.  But amongst all of flying time we gain a great insight into the prophets that recorded their dealings and teachings for future generations by reading a few short notes from the compiler of these sacred texts: The prophet Mormon.

In this short record, Mormon gives us a glimpse into the final fate of the Nephites by stating succinctly:
"Behold I have witnessed almost all the destruction of my people...and it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my people" (Words of Mormon 1:1-2)
 In the midst of battles raging in all the land Mormon is, no doubt in haste, preparing this ancient record.  To me personally wartime doesn't seem like the ideal time to being publishing books, I feel that I would be more concerned with crafting weapons and defenses.  But here we have a glimpse into a trait that prophets of God all have, and that we can learn about as we read the Book of Mormon.  That trait is one of perspective.  Mormon surely knew that his words wouldn't be read by the Nephite people.  In verse 8 Mormon tells us that:
"My prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people."
Mormon was working off of faith and an understanding that his life, and his work, were but a small - but crucial - part of God's master plan for humanity.  All of the prophets, their words and their teachings, were compiled with the intent that the writer or common people of the time wouldn't be able to study their words as we are so freely able to do in our current day.  That to me is a mighty lesson in the power of perspective that is taught to us throughout the Book of Mormon.  If we can see time as much more than just our experience and a great plan that allows all of us to find a fullness of joy through Christ, our eyes will slowly be opened to allow us to see beyond ourselves.  

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