Monday, March 13, 2000

Ether 8:26

"Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power among the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved."
Ether 8:26

This scripture is interesting to me because it seems like such a huge thing to do... "that evil may be done away."  But Moroni here has *absolute* faith that his words will help that to happen.  This chapter talks about the secret combinations and murders that were going on at the time of the Jaredites... and warns us that they are going on now, in our day... and that we need to realize it and work at not having it among us.  That's huge too... secret combinations like they describe here are all over the place... the Mafia just being one of the most well-known.  These things are among us... and they seem to be there for good... but Moroni says that evil will be done away, and that we can be persuaded to do good continually. :)  What hope in the midst of the evil that surrounds us in life... and something to work for.  If we work at being good and eradicating evil from ourselves, then we'll be ready to join in a community effort to do the same thing on a larger scale.  And I am not talking about some horrible "don't let your kids play with those non-member kids" idea... I think that is part of the evil, not part of the solution.  I'm talking about seriously learning to love our neighbors... seriously educating each other so that we can see the best in ourselves and in others... and getting rid of the hatred that fills our society.
Moroni talks about Satan having no power among us... and how better to take away that power than by seriously loving people?  your basic commandments... Love God, love other people... and the ten commandments... no being mean to each other, etc. :)  I'm usually not an advocate of back to basics programs, but maybe we need to look at  how we are doing just in the love area sometimes.  I know I need to.  Zion begins with the individual... and as we become Zion individuals, then we will build a Zion community, and a Zion nation... and a Zion world, and the prophecy of Moroni will be fulfilled.

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