Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ether 8:26 -- On Continual Good

"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.  They seem to be pretty permanent as well... but Moroni says here that evil will be done away, and that we can be persuaded to do good continually. :)
That statement brings hope in the midst of the evil that surrounds us in life... and is 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 "don't let your kids play with those other kids" idea because their parents are different than we are... I think that could be part of the problem, not part of the solution.  I'm talking about seriously learning to love our neighbors... 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 taking the commandment to love people seriously?  Zion begins with the individual. 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.  Let's start. :)

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