Here is my work for the Book of Mormon:
27 Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world. And he did plot with Cain and his followers from that time forth. (Helaman 6:27) Ha.
I wanted to write along the topic of the Gadianton, which we have been talking about in class, and write about knowledge along side those conspirators. Personally, I came across this verse while I was studying for class, “27 Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world. And he did plot with Cain and his followers from that time forth (Helaman 6:27).” I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I read this because of the irony. I think there will be plenty of irony in the life to come. There’s another scripture that comes to mind when I think of wicked deeds becoming known. In fact it’s in the 3rd verse in the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants. It says, “for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.”How funny that we think that we can get away with anything. How else could we be condemned for our sins and extended mercy by our good deeds. All things will be brought to light. There is a reason that we run our court system the way we do. Decisions are based on information. We ask questions to better make decisions. God knows everything and therefore he will be able to make a perfect judgement with his perfect knowledge. Omniscience allows him a perfect capacity for mercy and justice. This is why I must ask for and receive revelation. Perhaps it is true to say that I can make most decisions on my own, with the learning and understanding of the gospel that I have. But I imagine that there is the occasional decision where some important information is missing, at which point, with me having a humble and seeking heart, God will make it known to me.
As the Second Coming comes nearer, I don’t need to say that the world is becoming more wicked. I think that’s apparent. Our class discussion made it all the more obvious and heavy. Obvious and heavy things are hard to deal with. Wickedness is one of those obvious and heavy things. And many of the times this really gets me down. It down right depresses me. And I always faulted myself for that. But then I read this verse. “Now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites, in the space of not many years; and when Nephi saw it, his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast; and he did exclaim in the agony of his soul (Helaman 7:6).” I realized that this feeling of sorrow can be used to my advantage. For Nephi it moved him to pray. It moved him toward his Lord and God. Another might make a different decision; he might allow the depression to overcome him to a point of hopelessness. I am coming to realize that there are very few things that are moral or immoral. The world is made up of amoral things. I am coming to believe that Christ is truly the only moral thing (and I use the term thing, because I see Christ as embodying an idea that is passed down through the eternities). Everything else is amoral; they can be used for either good or bad. Moroni, in the seventh chapter of his book says that pray, if not done with sincerity is counted evil. Prayer? Evil? How can that be? Because it is not founded and based in Christ. The same goes for money, cars, bananas, socks, stocks, hammers, and rameumptums. If these things are not based on Christ, who is the only moral thing, then it cannot be moral. In the end I can take something as seemingly negative as the sorrow that Nephi felt and make it a moral and positive thing. I can feel godly sorrow; I can feel charity; I can feel love and care for those around me while feeling that sorrow, if it is based wholly and solely on Christ.