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Fri - Mar 26, 2010 : 12:44 pm
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When I began reading this chapter, I was pretty anxious, internally - for unrelated reasons.  Now, having finished this chapter, I feel very calm and peaceful.  What a great story this chapter tells.

While reading, I saw some curious verses, but all of those questions feel relatively meaningless right now.  The thing that matters to me most, right now, is the peace and comfort the scriptures can bring into one's life.

One question which I think is an interesting one, which is unanswerable at this point, is "Why did Captain Moroni have to fight and shed blood to get his cities back?  In this chapter, Lehi and Nephi managed to not only get the Lamanites to give them back all their cities of inheritance, but they also converted them to the Gospel.

I guess the answer is, "All in God's time.", and "God's ways are above ours".

I just feel blessed to have such wonderful words available to me, should I take the time to read, ponder, and pray about them.  They are true, for the Spirit of God testifies of it.
Comment by velda on Mar. 28, 2010 @ 11:45 pm
Love the BOM blog.  I would like to try that next time I go through.  Right now we're reading conf. talks.

But yeah, every time I've read the Book of Mormon, I've wondered that about Captain Moroni.  I'm not a fan of war, or of hurting anyone, even if they are out to hurt me.

Someone had suggested to me a few days earlier that in the battles I'm going through myself, certain types of people will just keep hurting others until they've experienced hurt for themselves. And then a different person told me I needed to stop trying to "be nice" because I was essentially giving away power I didn't have.  She said I needed to get my power back first, and THEN I could be generous and forgiving.  That'd I'd quite literally have to fight for my freedom.  That I have the weapons and I need to declare war.  And that scares me.

So when I was asking for some help on all of this, I kept finding myself turning to those chapters where Captain Moroni is dealing with one punk or another.  Like Zerehemnah. The man had absolutely no empathy for the people he was hurting or even for his own army he was about to sacrifice; he couldn't commit to leaving them be until he ended up losing his scalp.

And what do I think of all that?  I'm still not sure, and I'm still scared. I'm still working on it.  But I do think we're given a those conrasty examples for a reason.

 
Comment by PoeticIntensity on Mar. 30, 2010 @ 12:31 am
Velda!  So nice of you to drop by.  I just added your blog to my RSS feeds.  No idea why I didn't do that earlier.  I don't think I realized you kept a blog.  Anyway, thank you so much for your response.  While some people think I'm crazy for sharing such a personal side to me on a public blog, it's people like you who make me realize it's fruitful.

Thank you, and I really like the examples you've provided for insight as to the contrast spoken of in my original post concerning war.  Very interesting, and lots of food for thought.

Keep on keepin' the faith, Velda!