Thu - Apr 14, 2011 : 08:40 pm
Mormon : 2
So, again, something kind of odd. Mormon was 16 when he was commissioned to be the leader of the entire Nephite army. Is that not insane? Seriously. Every 16-year-old I know barely has the sense to tie their shoes in the morning! Okay, not really, but - wow. Mormon was 16 years old when he was put in charge of the armies of an entire nation. Must have been hard times. Either that, or Mormon was indeed a very "sober" child. Even more testimony that the ways of the Lord are not the ways of man.
Anyway... Kind of a depressing chapter, really. Wars, wars, and more wars. The taking of cities, the vindication of cities. Murdering, robbing, wickedness, and evil. Sounds like Mormon got the short end of the stick, if ya ask me. Born to see nothing but a "continual scene of wickedness and abominations" since he was old enough to think.
This causes me to wonder about the type of man his father must have been; the type of family he was brought up in. When continual wickedness is all around, it's gotta be very tough to raise a righteous family. I'm inclined to believe that the times of Mormon had to be a bit more wicked than today's standards. Maybe not, but by any means, I think Mormon's family must have been stellar. Mormon had a testimony such that he withstood an entire lifetime of seeing nothing but wickedness, and he remained faithful. Wow.
Examples such as that make me want to do better with my life. I love the Book of Mormon. It had everything to do with the development of my own testimony, and still has a major impact on it today. I thank God for that blessed book.