Condemnation, To Remove

Condemnation, To Remove

“I seek constantly to use the Book of Mormon as a tool to move my understanding upward. I would like to have my meditation informed by passages from that book and to exhaust its contents of meaning. To the extent I succeed in taking the Book of Mormon seriously, I believe it incumbent upon the Lord to remove from me any condemnation resting upon mankind because of disrespect of the Book of Mormon (see T&C 82:20), and provide further light and knowledge by revelation, as promised in Alma 9:3.”

(see Beloved Enos, pg 8-9)

Some additional thoughts:

“Concerning [the Book of Mormon] the Prophet Joseph Smith said: ‘I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.’” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon)

“The great work of the Lord in this day revolves around the Book of Mormon. More instruction, prophecy and promises are contained in that book for our day than any other.” (Denver Snuffer Blog, “2 Nephi 30:3,” 8/16/2010)

“The Book of Mormon is a record that will be used as evidence we have been warned. In plain language and with sufficient truth to hold us all accountable, this is the standard by which we are to find our way back to the Lord in this last dispensation before His return.” (Denver Snuffer Blog, “Alma 13:31,” 6/21/2010)

“It is a measure of how seriously we take the Lord’s words as to how carefully we search the text [of the Book of Mormon].” (Denver Snuffer Blog, “2 Nephi 29:8,” 8/11/2010)

“The prophecy of Christ, as commanded by the Father, foretells that if the gentiles do reject the fullness, then the Father will ‘return their iniquities upon their own heads.’ Meaning that the gentiles will, by reason of their rejection of what was offered them, merit condemnation for ingratitude (D&C 88:33-35). They remain ‘filthy still’ because that which would have cleansed them was not received in gratitude. It was rejected. When a people reject the Lord, the Lord, being governed by law, must reject them.” (Denver Snuffer Blog, “3 Nephi 20:27-28,” 9/21/2010)

“And remember…that no matter what the collective gentile conduct may be (or fail to be), the Lord approaches each of us individually. The Book of Mormon is intended as the final opportunity for gentile salvation. The church is under condemnation for failing to remember its contents and take them seriously (D&C 84:54-58). That scourge needn’t be applied to you, if you will ‘repent and remember the new covenant’ offered to you. There is, for any gentile who will repent and take the covenants offered in the Book of Mormon, an opportunity to yet become associated with the remnant and an heir of the preservation and salvation offered to them…You have the Book of Mormon in front of you. You don’t need anyone to prepare a manual for you. You have the text itself…The Book of Mormon teaches you the return to the fullness. I would encourage you, therefore, to…prayerfully study the most correct volume of scripture we possess. However, it cannot do you any good if you fail to act on its contents. Do the works, and you will know the doctrine. Understanding doctrine is tied to living it. The more you live it, the more you will comprehend it (John 7:16-17).” (Denver Snuffer Blog, “3 Nephi 20:27-28,” 9/21/2010)

“Second: Do you have faith in these things and receive the scriptures approved by the Lord as a standard to govern you in your daily walk in life, to accept the obligations established by the Book of Mormon as a covenant and to use the scriptures to correct yourselves and to guide your words, thoughts and deeds?” (Answer and Covenant)