The last few chapters of Moroni will change the way you look at life.... Moroni writes to his son, unsure if he will ever see him again because of the wars with the Lamanites. He talks about the wickedness of the Laminites... cannibals and stuff, and yet at the end of chapter 8 he tells his son to pray for them..... these Lamanites are killing, murdering, raping women and children, and Moroni has enough love that he desires his son to pray for them, not only that, but in chapter 9 he tells his son to be diligent in the work... What work is there to be done... the Lamanites are done for, they are so far from the Lord, they are denying the Holy Ghost even after knowing him..... but Moroni desires his son to be diligent in the work and to pray for the Lamanites... if that is not the pure love of Christ I don't know what it is.... If you read the scriptures, not with your eyes, but with your heart, you will understand sooo much. These people existed, they lived and breathed. Just imagine what it will be like to meet these men, these prophets after this life.... and then think just what it might be like to meet Christ.... who was perfect, without sin.... Will we be able to look up at him in the eyes and say that we have loved him?
The scriptures are a tool that we overlook way too much. I wish I had read them with a depth that I read them now. If I had one wish it would be that every person would read the book of mormon with their heart.... applying every word to their lives..... if we could do that, if we could be faithful in reading and feasting on the words of Christ, we could change this world in a blink of an eye. The prophets tell us this over and over, we hear it in primary, in seminary, in FHE, in church, from our parents and leaders that we should read our scriptures and we don't. And why not? We don't have time, we forget, we don't want to, it's hard, why???? We don't do it because we don't understand them... the scriptures are not just words they are not just a book to read, they are the words of Christ, the words of God. They are the words of life... the key to life is reading the scriptures and applying them in our hearts. It's hard, we are busy people, we have things to do in our lives..... but we are not on this earth to sleep, to play video games, to hang out with friends, to text, to do chores, to take vacations, to waste time..... We are here to become like our Heavenly Father, to learn, to strengthen faith, to repent, to be baptized and then persevere until the end spiritually. Why do we go to church? Why do we keep commandments? Because we are supposed to? or because we love our Heavenly Father?
Read the scriptures with your heart, and ask Heavenly Father for help to do so and your eyes will be opened.
Our Heavenly Father lives. He loves us. Christ lives and loves us too. This church is Christ's church, restored to this earth with a living prophet as our guide. This coming weekend we have the chance to listen to our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who speaks directly to God, who holds all the restored priesthood keys of this earth for the church of Jesus Christ. Find a notebook and a good pen, and open your hearts to every word he says, pray for guidance and pray for revelation. Through the words of the prophet and the apostles, through the words of God, we can edify our lives and sanctify our lives if we apply what is taught. If we forget what is taught in a couple of weeks and stop applying it because we forgot or it's too hard or we don't have the patience or time, what good does a prophet do us? We have tools on this earth to use them. Before my mission, I didn't understand that. I overlooked them. And I was "too busy" to use them. But they are there waiting to be used. Please use them. I don't know a whole lot, I'm a 19 year old kid, but i know, with my entire soul that these things are true, and i promise, that if we are diligent in our hearts at using these tools, one day we will return to live in our Father's home for eternity with a happiness unlimited. Do not give up a future like that for a video game, for a chore, or for any other thing that satan might put in your way.
I miss you all and love you all so very much. Stay stong, read your scriptures and keep pushing on. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. Your soul is great in the sight of God.