Saturday, June 21, 2014

Lessons from Korihor & Nephi

It seems there are quite a few people who qualify in our day and age to be struck down by prayer or by priesthood.

At least, according to what I read in the scriptures.

As I pondered over the prescribed protocols for such punishments by priesthood power, the Book of Mormon was opened to me and I was shown things I have not seen before.

Nephi in the Book of Helaman prayed that wickedness would be stopped by famine.  That meant that he too endured the famine.  Why?  Because he held himself personally responsible for the preaching of the word to the people, and if they were to suffer, then he was to suffer with them because of their wickedness, lest he did anything short of what the Lord would require of him.   Their chastisement was his chastisement as well, he did not consider himself above them in any way.

In the Book of Alma, we read of Korihor, an anti-Christ, being singularly struck down.  The people in the Book of Alma by chapter 30 were not as wicked and far gone as the people in the Book of Helaman, and Korihor himself certainly qualified for being struck down personally and individually as he was the root of much evil.  His being struck down was a sign and a warning to the people. They saw that....they began to repent....

I suppose we live in a day when the gospel has not been received, nor is it as widely known to the gentiles as it was to the Lamanites or Nephites of old - one major difference.  Of course, the best thing we can do is be like Lehi and Nephi in Helaman, preach the gospel and let that influence be felt in individual lives and have a positive effect....

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