So, I came across another talk I gave in church. This one was back in 2010 too. Again, while we were March Branch.
In keeping with the theme of the month, my talk today is going to be based on Ether 12:27
What brought about the Lords answer in this verse?
The answer is brought about by the statement of Moroni being weak in writing and the fear of mockery.
We read this in verses 23 – 25 of the same chapter:
How does God give men weaknesses?
There are 2 ways that he does this.
The 1st is through our birth
We are given these weaknesses because of the fall of Adam. These weaknesses may also be from previous generations.
The 2nd way is out of love for us, his children. God is the giver and withholder of gifts.
For us to receive a gift from God, it must needs be that one is denied. For the meek, this leads to a realisation of a dependence on God. This dependence will make us see ourselves in new eyes. This is the crunch time. Will we resent or repent? Will we allow the mercy and longsuffering of God to have full sway in our hearts so that we can be brought down to the dust in humility?
What is Humility?
This is our mark of what we need to not be.
It is also interesting to note that when the scriptures speak of humility it is not a noun, but a verb.
This essentially means that we are responsible for humbling ourselves, even if we are compelled to be humble.
Throughout the Book of Mormon, we are counselled to bring a broken heart and contrite spirit to the Lord. This is one of the keys of humility.
The Hebrew roots of the word humility means to be submissive, mild, patient, gentle and perhaps even saintly. We need to be like clay in the hands of the potter. The Book of Mormon is consistent in telling us that sufficient humility equals Christ pouring down sufficient grace. This is the grace that purges, cleanses, heals and strengthens us.
What is Grace?
The scriptures make mention often of the word grace. The main idea of the word is divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ.
This bounteous mercy and love is what we can refer to as the Atonement. It is through the Atonement that we receive this grace.
Grace is the enabling power by which men and women can lay hold onto eternal life and exaltation.
It is through grace that we can receive assistance and strength to do good works and overcome our weaknesses. Without this grace, we would not be able to do this on our own.
To enable grace to work, we must demonstrate faith and repentance. This also shows our humility to God and that we are willing to change.
How do weak things become strong?
I want to share several examples with you to demonstrate how this is possible.
1: As mentioned previously, the Lords answer in Ether 12:27 was brought about by Moroni worrying that he will be mocked because of his weakness in writing. Even though the writers in the Book of Mormon were not considered literary scholars, their words have become strong. Through their words Jesus Christ has been recognised, embraced and glorified. Converts who have found Christ in the Book of Mormon begin to see Him more clearly in the bible. They begin to see Christ everywhere else. The Book of Mormon has become strong to them.
2: From the beginning of this dispensation, the church has flourished through the efforts of “mere mortals”. The real strength of these “mere mortals” was to be sufficiently humble to call down power from heaven. Amidst the calamity of false pride and its consequences, we are told that weak things shall break down the mighty and strong ones. This can only be done in one way: through the name and faith and power of Jesus Christ.
This is how the Lord describes his missionaries.
This is a promise of the Lord.
The church continues to become ever stronger to this day.
3: Through an ever-closer kinship with God, our flaws and failings may eventually be transformed into shining strengths. When we acknowledge our weakness to the Lord, we receive his aid and we become stronger.
Of Joseph Smith it has been said, “in weakness was he blessed” and “out of weakness he shall be made strong”
When Joseph and Hyrum began the journey that would lead to their deaths, Hyrum turned the page down on the same promise of the Lord to Moroni.
A promise that can be for us in our day.Ether 12:27 Talk
Ether 12:27 Talk
Ether 12:27 Talk