The Book of Mormon ends with a challenge to the reader to trust in God. We will end this blog series with the same challenge to our readers.
What does it mean to trust in God? Does it mean that we give God assignments and trust (expect) that He will make things work out the way we want them to? If you’ve ever tried doing this, you know that it doesn’t really work that way. Those who think it does work that way often wind up losing their faith when they conclude that God is not trustworthy when He doesn’t give them what they ask for.
Trusting in God is really about trusting Him for the outcome in a given situation. It means that we put something in His hands and trust that He will work things out in the proper way, whatever that is. When we pray, we usually request specific outcomes to our situations and, when the outcome is what we requested, we rejoice and praise God. However, when the outcome is not what we wanted, if we truly trust in God, we will seek to understand why it worked out the way it did and ultimately trust that God allowed things to happen the way they did for some good reason, perhaps known only to Him.
We’ve learned quite a bit about trusting in God during the recent pandemic. We’ve learned that trying to force a specific outcome — not getting sick — has resulted in fear, frustration, separation from others, anger, loss of jobs, inability to attend church, and even severe disappointment or heartache for those who have gotten sick in spite of their best efforts. We’ve learned that we can trust in God by praying for the outcome we want — none of us wants to catch this terrible disease — but then we trust Him for the outcome, knowing that He is in the matter regardless of the outcome.
Trusting in God has allowed us to resume our lives, going wherever God leads us — whether to church or to meet with people who need the Lord or wherever — without the fear, frustration, and anger that accompanies trying to manage the outcome ourselves. We may not be exactly following all of the prescribed steps of the health experts, but remember that our goals don’t exactly match — their goal is to try to force a specific outcome, but our goal is to follow the Lord and leave the outcome in His hands.
Moroni 10 begins with Moroni reviewing all of the material that has been written by his ancestors and abridged by his father. As he prepares to seal up the records to be buried, Moroni considers the likelihood that people reading these writings at some future date (such as today) might have a hard time believing that it’s all true. Rather than adding his own persuasive language to try to convince the reader that the records are true, he instead invites the reader to take it to God:
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4)
What does it take to make this type of invitation? Trust in God! Moroni is willing to put this matter completely in the hands of God and trust Him for the outcome. Of course, Moroni wants people to believe in the Book of Mormon, but he is willing to leave it up to God to convince those who He will — those with a sincere heart, real intent, and faith in Christ, according to the verse above.
(By the way, this is a great verse for any of us to point people to when presenting the Book of Mormon — it shows confidence in the truth of the book and it shows that we trust God for the outcome.)
During our life on earth, there comes a time when we have to make a choice — between our own wisdom or God’s wisdom, between our own strength or God’s strength, between our own plan or God’s plan. Since our own wisdom, strength, and foresight pales in comparison to God’s, I heartily recommend trusting in God.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
We’ve Reached the End of the Book of Mormon! — Now What?
Editor’s Note: Today’s article is the last in a 239-article series written by Apostle Jerry Valenti. He’s written one article for each of the books in the Book of Mormon, from 1 Nephi 1 to Moroni 10 — an effort that has spanned five years (to the very month)! If you’ve been blessed by this series, please give Brother Jerry a shout-out in the comments below. (For the record, he takes no credit for this accomplishment, but it’s always a good thing to encourage one another in the Lord, right?)
Below, you’ll find an index for all of the articles in Moroni. Below that, we’ve linked to the indexes for the other books in the Book of Mormon, too.
What’s next for Wednesdays on the Gospel Blog? Brother Jerry has graciously agreed to continue writing weekly blog articles. Don’t miss next week’s blog titled, “Who Are You Voting For?” a timely article about the upcoming presidential election. Brother Jerry will begin a new series of articles on Oct. 28.
Click the links below, and scroll to the bottom of each article for the index.
Index for Moroni (This post)
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